attractions The Best Aquariums in the US

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List Rules 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. The largest aquariums in the US are lots of fun, but even some smaller USA aquariums are among the top rated as well.

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. From the largest aquarium in US, to aquariums in the northeast and east coast aquariums, do you have a favorite aquarium? Add it to our list or vote it up using the buttons 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 Bay Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey, California USA

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Georgia Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Georgia Aquarium Atlanta, Georgia USA

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Aquarium of the Pacific is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach, California USA

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Tennessee Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Tennessee Aquarium Chattanooga, Tennessee USA

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Shedd Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Shedd Aquarium Chicago, Illinois USA

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Audubon Aquarium of the Americ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smoki... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Gatlinburg, TN

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North Carolina Aquarium at For... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US

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National Aquarium in Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
National Aquarium in Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland USA

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Birch Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Birch Aquarium University of California San Diego

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Aquarium of the Bay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Aquarium of the Bay California, USA

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New England Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
New England Aquarium Boston, Massachusetts USA

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Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Omaha, Nebraska USA

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Atlantis Marine World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Atlantis Marine World

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Aquarium of the Americas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Aquarium of the Americas New Orleans, Louisiana USA

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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Tacoma, Washington USA

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New York Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
New York Aquarium Coney Island, New York City New York

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SeaWorld San Diego is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California USA

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Virginia Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Virginia Aquarium Virginia, USA

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Dallas World Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Dallas World Aquarium Dallas, Texas USA

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Riverbanks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Riverbanks Zoo Columbia, South Carolina USA

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SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium Mall of America, Bloomington Minnesota

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Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, Nevada USA

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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium San Pedro, Los Angeles California

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Florida Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Florida Aquarium Tampa, Florida USA

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SeaWorld Orlando is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida USA

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Mystic Aquarium & Institute fo... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration Mystic, Connecticut Mystic

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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Santa Monica, California USA

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Oregon Coast Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Oregon Coast Aquarium Newport, Oregon USA

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National Aquarium in Washingto... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
National Aquarium in Washington, D.C. Herbert C. Hoover Building, Washington^! D.C. USA

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Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

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Texas State Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Texas State Aquarium Corpus Christi, Texas USA

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Houston Downtown Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Houston Downtown Aquarium

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Sea Life Park Hawaii is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Sea Life Park Hawaii Oahu, Hawaii USA

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Mall of America is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Mall of America Minnesota, USA - Twin Cities, MN w/ moving sidewalk through tube surrounded

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Newport Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Newport Aquarium Newport, Kentucky USA

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National Mississippi River Mus... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US

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Downtown Aquarium, Denver is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Downtown Aquarium, Denver Denver, Colorado USA

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California Academy of Sciences is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US

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Como Zoo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Como Zoo Saint Paul, Minnesota USA

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Seaside Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Seaside Aquarium Seaside, Oregon USA

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Seattle Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Seattle Aquarium Seattle, Washington USA

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Ocean World is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Ocean World Crescent City, California United States

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Toledo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Toledo Zoo Toledo, Ohio USA

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Delhi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
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