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Top 10 Aquariums to Visit in America

Sometimes, the awesomeness of an aquarium can’t be contained within a household or office. Enter the domain of the public aquarium. And lucky for you, America is full of great public aquariums. Here is our (purely subjective) ranking of the top 10.

  1. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago
    How could we not start at home? But seriously, with over 8,000 species, the Shedd’s collection is truly impressive. It was also the first inland aquarium to permanently display saltwater fish!
  2. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta
    The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world, with a half million square feet of exhibits and more than 100,000 animals. Enough said.
  3. National Aquarium, Baltimore
    With over 17,000 species on display, we can’t argue with the awesomeness of this aquarium.
  4. Audibon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans
    Recently updated from the damage done by Hurricane Katrina, the Audibon has a truly special Caribbean reef exhibit.
  5. Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California
    This 5-acre aquarium campus is the definitive US aquarium for species from the Pacific Ocean.
  6. Maui Ocean Center, Wailuku
    An aquarium based in Hawaii is obviously going to have a head start on the competition. Oh, and it also has the largest tropical reef aquarium in the Western Hemisphere.
  7. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
    Another great West Coast aquarium, this one features a giant 28-foot-high, 330,000 gallon tank for viewing California coastal marine life.
  8. Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi
    A great place to see some of the unique species from the Gulf of Mexico and coastal Texas, this aquarium is known for its 70-foot-long underwater viewing window.
  9. Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport
    The unique thing about this aquarium is the underwater glass tunnel that enables visitors to feel completely immersed in the wildlife scene.
  10. New England Aquarium, Boston
    Last but not least, this aquarium’s main feature, a 200,000 gallon cylindrical aquarium that simulates a Caribbean coral reef, is awesome.

With this many amazing aquariums, what are you waiting for?! Get in the car and start your own US aquarium road trip!

About Jon Wolf

Servicing Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana & Michigan, Blue Planet Aquarium Services has been the most trusted name in aquarium design, installation and maintenance since 1999. A company large enough to be dependable but small enough to still watch out for your best interests, Blue Planet is the only company to call if you are planning to install an aquarium or have one maintained.