If finned beauties of various colours and kinds astound you with wonder then aquariums are just the right place for you. These fish houses are the perfect places if you love to observe the intricacies of delicate reefs and the monkeyshines of dolphins and seals. If you’re looking for a warm and interesting day with your family or friends, then dont look anymore for at your disposal is this list of the Top 15 Largest Aquariums in the World.
15. The Aquadome
This cylindrical wonder was erected in 2004 and now is one of the most renowned tourist attractions of Germany. The Aquadom is located inside the Radisson Hotel of Berlin and is described as an exceptional and breathtaking experience by everyone who has been inside of it. The structure is 25 metres high and contains round about 1 million litres of water. There is a glass elevator which takes tourists up the highest point and gives them a close view of about 1500 spectacular fish and coral reefs of more than 97 species. The Aquadom is indeed the best way to finish your journey of Sea Life, Berlin.
14. The Shedd Aquarium
The Shedd Aquarium of Chicago, California held the label of being the largest indoor aquarium for a pretty long period of time. The Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish assortment. The aquarium is not only restricted to having stunning variety of marine animals but also exhibits a variety of birds, snakes, insects and amphibians. The Shedd Aquarium is indeed one of the best aquatic wonders of not only California but the entire world.
13. Sea World
The Sea World situated in Orlando, opened on 15th December, 1973 is most popular for its shows where marine animals can be seen giving spectacular performances. The underscore of the shows is often the killer whales, another marvel, the Sea World is renowned for. Not only can you see a variety of marine animals but one can also enjoy on 13 rides and 5 huge roller coasters. The Sea World was known to be one of the most famous aquariums but lost all glamour when the documentary Blackfish, which highlighted the brutal treatment given to the killer whales, was released.
12. Deep Aquarium
The Deep Aquarium situated in Hull, England is the only submarium in the world. It is a host to thousands of sea creatures including seven species of sharks. Its location is also one of the reasons it is visited by millions of people throughout the year. The most amazing experience is to walk through the viewing tunnel as fishes of various kinds and colours sashay above your head. A ride in the glass lift through the Endless Oceans tanks will most certainly take your breath away.
11. Aquarium of Western Australia
The Aquarium of Western Australia is known to be a magnificent manmade replica of the Australian coastline and is a home to more than 400 species of marine animals. People interested in diving and snorkeling can do so and get a firsthand experience of swimming with the animals!
10. National Aquarium, Baltimore
This breathtaking fish house provides a hands-on experience with many species of animals from the sum total of 750 species it is home to. The National Aquarium, Baltimore has touch pools which let you feel the wings of sting rays and the textures of corals! Another really cool feature is the 4-D theatre which plays movies ranging from meticulously shot documentaries to comical animation films!
9. Aquarium of Genoa
The Aquario di Genova, Italy, is another marvel one cannot simply miss. The best part of the tour through this aquarium is that there is a biologist entirely at your disposal to guide and inform you about the aquatic phenomenon. It is inhabited by more than 500 varieties of fish, coral reefs, amphibians and snakes. A peculiarity of this place is that it was built to celebrate the completion of 500 years since the Italian sailor Christopher Columbus started this journey. The building fascinatingly looks like a ship which is ready to take the sea. A trip to Italy will remain incomplete without visiting the Aquarium of Genoa.
8. Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
The Shanghai Ocean aquarium is home to the Humboldt Penguin and the Mudskipper which are its popular attractions. Situated next to the Oriental Skyscraper, this place has one of the longest walk through tunnels in the world which measures up to 120 metres. The tunnel takes visitors through an open ocean, a shark cove, a kelp cave and coastal and coral reefs. The aquarium has become one of the main attractions of Shanghai.
7. uShaka Marine World
Situated at Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the uShaka Marine world is not just an aquarium but is a theme park. What amazes the visitors is how it is built. It is designed underground around 5 shipwrecks and has its entrance through the Phantom Ship which has quite a lot of restaurants! Isn’t that brilliant? Not only are there splendid seal and dolphin shows, but there are various sessions of shark feeding too. Additionally, one can engage in activities like snorkeling, scuba diving and also bubble making!
6. Monterey Bay Aquarium
After many laborious attempts for 100 whole years, the Monterey Bay Aquarium was erected in Monterey, California. It is home to more than 35,000 creatures belonging to 623 species of plants and animals which can be viewed above and below the waterline. Animals like Great White Sharks, otters, penguins and the world’s first Kelp forest can be found at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Apart from the great assortment of fish, the aquarium is well known for its Special Jelly fish exhibit and Special Tentacle exhibit.
Situated in Istanbul, Turkuazoo is one of the largest aquariums in Europe and one the major tourist attractions of Turkey. Turkuazoo promises its visitors a journey which remains etched in your mind through one of the largest tunnels, ninety metres long, in the world. Apart from showcasing several numbers of exhibits, the aquarium is an important centre for research and conservation of marine life.
L’Oceanografic or The Oceanographic is located in the city of Valencia in Spain and is one of the largest structures of its kind in all of Europe. It is considered to be one of the most unique aquariums in the world as it comprises of nine towers, each representing one major ecosystem of the earth. L’Oceanografic is home to more than 45,000 creatures belonging to more than 500 species. Each of the nine towers is designed expertly to give you an experience like never before. This is one trip no one should miss.
3.Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Located in Japan, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is a four storied structure which is abode to more than 26,000 creatures belonging to 750 species which include fishes of different kinds, mammals, snakes, corals and coastal reefs. A peculiarity of the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is that the name Churaumi was kept as a result of a public vote and means ‘beautiful and graceful’. The aquarium is built in a manner that symbolizes the ‘Sea’ and this is very evident in the ambience that has been created.
2. Dubai Mall Aquarium
This aquarium is located inside of the biggest mall in the world by area, The Dubai Mall. The aquarium is three floored building inhabited by 300 species of aquatic and marine animals. People from all over the world visit this aquarium to take a ride of its glass bottomed boat. Imagine travelling through the water and fish of kinds and colours gliding and soaring under your feet. One thing that leaves visitors absolutely speechless in the 270 degree walk-through tunnel which has an extraordinary lunar-cyclic lighting system which changes according to the time of the day. It is not for nothing that it the Dubai Mall Aquarium has become a major tourist attraction in the entire world.
1. Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium of Atlanta, US is the largest aquarium in the whole wide world and houses thousands and thousands of creatures belonging to hundreds and hundreds of species. The Georgia Aquarium has five different galleries arranged around a central atrium which represent five different ecosystems which are Georgia Explorer, Tropical Diver, Ocean Voyager, Cold-Water Quest and River Scout. Various activities in which visitors and engage in play and feeding the creatures are arranged. The Georgia Aquarium is home to various exotic animals like sea otters, Japanese spider crabs, weedy sea dragons, and African penguins.
For all those out there who love the life below sea, these fifteen places are a real treat and definitely worth a visit.