The 14 Biggest Aquariums in the United States

Aquariums help teach the public about ocean life.

They are a popular destination for family days out, especially if they have a wide range of animals and large tanks to spot those animals in.

The larger the aquarium, the more chance you'll get a wider picture of aquatic life.

Measured by tank size, here are the biggest aquariums in the United States.

14. New England Aquarium Plaza, Boston

The New England Aquarium in Boston opened its doors in 1969 and now attracts about 1.3 million visitors per year.

Its tank holds approximately 200,000 gallons of water and has a total of 20,000 sea animals for visitors to see.

13. North Carolina Aquarium, Fort Fisher

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Fort Fisher Aquarium reopened in 2002 Brownie Harris/Getty Images

North Carolina has a number of Aquariums, which are all linked to one organisation.

The Fort Fisher aquarium reopened in 2002 and boasts a 235,000 gallon, two-story tank, with 2,500 creatures inside.

12. New York Aquarium

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The New York Aquarium (pictured) has been open for over 100 years ANGELA WEISS / AFP/Getty Images

The New York Aquarium was founded in 1896 in Battery Park. It is now located on Coney Island and has 500 marine species inside.

The aquarium is spread over a 14 acre plot of land and the largest tank, which is used to exhibits sharks, opened in 2018 and holds 379,000 gallons.

11. Newport Aquarium, Kentucky

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A boy marvels at the shark exhibit in the Newport Aquarium Getty Images / Handout/Getty Images

The Newport Aquarium in Kentucky opened in 1999 and has 70 exhibits with its largest tank holding 385,000 gallons of water.

The aquarium has a shark ray breeding program and its exhibits include displays of sharks, eels, stingrays and penguins.

=10. Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi

Texas State Aquarium
The Texas State Aquarium (pictured) is in Corpus Christie, Texas typhoonski/Getty Images

The Texas State Aquarium has been open since 1995 and works to rehabilitate wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.

The largest tank in this aquarium holds its Caribbean Sea exhibit and holds 400,000 gallons of water.

=10. Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans

This aquarium opened in 1990 and its largest tank contains 400,000 gallons of water and more than 3,600 creatures from more than 250 species.

8. Florida Aquarium, Tampa

Florida Aquarium opened in 1995 and sits on 250,000 square feet of land.

Their largest exhibit is 500,000 gallon tank containing a coral reef community.

The aquarium in Tampa has 9,000 animals featured in its exhibits.

7. Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga

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The Tennessee Aquarium (pictured) is in downtown Chattanooga SeanPavonePhoto/Getty Images

Tennessee Aquarium, located in Chattanooga, opened its door in 1992.

Its largest tank holds 680,000 gallons of water and the aquarium houses a total of 12,000 creatures.

The vnue also has an IMAX cinema for visitors and hosts a number of online events.

6. Mystic Aquarium, Connecticut

The Mystic Aquarium started life as a private aquarium but opened its doors to members of the public in 1999.

Its largest tank houses 750,000 gallons of water, and is currently an Arctic Coast Exhibit.

It has 10,000 animals for visitors to see and features the largest outdoor beluga whale exhibit in the United States.

5. Monterey Bay Aquarium, California

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Monterey Bay Aquarium's largest tank is 90 feet long Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Monterey Bay Aquarium opened in 1994 and has four large tanks with over 200 additional exhibits for visitors to enjoy.

The largest tank holds 1.3 million gallons of water. This tank showcases the local coral reef system and its window is 90 feet long. Its second largest tank holds 300,000 gallons of water.

The aquarium has a total of 35,000 animals for visitors to enjoy.

4. National Aquarium, Baltimore

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The National Aquarium houses more than 20,000 animals Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland, opened in 1981. It houses more than 20,000 animals for visitors to enjoy.

Its biggest fish tank is nearly 1.3 million gallons and it has a total water volume of 2.2 million gallons.

3. Shedd Aquarium, Illinois

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The Shedd Aquarium is around 100 years old Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

This aquarium is nearly 100 years old and is the 7th largest aquarium in the world.

It was once the largest indoor aquarium in the U.S. Now, its main tank houses the Wild Reef Exhibit and holds 5 million gallons of water.

2. The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Florida

The Seas with Nemo and Friends in Disney World, Florida, opened in 1986 and used to be the world's largest indoor seawater tank when it opened.

The aquarium has a total tank volume of 5.7 million gallons and houses 8,500 animals.

1. Georgia Aquarium, Georgia

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The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

This impressive aquarium is the largest aquarium in the United States, making it one of Georgia's top attractions.

The aquarium houses 6.3 million gallons of water and houses 100,000 animals inside. It was built in 2004 and runs a number of outreach educational programs and ocean research.