Best Aquariums to Visit

best aquariums to visit

The Underwater World of Aquariums

Fascinating and mesmerizing, aquariums give us a truly unique way to learn and explore the wonders of the aquatic world. Because of all of the amazing facilities available to visit across North America, we’ve rounded up seven of the best aquariums on the continent that are near your favorite Sun RV Resorts. Check them out during your next vacation!

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1. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Toronto, Ontario

Situated in downtown Toronto, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is home to more than 16,000 aquatic creatures. In fact, this attraction is known for being North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel, and gets you up close to aquatic creatures like sharks, stingrays, and horseshoe crabs.

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2. Birch Aquarium at Scripps

La Jolla, California

California is home to many aquariums, but one of the best is the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. This exploration center is part of UC San Diego and is perched on a hilltop offering guests breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In addition to traditional sea creatures like sharks and fish, you’ll also find live coral, seahorses, seadragons and much more.

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new england aquarium3. New England Aquarium

Boston, Massachusetts

Head to Bean Town and check out the best aquarium in Boston! The New England Aquarium offers a chance to see seals, penguins, loggerhead turtles, as well as other water dwellers. This facility also features an on-site IMAX theatre that provides a deep dive into the wonders of our world.

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4. The Florida Aquarium

Tampa, Florida

Not only is Tampa home to manatees, it’s also the location of The Florida Aquarium. This aquarium boasts various Florida ecosystems in addition to an active research facility. When you visit, you can learn how The Florida Aquarium is preserving Florida’s native species.

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5. Dallas World Aquarium

Dallas, Texas

Downtown Dallas is a bustling place and the Dallas World Aquarium contributes to the excitement. In addition to the aquatic exhibits, this facility also features a rainforest with toucans, sloths, monkeys, and more. As a result, it’s an aquarium and zoo for the price of one!

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6. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

East Tennessee has tons of attractions, and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is one of the best aquariums in the U.S. Located next to the Smoky Mountains, Ripley’s features penguins, rays, coral reefs, and more. Additionally, there are many programs and events for families. Check the calendar to find one for you!

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7. Mystic Aquarium

Mystic, Connecticut

Nestled along the coast, Mystic Aquarium is in fact one of only three American facilities with Steller sea lions. And it’s also the only aquarium in New England to have beluga whales. Along with octopi, harbor seals, and more, this aquarium is full of fun for all ages!

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All in all, make sure to keep these aquariums in mind as you plan your next vacation. And, don’t forget to share this roundup of the best aquariums with your family and friends!


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