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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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    Georgia Aquarium

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
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    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Monterey, California, Contiguous United States More
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    Tennessee Aquarium

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    Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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    Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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    California, Contiguous United States, Long Beach More
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    North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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    Area code 443, Baltimore, Area code 667 More
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    Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617 More
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    Nebraska, Area code 531, United States of America More
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    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Columbia More
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    New York City, Coney Island, Area code 917 More
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    Atlantis Marine World

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    Aquarium of the Bay

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    Florida Aquarium

    Tampa, Florida, Contiguous United States More
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    new! Birch Aquarium

    University of California San Diego More
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    Texas, Dallas, Contiguous United States More
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    Oregon Coast Aquarium

    Lincoln County, Newport, Western United States More
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    SeaWorld Orlando

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

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    Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

    Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Area code 412 More
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    Downtown Aquarium, Denver

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