10 Best Aquariums in America

Kids or no kids, aquariums are pretty awesome places to hang out. There’s just something about submerging yourself into a world of sharks, jellies, and tropical fish (from behind safe walls of glass, of course) that really excites the little kid in all of us.

With so many great aquariums in the U.S. and so much to admire and learn about, narrowing your focus can be a challenge. To help guide your search, we’ve assembled a list of the 10 best aquariums in America. Let’s dive in:

 

1. The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia

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2. The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California

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Which is perhaps best known for its brilliant collection of jellyfish:

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3. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois

 

4. Scott Aquarium at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska

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5. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland

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6. The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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7. Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut

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8. Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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9. The New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts

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10. The Seattle Aquarium in Seattle, Washington

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How’s that for some underwater inspiration? Thankfully, these 10 best aquariums make up only a small portion of the incredible public and private aquariums all across the United States. Check out an even bigger list of American aquarium eye candy here, and don’t forget to share your own aqua-discoveries on Trover!