The Best Aquariums in the US All Places
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The Best Aquariums in the US

List Criteria: Public aquariums that display live sea animals

The best aquariums in the US are the best places in the United States to get up close and personal with marine life. These top United States aquariums attract millions of visitors each year both young and old. If you're a fan of stunning marine life in beautiful habitats, you're sure to love the choices on this best aquariums in the US list.

For those who have visited several of these best US aquariums, many will tell you that they are all great but a few stand out from the rest. The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California, and the Shedd Aquarium in downtown Chicago, Illinois, are frequent favorites as the best aquariums in America.

What makes a good aquarium great? That depends but each of the attractions listed here all provide opportunities to learn about marine life, see rare and beautiful sea creatures and even touch some of them. Visitors can meet dozens species of fish, turtles, sharks, otters and dolphins, among many others, at these places, many of which feature a ton of great activities like 4D theaters, live marine life shows and even immersion tours to get into the tanks with the sea creatures.

So wherever you're planning a field trip for your students, a family getaway or just looking to enjoy a few hours on a business trip, visiting one of these top US aquariums is sure to please. Do you have a favorite aquarium? Add it to our list or vote it up using the arrows below. You can also make your own list of the best US aquariums by clicking the re-rank buttons below too! For other travel tips, check out the best zoos in the United States and the best US cities for vacations as well. Happy travels!

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    Monterey, California, USA

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    Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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    Long Beach, California, USA

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    Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

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    Chicago, Illinois, USA

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    Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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    Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Gatlinburg, TN

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    Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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    Birch Aquarium University of California San Diego

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    California, USA

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    Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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    Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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    Tacoma, Washington, USA

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    Atlantis Marine World

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    Coney Island, New York City, New York

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    New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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    Dallas, Texas, USA

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    Columbia, South Carolina, USA

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    Virginia, USA

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    Tampa, Florida, USA

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    Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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    San Pedro, Los Angeles, California

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    Newport, Oregon, USA

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    Mystic, Connecticut, Mystic, Connecticut

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    Santa Monica, California, USA

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    Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota

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    Orlando, Florida, USA

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    Herbert C. Hoover Building, Washington, D.C., USA

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    Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

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    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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    Houston Downtown Aquarium

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    Oahu, Hawaii, USA

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    Denver, Colorado, USA

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    Minnesota, USA Twin Cities, MN w/ moving sidewalk through tube surrounded

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    California, USA

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    Newport, Kentucky, USA

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