Ever feel like spending an exciting day at an aquarium looking at colorful aquatic life? America is known for eccentric aquariums that have eclectic collections of marine life and fun for the entire family. How do you start your research to find the best aquariums that offer activities for the entire family? Start your search with these 5 aquariums that have been voted among the best aquariums to visit in America!
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Being the largest indoor aquarium in the world and displaying over 8000 aquatic animals this aquarium is sure to live up to all of your expectations. With animals ranging from beautiful Beluga whales to sea otters and rare iguana species, there will never be a dull moment at this aquarium. Check out their website to keep up with Piquet, a Pacific white-sided dolphin who is pregnant, and then go see her and her new calf in June! Exciting activities and life are always happening at the Shedd Aquarium.
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
Known for the featured kids Splash Zone this aquarium offers more than just 550 different species in over 100 tanks. Since it features exhibits such as underwater cameras, microscopes, and touch pools you know it’s a great place to take kids for a hands-on experiences. It’s also known for it’s diverse exhibit of seahorses in the mystical Weedy Sea Dragons.
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With 550,000 square feet of exhibits and over 100,000 animals, this aquarium tops the charts as one of the largest aquariums in the world. With a new and exciting “Dolphin Tales” show on exhibit and animals ranging from whale sharks to penguins, there is no shortage of activities and fun at this aquarium. You can also make your way to the iconic 4-D theater, which gives you insight into underwater life from a different view. If you plan on spending a day at the aquarium, this is definitely the place for you!
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Looking for a place to check out some Beluga whales? Well, The Mystic Aquarium has what you’re looking for, with its feature of New England’s only beluga whales! Feel like getting up close and personal with some aquatic life? Check out their ray exhibit and get your hands on some sting rays! This aquarium is not lacking in hands-on activities for children so bring the entire family!
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Texas State Aquarium
Corpus Christi, Texas
Come see all the excitement in the underwater world of the Texas State Aquarium. With a plethora of shows and exhibits going on every day, there is never ending fun to experience. Shows vary from Turtle Tales and Shark-ology to You “Otter” Know This. You can touch sting rays or even sharks in the Shark-ology show. While their mission is to get people in touch with nature, it is also to help get people involved in the conservation of the Gulf of Mexico. So all around this aquariums offers a good time for a good cause!
In the day and age that we live in now where people are constantly on their smart phones and distracted, we often times don’t appreciate or even pay attention the things going on around us. We take for granted the beauty in nature that is around us each and every day. National parks provide us with an opportunity to really appreciate our surroundings; this is something that we should really take advantage of! Here are some of the best national parks in America:
Yosemite National Park:
Located in California, this national park is beauty stems from its beautiful scenery. Its most popular attraction is Half Dome, a rock wall which looks over Yosemite Valley. Other must-see landmarks at this national park include the waterfalls as well as the wildlife.
Also located in California, this national park is known for all of the beautiful, enormous sequoia trees which are the oldest and largest living things on the planet. These trees grow in the Giant Forest which has five of the ten largest trees in the world.
Yellowstone National Park:
Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming, but extends to Montana and Idaho. It is recognized as the first national park in the world as well. The most prominent feature happens to be Old Faithful Geyser, which erupts approximately every 91 minutes, is a must-see when visiting this national park. Other great features include its wildlife as well as the beautiful Yellowstone Falls. You can spend your time hiking the amazing falls or relaxing on a tour.
Grand Canyon National Park:
The name of this national park speaks for itself. Located in Arizona, the Grand Canyon is, without a doubt, one of the most awe-inspiring sights you’ll come across. It’s no surprise that it is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.