Episode 57: Behind the Scenes at the Downtown Aquarium

Who knew that years ago, Houston would have an enjoyable and unbelievably different place that would stand out in the downtown area? Now recognized as a city landmark, the Downtown Aquarium is one of Houston’s great visitor locations. It’s an incredible place to see because it’s a magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex. Plus, who doesn’t like aquariums?

Wade Broussard, general manager at the Downtown Aquarium for the past six years but has worked at the Aquarium for 25 years, joins Blanca Quezada to talk about all the exciting things that happen behind the scenes to help keep all the variety of fish and animals healthy, safe, and happy year-round, even during inclement weather. He also highlights all the educational programs offered to children and teens. In addition, Wade talks about the entertainment complex’s full-service restaurant, shopping, and various amusements.

The Downtown Aquarium brings you nearly 300 diverse species of fish of all sizes, including huge sharks worldwide, in its 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland. In addition to fish, it features other animals, including tigers, that kids and adults can enjoy and learn about.

For more information, visit: https://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumhouston/visitorinfo.asp 

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[00:00:47] The Downtown Aquarium in Houston offers a close-up experience of underwater life with diverse species, hands-on activities, educational programs, great meals, and entertainment. Wade Broussard, the general manager, shares insights on maintaining the health and happiness of fish and animals.

[00:04:11] Fire station 1 became Downtown Aquarium, with a historic shark tunnel. Celebrating 20 years in 2023.

[00:07:17] Children can participate in programs to learn about being a marine biologist or a zookeeper. They explore exhibits, identify animals, prepare food, and experience the zoo.

[00:12:50] Animal care specialists start early, feeding and cleaning, while training and closing tasks are done later. Water quality is monitored 24/7. Zoo professionals are always on call and stay at the facility during storms.

[00:16:22] In 2019, new exhibit for tigers: indoor pool, outdoor space, interaction with trainers.

[00:19:31] Guests, including chaperones and parents, can eat, do crafts, ride rides, play games, create enrichment for tigers, and observe them. Bedding down at night is challenging as tigers are present.

[00:21:51] International Sawfish Day is celebrated on October 17th with conservation efforts. There will be booths, biologists, educators, and a wine event. Thanksgiving buffet and breakfast with Santa are also upcoming events.

[00:24:46] Improving programs, updating technology, and evolving property over 20 years.

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