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The Best Aquariums in the US 

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Updated October 13, 2018 14.1k votes 4.3k voters 85.8k views

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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Georgia Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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Monterey Bay Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Monterey, California, USA
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Shedd Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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National Aquarium in Bal... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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Aquarium of the Pacific ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Long Beach, California, USA
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Tennessee Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
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Ripley's Aquarium of the... 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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New England Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Audubon Aquarium of the ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
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North Carolina Aquarium ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
New Hanover County , 28449
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Dallas World Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Dallas, Texas, USA
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Henry Doorly Zoo and Aqu... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
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Atlantis Marine World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Atlantis Marine World
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Newport Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
jschro1861 added Newport, Kentucky, USA
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Aquarium of the Americas... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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Virginia Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Virginia, USA
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Point Defiance Zoo &... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Tacoma, Washington, USA
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Birch Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Birch Aquarium University of California San Diego
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Mystic Aquarium & In... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Mystic, Connecticut, Mystic
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Seattle Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Nicholas8 added Seattle, Washington, USA
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Houston Downtown Aquariu... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
ash255e added Houston Downtown Aquarium
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SeaWorld San Diego is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
horatio added San Diego, California, USA
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Florida Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Tampa, Florida, USA
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New York Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Coney Island, New York City, New York
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Oregon Coast Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Newport, Oregon, USA