Georgia Aquarium makes biggest splash with readers
Texas State Aquarium, Ripleys, Smokies also winners
It seemed to be a case of Bigger is Better with our readers in the Best Aquarium Contest! Georgia Aquarium, with its massive tank the size of a football field, took top honors, while voters keen on The Lone Star State voted their Texas State Aquarium into a very close second.
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, in America's beloved Smoky Mountains, landed a solid third place finish and Chicago's Shedd Aquarium demonstrated its fans and followers with a very large fourth place finish. Rounding out the top five? A second Tennessee nominee, the Tennessee Aquarium in beautiful downtown Chattanooga.
This was one of the most popular Readers' Choice contests we've had to date, and it was so fun watching fans, followers, families and locals prompting each other to vote for their favorite. A great campaign was run by all!
The original 20 nominees were very carefully chosen, based on data provided by the AZA, so inclusion in the contest was an honor in itself. Being voted one of the 10Best by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best? An accolade worth bragging about!
The full list of winners in the 'Best Aquarium' contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice is as follows:
- Georgia Aquarium - Atlanta
- Texas State Aquarium - Corpus Christi, Texas
- Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies -Gatlinburg, Tenn
- Shedd Aquarium - Chicago
- Tennessee Aquarium - Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey, Calif.
- Vancouver Aquarium - Vancouver
- Mystic Aquarium - Mystic, Conn.
- Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium - Omaha, Neb.
- National Aquarium - Baltimore
Congratulations to all our winners!
The other 10 nominees - all well worth a visit - were:
ABQ BioPark Aquarium - Albuquerque, N.M.
Adventure Aquarium - Camden, N.J.
Aquarium of the Bay - San Francisco
Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach, Calif.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas - New Orleans
New England Aquarium - Boston
New York Aquarium - New York
Oregon Coast Aquarium - Newport, Ore.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium - Tacoma, Wash.
Seattle Aquarium - Seattle
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