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The SHEDD AQUARIUM in Chicago -Truly a Magical One

English: John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Il...
John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois in the United States.
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There are lots of amazing places you can visit in the United States. From the west coast to the east coast, you will find all the spots that can bring joy to your naked eye. The federal government of the United States strictly maintains its national parks, historical spots, amusement parks, etc. for the people and foreign visitors to enjoy it.

In every state, you have lots of options where to visit its heart-pumping sceneries. But, if you’re into the water or marine life scenery and actually don’t want to be in the water either, you should go to the city of Chicago.

Chicago in the state of Illinois is far from the coastal United States. Even though Lake Michigan gives a nice background for the city all year round, but you can’t hardly call it a sea or an ocean. Still, the city of Chicago keeps something like to the ocean that is close to home.

Chicago, popularly known as the “Windy City” is the home of the world’s largest indoor aquarium and it’s the Shedd Aquarium. The Shedd Aquarium is actually a gift of the late John G. Shedd to the city of Chicago, hence the name. After the Aquarium was finally completed and opened in 1930, although he never lived to see it, the Shedd Aquarium has sought to inform the general public about the marine world and for its preservation.

Inside the vast Aquarium and Oceanarium, you will find to a close of 8,000 marine animals that represents 650 species of reptiles, fish, invertebrates, amphibians, mammals, and birds from the waters around the globe. The Aquarium contains over 1.5 million gallons of water while the Oceanarium contains to a close of 3 million gallons of water so it’s like you’re under the ocean water.

Looking at the Oceanarium, you will find all the Pacific inhabitants, from beluga whales, white-sided dolphins, Alaskan sea otters and seals, to penguins. Watching these mammals in a recreated Pacific coastal surrounding is fun. While in the Aquarium, the 90,000-gallon Caribbean-like Reef in the central part shows a wide range of aquatic mammals that include sea turtles, sharks, and to more than 250 species of tropical Caribbean animals.

If you wish to visit, the Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium is open to all from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and selected holidays. If Memorial Day and Labor Day fall on weekdays, it’s open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only. The place charge adults for $11, $9 to children ages 3-11 and free to children under the age of 3.

Access to both the Oceanarium and Aquarium on Mondays charge adults $6, $5 to children ages 3-11 and seniors and is free to ages under 3. Entrance to the Aquarium only is free on Mondays.



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"Newport Aquarium". Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

If you are planning to spend at least a day of vacation with your kids or with your friends, places that will pop out of your mind are the amusement parks, zoos, and ecological sites. Doing a picnic is much better if done in parks or somewhere close to nature. For sure you will be looking for an ambiance that is relaxing and something psychologically therapeutic.

In the country, there are many parks that you may visit. From zoos to eco-parks, aquarium, amusements parks, etc. During summer, nothing can ever turn down the idea of having a stroll to zoos and aquariums. Aquarium parks these days are very much visited by many because of the atmosphere in the place. The sound of the water and other animals are soothing to the ear and carry a relieving factor.

There are many aquarium parks in the United States and one of those is the Newport Aquarium. The Newport Aquarium is located at Newport Kentucky. It was dubbed as the number one aquarium in the Midwest. The place is a two-minute ride from downtown Cincinnati and Ohio. It has a sister aquarium that is located in New Jersey: The Adventure Aquarium. Adventure Aquarium is exactly situated on the Camden Waterfront, Camden, New Jersey. The Newport Aquarium is a member of an association known as The American Zoo and Aquarium Association.

Newport Aquarium has housed more than 7,000 marine creatures that can be found around the world. This facility holds water on a million-gallon scale. Sweet Pea is the most popular sea creature in this place. Named after the favorite Popeye show, Sweet Pea is shark rays. It is one of the few shark rays around the world.

The design of the facility is amazingly conceptualized to fit everyone’s taste. They have created underwater tunnels where one may pass as he overlooks a shark. There are also see-thru floors. There you are just a couple of inches away from the water. You can also see exhibits in any corner of the facility.

The underwater water tunnels on this facility are one of the few in the whole world that are considered seamless. The tunnel runs about 200 feet across the facility. There is also man-made rain forest in the park, coral reefs, shark feeding grounds, etc.

The Newport Aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the summer they have extended visiting hours that is from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays until Friday and on the Saturdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ticket costs $17.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors and $10.95 for children.

There are restrictions and rules that are implemented inside the aquarium. All you have to do is follow it to avoid being reprimanded or subjected to fine.



Tennessee Aquarium
Tennessee Aquarium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tennessee Aquarium is a landmark found in Chattanooga Tennessee. Well, this is an amazing spot visited by people who are aquariums enthusiast enjoying the exploration of marine species.

People who visited the Tennessee Aquarium provided their reviews so that other people can learn about what to expect, see or explore.

• Tennessee Aquarium has incorporated artistic exhibits to encourage people of any age. It gives appeal to everyone and ignites curiosity to explore the entire place.

• Freshwater exhibits are awesome. Newly added saltwater exhibits are spectacular displaying all creatures living in salt water including all sharks’ varieties.

• RiverWalk is a concrete walkway located on the top of the Tennessee River shore waters without railings giving an ultimate walking experience to visitors.

• Tennessee Aquarium is adjacent to the Bijou Movie Theater and IMAX Theater giving another entertainment option to visitors and travelers.

• Tennessee Aquarium has knowledgeable and excellent staff ready to answer all the questions given by travelers and visitors. The staff includes children and adults in their learning activities which they enjoy doing. The staff professionalism is observed giving the same warm welcome to visitors even during the last minute before closing time.

• Tennessee Aquarium is a very neat place to visit however the booth for buying tickets are not covered and the Aquarium gets easily crowded so sometimes time is wasted waiting to see the exhibits.

• Tennessee Aquarium’s one of the visitor’s favorite is the seahorse's exhibit. You need to have at least two hours to spend watching all the exhibits including divers cleaning the aquarium windows and swimming together with sharks and stingrays.

• Tennessee Aquariums have natural habitats for different animals with two living forests seen under glass that the children and adults love to enjoy watching.

• Tennessee Aquariums has incorporated many varieties of interesting fishes, which are fun to observe.

• Tennessee Aquarium is an amazing place to visit having beautiful views, good presentations, nice buildings, and knowledgeable employees however the only disaster experienced by visitors are their bathrooms.

• Tennessee Aquariums has incorporated an amazing architectural aesthetics having a beautiful landscaping of underwater sea environment, river, lake, and pond natural habitats, which they rank as one of the best aquariums in the world to visit.

Having a real-life marine adventure is an interesting activity that anybody could experience. Tennessee Aquarium surely offers the best scenery and adventure.


Land And Underwater Wonders In DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM

Dallas World Aquarium Entrance
Dallas World Aquarium Entrance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Do you need to free yourself from stress? Are your days filled with nerve-racking events that you wish the world would stop for just a moment?

Studies show that one way to relieve stress is communing with nature. You can take a slow walk and breathe fresh air. You can have a swim. Perhaps, gazing at creatures such as the animals can put off worries. If you want to be out and commune with nature, the Dallas World Aquarium might be perfect for you.

Dallas World Aquarium is a recreational center located in Dallas, Texas. It is believed to be one of the many first-rate tourist spots in the area.

Let the swimming and gliding fishes and other sea creatures from around the world soothe your eyes. In Dallas World Aquarium you will be able to see different species of fish and other underwater creatures. If mere looking at them does not satisfy you, you will have the chance to take a stride inside a tunnel. It gives you a feeling that you are in the underwater world.

It is not only the underwater world that you may experience. If you enjoy the flora and the fauna, then the rainforest section may be a good place to visit. Here you can find the incomparable beauty of diverse trees and flowers. Additionally, you will be able to hear and see how rainforest animals react to every moving situation. Indeed, there is a rainforest area in Dallas World Aquarium.

Dallas World Aquarium also reveals the exquisiteness of South Africa through its exhibits. The display area is a lagoon-like. It showcases the different South African biomes and living things dwelling on said biomes. It is not your traditional exhibit hence you will have a full appreciation of the area.

Have you ever heard of Yucatan’s Gulf coast? If you have not, then this is your chance to gain knowledge of the area when you taste the life of “Mundo Maya.” Dallas World Aquarium gives you the chance to experience Mexican nature by the immersion exhibit they have set-up for visitors.

The above-mentioned are places where you can divert your attention from the hurriedness of life. More to this, it may teach you how to value other living things aside from your own. Being able to understand and appreciate life outside your comfort zone will help you realize and be thankful for what you have.


Amazing Facts About SHEDD AQUARIUM

The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Deutsch...
The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you are going to visit Chicago, you got to experience visiting the icon and leader in aquarium and zoo profession - Shedd Aquarium.

Shedd aquarium was made possible by John G. Shedd wherein he envisioned it to be one of the grandest aquariums in Chicago and was officially opened on May 30, 1930, which became one of Chicago’s historic landmarks.

Shedd aquarium success lies in its founder’s leadership about shaping the future and followers incorporated by collaborative, supportive, strong, inquisitive, creative, energetic and persistent outlook.

Shedd Aquarium primary goal is to give information, inspiration and entertainment to people interested in animals, their habitat and relations to humans. They are promoting animal conservation, provides teaching and learning resources and support global environmental awareness.

Shedd Aquarium’s mission is to let animals connect people into the living world giving inspiration by starting to make a difference. They educate people in a more interesting way of having stewards with a dedication to caring for animals and people.

Shedd Aquarium is supporting global programs regarding conservations. They are also the first aquarium to have an educational department, a textbook itself exploring life and expanding horizons about the animals in their sanctuary taught by their cool teachers within classes.

Shedd Aquarium is a sanctuary with different animal species that people could explore and learn about. They provide itineraries for visitors regarding Shedd Aquarium explorations through their sitemaps.

You cannot tour the entire Shedd Aquarium in just a day so instead join their membership to visit it often. Some foundations offer discount days upon visiting Shedd Aquarium giving free general admissions.

There is no problem with visiting the Shedd Aquarium because:

-Lockers, which are coin-operated, are available for storing coats however they are not responsible for luggage or package that does not fit into the lockers.

-Picture takings of animals are allowed by only turning off the flash for comfort and safety purposes. Tripods are not allowed as well as taking pictures in restaurants and Oceanarium.

-A handicapped parking area is available but wheelchairs can be rented on a first come first basis only.

-A nursing area is also available. You can either eat at Dining at Shedd or simply carry a bag lunch where you can eat on the tables and chairs located in vending areas.

The best time to visit Shedd Aquarium is to arrive early or on Sunday mornings because it is least crowded. Shedd is a popular place and can easily get crowded during summer, weekends or holidays. Explore and have fun.


SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO Review - A Look at Some of the Must-See Attractions and Shows

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"San Diego Sea World" Photo:  Wikimedia Commons.

If you're planning a SeaWorld San Diego vacation, you should preorder your tickets online so that you won't have to stand in line all day. The tickets are actually available at a discount price on the internet, so you'll be saving money anyway. All of the shows, aquariums, rides, and exhibits are included with park admission.

You really can't go wrong with a SeaWorld vacation in sunny California. Whether you simply want to view a few of the exotic sea animals or want to go all out with a guided tour and interaction program, you'll have an unforgettable experience.

In this SeaWorld San Diego review, let's go over a few of the must-see attractions and shows.

Riptide Rescue
Climb aboard the rafts of Riptide Rescue and get an idea of what it's like to go on a sea turtle rescue mission. Just like a real rescue, you'll be in for a wild ride. If you decide to go on this ride, you must either secure all of your loose items or place them in a locker. You don't want to end up losing something in the middle of the wild ride!

Shamu Rocks
Why go back to your hotel early when you can party the night away with Shamu? This show has a lot of flashes - and splash - and tourists enjoy every second of it. The show is a combination of killer whale acrobatics with breathtaking special effects. The killer whales perform impressive tricks with rock music playing in the background.

Penguin Encounter
Even if the park is located in sunny San Diego, there is still a spot dedicated to penguins. The temperature is kept at really cold levels so that the penguins can be comfortable. There are nearly 300 penguins of all sizes for you to see. The population includes different types of penguins including regal emperors, adelies, macaronis, and gentoos.

Dolphin Point
Here's your chance to touch and feed bottlenose dolphins. Observe their movements from just a few feet away. Dolphin Point is also the home of sea otters. There is a dolphin interaction program available, although it costs additional money. It can be a very educational experience for children and adults alike.

These are just a few examples of the many exciting things to experience at SeaWorld San Diego. If you plan on staying for more than one day, you can choose from 14 partner hotels. A Silver Pass is ideal if you want to make multiple visits for the rest of the season.

Hopefully, this SeaWorld San Diego review gave you some ideas of what you will want to do during your visit. There are plenty of other attractions, shows, and exhibits to check out. You can also find a variety of restaurants and shops. Always look online for SeaWorld coupons before you go.



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New York Aquarium by David Shankbone, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This aquarium is located in Brooklyn. The aquarium contains more than eight thousand aquamarine animals. The more attractive part of this aquarium is its design, which allows the visitors to watch the animals swim in the large aquarium. The purpose aquarium is to educate the visitors about different aquamarine species and also to promote the message of preserving the ocean wildlife.

The first New York Aquarium was built in Battery Park, which was shut down in 1941on the suggestion of Robert Moses that the construction of a tunnel from Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn will affect the Castle Clinton's foundation. The animals were then moved to the Bronx Zee. The new aquarium was opened after the Second World War on June 6, 1957, in Coney Island.

The aquarium is located over an area of 14 acres. There are more than 350 species of animals kept in the aquarium. It also has a famous research center named, Osborn Laboratories of Marine Sciences (OLMS).

The Aquarium
New York Aquarium has many different types of ocean life for the exhibition. At the entrance of the Aquarium, a map is given for the convenience of visitors to locate different sections easily.

Feedings and Demonstrations
Visitors can see the staff while feeding the marine animals, such as walruses, sharks, and penguins. You can find feeding times posted in various location of the aquarium. Demonstration exhibition will allow the visitors to touch the skin of the shark.

Animal Enrichment
Special care is taken to improve the living conditions of the marine animals in the aquarium. This will enrich the visitors' visit to the aquarium.

The Aquatheater
Aquarium has an Aquatheater as well. This Aquatheater was open in 1995. You can watch the dolphin performance in this theater. Dolphin will perform different tricks to amuse the visitors. You just need to show the admission ticket and they will allow you to enter the theater.

Explore the Shore
This is feature is popular among the children. In Explore the Shore, the visitors will have a hand on experience with the tidal waves. The touch pool is the place where you explore the shore. The timing of touch pool from Monday to Thursday is 11a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday the timing for touch pool is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday and other holidays it remains closed.

Sea Cliffs
Sea Cliffs are the place where you can watch the walruses, sea otter and fur seals. Watching these creatures in Sea Cliff is a great fun. The staff also tells you some facts about these creatures.

These are the name given to two penguins in the aquarium. These penguins are the most attractive feature of New York Aquarium.

The Deep Sea 3-D Simulator Ride
The aquarium offers a submarine ride called "Deep Sea 3-D Simulator Ride". You need to buy a separate ticket to participate in the ride. This ride will take you to the bottom of the ocean.

The best feature of the aquarium is that it has a variety of marine animals. Whales, sharks, penguins, sea otter, fur seals, walruses, jellyfish, Beluga whales and many different types of fish.


The SHEDD AQUARIUM - Just One of the Great Attractions in Chicago

The Shedd Aquarium, as seen from the northwest...
The Shedd Aquarium, as seen from the northwest in the early dawn light.
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After a long stretch of stressful months of work, everyone deserves a break. This coming summer gives us all the opportunity to relax, unwind and spend quality time with our family. Have you found the perfect place where you can spend your vacation? If you are tired of the familiar malls and conventional amusement parks and picnics at the beach then here's a place that will definitely provide you with a one-of-a-kind experience that both you and the kids can enjoy: Chicago. There are so many Chicago attractions that will surely prove to be amazing and fun!

There are attractions carefully selected as some of the most popular and the most famous places in the world. Chicago is not just known for its skyscrapers, but also for its museums and aquariums.

The Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science & OMNIMAX, Field Museum & Underground River, John Hancock Observatory, and Adler Planetarium are five of the many famous attractions in Chicago.

So if you happen to be planning to go to Chicago this year or still figuring out where to take the whole family to enjoy a fun-filled vacation, go and visit the world-famous Shedd Aquarium. As you may not know, aside for other tourist spots in Chicago, the Shedd is one of the windy city's pride. This is because it has a wide collection of animals that are rarely seen in the entire world today.

The aquarium holds a large and impressive collection of 32,500 different species of animals that are rarely seen in the environment. This collection includes different sorts of animals that swim, crawl, slither or fly. It is home to a number of animals including otters, lizards, whales, dolphins, sea jellies, sea turtles and a wide assortment of fish and sharks. The entire family will surely be in for an amazing and educational surprise when visiting the Shedd Aquarium.

However, the animals aren't the only attractions of the Shedd. The aquarium also has other facilities such as the Soundings Restaurant and Bubblenet Food court that will fill the hungry tummies from a day long of marveling and adoration. Other highlights of the Shedd are the Oceanarium and the Wild Reef.

Aside from the awesome entertainment, the Shedd Aquarium gives it also does not fail to inspire. Through its natural form of beauty, it reminds tourists and visitors of the importance of mother nature and emphasizes responsible actions that we humans need to take. The Aquarium is a vital place for education, a conservation leader, neighborhood partner and a collaborator to the global efforts for world and wildlife preservation.

If for example, you keep on wondering and looking for the best gift you can give to your children this year, you don't have to look for it any longer. Visiting Chicago attractions will surely be the best gift you can give to your family. While you are in the windy city of Chicago never fail to list the Shedd as the No. 1 place to go to. It is where fun and love is shared and where memories are made.

    By Andy Seitz
    Heading to Chicago for a vacation could be a great vacation for you and your family. While you're there you'll want to be sure to visit some of the most popular Chicago attractions such as the Shedd Aquarium. It will be an experience you'll never forget!

    Article Source: EzineArticles



Rainbow above Maui Ocean Center in the Ma'alea Harbor
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The ocean center has a huge aquarium that has water filtered into it from the Bay.  This aquarium is as real as it gets.  This tank has a tunnel that you can actually walk through.  This makes for great pictures.  You can get a picture of yourself standing face to face with a sand shark.  While walking through the tunnel, you will see sharks and rays, and tons of different types of fish.

The best thing about the tunnel is that you can see the underside of the creatures as they swim above you.  The tanks also boast a coral and tropical fish display that will amaze anyone.  The coral itself is breathtaking.  In fact, this coral collection is the largest of any aquarium in the world.

Another amazing display inside the aquarium is the giant cylinder columns of jellyfish.  They are several feet wide, and you can watch the jellyfish float above you.  The sight of these creatures is both terrifying and mesmerizing at the same time.

Next, you move along through the aquarium to the sea turtles tanks.  These sea turtles have been injured at some point in their lives and their stay at the aquarium is only a temporary one. They will be reintroduced back into their natural habitat once they have recovered.  This is my favorite exhibit in the aquarium. If you happen to visit during feeding time you can actually feed the turtles.  It's great to watch these huge docile creatures chomping happily on their lunch.

The ocean center also has an interactive display of whales, where visitors can learn about these giant mammals.  Whale watching is a big hobby in Hawaii.  There are several whale watching tours available.  Turtle Bay resort located on the north shore of Oahu boasts that during the winter you can actually see whales from your balcony.

The Maui Ocean Center is a perfect place for families to visit.  They offer a wide variety of exhibits for children that are both informative and exciting.  There is also a touch pond, where children can pick up some of the creatures and actually handle them.  They can see sea stars and sea urchins, as well as skates and rays.  Be careful when stroking rays, however, you should always stroke them from head to tail in order to avoid being stung by there tails.

No kid friendly aquarium would be complete without food.  The ocean center offers a cafĂ© where you can grab lunch.  They have light fare such as salads and sandwiches, and of course, ice cream.  Also, don't miss the great picture taking opportunities that the center has to offer.  Along the backside of the aquarium, there are some spectacular views of Ma'alaea Bay, and there is a dolphin statue located in the very front of the center that also makes for a great souvenir photo.


Chicago SHEDD AQUARIUM, Discover Teeming Life Under the Water

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The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, viewed from the southeast. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Chicago Shedd Aquarium shed some light on the animals down under the water.

I love the ocean, and visiting is generally one of my favorite things to do. The best part about Chicago is that they have not only water but then I can see exactly what goes on under the water at the aquarium all around the world.

Here's what you can expect from a day at the Shedd Aquarium a fantastic exploration of the waters from the:

° Oceanarium, dolphin performances, sea otters and et.
° Caribbean Reef, sharks, jellyfish, the dangerous waters off the Caribbean coasts
° Amazon Alligators, snakes, spiders more amazing creatures
° The Wild Reef, showing eels more sharks, beautiful schools of various fish and much more

I love this place because this amazing Aquarium brings you face to face with some of the most amazing creatures.

One of my favorite visits I was with my husband and we were looking at these rocks which were about a foot or so from the glass all propped together, we were looking for any sign of life inside this particular tank when we noticed an eye looking at us from this small hole, about five inches around. I wasn't quite sure what eye was staring back at me. I quickly discovered that it was an octopus, the entire eight-foot octopus squeezed out of this tiny hole and filled the entire length of the glass in front of us! It was so amazing to see just how small they can make themselves and just how big they can get when they're fully stretched out. It almost seemed like a different creature!

The Chicago Shedd Aquarium really makes the underwater world come to life! Each exhibit makes it feel like you're really there!

It's an amazing place to take family friends or to even go alone. Plus they have discount days on occasion and delicious restaurants on site. It's really a lot of fun and quite an experience for the everyone.



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Want to make sure your next family vacation is a real splash? Take your family for a cool and educational adventure at the Atlanta Aquarium.

Some people call aquariums "the new zoos" and without a doubt, they are some of the hottest lures. The recently opened Atlanta Aquarium was created to draw visitors to the city. Developed in part by the city of Atlanta, this titanic aquarium draws in travelers, who are then enticed to visit other destinations within the downtown entertainment zone.

The original idea for opening the Atlanta aquarium, also known as Georgia Aquarium, was developed by Bernie Marcus. In November 2001, Mr. Marcus announced his plans to donate the funds required to build an aquarium in downtown Atlanta.  From that idea, the Atlanta Aquarium was born.

The Atlanta Aquarium is a half-million square foot facility housing, more than 100,000 animals in 8 million gallons of fresh and salt water. From project groundbreaking to the grand opening, the entire construction process took only 27 months to complete. The Atlanta Aquarium is located on 9 acres of land adjacent to the Centennial Olympic Park in the downtown area.

When you visit the Atlanta Aquarium, you'll notice the unique appearance of the building's exterior. The facilities were designed to look like a giant ship breaking through a wave. As visitors move forward to the large atrium inside the building, they are led into the facility by "a wall of fish" guiding them inside. Once inside, guests are given the option to choose from five main galleries. Each gallery is easily distinguishable with a sign and icon at the entrance.

Take time to visit each of these fascinating galleries housed within the Atlanta Aquarium:

Cold Water Quest -- shows items covered in ice
Georgia Explorer -- identified by a light house
River Scout   -- displays a cascading waterfall
Ocean Voyager  -- offers a peephole into the huge habitat
Tropical Diver  -- with two video screens representing fish on a reef.

After visiting each exhibit, guests return to the main atrium to visit the next gallery.

Visitors to the Atlanta Aquarium will enjoy about 60 habitats through 12,000 square feet of viewing windows. The windows are made of a durable acrylic with a total weight of 328 tons. The largest of the habitats is a massive 263 feet long by 126 feet wide, with a depth of 33 feet. This giant carries 6.2 million gallons of water. This display, specially designed as a habitat for whale sharks, is also home to tens of thousands of other animals that commonly thrive amid coral reefs and open ocean waters.

As you continue to explore the Atlanta Aquarium, you'll find a 100-foot long tunnel and one of the world's largest aquarium windows, giving a glimpse into the whale shark habitat. The second of the largest habitats in the Atlanta Aquarium, it holds 800,000 gallons of water and was specifically developed to simulate the natural habitat of beluga whales.

Anyone with an interest in nature and oceanic life will marvel at the Atlanta Aquarium. Spend the day viewing 100 thousand creatures representing 500 species from around the globe living in over 8 million gallons of fresh and salt water. The Atlanta Aquarium is a true ocean jewel, right in the middle of Georgia.


The WAIKIKI AQUARIUM - A Nice Respite From Beach Activities

The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Exhibit is the Waikiki Aquariums first new exhibit in 6-years. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which includes the chain of 120+ islands and atolls that string some 1200 miles to the northwest of Niihau, is home to over 7,000 marine species, a quarter of which are found nowhere else on Earth. The 4,000 gallon display will feature many species of fish rarely seen outside of this protected area.

The Waikiki Aquarium...3rd oldest aquarium in the country.
The Honolulu Aquarium, as it was known when it opened in 1904, was a state-of-the-art facility with 35 tanks and 400 species in its collection and was proclaimed to have the finest collection of fishes in the world.

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Its tradition as a research facility began in 1912 with a donation from the C.M. Cooke Estate for a marine biology research laboratory. When its lease expired in 1919, the Cooke Estate ceded the Aquarium's property lease to the Territory of Hawaii and operations were turned over to the then newly formed University of Hawaii.

In 1949, the Territory Legislature funded construction of a new aquarium to the south of the original structure and in 1955, the Waikiki Aquarium opened. This is the building that I originally visited back in the 60's and which still stands today. The 1990's brought a focus on more naturalistic exhibits that focused on the marine life of Hawaii and the western Pacific, as well as significant renovation of the facilities, and in 2000 the Aquarium was designated a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center of the Coastal America partnership.

During this period they instituted the coral propagation program, for which the Aquarium is now world-renowned. The purpose of this program is to supply aquariums and researchers world-wide with live coral specimens while protecting coral in the wild. The ultimate goal of the program is to reach the point where they can re-introduce corals back into the wild to help propagate dying reefs.
The Waikiki Aquarium Houses Six Main Areas:

  • The Corals Are Alive: Hawaiian coral reefs are unique in that they are geologically young reefs and are the most geographically isolated reefs in the world.
  • The Galleries at the Aquarium: highlight the aquatic communities of the tropical Pacific and Hawaii.
  • The Edge of the Reef exhibit is a 7,500 gallon (28,400 liter) outdoor exhibit that recreates a typical Hawaiian shoreline.
  • The Hawaiian Monk Seal is one of the world's most endangered marine mammals.
  • The Ocean Aquaculture display focuses on the raising of a Hawaiian favorite, the "moi", aka Pacific Six Fingered Threadfin (Polydactylus sexfilis).
  • The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Exhibit

The Waikiki Aquarium also offers a number of educational and fun activities and events for the family. These range from night viewings of some of the nocturnal residents in the aquarium to exploring the nearby tidal pools. The seahorse exhibit takes viewers behind the scenes at Waikiki Aquarium to talk about the care and feeding of seahorses. Or, you might want to get involved with NOAA's Ocean Exploration Curriculum Workshop or the Marine Educators' Night at the Waikiki Aquarium for adults.

So, while the Waikiki Aquarium may not rival its larger counterparts on the mainland in size, it still warrants a visit if you have any interest in the local sea creatures and the many conservation efforts being led by this University of Hawaii operated facility. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in its world renown status!

And, its one of the most affordable attractions that is also walking distance from most Waikiki hotels. Admission for adults...$9; for locals (kama'ainas), seniors (65+), and active military...$6; youths (13-17) or those with a disability...$4; juniors (5-16)...$2; and children (4 and under)...FREE. Open 9:00 to 4:30 pm daily; closes early at 2:30 Thanksgiving Day; closed for the Honolulu Marathon and Christmas. Located at 2777 Kalakaua Ave., call for more information, (808) 923-9741.

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Did You Know How Much Fun Your Family Could Have at the MAZATLAN AQUARIUM?

Great Family Fun at the Mazatlan Aquarium
The Mazatlan Aquarium (Acuario Mazatlan) is a great place for your family to visit while vacationing in Mazatlan. While it's not big or fancy, it offers several aquarium tanks with a large variety of marine life, including the Ocean Tank which is the largest in Latin America. In addition, it also has several entertaining shows like a tropical bird show, seal show, shark diving show, and several other attractions.

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New Ocean Tank makes a great aquarium experience
The Mazatlan Aquarium (Acuario Mazatlan) has several large tanks which display a large variety of different types of marine life. But the most impressive is the new Ocean Tank. Completed fairly recently (in October 2008), it allows a view into the depths of the ocean, housing many different types of ocean life all living together as they do in the ocean.
Because of the large size of the tank (1,600,000 liters of water), it has room even for large sizes of marine life, like sharks, sea rays, and giant sea turtles.

Other shows and exhibits are the icing on the cake!

Diving Exhibition - in the Shark Tank!

Enjoy the excitement of watching a diver enter directly into the tank with the live sharks. He also interacts with the turtles and other large sea creatures. And to top it off, he teaches how scuba diving equipment works (You just might get the itch to take some scuba diving classes as well while you're in Mazatlan!).

Tropical Bird Theater
This is true entertainment for you and your family! The show consists of a group of tropical birds (Macaws and Cockatoos, along with their trainers) singing and dancing to prove just how intelligent they really are.

Seal Show
The Sea Lions are also delighted to put on a good show for you! In the water and in the air (with plenty of splashing in case you wanted to get wet yourself), Bony, Toby, Cili, Ely, Lili, and Tito know how to move!
What's really special is that each of these sea lions were rescued. They arrived at the aquarium with different injuries, and the Aquarium staff nursed them back to good health and trained them to do the show.

And More!
There's also a botanical garden to explore, crocodiles that you can watch, and a frog habitat.
All in all, the Aquarium is sure to be a fun event for your family during your vacation in Mazatlan. If nothing else, do it as a break from the beach and sun.


BERLIN's Many Zoos And Aquariums

Berlin Zoo is a very attractive park, lying to the east of Berlin. Here, great attention has been paid to the various habitats so that they complement the surroundings and enrich the lives of the animals who live in them. To the west of Berlin lies the city centre zoo, Germany's longest operating zoo, in which a very large number of animals of various species live. These two zoos are the result of years of division in Germany, when it was split along east/west lines. When the country was unified, the zoos lived on. Between the two of them, an amazing number of species can be seen which you would be hard pressed to see anywhere else, making this city a must-visit for lovers of animals.

English: Main entry of Tierpark Berlin Deutsch...
Main entry of Tierpark Berlin Deutsch: Haupteingang des Tierpark Berlin
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The Zoo Aquarium is more than just an attraction to entertain all the family - it is also playing its part in conservation, with a wealth of animal life spanning more than 9000 individuals from nearly 800 species, spread across a mix of vivariums and aquariums. The wonder starts immediately when you walk in the door - in the lobby is the ornamental koi carp, who love being given food and gently stroked. On the same floor live a stunning variety of fish (including jellyfish, cow nose rays and black tip reef sharks) and corals. On the 1st floor are the reptiles, where the crocodile hall (the world's first public vivarium) has been entertaining the public for nearly a century now. A variety of lizards, turtles and boas, to name just a few, also live here. On the upper floor are the insects and amphibians, including the amazing leaf-cutter ants display. Here you can see the ants carrying the leaves through long transparent tubes between the terrariums.
The Tierpark Berlin, Europe's biggest zoo spanning several hundred acres, is renowned for its success in breeding elephants - welcoming 15 babies since 1999. Approximately 7800 creatures, representing almost 900 species, live here. They include unique species such as sun bears, Indian giant flying foxes, lemurs and red and black varis, which live in habitats such as the Hummingbird-Crocodile House, Afrikanum, Tropical Hall, Snake Farm and Vari Forest. The zoo has been showing animals to the public since the mid 50s, when it was located at Friedrichsfelde Palace, dating from the late 17th century. Since 2009 the palace has again been subsumed into the grounds of the zoo and is a venue for regular events, such as concerts.

From the moment you walk through the Elephant Gate entrance of the Zoological Garden, which consists of two elephants holding up two massive columns, under a ceiling which features carvings and paintings, you know you are somewhere special. It was the country's first zoo, opened in the late 19th century and today is home to about 16000 animals from 1500 species. There are hippo, predator and nocturnal houses, and Europe's biggest aviary. The aquarium features a huge variety of sea life, such as piranhas, coral fish, and sharks.

At Sea Life aquarium, thousands of sea creatures such as jellyfish and sharks can be seen in a carefully recreated habitat. Some of them even enjoy being stroked! The building is designed and constructed so that one feels they are going on an underwater trip, following the Spree River to the Atlantic Ocean, before spanning out to the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Over 5,000 animals live here. The AquaDom is the world's biggest freestanding aquarium, served by a glass elevator which lets you see shoals of exotic fish swimming in 1,000,000 litres of saltwater.



The Baltimore Aquarium, opened in 1981, is world-famous, and is Baltimore's leading tourist attraction. Built on the Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium is located within a triangular glass building that is a Baltimore landmark. The Aquarium provides cultural, recreational, and educational experiences that meet the needs of various communities. The aquarium is a major factor in the economic revival of the region; it has created jobs and demonstrated a viable model of business profitability. 

National Aquarium, Baltimore, USA
National Aquarium, Baltimore, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Aquarium blends naturalistic exhibitions with the most modern interpretive techniques, enthralling visitors by highlighting the beauty of the aquatic world and soliciting an emotional response in visitors, and the awareness that all of us have a responsibility towards the environment.
Exhibits create a natural-looking environment for all varieties of species. Specimens are carefully selected, and explain biological concepts in an interesting and accurate way. 

The collections have a representation from diverse worldwide habitats. The exhibits start with samples of marine life from local waters, followed by eye-to-eye views of sharks, dolphins, rays, stingrays, sea turtles, bullfrogs, phytoplankton, iguanas, puffins, poison dart frogs, and other tropical fish among the more than 10,500 creatures in naturalistic exhibits, including a simulated rainforest ecosystem, and regularly scheduled dolphin shows. 

The admission charge is a bit expensive and there is often a long wait to get in, but the visit is worth it. Even disabled people can visit the aquarium through a separate entry.

Of all the aquariums of the country, the Baltimore Aquarium is rated No. 2 with the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California at No. 1. The Zagat score rates the Baltimore aquarium at 26, the Camden Yards are rated at 25; the Maryland Science Center is at 24; the Baltimore Zoo is at 23 and the American Visionary Art Museum is at 22. The Baltimore Aquarium is also available for rent; it's an ideal place for corporate events, banquets, and special celebrations. Whatever the reason for the visit, the Baltimore Aquarium is sure to win everybody's heart.

    By Alison Cole
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