1) For Kids–Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is made just for kids. The aquarium features the Splash Zone which is a 7,000 square foot ‘hands-on’ zone with toys, crawl areas and kid friendly displays. There are incredible live-view camera’s and video libraries which help to educate and inform the public. Donations are accepted and help to promote conservations efforts of the ocean and education for children.
2) World’s Largest–Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium with over ‘8.5 million gallon marine and fresh water housing more than 120,000 animals of 500 different species.’ Located in Atlanta, this aquarium is 550,000 square feet encased in glass and steel housing a massive ballroom, food court and other facilities. Their “Swim With Gentle Giants” program, started in 2008, allows divers to swim with whale sharks. And, although the program has been scrutinized (for lack of animal safety) they claim the program is for the understanding and education of the whales. Their goal is to lead the research and conservation efforts in the aquatic world.
3) International–Dubai Aquarium
Dubai is known for housing exotic hotels and restaurants–the Dubai Aquarium is no exception. This virtual tour showcases the exotic and eloquent surroundings of the aquarium tunnel–where participants can walk through, around and under the encased display. They house the largest collection of sand tiger sharks in the world and house them in the worlds largest suspended aquarium.