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Clearwater Marine Aquarium and The Florida Aquarium named among best aquariums in the United States

Clearwater Marine Aquarium and The Florida Aquarium in Tampa have been named among the best aquariums in the United States.

In the 2023 USA TODAY's 10Best Reader's Choice Travel Awards, Clearwater Marine Aquarium has been named number two.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium will forever be known as the home of Winter the Dolphin, whose story was told in "Dolphin Tale." Although Winter sadly 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. 10Best expert Nikky J. shares, "I love this place because they focus on rescue, rehab and release of aquatic animals. Plus, it's a fun place to hang out with the family for a few hours!"

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Meanwhile, The Florida Aquarium in Tampa has came out in 8th place.

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.

The Florida Aquarium

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