Are you looking for something to do today? Tomorrow? Next weekend? Fantastic so was I and this how we spent part of the day!
We visited the Downtown Aquarium in Denver, CO. We had driven passed it and the line to get in was outrageous! We didn't stop that day. We had even seen it on things to do in Denver and on the Visit Denver app, but we still hadn't gone. Today we had finally decided to go!
I must say I was pleasantly surprised to at how large the interior felt compared to what you see outside. After paying you are free to enter the building. Immediately they take a photo which you can purchase (we did not). Up the escalator to the second floor begins with some assorted displays on tigers, sharks, a photo opportunity in a dive suit and a screen of the upcoming shows and feedings. Hint: take a picture of this for reference while you are walking about.
There is a map that covers each are and what can be expected within it. The exhibits were clean and appealing. I could babble on about what we saw but I will provide some pictures and the website offers a much better description. What I will say is if you do not want to get wet then do not stand in the wet zone! If you want hands on then touch the star fish and stingrays. Also the mining section which costs $3.50 per bag allows your munchkin to mine for gems or fossils. You can also purchase a geode and have it split in half right there for assorted prices.
We did eat at the Aquarium Restaurant which I have to say wasn't bad at all! We were seated next to the glass and was able to watch the Mermaid Show. If you want a large appetizer to feed 3 easily then I recommend the Castaway Appetizer. It has brueschetta, mozzarella sticks, calamari, and seafood dip with chips. The seafood gumbo was good too. But the best was the Shark Attack desert that was a chocolate molten lava cake set a top a plate splattered with chocolate syrup, caramel syrup and heath crunch pieces and then topped with vanilla ice cream. YUM!
All in all, we spent 3 hours there and it was enjoyable. We looked, we touched, we ate and we did it all in one place. Next time you are looking for something to do, check out your aquarium.
Word to the wise, get there early and bring cash in case you have to pay for parking (we did) and they offer a military discount!