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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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      Monterey, California, United States of America More
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      Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America More
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      Long Beach, California, United States of America More
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      Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America More
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      Chicago, Illinois, United States of America More
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      Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

      Gatlinburg, TN More
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      Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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      Eastern North Carolina, Atlantic coastal plain, United States, with ... More
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      Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America More
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      Birch Aquarium

      University of California San Diego More
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      Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America More
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      Aquarium of the Bay

      California, United States of America More
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      San Diego, California, United States of America More
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      Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America More
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      San Pedro, Los Angeles, California More
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      Riverbanks Zoo

      Columbia, South Carolina, United States of America More
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      Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America More
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      Santa Monica, California, United States of America More
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      Aquarium of the Americas

      New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America More
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      Coney Island, New York City, New York More
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      Atlantis Marine World

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      Tacoma, Washington, United States of America More
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      Tampa, Florida, United States of America More
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      Herbert C. Hoover Building, Washington, D.C., United States of America More
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      Dallas, Texas, United States of America More
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      Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States of America More
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      Oregon Coast Aquarium

      Newport, Oregon, United States of America More
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      Houston Downtown Aquarium

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      Mystic, Connecticut, United States of America More
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      Orlando, Florida, United States of America More
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      Sea Life Park Hawaii

      Oahu, Hawaii, United States of America More
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      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America More
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      Texas State Aquarium

      Corpus Christi, Texas, United States of America More
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      Denver, Colorado, United States of America More
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      Iowa, United States of America More
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