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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Tennessee Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Tennessee Aquarium Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

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Aquarium of the Pacific is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach, California, 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
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher New Hanover County , 28449

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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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New York Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
New York Aquarium Coney Island, New York City, New York

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Dallas World Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Dallas World Aquarium Dallas, Texas, USA

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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Tacoma, Washington, 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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SeaWorld San Diego is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
horatio added SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California, USA

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Florida Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Florida Aquarium Tampa, Florida, USA

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SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
johnny21 added SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota

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Riverbanks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Riverbanks Zoo Columbia, South Carolina, USA

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Oregon Coast Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Oregon Coast Aquarium Newport, Oregon, USA

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Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Mystic Aquarium & Institute fo... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration Mystic, Connecticut, Mystic

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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
horatio added Cabrillo Marine Aquarium San Pedro, Los Angeles, California

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SeaWorld Orlando is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida, USA

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National Aquarium in Washingto... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
National Aquarium in Washington, D.C. Herbert C. Hoover Building, Washington, D.C.

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Texas State Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Texas State Aquarium Corpus Christi, Texas, 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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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
horatio added Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Santa Monica, California, USA

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Houston Downtown Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
ash255e added 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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Newport Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
jschro1861 added Newport Aquarium Newport, Kentucky, USA

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Downtown Aquarium, Denver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Downtown Aquarium, Denver Denver, Colorado, 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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Mall of America is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
pjmmm added Mall of America Minnesota, USA - Twin Cities, MN w/ moving sidewalk through tube surrounded

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

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Seattle Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Nicholas8 added Seattle Aquarium Seattle, Washington, USA

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Como Zoo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Como Zoo Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

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Ocean World is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Nicholas8 added Ocean World Crescent City, California, United States

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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
DavidLleraYT(David) added Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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Wonders of Wildlife Museum & A... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
DavidLleraYT(David) added Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium Springfield, Missouri, USA

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Seaside Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Nicholas8 added Seaside Aquarium Seaside, Oregon, USA

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Toledo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
died added Toledo Zoo Toledo, Ohio, USA

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Delhi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
kunal1927 added Delhi India