Learn About Aquatic Life at the Downtown Aquarium
When Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks building were redeveloped, the Downtown Aquarium was born.
It spans six acres and features 300 species of aquatic life along with a full-service restaurant and an upscale bar.
As visitors explore, they learn about animals such as:
Moray eels have a snake-like appearance and feature a long body and very long snout. They have two sets of jaws and teeth (one set is in their throat), and are the only known animals to have such a design. These creatures vary in color based on their location, and they are fast swimmers that use little energy for such movement.
True to their name, red-bellied piranhas are red on their undersides. They can grow more than a foot long and are known as important scavengers in the Amazon River Ecosystem. In the wild, these piranhas eat fins taken from the tails of larger fish, and they often travel in schools of twenty or more individuals.
The white tigers at the aquarium reside in the state-of-the-art Maharajas Temple exhibit. Also known as white Bengal tigers, these magnificent animals are found throughout the Indian subcontinent. They are solitary creatures, and while they are not nocturnal, they do most of their hunting at night as it's the best time to capture their prey.
After spending the day learning about the fascinating animals, enjoy a delicious meal at the aquarium's restaurant. Its focal point is a 150,000-gallon aquarium filled with dozens of fish, and they're fun to watch as they swim by the tables. The menu includes southern fried fish, Maryland crab cakes, and top sirloin.