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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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1
599 434
Monterey Bay Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Monterey, California, USA

2
682 378
Georgia Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

3
226 194
Aquarium of the Pacific is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Long Beach, California, USA

4
432 266
Shedd Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Chicago, Illinois, USA

5
376 273
Tennessee Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

6
243 219
Audubon Aquarium of the Americ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

7
659 578
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

8
147 164
North Carolina Aquarium at For... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
New Hanover County , 28449

9
300 181
National Aquarium in Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

10
65 93
Birch Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Birch Aquarium University of California San Diego

11
59 152
Aquarium of the Bay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
California, USA

12
182 155
New England Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

13
94 103
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

14
74 83
Atlantis Marine World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Atlantis Marine World

15
95 70
Aquarium of the Americas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

16
88 89
Dallas World Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Dallas, Texas, USA

17
58 96
New York Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Coney Island, New York City, New York

18
60 81
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Tacoma, Washington, USA

19
62 80
Virginia Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Virginia, USA

20
31 33
SeaWorld San Diego is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
horatio added San Diego, California, USA

21
10 30
SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
johnny21 added Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota

22
102 163
Florida Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Tampa, Florida, USA

23
84 72
Riverbanks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Columbia, South Carolina, USA

24
65 78
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

25
95 139
Mystic Aquarium & Institute fo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Aquariums in the US
Mystic, Connecticut, Mystic