At the junction between I-25 and 23rd Ave. in Denver, Colorado, sits the Downtown Aquarium, a restaurant and public aquarium. The 17-acre property with the main building, which is 107,000 square feet, is close to the South Platte River. Its freshwater and marine aquariums hold a variety of fish and other species and have a total volume of about 1,000,000 US gallons. Landry's Restaurants, Inc. is the owner and operator of the Downtown Aquarium in Denver. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has granted it accreditation.
Bill and Judy Petersen Fleming established Colorado's Ocean Journey as a nonprofit organization. Its overall cost was $93 million and was partially covered by a $57 million bond loan as well as loans from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The establishment received accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums shortly after it opened on June 21, 1999. (AZA).
This landlocked aquarium's main focus is how inland freshwater ecosystems and the ocean are related. Zoogeographic was the aquarium's original design. It concentrated on the routes that two rivers, the Colorado River in North America and the Kampar River in Indonesia, took to reach the ocean.
The Colorado River Journey featured displays of many endangered fish species, such as desert pupfish, gamefish like bass, and North American river otters. The Downtown Aquarium in Denver is the biggest aquarium between Chicago and California and featured a sizable display depicting the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), into which the actual Colorado River pours. It has an astounding range of aquatic life and environments.
Large complex with a modern aquarium hosting more than 500 species, as well as a restaurant and lounge. Because of its size, you should plan to spend at least two to three hours seeing the aquarium in its entirety.
Denver's Downtown Aquarium combines family entertainment, sophisticated casual food, and amazing marine life. Discover the more than a million gallons of amazing exhibits in the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit. Eat in the Aquarium Restaurant while sitting around a 150,000-gallon aquarium and savoring a range of mouthwatering dishes.
Self-guided tours of two distinct ecosystems—the Colorado River and the Indonesian River—are available at this new, cutting-edge aquarium. There is also a full restaurant where you can eat in front of the 50,000-gallon centerpiece aquarium and a bar with fish-viewing windows. The eatery is open for lunch and dinner every day. The Dive Lounge is also open during the same hours, but from Monday to Friday, there is a happy hour.
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