The aquatic world is something that has caught the fancy of people for a very long time.
From fishes and corals, to mollusks and more, the beauty of the underwater treasures is something beyond compare. Found across rivers, streams and oceans, these are some of the finest gems that nature has to offer. Of the many places worth checking them out, one of the best would undoubtedly be aquariums. Housing hundreds or sometimes even thousands of different species, aquariums offer a great opportunity to get up close and personal with these aquatic life forms. And this is not something limited to the small fishes either. There are many aquariums in the world which house species as big as the majestic whale shark, the largest fish on the planet. There are others which house creatures such as dolphins, killer whales, seals and other aquatic lives. And if you need a reason why you should travel with your kids, we’ve already talked about that!
The GRFK Moms have rounded up a few of our best aquariums around the world and hope you visit them with your kids when visiting the countries they are located in!
- Marine Life Park – Singapore
The aquarium is located on Sentosa Island in Singapore, and is home to about 1000 different species from around the world. Of the many attractions that the aquarium offers, one of the most important and well known is for shark encounters, where visitors can get up close and personal with shark species such as the hammerhead and sandbar sharks. Other attractions at the park include bottlenose dolphins of the indo-pacific, as well as a water park called the Adventure Cove Waterpark, located just adjacent to the aquarium. The water park in turn, offers a variety of rides such as lazy river, high-speed water slides and more.
- Georgia Aquarium – Georgia, U.S.A.
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest Aquarium in the United States, and one of the largest in the world. Home to thousands of different animal species in a 10 million gallon tank, it is one of the most visited aquariums in the country. Among the species that call the aquarium home are the whale shark, bonnethread sharks, rays and a variety of other species of fish. In addition to this, the aquarium is also home to several bottlenose dolphins who have become an attraction unto themselves.
- Oceanografic Aquarium – Valencia, Spain
One of the most important aquariums in Spain, the park is situated in the city of Valencia. It is famous for its vast enclosure home to well over 100 sharks from 21 different species. There are also a variety of other species in the aquarium such as barracudas, anemones, lobsters and more, all of which are native to the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Other attractions at the aquarium that are worth mentioning include dolphin shows, live music and more.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California
This is one of the best aquariums around in the state of California. Situated along the coastal stretches of the city of Monterey, the aquarium has become an important attraction in this part of the state. If your kids would love feeding penguins, seabirds, and sea otters, then this is the place to visit! The location also allows families to enjoy the local wildlife including humpback whales, sea otters and more.
- Vancouver Aquarium – Vancouver, Canada
The Vancouver Aquarium is one of the oldest aquariums in Canada and has some of the largest collections of species. Among the many creatures in its collection are about 300 species of fish, 30,000 invertebrates and more than 50 species of reptiles and amphibians. In addition to this, there are also a variety of other attractions such as sea lion training, dolphin shows and more.Also worth noting is that this aquarium is the headquarters of Oceanwise, a non-profit organization that focuses on initiatives for ocean conservation, such as sustainable fishing, beach cleanups and more.
There are many more amazing aquariums you can visit all around the world. With many more underway, and others being significantly upgraded, aquariums are something that will continue to fascinate and astound us for decades to come. Our kids at GRFK love aquariums and we continue to seek out an aquarium to visit every time we’re on a trip to a new destination! Let us know what your favorite aquariums are!