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Public Aquarium Listing

Most people are not able to witness the amazing world beneath the sea first-hand. Fortunately, we have public aquariums that can make the wonders of the oceans available to anyone who is interested. Public aquariums exist in nearly every state in the United States and in most countries around the world.

This listing of public aquariums contains links to Websites for public aquariums located throughout the Unites States. You can click on a state name below to view the listings for that state, or browse the complete listing by scrolling the page. Clicking the "Return to top of page" link will bring you back to the state names list and allow you to select another state.

 

Alabama


  • Dauphin Island Sea Lab - Dauphin Island, Alabama

    Alabama's primary marine education and research center. It is the home site of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium. It also has a public aquarium specializing in estuarine organisms, the George F. Crozier Estuarium.

  • McWane Science Center - Birmingham, Alabama

    A state-of-the-art science center, aquarium and 280-seat IMAX Dome Theater is housed in the historic and refurbished Loveman's department store building.

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Alaska


  • Alaska SeaLife Center - Seward, Alaska

    Alaska’s premier public aquarium and Alaska's only permanent marine mammal rehabilitation facility, located on the shores of Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska.

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Arizona


  • Sea Life Arizona - Temple, Arizona

    Sea Life Arizona transports visitors into the amazing ocean world, providing close encounters with a vast array of creatures including seahorses, sharks, rays, tropical fish and more!

  • Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium - Litchfield Park, Arizona

    A 95-acre zoo and aquarium in Litchfield Park, Arizona, near Phoenix. The zoo specializes in African and South American animals. It also has an aquarium with a total tank volume of 180,000 US gallons (681,000 liters)

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Arkansas


  • National Park Aquarium - Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the National Park Aquarium features displays of freshwater fish, saltwater fish, frogs, turtles, tortoises, lizards and more. There are 60 exhibits with over 300 animals on display.

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California


  • Aquarium of the Bay - San Francisco, California

    A public aquarium located at Embarcadero and Beach Street, at the edge of Pier 39 in San Francisco, California. The Aquarium is focused on local aquatic animals from the San Francisco Bay and neighboring waters.

  • Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach, California

    A public aquarium on a 5-acre site on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California. It features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species in exhibits ranging in size and capacity from about 5,000 gallons (18,927 liters) to 350,000 gallons (132,489 liters).

  • Birch Aquarium - La Jolla, California

    A public aquarium that features more than 3,000 animals representing 380 species. The hilltop site provides spectacular views of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus and the Pacific Ocean.

  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium - San Pedro, California

    An aquarium in San Pedro, California, United States, a community within Los Angeles. It concentrates on the marine life of Southern California. In addition to its displays, it also offers school and group programs.

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey California

    One of the premiere aquariums in the U.S., the Monterey Bay Aquarium features exhibits that include stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, and numerous other native marine species, which can be viewed above and below the waterline. It is also known for its incredible kelp forest exhibit housed in a 333,000 gallon (1,260,000 liter) aquarium.

  • Santa Monica Pier Aquarium - Santa Monica, California

    A public aquarium in Santa Monica, California, located beneath the Santa Monica Pier, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. The SMPA has numerous exhibits featuring marine life native to the Santa Monica Bay.

  • SeaWorld San Diego - San Diego, California

    Sea World is an animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park, located in San Diego, California. Exhibits include marine mammals, sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, and a variety of other marine life. The park also features live whale, dolphin, and sea lion shows as well as roller coasters and other rides.

  • Steinhart Aquarium - San Francisco, California

    Steinhart Aquarium is home to 38,000 live animals from around the world, representing more than 900 separate species. Exhibits include penguins, sharks, piranha, and much more. It also features one of the deepest coral reef aquariums in the world at 25 feet (7.6 meters) deep and 212,000 gallons (802507 liters).

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Colorado


  • Downtown Aquarium - Denver, Colorado

    Downtown Aquarium is a public aquarium and restaurant located in Denver, Colorado. Its freshwater and marine aquaria total approximately 1,000,000 US gallons (3,785,000 liters), and exhibit a variety of fish and other animals.

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Connecticut


  • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk - Norwalk, Connecticut

    A public aquarium located in the South Norwalk section of Norwalk, Connecticut. The aquarium has harbor seals, river otters, sharks, jellyfish, loggerhead turtles, and hundreds of other animals living in re-creations of their natural Long Island Sound habitats. It also features an IMAX theater with a screen six-stories tall.

  • Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration - Mystic, Connecticut

    An aquarium and oceanography institute in Mystic, Connecticut. The Aquarium is one of four U.S. facilities holding Steller sea lions and it has one of the largest outdoor Beluga Whale exhibits in the United States. Special exhibits include a ray and shark touch pool, a penguin exhibit, and a jelly gallery.

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Florida


  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium - Clearwater, Florida

    A non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured marine animals. Numerous forms of marine life reside at the aquarium, some temporarily until they can be released, while others have serious injuries which do not permit their return to the wild, The aquarium's best-known permanent resident, is Winter the Dolphin, which was featured in the recent film, Dolphin Tale.

  • Dolphin Research Center - Grassy Key, Florida

    A dolphinarium on Grassy Key, Florida. The 90,000-square-foot series of saltwater lagoons is home to a family of bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions. It features experiences where visitors can learn about marine mammals and the environment and also swim with, hand-signal, or enjoy other interactive programs with the dolphins.

  • Florida Aquarium - Tampa, Florida

    A large scale, 250,000-square-foot aquarium which is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The facility is home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and all over the world. The facility is located in the Channel District of Downtown Tampa.

  • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park - Fort Walton Beach, Florida

    Gulfarium is one of Florida's oldest marine parks, established in 1955. It features dolphins, seals, sea lions, sea turtles, stingrays, and other marine life exhibits. The park also features daily dolphin and sea lion shows.

  • Key West Aquarium - Key West, Florida

    Built between 1932 and 1934, the Key West Aquarium is one of Florida's oldest aquariums. With over a 100 species of fish, turtles, sharks and birds, the Aquarium features a Touch Tank and an Atlantic Shores exhibit with a mangrove environment. The aquarium also features stingrays, sharks, eels, lobster, tarpon, seahorses and colorful tropical fish.

  • Miami Seaquarium - Virginia Key, Florida

    A 38-acre oceanarium located on the island of Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay, Miami-Dade County, Florida and is located near downtown Miami. Founded in 1955, it is the oldest oceanarium in the United States. In addition to marine mammals, the Miami Seaquarium houses fish, sharks, sea turtles, birds, reptiles, and manatees.

  • Mote Aquarium - Sarasota Florida

    Mote Aquarium is a public aquarium accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums The aquarium features touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.

  • SeaWorld Orlando - Orlando Florida

    Sea World is an animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park, located in San Diego, California. Exhibits include marine mammals, sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, and a variety of other marine life. The park also features live whale, dolphin, and sea lion shows as well as roller coasters and other rides.

  • Tarpon Springs Aquarium - Tarpon Springs Florida

    This aquarium features a 120,000 gallon (454,250 liter) tank that is home to more than 30 species of fish including nurse sharks, bonnet head sharks, snook, tarpon and protected Jewfish. They also have alligators, eels, lobsters, octopus, and live coral, as well as a Touch Tank where you can safely pet and feed stingrays and small sharks.

  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends - Orlando, Florida

    An aquarium and a dark ride located in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. The attraction is themed as an underwater exploration base, with several exhibits devoted to oceanic study. It also features a 5.7 million gallon (21,576,800 liter) saltwater aquarium, one of the largest in the world, with an observation module inside the tank.

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Georgia


  • Flint RiverQuarium - Albany, Georgia

    This 54,000 square ft aquarium opened in 2004 and is located on the banks of the Flint River in Albany, Georgia. The aquarium follows the journey of the Flint River, and highlights the ecosystems of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River basins.

  • Georgia Aquarium - Atlanta, Georgia

    The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta houses 120,000 animals, representing 500 species, in an 8.5 million gallon (31,419,000 liter) aquarium. It was the world's largest aquarium when it opened in 2005. The aquarium is famous for its whale sharks, beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins and four manta rays, as well as a variety of other marine animals.

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Hawaii


  • Maui Ocean Center - Maalaea, Hawaii

    An aquarium and marine science center located in Maalaea, Hawaii on the island of Maui. The three acre facility is the largest tropical reef aquarium in the Western Hemisphere. It includes exhibits on coral reef habitats, sea turtles, sharks, and humpback whales, among others.

  • Sea Life Park Hawaii - Honolulu, Hawaii

    A marine mammal park, bird sanctuary and aquarium near Makapuʻu Point, north of Hanauma Bay on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The park includes exhibits that let visitors interact with the animals by swimming with dolphins, sea lions, and rays, taking a sea safari in the aquarium, and feeding the sea turtles.

  • Waikiki Aquarium - Honolulu, Hawaii

    The Waikiki Aquarium is the third oldest public aquarium in the United States. Built next to a living coral reef on the Waikiki shoreline, the Waikiki Aquarium is home to more than 3,500 organisms of 490 species of marine plants and animals. The aquarium receives over 330,000 visitors each year.

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Illinois


  • Shedd Aquarium - Chicago, Illinois

    Shedd Aquarium is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois. The aquarium contains over 25,000 fish, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 gallons (19,000,000 liters) of water. The aquarium contains over 1,500 species of fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects.

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Indiana


  • Indianapolis Zoo - Indianapolis, Indiana

    The Indianapolis zoo features dolphin pavilion with a new underwater dolphin dome. It also has has the Midwest’s only in-water dolphin program for the public, allowing guests to interact with the dolphins in their exhibit.

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Iowa


  • National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium - Dubuque, Iowa

    The museum is home to an aquarium featuring wildlife representative of that found in the Mississippi River, including giant catfish, sturgeon, ducks, frogs, turtles, and more. There is also an outdoor park, featuring river otters, a marsh, and large artifacts, such as boats. The new museum expansion has saltwater tanks and a cafe.

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Kentucky


  • Newport Aquarium - Newport, Kentucky

    An aquarium features 70 exhibits and 14 galleries, including five seamless acrylic tunnels totaling over 200 feet (61 meters) in length. The aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons (3.8 million liters) of water, including the "Scooter" and "Sweet Pea," two of the few shark rays in captivity.

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Louisiana


  • Aquarium of the Americas - New Orleans, Louisiana

    An aquarium located along the banks of the Mississippi River by the edge of the historic French Quarter. The aquarium features 10,000 animals representing 530 species. Exhibits include a Caribbean reef, the Amazon, a Mississippi River gallery, and a Gulf of Mexico exhibit. There is also an IMAX theater and exhibits for sea otters and African penguins.

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Maine


  • Maine State Aquarium - West Boothbay Harbor, Maine

    An aquarium featuring extraordinary lobsters of all sizes and colors and colorful marine life, including red sea anemones and purple sunstars. There is also an 850 gallon (3,217 liter) tank filled with sharks and skates and a 20-foot (6-meter) long elevated touch tank that houses a multitude of invertebrates.

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Maryland


  • National Aquarium in Baltimore - Baltimore Maryland

    The Aquarium has a collection of 16,500 specimens representing 660 species. Exhibits including the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, a multiple-story Atlantic Coral Reef, an open ocean shark tank, and Australia: Wild Extremes. The aquarium also has a 4D Immersion Theater. and a new marine mammal pavilion featuring bottlenose dolphins.

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Massachusetts


  • New England Aquarium - Boston, Massachusetts

    A large public aquarium located in Boston, Massachusetts. The aquarium features a giant, cylindrical 200,000 gallon (760,000 liter) tank simulating a Caribbean coral reef. This tank houses sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, eels, barracuda, and many smaller reef-living fish.

  • Woods Hole Science Aquarium - Woods Hole, Massachusetts

    Woods Hole Science Aquarium is a small, public aquarium that displays approximately 140 species of marine animals found in Northeast and Middle Atlantic waters. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted.

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Michigan


  • Belle Isle Aquarium - Detroit, Michigan

    A public aquarium located in Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. The historic facility first opened on August 18, 1904. The 10,000-square-foot historic building features a single large gallery with an arched ceiling covered in green glass tile to evoke an underwater feeling.

  • John Ball Zoological Garden - Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Features the Van Andel Living Shores Aquarium. The aquarium features penguins, eels, anemones, and exotic fish, and a 40,000 gallon (151,400 liter) Kelp Forest tank. There is also a tide pool and a Stingray Lagoon, where you can touch cownose stingrays and white spotted bamboo sharks.

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Minnesota


  • Great Lakes Aquarium - Duluth, Minnesota

    Great Lakes Aquarium features animals and habitats found within the Great Lakes basin and other freshwater ecosystems such as the Amazon River. The Aquarium houses 205 different species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. It is one of few aquariums in the United States that focuses on freshwater exhibits.

  • Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium - Bloomington Minnesota

    A public aquarium located in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. It is home to more than 10,000 aquatic creatures, including a large collection of sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and freshwater fish. The 1,200,000 gallon (4,500,000 liter) aquarium also features sea turtles, octopuses, and lobsters.

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Missouri


  • Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium - Springfield, Missouri

    The museum showcases more than 225 species of live animals, fresh and saltwater aquariums, interactive displays and educational programs. It is part of the massive Bass Pro Shops national headquarters facility in Springfield, Missouri.

  • World Aquarium - St. Louis, Missouri

    The World Aquarium is an interactive animal exhibition and rehabilitation center located within the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. Some highlights of the exhibition are a crawl-through shark tunnel and ray touch tank.

  • Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium - Kansas City, Missouri

    Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium features sharks, starfish, seahorses and rays. Exhibits include an amazing underwater ocean tunnel, more than 5,000 sea creatures, a touchpool experience, and talks and feed shows throughout the day.

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Nebraska


  • Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium - Gretna, Nebraska

    Part of the Schramm Park State Recreation Area in Gretna, Nebraska. The aquarium features 12 display tanks that house native freshwater fish species including paddlfish and sturgeon.

  • Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium - Omaha, Nebraska

    The zoo hosts the Walter and Suzanne Scott Kingdoms of the Seas Aquarium which features displays of aquatic habitats from polar regions, temperate oceans, the flooded Amazon Rainforest, and coral reefs. The aquarium includes a 900,000 gallon (3,400,000 liter) shark tank with sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and coral reef fish.

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Nevada


  • Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay - Las Vegas, Nevada

    A public aquarium located at and owned by the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Its main tank is 1,300,000 gallons (4,900,000 liters), one of the largest in North America. The facility is 95,000 square feet and displays numerous different species of sharks, rays, fish, reptiles, and marine invertebrates.

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New Jersey


  • Adventure Aquarium - Camden, New Jersey

    Adventure Aquarium, formerly the New Jersey State Aquarium, features over 8,000 animals living in varied forms of semi-aquatic, freshwater, and marine habitats. The facility has a total tank volume of over 2 million gallons (7,570,800 liters) and public floor space of 200,000 square feet.

  • Jenkinson's Aquarium - Pt. Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

    An aquarium that features a diversity of marine life from both the east and west coast, as well as an exhibit of South African penguins and seals. A large tank contains sharks and large fish. There are also exhibits featuring smaller creatures such as nautilus, octopus, horseshoe crabs, and different types of starfish and salt water reef-dwelling fish.

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New Mexico


  • Albuquerque Aquarium - Albuquerque, New Mexico

    The aquarium exhibits Gulf of Mexico saltwater species. The highlight of the aquarium is a 285,000 gallon (1,078,840 liter) shark tank with an acrylic viewing window. The facility also features moon jellies, Japanese sea nettles, and moray eels, seahorses, pipefishes, and colorfully patterned reef fish.

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New York


  • Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center - Riverhead, New York

    This aquarium features a 20,000 gallon (76,000 liter) coral reef display tank, which is one of the largest all-living coral displays in the Western Hemisphere. Other exhibits include Amazon clownfish, anemones, cuttlefish, electric eels, giant pacific octopus, jellyfish, a shark exhibit, moray eels, a sand shark lagoon, and a touch tank.

  • Aquarium of Niagara - Niagara Falls, New York City

    A small aquarium located just a few blocks away from Niagara Falls State Park. It features more than 1,500 aquatic animals representing ecosystems ranging from the Great Lakes to coral reefs. Highlights include over 40 exhibits starring California sea lions, Peruvian penguins, seahorses, sturgeon and more.

  • New York Aquarium - Brooklyn, New York City

    The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States and is located on the boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The facility occupies 14 acres and boasts over 350 species of aquatic wildlife including sea lions, penguins, rays, clownfish, anemones, piranhas, and other fascinating aquatic life.

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North Carolina


  • North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher - Kure Beach, North Carolina

    The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located in Kure Beach, NC at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Visitors journey along “The Waters of the Cape Fear” from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, reefs and the open ocean. Exhibits include large sharks, stingrays, groupers, and moray eels.

  • North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores - Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina

    The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores features aquatic animals of North Carolina. Notable among them are sand tiger sharks, green moray eels, a goliath grouper approaching four feet, and a number of sizable nurse sharks, sandbar sharks and various game fishes. There is also a tide pool with invertebrates, skates, and rays.

  • North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island - Roanoke Island, North Carolina

    A 68,000 square foot facility that focuses on the sealife and ecosystems in the waters of the Outer Banks as well as the weather that affects it. Galleries include Coastal Freshwaters, Wetlands on the Edge, Hurricanes and Northeasters, Marine Communities, Close Encounters, Open Ocean, and Oceans Revealed: Powers of the Planet.

  • Discovery Place - Charlotte, North Carolina

    A science and technology museum for visitors of all ages located in the Uptown area of Charlotte, North Carolina. It includes an aquarium with fifteen tanks of varying sizes featuring ecosystems from around the world such as a live Indo-Pacific coral reef, North Carolina coastal habitats, and a seafloor reef rubble habitat exhibiting sharks and stingrays.

  • Greensboro Science Center - Greensboro, North Carolina

    A science museum and zoological park established in 1957 and located in Greensboro, North Carolina. It features a 22,000 square foot aquarium complex called the SciQuaroum that includes African penguins, sharks, otters, stingrays, moray eels, mata-mata turtles and many other species.

  • Sea Life Charlotte Aquarium - Charlotte, North Carolina

    Opening in early 2014, the Sea Life Charlotte Aquarium will include over 260,000 gallons (984,200 liters) of water with 5,000 creatures including sharks, seahorses, octopus, jellyfish and rays.

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Ohio


  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Powell, Ohio

    The Columbus Zoo is home to over 9,000 animals representing over 700 species. It includes several aquarium exhibits featuring stingrays, sharks, sea turtles, and fish. It is also one of only two facilities outside of Florida to keep manatees. The manatee exhibit features a 192,000 gallon (726,800 liter) indoor habitat.

  • Greater Cleveland Aquarium - Cleveland, Ohio

    The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is the only free-standing aquarium in Ohio. The Ohio Lakes and Rivers exhibit fascinates visitors with freshwater species that are native to Ohio, tortoises, catfish and thousands of freshwater wonders. The shark exhibit delights guests with sharks, eels, and a wide variety of saltwater wonders.

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Oklahoma


  • Oklahoma Aquarium - Tulsa, Oklahoma

    The Oklahoma Aquarium features an ever growing array of exotic marine life, as well as fish and freshwater environments native to Oklahoma. The aquarium's showcase attraction is Shark Adventure, a 500,000 gallon (1,900,000 liter) shark tank, complete with a shark tunnel that allows visitors to walk 'through' the shark environment.

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Oregon


  • Hatfield Marine Science Center - Newport, Oregon

    Features a visitor center with exhibits that focus on marine species, marine research, and the coastal environment. Live marine animals on display include a Giant Pacific Octopus. Other exhibits focus on weather, tsunami, commercial fishing, ocean resource management, microscopic sea life, and tide-pool creatures and habitats

  • Portland Aquarium - Portland, Oregon

    An aquarium with 30 exhibits displaying more than 2,500 species. Exhibits include sharks and stingrays, a jellyfish tank, a cold water tank with fish found off the Oregon Coast, and warm water tanks and tide pools with tropical fish. The aquarium includes a rainforest room with animals like tree frogs and exotic birds.

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium - Newport, Oregon

    The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a world-class marine educational attraction nestled on beautiful Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon. It features exhibits with unusual animals such as cuttlefish, chambered nautilus, and flashlight fish. It also has an acrylic walk-through tunnel that takes visitors through a tank with sharks, rays, and rockfish.

  • Seaside Aquarium - Seaside, Oregon

    A privately owned aquarium in Seaside, Oregon. It is one of the oldest aquariums on the West Coast and features 100 species of marine life including sea stars, crabs, wolf eels, moray eels, and octopuses. The Seaside Aquarium established the first program to breed harbor seals in captivity and allows visitors the chance to feed its seals.

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Pennsylvania


  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Features a 45,000 square foot, two-story aquarium that presents several aquatic habitats. Exhibits include a tropical rainforest inhabited by tamarins and piranha, a Pennsylvania exhibit with fish and aquatic wildlife of the Allegheny River, a penguin exhibit, a coral reef, a stingray tunnel, and an open ocean exhibit.

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South Carolina


  • Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

    An entertainment and dining complex that features restaurants, rides, shops and the 85,000 square foot Ripley’s Aquarium. Aquarium exhibits include an Amazon River tank, a shark tank with a ride-through acrylic path, a colorful Indo-Pacific coral reef, unusual animals such as leafy sea dragons and jellyfish, and a touch tank with rays.

  • South Carolina Aquarium - Charleston, South Carolina

    Home to more than ten thousand plants and animals including river otters, loggerhead sea turtles, alligators, great blue herons, hawks, owls, sea horses, jellyfish, pufferfish, moray eels, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, pythons, and sharks. Also includes a 385,000 gallon (1,460,000 liter) aquarium containing more than three hundred animals.

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Tennessee


  • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokeys - Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    An aquarium featuring 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprising more than 350 individual species. Aquarium exhibits include a shark tank with a ride-through acrylic path, a coral reef, a tropical rainforest, a stingray tank, a penguin playhouse, and a touch tank where visitors can touch the rays.

  • Tennessee Aquarium - Chattanooga, Tennessee

    The Aquarium's River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings are home to more than 12,000 animals including fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, penguins, butterflies and more. The aquarium features both freshwater and saltwater species including jellyfish and thousands of colorful reef fish.

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Texas


  • Children's Aquarium at Fair Park - Dallas, Texas

    Aquarium exhibit areas include the Freshwater Zone, the Intertidal Zone, the Shore Zone, the Near Shore Zone, the Offshore Zone, and Stingray Bay. The aquarium features unusual animals such as electric eels, upside-down jellyfish, horseshoe crabs, slipper lobsters, sea urchins, giant pacific octopus, wolf eels, and cuttlefish.

  • Dallas World Aquarium - Dallas, Texas

    An aquarium featuring two levels. The upper level is an artificial reproduction of the Orinoco Rainforest with exotic birds, electric eels, caecilians, tamarins, poison dart frogs, Orinoco crocodiles, and vampire bats. The lower level houses aquariums featuring fish, sea anemones, coral, jellyfish, and other sea animals from around the world.

  • Downtown Aquarium - Houston, Texas

    A public aquarium and restaurant that houses over 200 species of aquatic animals in 500,000 gallons (1,900,000 liters) of aquariums. Aquarium exhibits include a Louisiana swamp, a sunken shipwreck, a rainforest, a sunken temple, a Gulf of Mexico environment, and a touch tank with rays, sharks, and horseshoe crabs.

  • Kipp Aquarium at the Houston Zoo - Houston, Texas

    Home to over 200 species and 2,000 individual fresh and saltwater fish, as well as marine invertebrates. Exhibits include a flooded Amazon forest filled with huge stingrays and gigantic catfish, and a variety of marine animals including sea turtles, moray eels, giant pacific octopus, sharks, and the delicate, beautiful moon jellyfish.

  • Moody Gardens - Houston, Texas

    Moody Gardens features three main pyramid attractions. The Aquarium Pyramid, which is one of the largest in the region, holds many species of fish and other marine animals. The Rainforest Pyramid contains tropical plants, animals, birds, butterflies, and reptiles. The Discovery Pyramid focuses on science-oriented exhibits and activities.

  • SeaWorld San Antonio - San Antonio, Texas

    Sea World is an animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park, located in San Diego, California. Exhibits include marine mammals, sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, and a variety of other marine life. The park also features live whale, dolphin, and sea lion shows as well as roller coasters and other rides.

  • Texas State Aquarium - Corpus Christi, Texas

    A nonprofit aquarium located in Corpus Christi, Texas. The aquarium features a number of exhibits including an Amazon jungle,a bird aviary, a dolphin tank, a jellyfish tank, a sea turtle tank, a coral reef tank, an otter tank, a swamp tank, a stingray touch tank, and a tide pool touch tank with hermit crabs and urchins.

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Utah


  • The Living Planet Aquarium - Draper, Utah

    An aquarium located in Draper, Utah featuring 1,550 animals representing 294 species. The public aquarium consists of three main exhibits: Discover Utah, Ocean Explorer, and Journey to South America. The aquarium houses a variety of marine species including penguins, sharks, otters, jellyfish, and coral reef fish. There is also a stingray touch pool.

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Vermont


  • ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center - Berlington, Vermont

    A science center located on the Burlington waterfront in northern Vermont. It is home to more than 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles, major traveling exhibitions, and the multimedia Awesome Forces Theatre.

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Virginia


  • Virginia Aquarium - Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Formerly known as the Virginia Marine Science Museum, the Virginia Aquarium is an aquarium and marine science museum located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, just south of Rudee Inlet. The exhibits at the museum are contained in over 800,000 gallons (3,028,000 liters) of fresh and saltwater displays.

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Washington


  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium - Tacoma, Washington

    A combined zoo and aquarium located in Tacoma, Washington featuring over 9,000 specimens representing 367 animal species. The aquarium houses species from different parts of the Pacific ocean including rockfish, pipefish, and the giant pacific octopus. There are also two coral reef tanks and a lagoon exhibit.

  • Seattle Aquarium - Seattle, Washington

    A public aquarium located on Pier 59 on the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington. Aquarium exhibits include a 120,000 gallon (450,000 liter) tank that replicates the coastal waters of Washington state and is home to native marine life including salmon, rockfish, and sea anemones. Guests can converse with divers during daily dive shows.

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Wisconsin


  • Reiman Family Aquarium at Discovery World - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Ten tanks represent the changes along the way from Milwaukee to Miami. Begin in the fresh waters of Lake Michigan, moving past the Great Lakes and into the St. Lawrence Seaway, where fresh water meets the salt water of the Atlantic Ocean. Finish your journey by going southward to the Florida Keys and finally to the Caribbean Sea.

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