Best Aquariums to Visit in the World

Aquariums are magical places to visit the wonders of the sea without actually having don a wetsuit and go below the waves. Some countries have put a lot of time and effort into making their aquariums feel like visitors are on an ocean floor tour. But with travel opening up you want to make sure you’re spending your time and money on truly great experiences, so what are the best aquariums to visit in the world?

We did a deep dive into some of the most popular, and narrowed down that list to the top five we’d want to visit first. Check them out, and see if you agree.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Japan

Okinawa is one of the most well-known and quaint seaside towns in Japan. And knowing the meticulous nature of the Japanese people, it’s no wonder that their aquarium, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, is one of the biggest and best in the world. It holds over 700 species of marine animals, including giant whale sharks.

S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore

Singapore is another Asian country with one of the world’s top aquariums. The S.E.A. Aquarium has over 10,000 underwater animals and 50 different exhibits. If you’re looking for an educational and awe-inspiring experience, head to Singapore.

Want to see what it looks like in action? Here’s some cool video we found. As Amelia, the Rumble user who posted the video says, “I visited in Sentosa Aquarium, Video recorded three Shark Baby in small aquarium.” Check it out.

Aquarium of Genoa, Italy

While in Italy, spend a day at the Aquarium of Genoa. This place has over 70 tanks, featuring 12,000 animals of the sea. It’s the largest aquarium in Italy, drawing over a million people every year. You’ll get to see everything from sharks to penguins to amphibians!

Pictured below is the Port of Genoa, dominated by the aquarium and the biosphere green house that was designed by Renzo Piano.

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Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai

Visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and walk in underwater tunnels. Fish and other marine animals swim overhead and you’ll feel as though you’re fully immersed in their world. And that’s without the whole lack-of-oxygen, I-can’t-breathe-water thing, of course. If you’d rather a top down view, you can also take a glass-bottom boat tour. 

According to the traveler Every Where 2021, “Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is home to thousands of aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species. Over 400 Sharks and Rays live in 10 million litre tank, including Sand Tiger Sharks, Giant Groupers, and a host of other marine species. A series of carefully designed experiences will allow the visitors to come face to face with the aquatic residents for memorable moments with friends and family.”

Check out their video.

Oceanografic, Spain

Most aquariums display animals and plants from the ocean. But the Oceanografic Aquarium of Spain adds a new dimension. It includes animals from marshes and swamps — making it one of the best aquariums to visit.

Known as “L’Oceanogràfic,” it is an oceanarium situated on the dry Turia River bed to the southeast of the city center of Valencia, Spain, where different marine habitats are represented. This is an excellent place to educate yourself and your kids about how various Earthly ecosystems are interconnected. Oceanografic is the largest aquarium in Europe and is worth a few days to explore it.

It was designed by architect Félix Candela and structural engineers Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lázaro. Check out the photo below.