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List of Public Aquariums

Your guide to public aquariums in the United States.

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   A public aquarium can easily ensnare your interest in the world of fish — oceans, rivers and ponds hold more life than one person could possibly imagine. Aquarists and nonfishkeepers alike can become equally lost in the aquatic kingdom. Reef exhibits displaying vibrant fish and invertebrates tempt aquarists to try replicating the ocean’s perfect ecological habitat — or perhaps to add just one more aquarium to their fish-filled homes. Those who’ve never kept fish encounter images of the deep they have only seen in books previously — in photos seemingly saturated with bright color that could only exist on an artist’s palette — only to come face to face with reef inhabitants and find that such lush-colored creatures truly exist.

Aquariums across the country invite you to gaze at moray eels and sharks, see spitting archerfish and stand right in front of schools of beautiful fish. If you’re looking for an experience like this, use our guide to locate public aquariums, zoos with aquariums and other aquatic attractions across the country. This directory groups aquariums alphabetically by state, and although it doesn’t list every single aquarium in the country, hopefully you’ll find one you can visit close to home or while on vacation. All information is subject to change, so we highly recommend you contact the aquariums to verify information is current. Above all, have fun, and enjoy the underwater life!

Alaska
Alaska Sealife Center

ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER
301 Railway Ave.
(at mile 0 of Seward Highway)
Seward, AK
(800) 224-2525
Website

Photo Credit: Jason Wettstein/Courtesy Alaska Sealife Center

Colorado
Downtown Aquarium- Denver

DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM — DENVER
700 Water St.
Denver, CO
(303) 561-4450
Website

Photo Credit: Scott Dressel-Martin/Courtesy of Downtown Aquarium - Denver 

Florida
The Florida Aquarium

THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM
701 Channelside Dr.
Tampa, FL
(813) 273-4000
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Florida Aquarium

Monte Marine Laboratory & Aquarium MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.
Sarasota, FL
(941) 388-4441
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Hawaii
Maui Ocean Center

MAUI OCEAN CENTER
192 Ma’alaea Rd.
Wailuku, HI
(808) 270-7000
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Maui Ocean Center

The Waikiki Aquarium

THE WAIKIKI AQUARIUM
2777 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI
(808) 923-9741
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Waikiki Aquarium

Idaho
MK Nature Center

MK NATURE CENTER
600 South Walnut
Boise, ID
(208) 334-2225
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of MK Nature Center

IDAHO PUBLIC AQUARIUM
64 North Cole
Boise, Idaho 83709
(208) 375-1932
Website

 

Louisiana
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

AUDUBON AQUARIUM OF THE AMERICAS
#1 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA
(800) 774-7394
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Maryland
Calvert Marine Museum

CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
Solomons, MD
(410) 326-2042
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Calvert Marine Museum

National Aquarium in Baltimore NATIONAL AQUARIUM IN BALTIMORE
501 East Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD
(410) 576-3800
Website

Photo Credit: George Grall/Courtesy of National Aquarium in Baltimore
Nevada
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

SHARK REEF AT MANDALAY BAY
within Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 632-4555
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

New Mexico
Albuquerque Aquarium

ALBUQUERQUE AQUARIUM
2601 Central Ave. NW
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 764-6200
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Albuquerque Aquarium

North Carolina
North Carolina Aquarium

NORTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM
AT ROANOKE ISLAND
374 Airport Rd.
Manteo, NC
(866) 332-3475
Website

Photo Credit: Ray Mathews Photography/Courtesy of North Carolina Aquarium

North Carolina Aquarium

NORTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM
AT PINE KNOLL SHORES
1 Roosevelt Blvd.
Pine Knoll Shores, NC
(252) 247-4003
Website

Photo Credit: Scott Taylor/Courtesy North Carolina Aquariums

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher NORTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM
AT FORT FISHER
On U.S. 421 near Wilmington
(Take the Ferry from Southport)
Kure Beach, N.C.
(910) 458-8257
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of North Carolina Aquarium
Oklahoma
Oklahoma Aquarium OKLAHOMA AQUARIUM
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK
918-296-FISH
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Oklahoma Aquarium
South Carolina
South Carolina Aquarium

SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC
(843) 720-1990
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of South Carolina Aquarium

Texas
Dallas Aquarium

DALLAS AQUARIUM
AT FAIR PARK
1462 First Ave.
Dallas, TX
(214) 670-8443
Website

Photo Credit: Robert Cabella/Courtesy of Dallas Zoo/Aquarium

Dallas World Aquarium

DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM
1801 N. Griffin St.
Dallas, TX
(214) 720-2224
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dallas World Aquarium

California
Aquarium of the Pacific

AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA
(562) 590-3100
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific

Birch Aquarium at Scripps BIRCH AQUARIUM AT SCRIPPS
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA
(858) 534-FISH
Website

Photo Credit: Susan R. Green/Courtesy of Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Monterey Bay Aquarium MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA
(831) 648-4888
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium
Connecticut
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration

Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT
(860) 572-5955
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration

Georgia
The Marine Education Center and Aquarium

THE MARINE EDUCATION CENTER AND AQUARIUM
(on Skidaway Island)
Savannah, GA
(912) 598-2496
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Marine Education Center and Aquarium

Illinois
Shedd Aquarium

SHEDD AQUARIUM
1200 South Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL
(312) 939-2438
Website

Photo Credit: Edward G. Lines, Jr./Courtesy of Shedd Aquarium

Maine
Maine State Aquarium

MAINE STATE AQUARIUM
194 McKown Point Rd.
West Boothbay Harbor, ME
(207) 633-9559
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Maine State Aquarium

Minnesota
Underwater Adventures Aquarium

UNDERWATER ADVENTURES AQUARIUM
Mall of America
at the intersection of I-494 and Hwy. 77
Bloomington, MN
(888) 348-3846
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Underwater Adventures Aquarium

New Jersey
Adventure Aquarium

ADVENTURE AQUARIUM
1 Aquarium Dr.
Camden, NJ
(866) 451-AQUA
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Adventure Aquarium

New York
Atlantis Marine World

ATLANTIS MARINE WORLD
431 E. Main St.
Riverhead, NY
(631) 208-9200
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Atlantis Marine World

New York Aquarium NEW YORK AQUARIUM
Surf Ave. & West 8th St.
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 265-FISH
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of New York Aquarium
Ohio
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

COLUMBUS ZOO AND AQUARIUM
9990 Riverside Dr.
Powell, OH
(614) 645-3550
Website

Photo Credit: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Toledo Zoo THE TOLEDO ZOO
Toledo, OH
(419) 385-5721
Website

Photo Credit: Jay Hemdal/Courtesy of The Toledo Zoo
Oregon
Orange Coast Aquarium

OREGON COAST AQUARIUM
2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd.
Newport, OR
(541) 867-FISH
Website

Photo Credit: Michael Durham/Courtesy of Oregon Coast Aquarium

Tennessee
Tennessee Aquarium

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM
One Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN
(800) 252-0695
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tennessee Aquarium

Virginia
Virginia Institute of Marine Science Visitor Center

VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE VISITOR CENTER
Rt. 1208, Greate Rd.
Gloucester Point, VA
(804) 684-7000
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Washington
Seattle Aquarium

SEATTLE AQUARIUM
1483 Alaskan Way,
Pier 59
Seattle, WA
(206) 386-4300
Website

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Seattle Aquarium

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Rebecca    New Milford, CT

6/23/2014 1:52:03 PM

Excuse you. What about The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk in Norwalk, CT????

Stacy    Milford, NH

4/16/2013 12:09:21 PM

New England Aquarium is not listed in Boston, MA

minny    cleveland, OH

7/24/2012 4:50:54 PM

New aquarium in cleveland ohio is nt included in list nor the one in Cinnciatti

Esther Faust    Decatur, IL

6/30/2012 12:35:25 PM

excellent find

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