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Clearwater Marine Aquarium and The Florida Aquarium both nominated as best aquarium in the country

Two popular Tampa Bay aquariums have been nominated as the best aquarium in North America. by USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.


This year, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and The Florida Aquarium are both in a shortlist of 20 of the leading aquariums across the country, which were decided by a panel of experts working with 10Best’s editorial team.


The overall winner of this year's best aquarium award will be determined by a public vote.


Voting is open now and you can help your favourite aquarium move on up the top 20 list by voting once per day through Monday, March 6 at the links below.


Clearwater Marine Aquarium


Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is best known as the home of Winter the Dolphin, whose story was told in "Dolphin Tale."


Although Winter died in 2021, her legacy remains at this aquarium that focuses on animal care and education.


Visitors can see and learn more about a variety of animals inside the aquarium or take a guided eco-tour right outside in Clearwater Bay


You can help Clearwater Marine Aquarium to win by voting here.


Clearwater Marine Aquarium Clearwater Florida


The Florida Aquarium

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.


The Florida Wetlands trail highlights regional life in a recreated mangrove forest, while 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.


You can help The Florida Aquarium to win by voting here.


The Florida Aquarium



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