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Published: May 2016
From Alligators to Whale Sharks: 10 Aquariums in the South to Explore  

Aquariums, regardless if they are big or small, tend to appeal to everyone. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a frequent guest, there is always something to capture and hold your interest.

In the South, there are plenty of aquariums to visit. Consider any of the following 10 the next time you are nearby.

Aquarium Pyramid - Moody Gardens
Galveston, Texas

Inside the iconic blue glass multaquariumpyramidatmoodygardensi-storied pyramid at Moody Gardens is a 1.5 million gallon aquarium that's considered to be one of the largest in te United States.

The four galleries showcase well over 10,000 marine animals and creatures found within the depths of the South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific and the Caribbean. View the thousands of species of fish, gaze at sharks and stingrays, watch as penguins play and interact with one anther (penguin lovers may want to check out Penguin Encounters), and much more.

Audubon Aquarium of Americas
New Orleans, La.

Located adjacent to the French Quarter, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas highlights the aquatic worldaudubonaquariumofamericas of both the North and South America continents. From seahorses to sea otters and nearly everything in between can be seen here.

The aquarium is home to 10,000 animals representing 400 species, including rare and endangered species, like King Mydas, an endangered green sea turtle in the Gulf of Mexico exhibit.

Don't miss the playful southern sea otters, the Geaux Fish! exhibit that is a nod to the Gulf Coast fishing industry and the Mississippi River exhibit, which introduces visitors to the many creatures that inhabit the river.

Georgia Aquarium
Atlanta, Ga.

As one of the world's largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium is the only one in North America that houses mantra rays and whale sharks, which can be seen in the Ocean Voyager built by Home Depot gallery.georgiaaquarium

Visit the Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest gallery to view beluga whales. Head over the SunTrust Pier 225 gallery to learn everything about sea lions.

In addition to the aquarium's seven galleries, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with aquatic animals like the Dolphin Encounter or Journey with Gentle Giants.

Flint RiverQuarium
Albany, Ga.

Flint RiverQuarium offers an up-close look at the underwater world of the Flint River watershed. The highlight is the 175,000-gallon, 22-foot deep open-air FlintRiverQuariumtank that represents Blue Hole Spring found in the area. View such creatures as the Gulf sturgeon, spotted sucker and Florida softshell turtle.

Among the over 100 species of fish, alligators, turtles and more within the RiverQuarium's exhibits include the Eastern river cooter in the Flint River Gallery, albino alligator in the Spring Run Creek and French angelfish in the World of Water.

Don't miss the Cypress Pond Aviary, home to birds indigenous to the Flint River basin.

Tennessee Aquarium
Chattanooga, Tenn.

On downtown Chattanooga's riverfront is the Tennessee Aquarium, made up of two buildings: River Journey and Ocean Journey

River Journey provides an up-close look at various river inhabitants. Exhibits feature the nation's largest salamander in DiscoTennesseeAquariumver Hall, American alligators in the Mississippi Delta and channel catfish in the Tennessee River Gallery. The Rivers of the World brings attention to life found in the Amazon, Congo and Fly Rivers, among other; while the River Giants provides a sneak peek at some massive creatures who swim in large rivers/lakes

Inside Ocean Journey, view The Secret Reef, the largest tank at the aquarium, on three levels. It features various reef fish, green sea turtles, sand tiger and sandbar sharks and much more. Among the other exhibits in the building include Boneless Beauties that include jellyfish and Penguins Rock filled with playful Gentoo and macaroni penguins.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Gatlinburg, Tenn.

ripleysaquariumofthesmokiesJellyfish, Japanese spider crabs, sand tiger sharks - oh my! Come face-to-face with these and other aquatic creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

There are nine galleries to explore in the two-level aquarium. On the lower level, discover the Coral Reef complete with clownfish and dive shows. At the upper level, take a journey into the Ocean Realm to see weedy scorpionfish and more.

It isn't a complete visit without stopping by the Penguin Playhouse. For those wanting more penguin time, consider the Penguin Encounter.

SEA LIFE Aquarium
Orlando, Fla.

SEALIFEOrlandoSituated in the I-Drive 360 complex is the Sea Life Aquarium. The 25,000-square foot aquarium is home to over 5,000 creatures, ranging from the small (seahorses) to the large (sharks) to the boneless (giant Pacific octopus.)

Special features like the 360-degree and 180-degree walkthrough tunnels and bubble aquariums offer a unique experience. The cold water rock pool is just one of over 30 interactive displays found here.

Parker Manatee Aquarium
Bradenton, Fla.parkermanateeaquarium

Home to Snooty, the world's oldest known manatee, who has been under the care of South Florida Museum since 1949, the Parker Manatee Aquarium at South Florida Museum serves as a rehabilitation facility for injured or displaced manatees before returning them back into the wild.

Designed to hold two additional sea cows along with permanent resident, Snooty, catch a glimpse of the creatures above or underwater. Programs are held daily to educate visitors about manatees.

 

Mote Marine Aquarium
Sarasota, Fla.

Explore the world of marine science research at Mote Marine Aquarium. With over 100 species of marine life, somotemarineaquariumme of the aquarium's residents include the cowfish and puffers in the Florida Bay Habitats exhibit and snook and redfish in From the Rivers to the Sea exhibit.

Mote has the only Center for Shark Research recognized by the U.S. Congress. See sharks as well as Goliath groupers and other ocean creatures inside the 135,000-galloon Shark Habitat in the Shark Zone.

It is also home to a Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program, a hatchling hospital, and five sea turtles in the Sea Turtle Ancient Survivors exhibit.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Virginia Beach, Va.

Interact with or encounter over 300 species of marine and land animals at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.VirginiaBeach

Inside the Bay & Ocean Pavilion, travel from the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. View the world's largest collection of Chesapeake Bay fish, watch three species of sea turtles maneuver through the water at the Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium and more.

At the Marsh Pavilion, enjoy the antics of the river otters and discover other marsh inhabitants, including those living in a "macro-marsh."

 

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