8 best aquariums in the USA you need to experience

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA

Highlights California coast's sea life with a kelp forest, wave crash tunnel, otter feedings, and supports conservation initiatives; book in advance for a smoother visit.

Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA

Largest US aquarium with 10 million gallons of water, seven galleries, and specialty experiences like Sleepover Under the Sea; save with CityPASS.

Shores & Aquarium At The Columbus Zoo, Powell, OH

Features West Indian manatees, Humboldt penguins, and a coral reef; combined zoo offers habitats for hundreds of animals, making it a dual attraction.

Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN

Located on the Tennessee River, it has River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings showcasing freshwater and saltwater animals; city tour adds wild river otter sightings.

Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT

Home to New England's only beluga whales and endangered Steller sea lions, with touch tanks and tropical fish; functions as a research and conservation center.

Maui Ocean Center, Wailuku, HI

Outdoor aquarium focusing on native Hawaiian wildlife, offering interactive exhibits for children and informative displays for adults; save with Maui Value Pass.

National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD

Top Maryland tourist attraction featuring a dolphin sanctuary, three-story fish tank, and global exhibits.

Suzanne & Walter Scott Aquarium At The Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, NE

Includes a shark tunnel, coral reef, and Antarctic penguins; part of the larger Henry Doorly Zoo with diverse animal exhibits.