Downtown Aquarium is the product of redeveloping two downtown Houston landmarks – Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements, Downtown Aquarium has it all! Tour the marsh and bayous of the Gulf Coast in our Louisiana Swamp. Enjoy wild encounters with gators, alligator snapping turtles and spotted gar. And what would a swamp be without crayfish, catfish and bullfrogs? You're sure to find all these favorites in our little piece of Cajun country.Step inside the sunken hull of a 17th century Spanish galleon in our Shipwreck and look out at the beautiful diversity of species the ocean world has to offer. Be amazed at the living coral reefs created by our own biologists. A giant pacific octopus and a moray eel await you! Clownfish, tangs and groupers are among the many fish you will encounter.Explore the lush environment of the world's tropical rainforests and life inside their rivers. Red-bellied piranhas and venomous freshwater stingrays add a little danger to these waters. You might think twice before swimming with these fish! To add a little color out of the water, we feature an emerald tree boa, colorful rainforest frogs and our beautiful birds for your viewing pleasure.