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The Florida Aquarium in Tampa nominated for Best Aquarium in America

A group of kids watch as a shark swims in side a large illuminated tank

The Florida Aquarium is our happy place — and the center for education, enrichment, and environmental protection is nominated for Best Aquarium in America by USA Today 10Best experts. Those interested in voting can do so online.

“One of the top aquariums in the South, the Florida Aquarium displays some 8,000 plants and animals from a range of fresh and saltwater environments, including alligators, sharks, seahorses, river otters and free-flying birds,” writes USA Today in their mini feature on the Aquarium. “The Journey to Madagascar takes visitors across the globe to observe a host of interesting animals – ring-tailed lemurs, hissing cockroaches and colorful chameleons. At Stingray Beach, visitors are invited to touch stingrays and sharks.”


Voting closes the first week of March. The Florida Aquarium is in the running along with 19 other aquariums. Each was selected by a panel of 10Best experts, and represent the best in the country for their high-quality exhibits and visitor interactions. Vote once per day for your favorite until voting ends on Monday, March 6 at noon. The 10 winners will be announced on Friday, March 17. 

Inside an aquarium with a large cylindrical tank at the center

Florida Aquarium cares for the Tampa Bay environment

Aquariums reveal the hidden wonders of the world’s oceans, lakes and waterways in fun, exploratory settings. The best aquariums also play a vital role in animal conservation by participating in rescue efforts and marine advocacy. 

The Florida Aquarium is already a fantastic Tampa institution, but back in the summer of 2022 officials announced plans for a multi-million dollar expansion. This $40-million expansion plan will include several exciting new exhibits, including a grand outdoor sea lion habitat. The first of three phases is scheduled to be completed in 2025.


Rendering of the aquarium's outdoor space
Rendering courtesy Florida Aquarium

Multi-million dollar expansion underway

“We are reinvigorating The Florida Aquarium by creating innovative and immersive habitats and exhibits, providing captivating guest experiences, and expanding our dynamic animal collection that advances our commitment to saving wildlife and wild places,” said Roger Germann, president and CEO. “Today we take a major step forward in building the world-class aquarium that Tampa Bay deserves.”

Learn more about The Florida Aquarium on its website, and follow them on Instagram and Facebook for updates on new events.

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