Top 10 Southern Aquariums You Need to Explore

Matthew Holland

See majestic sharks and colorful sea life up close at these stunning aquariums

From its unique swamps and marshlands to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the southern United States features diverse aquatic ecosystems. It's no surprise, then, that the South has some of the most spectacular aquariums in the country, featuring animals, programs, and experiences that can't be matched. With both freshwater and saltwater creatures as well as numerous hands-on experiences, these ten aquariums should be on every traveler's list when touring the South.

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

Gulfport, MS

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies showcases a number of the wonderful animals of the Gulf Coast and abroad. With reservations, visitors can check out the stingrays, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and more in the Discovery Room. Visitors can also have the chance to learn about tropical birds and interact with dolphins during a presentation. In addition to education, the center also provides care for injured or stranded marine animals and conducts research on marine life. 

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