[11 July 2014 Last updated at 09:53]

Top Ten Aquariums in the US

Wondering about the best aquariums in the US?

The United States truly boasts some of the most impressive and stunning aquariums in the world where you can experience amazing marine life up-close!


The team at Mytravelguideposts has come up with a list where we include not only the best aquariums in the US but also the most underrated ones in the country.

Shedd Aquarium Chicago

The Shedd Aquarium in downtown Chicago is, without a doubt, on our list of top ten aquariums in the US as the Shedd Aquarium is simply an amazing underwater temple! (See Shedd Aquarium Pass Benefits)

Top Ten Aquariums in the US
Video of Shedd Aquarium Dolphin Show
The Shedd Aquarium boasts many galleries with a great variety of exhibits such as the reef exhibits where you’ll get to see sea turtles, rays and sharks up close.

Besides checking out the exhibits, the Shedd Aquarium boasts nice aquatic shows where you get to see dolphins performing cool tricks.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey is, no doubt, one of the top places to visit on the west coast of USA!

Monterey Bay Aquarium is located along the California Coast right on the waters of the Pacific Ocean, so you couldn’t ask for a more scenic location! (See Monterey Bay Aquarium Ticket Prices)
Top 10 Aquariums in the US
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the most popular in the country because of its live programs such as “Mysteries of the Deep”, as well as unique marine life such as seahorses, pink flamingos and sea otters.

North Carolina Aquarium

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located not far from the lovely Kure Beach, which is one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches to visit in the US!

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a great place where you can learn about North Carolina’s wildlife and marine life, and you can easily spend a couple of hours watching the cool video displays and the petting tanks.
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NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Besides seeing the nice exhibits, one of the main reasons the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is on our list of top ten aquariums in the US is because of the cute albino gator named Luna!

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is currently the largest aquarium in the world and one of the most stunning places you can visit in the US.
Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium
Visiting the Georgia Aquarium is, undoubtedly, one of the fun things to do in Atlanta, and with many different areas you can easily spend an entire afternoon exploring all the exhibits.

The Georgia Aquarium offers behind the scenes tours, and also boasts a 3D movie theatre and impressive live shows where you get to see majestic whale sharks.

Tennessee Aquarium

The Tennessee Aquarium is located in downtown Chattanooga, and it’s another of the country’s top aquariums.
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The Tennessee Aquarium is also popular for its daily animal encounter programs where you can get to pet wildlife such as a talking parrot named Boo who is one of the top attractions in the aquarium.

Tennessee Aquarium also boasts dive shows where you get to see divers feeding sharks and amazing giant catfish.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium isn’t only one of the top ten aquariums in the US, but one of the must-see attractions along the Oregon the Coast.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is located in Newport, and it is one of the most stunning aquariums you’ll ever set foot in!
Oregon Coast Aquarium
Oregon Coast Aquarium: Passages of the Deep
The biggest appeal about the Oregon Coast Aquarium is the Passages of the Deep exhibit, which are cool glass tunnels that allows to see marine life such as sharks swimming around you.

Baltimore National Aquarium

The National Aquarium in Baltimore isn't only one of the best and largest aquariums, but also one of the top ten aquariums in the US.

The National Aquarium boasts lots of huge tanks such as the popular shark and ray tanks, as well as plenty of educational and interactive areas to keep you busy for hours.
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The National Aquarium in Baltimore Maryland also boasts a 4D theatre, cool live dolphin shows and immersion tours that allow to dive inside the tanks.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas‎ New Orleans

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas‎ is located the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, and it is perhaps one of the most complete aquariums you can visit in the country.
Audubon Aquarium

Audubon Aquarium boasts every habitat in the world including an African Savannah exhibit where you can get to see rare white rhinos.

Audubon Aquarium also boasts hands on displays for kids and adults, as well as huge tanks where you can see sting rays and sharks.

Ripley's Aquarium-Smokies

Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg TN is one of the most underrated aquariums in the country, but one of the top ten aquariums in the US without a doubt.
Ripley's Aquarium-smokies

One of the great things about the Ripley's Aquarium is its location right outside the Great Smoky Mountains national park where you can enjoy a ton of outdoor activities.

Ripley's Aquarium boasts petting areas, walking areas such as an stunning tropical rainforest exhibit, and a cool penguin house where you can get to see penguins up close!

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