It was a tight race for the title of 10Best Readers' Choice "Best Aquarium," but in the end, Atlanta's Georgia Aquarium made the biggest splash. Its Ocean Voyager exhibit is a 284' long tank, 20-30 deep, with a viewing window like a movie screen in a dark room. It's unforgettable!
Corpus Christi's most popular attraction, and the runner up for "Best Aquarium," the Texas State Aquarium features 330 species of aquatic animals, many native to the waters just offshore. Pictured here is Dolphin Bay.
Recognized by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums for both its conservation efforts and innovative exhibit spaces, the Shedd Aquarium lets visitors get up close with beluga whales, sea otters, dolphins, penguins and a host of colorful fish.
The Tennessee Aquarium is divided into two buildings, the River Journey and the Ocean Journey. In the former guests trace the journey of a raindrop from its beginnings in an Appalachian Mountain cove forest all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
The National Aquarium has become a recognizable part of the Baltimore Inner Harbor skyline. Its convenient location in the heart of all the Baltimore action makes it an even more popular destination for vacationers of all ages.
One of the aquarium's newest offerings, Blacktip Reef, recreates the coral-filled reefs of the Indo-Pacific, complete with pop-out viewing windows where guests can come face-to-face with a school of blacktip reef sharks.
Among the National Aquarium's many fascinating residents is the pig-nosed turtle, the only freshwater turtle with flippers like a sea turtle. This facility, and all the other winning aquariums, make a great bucket list for families who like to travel.