The Nautilus Ballroom at the Houston Downtown Aquarium





Bridal Open House Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 11:30am to 3:00pm (Must RSVP by January 19, 2018 to attend) Come experience firsthand the quality and ambiance of our Newly Renovated Nautilus Ballroom at Houston’s Downtown Aquarium. Turn your wedding celebration into an underwater adventure and commemorate your nuptials within the magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex known as Downtown Aquarium. The 500,000 gallon aquatic wonderland is home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. In addition to aquatic and geographic exhibits, Downtown Aquarium boasts a full-service restaurant, upscale bar, and fully equipped ballroom. Located on the third floor of the Aquarium, the Nautilus Ballroom will transport you and your guests to a world of elegance and refinement. The stunning ballroom features breathtaking views of the downtown skyline, a private wrap-around balcony, and a beautiful cylindrical aquarium tank in the foyer area. The ballroom can be divided into two separate spaces to accommodate both ceremony and reception. The foyer and balcony are both exceptional spaces that can be used for cocktail hour. Sit down to a delicious meal customized to your specifications by the award-winning culinary team. The experienced event coordinators are ready to assist you with everything from planning to décor to entertainment. Your special day will be one you will cherish forever.

Venue Style

Event Center, Ballrooms


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 400 guests

Time Restrictions

Time of event is typically 4 to 6 hours. 2 hour prior for set up.

Rental Fees

There is no rental fee for the reception. Please inquire with the venue for the exact food and beverage minimum applied to all events. The venue allows 6 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at The Nautilus Ballroom at the Houston Downtown Aquarium is estimated at between $15,769 and $21,290 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Event coordination
Dance floor
Podium and/or stage
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
Full kitchen facilities
Valet or public parking for a fee
Adult and kid entertainment/enrichments add-ons available

Special Restrictions

All food and beverage handled by venue
Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by 2:00AM