10Besties Best Aquariums Winners

  • Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati1

    Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati

    Dangerous and Deadly, Penguin Palooza, jellyfish, gators and sharks . . . kids can't get enough of the sights and surprises at Cincinnati's Newport Aquarium. 200' of seamless acrylic tunnels put you "in" the ocean. Open 365 days a year, this family favorite is at newport on the Levee, only two minutes from downtown Cincinnati!  Read more »

  • Shedd Aquarium, Chicago2

    Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

    In addition to the 32,500 marine animals on display, Chicago's award-winning Shedd Aquarium hosts daily aquatic shows featuring dolphins and belugas performing tricks in front of captivated audiences. As an added bonus, visitors to the aquarium are rewarded with one of the best views of Chicago's famed skyline.  Read more »

  • Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta3

    Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta

    You may THINK you've seen an aquarium before, but until you sit in the mesmerizing Ocean Voyager room at Georgia Aquarium, you really haven't. Touch tanks, curious dolphins, penguins and albino gator also keep the thrill factor high. Grownups have just as much fun as kids.  Read more »

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium4

    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Situated directly on California's Monterey Bay in a former sardine factory, the Monterey Bay Aquarium sees nearly two million visitors each year. Though there are many unique exhibits on display, a few particularly cool attractions feature multi-million-liter-sized tanks housing California coastal marine life, Giant Kelp, and one of the world's largest single-paned viewing windows.  Read more »

  • National Aquarium, Baltimore5

    National Aquarium, Baltimore

    With an annual attendance of 1.5 and thousands of specimens, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, is not to be missed. Be sure to check out the dolphins, the tropical rainforest, the multiple-story Atlantic Coral Reef, the Open Ocean shark tank, and Australia: Wild Extremes, which won the "Best Exhibit" award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2008.  Read more »

  • Moody Gardens, Galveston6

    Moody Gardens, Galveston

    Galveston Island's enormously popular aquarium has fully (and amazingly) recovered from the big hit it took in 2008's Hurricane Ike and its subsequent storm surge. The aquarium's Rainforest Pyramid finally reopened in mid-2011, and you've gotta hand it to the dedicated crew of this family favorite attraction. They have loved it back to life for generations to come.  Read more »

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium7

    Oregon Coast Aquarium

    The Oregon Coast Aquarium first came to national attention when it was chosen as the location for Keiko the whale's rehabilitation. While Keiko is long gone, the tourists keep coming back because of this popular attraction's broad range of marine life exhibits.  Read more »

  • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies8

    Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

    Perhaps the world's best-hidden aquarium -- in the mountains? really? -- Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is incredibly well done. The penguin habitat steals the show -- allowing visitors to be completely surrounded via a glass enclosure. Photographers love love love this aquarium. It's also right in the heart of downtown, with easy parking.  Read more »

  • Discovery Cove, Orlando9

    Discovery Cove, Orlando

    Located adjacent to sister parks SeaWorld and Aquatica in Orlando, Florida, Discovery Cove turns the aquarium idea on its head: Guests can swim with dolphin, snorkel on a reef with tropical fish and rays, or interact with tropical birds.  Read more »

  • South Carolina Aquarium10

    South Carolina Aquarium

    The South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, as if its Great Ocean Tank, Touch Tank, and array of impressive facilities weren't enthralling enough, also offers breathtaking, panoramic views of historic Charleston harbor. The environmental learning center here is state-of-the-art, absolutely unrivaled.  Read more »

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