Aquariums

Lisbon AquariumI admit it; I like aquariums. The public ones with big tanks, the sharks, the whales. This probably started when I was young and first went to the New England Aquarium in Boston. Its huge central tank with fish larger than me – and made to seem even larger by the refraction of the glass – was fascinating. By the time I was in junior high school I knew I wanted to be a marine biologist. Just like Jacques Cousteau.

It was only later that I realized there was only one good-paying gig in marine biology, and Monsieur Cousteau had that locked up pretty tight.

But still, my fascination with aquariums has never waned. I’ve made it a point to visit the big public aquariums all over the United States, with not a small number also from other parts of the world. Follow the links to stories and photos about the features that make each one interesting.

NORTH AMERICA

New England mapNew England

  • New England Aquarium (Boston, MA)
  • Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, CT)
  • Maine Aquarium (Saco, ME)
  • National Marine Fisheries Service Aquarium (Woods Hole, MA)

 

Mid-Atlantic mapMid-Atlantic

  • New York Aquarium (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Camden Aquarium (Camden, NJ)
  • Jenkinson’s Aquarium (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ)
  • National Aquarium (Baltimore, MD)
  • National Aquarium (Washington, DC)

 

Southeastern US mapSoutheastern US

Western USWestern US/Canada

  • Steinhart Aquarium (San Francisco, CA)
  • Aquarium of the Bay (San Francisco, CA)
  • Seattle Aquarium (Seattle, WA)
  • Monterey Aquarium (Monterey, CA)
  • Vancouver Aquarium (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
  • Mandalay Bay Hotel Aquarium (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Sea World – California (San Diego, CA)

Miscellaneous North America/Bermuda

  • Bermuda Aquarium (Hamilton, Bermuda)
  • Aquarium du Quebec (Quebec, Canada)
  • John G. Shedd, Aquarium (Chicago, IL)

Europe mapEUROPE

  • London Aquarium (London, UK)
  • Deep Sea World, Edinburgh Aquarium (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)
  • Lisbon Oceanario (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Valencia Aquarium (Valencia, Spain)
  • Loro Park Aquarium (Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain)
  • Aquaria Vattenmuseum (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Bergen Aquarium (Bergen, Norway)
  • Dubrovnik Aquarium (Dubrovnik, Croatia)*

Asia mapASIA

  • Ocean Park, Hong Kong Aquarium (Hong Kong, China)
  • Beijing Aquarium (Beijing, China)
  • Shanghai Ocean Aquarium (Shanghai, China)
  • Osaka Aquarium (Osaka, Japan)
  • Busan Sea Life Aquarium (Busan, South Korea)
  • Lotte World Aquarium (Seoul, South Korea)
  • COEX Aquarium (Seoul, South Korea)

 

 

* Technically I didn’t see the entire aquarium since they only accepted Croatian Kuna and refused credit cards, Euros, and dollars, so my view was only of the main area visible from the entrance (but the aquarium is tiny).

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