If your kids are fascinated by sea creatures, chances are that you've been to a aquarium or two, and you may have even planned a family getaway around an aquarium visit or a top new aquarium attraction.
If you're looking for some terrific suggestions, the online review community TripAdvisor compiled a list of America's top aquariums in 2015 based on input from its readers. You might be surprised how many of the top 10 most popular aquariums are located in landlocked locations far from the coast.
For more of TripAdvisor's best bets, see Go Wild at America's Top 10 Zoos.
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Located on famous Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium displays more than 600 species of sea life that enjoy fresh ocean water pumped in continuously from Monterey Bay. Exhibits include stingrays, sea otters, octopi, and myriad fish, from bluefin and yellowfin tuna to jellyfish.
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An independent not-for-profit marine research organization, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium exhibits more than 100 marine species with a focus on local Florida marine life. Families can see sharks, manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates and many kinds of invertebrates.
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Chicago's most poplar attraction, the Shedd Aquarium contains over 25,000 fish and is home to a huge array of sea life, from starfish to sharks. Plan to spend time exploring the Abbott Oceanarium, which houses the largest collection of marine mammals in the world, including Pacific white-sided dolphins, belugas, sea otters, California sea lions, and penguins.
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The National Aquarium is home to more than than 17,000 animals representing over 750 species. Exhibits include the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, a multiple-story Atlantic Coral Reef, an open ocean shark tank, the award-winning Australia: Wild Extremes, and a marine mammal pavilion that houses bottlenose dolphins.
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The Dallas World Aquarium, located in downtown Dallas, is a bi-level attraction with a replica rainforest on the upper floor that is home to three-toed sloths, poison dart frogs and vampire bats. The lower level houses fish and other ocean life from around the world.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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