= Aquariums that are accredited members of the
AZA -Association of Zoos
And Aquariums. Membership in this organization means they meet the highest
possible standards in the industry for quality and care.
Shoals Aquarium and Nature Center
AL. The Alabama Shoals Aquarium and Nature
Center, located inside Renaissance Tower, consists of 40 aquariums
and terrariums of fish and wildlife from North America and around the
Dauphin Island Estuarium
Dauphin Island, AL.
The Estuarium is the educational facility of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw
River Delta, the Barrier Islands, Mobile Bay and the Northern Gulf of
SeaLife Center The Alaska SeaLife Center is a non-profit marine science
facility dedicated to understanding and maintaining the integrity of the
marine ecosystem of Alaska through research, rehabilitation and public
education. The Center's research and rehabilitation facilities and
naturalistic exhibits immerse visitors in the dynamic marine ecosystems
Prince William Sound Science Center
The Prince William Sound Science Center facilitates and conducts
research in Prince William Sound and the Copper River Delta of
Desert Waters Institute
World-class public aquarium promoting education, conservation and
preservation of Arizona's rivers and the Gulf of California.
Aquarium of the Bay
San Francisco, CA.
Opened in 1996 and enhanced in 2001, Aquarium of the Bay
is a unique educational and entertainment facility dedicated to the rich
and diverse aquatic life of San Francisco Bay and its surrounding
of the Pacific
Long Beach, CA. The
Aquarium of the Pacific is one of the largest aquariums in the United
States. Its nearly 1,000 species fill 19 major habitats and 32 focus
exhibits and take visitors on a journey throughout the Pacific Ocean's
three regions: Southern California/Baja, the Tropical Pacific, and the
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
La Jolla, CA. The Stephen Birch Aquarium is the
public exploration center for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
and a features marine animals from California and Mexico as well as the
Cabrillo High School Aquarium
Lompoc, CA. The
Cabrillo High School Aquarium/Marine Technology Institute is a student
run educational program located at Cabrillo High School.
San Pedro, CA. the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a
non-profit aquarium/museum dedicated to promoting knowledge and
awareness of the marine life of Southern California.
Monterey, CA. World
class aquarium with outstanding marine exhibits.
Dana Point, CA.
The Ocean Institute is nationally known for its hands-on marine science,
environmental education and maritime history programs.
San Diego, CA. A family centered Seaworld Adventure
Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine
Santa Cruz, CA. The Seymour
Marine Discovery Center is part of the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory,
a research and education facility of the University of California, Santa
Flags Marine World
Vallejo, CA.. Combination theme park, oceanarium and land
San Francisco, CA.. Located in the California Academy of Sciences,
the Steinhart Aquarium is a public educational and research facility.
Warner Sea Center at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Santa Barbara, CA. New aquarium (April 2005) in
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk Norwalk,
CT. The Maritime Aquarium explores the marine life and maritime
culture of Long Island Sound.
Aquarium & Institute For Exploration
Mystic, CT. World class aquarium that has associated with it Dr.
Robert Ballard's Institute For Exploration, which focuses on deep sea
archaeology. Features more than 6,000 living sea creatures are shown in
49 exhibits that include seals, penguins, dolphins and whales.
District of Columbia
National Aquarium of Washington D.C.
Washington, DC. The nation's oldest aquarium located near the
The National Zoo -Amazonia Exhibit
Washington, DC. An amazing exhibit about the Amazon River in an
Marine Aquarium Clearwater, FL. Non-profit working aquarium
dedicated to public education, marine research, animal assisted therapy
and the rescure and rehabilitation and release of sick or injured marine
animals. Focus is on local
marine life, from sea urchins and sand dollars to sea turtles, dolphins
and river otters.
Fort Walton Beach, FL. Family friendly marine
centered entertainment since 1955.
Florida Key's Eco-Discovery Center Key West, FL 2,400
gallon coral reef aquarium exhibit.
Key West Aquarium Key West, FL. One of America's most unique
aquariums and open since 1934.
Tampa, FL. 200,000
sq. ft. world class aquarium located in Tampa.
Seas at Epcot Center in Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL. Kid friendly attraction featuring one of
the world's largest man-made ocean environments. Most visited aquarium
Biscayne Bay, Miami, FL. Family fun oriented
Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium
Sarasota, FL. The Mote Marine Laboratory has both aquarium exhibits
of fish, invertebrates and marine mammals.
Orlando, FL. A family
centered Seaworld Adventure Park
8,000,000 gallon world class facility opened November 23, 2005.
Absolutely spectacular main tank, one of the few aquariums in the world
that has whale sharks.
Makapuu Point, Oahu, HI. World
class marine attraction.
Waikiki Aquarium Waikiki, HI. The Waikiki
Aquarium, founded in 1904, is the third oldest public aquarium in the
United States. A part of the University of Hawaii since 1919, the
Aquarium is located next to a living reef on the Waikiki shoreline.
Ocean Center Ma‘alaea,
Maui, HI. This state-of-the-art marine park on the island of Maui is
facility in the world dedicated to fostering understanding, wonder and
respect for Hawaii’s marine life.
G. Shedd Aquarium
Chicago, IL. Open
since 1929, the Shedd Aquarium features exhibits of Amazon, Caribbean
and Pacific Coast habitats. More than 6,000 aquatic animals from every
region of the planet. The Oceanarium features beluga whales, Pacific
white-sided dolphins, sea otters, and harbor seals in a re-creation of a
Pacific Northwest environment.
Chicago, IL. The Brookfield Zoo has a number of
outstanding aquatic exhibits.
Newport, KT. The Newport Aquarium features one of
the America's largest open-air shark viewing exhibits and five of the
world's only seamless underwater tunnels.
Aquarium of the Americas New Orleans.
LA. A world class facility of the Audubon Nature Exhibit.
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Portland, ME. An educational and research center.
Maine Aquarium. Saco, ME. Small private facility.
Calvert Marine Museum Solomons, MD.
The Calvert Marine
Museum is a public, non-profit, educational, regionally oriented museum
dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, and interpretation
of the culture and natural history of Southern Maryland.
National Aquarium in Baltimore
One of the world's greatest aquariums.
Berkshire Museum Aquarium
Pittsfield, MA. Features twenty aquarium tanks from 30 to 535
Boston, MA. Started in 1969, the New England Aquarium features
a 200,000 gallon tank as its centerpiece. This outstanding
reef accommodates not only sharks, sea turtles, barracuda and moray, but
also hundreds of smaller exotic tropical fishes, and it is one of the
most detailed and scientifically accurate recreations of its kind.
Woods Hole Science Aquarium Woods Hole, MA This
5,000 sq. ft. Federal facility features three main areas: the seal pool,
the main gallery and a "behind-the-scenes" work area.
Belle Isle Zoo and Aquarium
Belle Isle, MI. Permanently
closed in 2005. The
Belle Isle Aquarium was North America's oldest continuously operating
public aquarium, having opened in 1904. Kept on this list for
sentimental reasons, and in the hopes that it may reopen someday.
Discovery Bay at the Minnesota Zoo
Apple Valley, MN.
Discovery Bay, a $25 million marine education
center, is the largest expansion to the Minnesota Zoo since the main
complex was built in 1978.
Great Lakes Aquarium
Duluth, MN. Aquarium that focuses on the Great Lakes ecoystems.
J. L. Scott Marine Education Center Biloxi, MS. Administered by the University of
Southern Mississippi, the J.L.Scott Marine Education Center is the
Biloxi campus of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The Aquarium
contains sixty-one tanks of native fish and other creatures from the
Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi Sound and adjacent streams, lakes, rivers
Aquarium Gretna, NE.
Complete displays of all
Nebraskan freshwater ecoystems and fish.
Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, NV.
focus is on sharks!
Adventure Aquarium of the New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences
Camden, NJ. Reopened in May 2005 after
renovations, the Adventure Aquarium is back bigger and better. Features
include a 760,000 gallon open ocean tank showcasing over 40 different
species of fish, a 170,000 gallon pool for harbor and gray seals and a
Atlantic City Aquarium
Atlantic City, NJ
Located in Atlantic City’s Historic Gardner's Basin,
the Atlantic City Aquarium offers a fun and educational look into more
than 100 varieties of fish and marine animals. The Atlantic City
Aquarium's eight tanks total 29,800 gallons of live exhibits. Highlights
include the 23,000 gallon Fish of the New Jersey Coast Aquarium, and the
750-gallon Touch Tank.
Point Pleasant, NJ
Jenkinson’s Aquarium is a
privately owned facility located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant
The architecturally impressive
Albuquerque Aquarium exhibits Gulf of Mexico saltwater species from a
variety of habitats, including estuarine, surf zone, shallow waters,
coral reefs, open ocean and deep ocean. The highlight of the aquarium is
a 285,000 gallon ocean tank.
Atlantis Marine World
Riverhead, NY. Private aquarium located along the
Peconic River on Long Island.
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
Founded in 1883
as a New York State Trout Hatchery, the "Hatchery and Aquarium" is now
open as a non-profit educational center dedicated to educating its
visitors about the freshwater ecosystems of New York.
Hudson River Aquarium
Website and facility evidently under
Brooklyn, NY. A major aquarium located in New York City and
supported by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The Brooklyn Aquarium at Coney Island
Brooklyn, NY Public attraction located at Coney Island.
to thousands of fish and a multitude of other wonderful marine creatures
including graceful beluga whales, giant sea turtles, playful California
sea otters and bottlenose dolphins.
Hendersonville, NC Center for Ocean
Awareness, emphasis on student education
Discovery Place Aquarium
Charlotte, NC Small aquarium located in Discovery Place.
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Kure Beach, NC
One of the three North Carolina aquariums established in 1976.
North Carolina Aquarium at
Pine Knoll Shores
Pine Knoll Shores, NC One of the three North Carolina
aquariums established in 1976.
North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island
Manteo, NC One of the three North Carolina aquariums
established in 1976.
North Carolina Estuarium Washington, NC Aquarium that focuses exclusively
on North Carolina estuaries and coastal rivers.
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Jenks, OK. 200 aquatic exhibits with 10 major galleries, focus
on Arkansas River ecosystem.
Oregon Coast Aquarium
Newport, OR. Host to over 200 marine species.
Zoo and Aquarium
The new PPG Aquarium, which opened
in June of 2000, features state-of-the-art exhibits such as a
crawl-through stingray tunnel, a two-story shark tank and unique
revolving tanks (the first of their kind to be exhibited publicly). An
array of aquatic species is on exhibit, including penguins, sharks, a
Pacific giant octopus, jellyfish, potbellied sea horses, an electric
eel, live coral and much more. It is Pennsylvania's only public
The New England Aquarium Exploration Center at
Newport Newport RI.
Research and educational outreach facility of the New England
Myrtle Beach, SC. Family centered public
attraction with excellent exhibits. A $40 million,
state-of-the-art, 87,000 square foot aquarium experience, it is South
Carolina's most visited attraction.
South Carolina Aquarium
South Carolina Aquarium is a self-supporting educational institution
dedicated to excellence in its display and interpretation of the aquatic
environments of South Carolina.
Features over 10,000
animals and 5,000 living plants in 1,000,000 gallons of salt and fresh
Aquarium at the Memphis Zoo
Aquarium of the Smokies
Superb facility with outstanding exhibits.
Chattanooga TN. World
class aquarium featuring IMAX, and exhibits of aquatic habitats from
around the world, including the Tennessee River ecosystem.
Texas Aquarium Austin, TX. Under construction
Galveston, TX. Great family centered attraction with superb aquarium
San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium
San Antonio, TX. One of the largest zoos
in the country.
San Antonio San Antonio, TX. A
Seaworld Adventure Park located in San Antonio
Texas State Aquarium
Corpus Christi, TX Premier aquarium showcasing the Gulf of Mexico.
The Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park
Dallas, TX. Opened in 1936, the aquarium is home to a varied
collection of approximately 6,000 aquatic animals.
Dallas World Aquarium
Dallas, TX World class
aquarium with exhibits of marine habitats from around the world,
including a 22,000 acrylic tunnel.
Nauticus is an exciting 120,000
square-foot science and technology center exploring the power of the
Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Virginia Beach, VA. Two pavilion buildings with outstanding marine
exhibits. The Virginia Aquarium &
Marine Science Center is Virginia's largest aquarium, with over 800,000
gallons of aquariums and live animal habitats that display animals
common to Virginia's marine and aquatic habitats.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Gloucester Point, VA.
Research and educational facility associated with William and Mary
Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Outstanding aquariums featuring North and South Pacific marine habitats.
Seattle, WA. Superb facility with focus on the
Puget Sound ecosystem. The
giant Pacific octopus is one of hundreds of species of invertebrates,
fish, birds, and marine mammals featured.
Friday Harbor, WA The Whale Museum promotes
stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and