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Denver Aquarium 2017 Report

November 5, 2017
By Lorie Thomas

Club member Lorie Thomas took a trip to Denver, Colorado earlier this year. While there she visited Denver's Downtown Aquarium. It is (naturally) located in downtown, Denver.

The Downtown Aquarium was originally called Colorado's Ocean Journey Aquarium, before being purchase by Landry's Restaurants, Inc.
in 2003.

It was remolded and reopened as the Downtown Aquarium in 2005. (This is one of four national downtown aquarium-restaurants under the ownership of Landry's Restaurants, Inc.).

While at the aquarium Lorie took the following pictures, adding the associated captions.

This picture is a tank in progress. The Denver aquarium
had a power outage and this tank needed to be chilled. It had
been without power for a few hours and was being monitored.
They had to replace the water regularly since the new chiller
had not yet arrived. Thereís 3 different sensors here.

I donít know what this guy is but he was a hoot. He would
hang out in the shallow until I peeked over the wall.
Heíd swim across half the tank, then go back to his shallows.

Arenít they fabulous? There was a really nice tank of rainbows.

These large stars looked fuzzy and they came in a great
variety of colors.


Nice round tank of anemones.

This octopus was at the Butterfly Pavilion in Denver, Co.
The Butterfly Pavilion is a separate entity. It's completely
separate from the aquarium with its own fees and focus.
Their reptile/fish room was just an added bonus to the insects
and invertebrates.

There was an octopus at the Denver Aquarium but it was
hiding. It was very active but less of an escape artist than
its predecessor, who was always testing the top of the tank.

(Some closing thoughts)
The restaurant was downstairs, on the way out. It looked a lot nicer than some of the exhibits, but we did not have a chance to eat there.

As a person with past food service experience, it also looked like a challenge to get hot food to the customers as the kitchen was down a long hall.
I would definitely have liked to spend more time exploring the area.

You can visit the Downtown Aquarium on the web at: http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/
Or, you can view the different exhibits they have set up at: http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver/exhibits.asp