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The Best Aquariums in the US

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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!

List Criteria: Public aquariums that display live sea animals

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    often listed
    Georgia Aquarium

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    83
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    ranked high on reranks
    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Monterey, California, Contiguous United States More
    83
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    often listed
    Tennessee Aquarium

    Tennessee, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    80
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    Chicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago More
    78
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    often listed
    Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

    78
  6. 6
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

    Gatlinburg, TN More
    78
  7. 7
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    California, Contiguous United States, Long Beach More
    72
  8. 8
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    most listed &controversial
    North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

    Eastern North Carolina, Atlantic coastal plain, United States, with ... More
    71
  9. 9
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    Area code 443, Baltimore, Area code 667 More
    65
  10. 10
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    Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617 More
    58
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    Nebraska, Area code 531, United States of America More
    55
  12. 12
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    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Columbia More
    51
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    Area code 504, United States of America, United States, with Territories ... More
    51
  14. 14
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    Nevada, Las Vegas, United States of America More
    51
  15. 15
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    Washington, Western United States, Northwestern United States More
    51
  16. 16
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    New York City, Coney Island, Area code 917 More
    51
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    Atlantis Marine World

    50
  18. 18
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    controversial
    Aquarium of the Bay

    San Francisco Peninsula, Northern California, California More
    48
  19. 19
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    controversial
    Florida Aquarium

    Tampa, Florida, Contiguous United States More
    47
  20. 20
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    new! Birch Aquarium

    University of California San Diego More
    47
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    Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with ... More
    47
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    Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with ... More
    46
  23. 23
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    Texas, Dallas, Contiguous United States More
    46
  24. 24
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    controversial
    Oregon Coast Aquarium

    Lincoln County, Newport, Western United States More
    45
  25. 25
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    controversial
    SeaWorld Orlando

    Central Florida, Area code 407, Florida More
    43
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    Eastern United States, New England, Contiguous United States More
    42
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    Houston Downtown Aquarium

    42
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    Hawaiian Islands, United States of America, United States, with ... More
    40
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    ranked low on reranks
    Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

    Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Area code 412 More
    39
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    ranked low on reranks
    Downtown Aquarium, Denver

    Area code 720, Colorado, Area code 303 More
    33
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    Dubuque County, United States, with Territories, Iowa More
    33
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