Aquariums are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. They provide a closeup look at aquatic life from all over the globe, and can be found in nearly every country. While there are many small and local aquariums, there are also some that are truly massive in scale. These large-scale aquariums offer an immersive experience that cannot be found anywhere else. In this blog post, we will explore the 10 largest aquariums in the world. From the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan, these massive structures will amaze and astound you.
The Georgia Aquarium is located in Atlanta, Georgia and is the largest aquarium in the United States. The facility houses over 100,000 animals including 500 species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. The aquarium's mission is to be a leading educational institution focused on aquatic animal conservation.
Some of the must-see exhibits at the Georgia Aquarium include the Ocean Voyager Exhibit which features a six million gallon tank housing whale sharks, manta rays, and other sea creatures; the Tropical Diver Exhibit which has a coral reef with over 25,000 tropical fish; and the Cold Water Quest Exhibit which showcases penguins, beluga whales, and other animals that live in colder climates.
China's Chimelong Ocean Kingdom
Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, located in Zhuhai, China, is the largest aquarium in the world, covering over 1.5 million square feet. The massive facility houses over 12,000 marine animals representing 800 species from all over the planet.
The tank sizes at Chimelong are unrivaled anywhere else on earth, with the main ocean tank measuring a whopping 35.5 million gallons. This behemoth is big enough to accommodate two whale sharks and four beluga whales! In addition to the mind-blowing main ocean tank, there are also three other enormous tanks totaling an additional 54 million gallons.
The park itself is huge, spanning over 100 acres of land. In addition to the many different exhibits and tanks, there is also a dolphin and sea lion stadium, a 4D cinema, and a variety of shops and restaurants.
Dubai Mall Aquarium
The Dubai Mall is home to the world’s largest aquarium. The colossal structure houses over 33,000 marine animals and features a walk-through tunnel where visitors can get up close and personal with the underwater inhabitants. The aquarium also has a glass-bottomed boat ride for those who want to take in the sights from above.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Located in Toronto, Ontario, the aquarium has over 16,000 animals from 450 different species. The aquarium is home to a wide variety of marine life, including sharks, rays, seahorses, and jellyfish.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada was opened to the public on October 3, 2013. Since then, it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Toronto. In 2014, the aquarium was named one of the top 25 tourist attractions in the world by TripAdvisor.
The Moscow Oceanarium is the largest aquarium in Russia and one of the largest in the world. It was opened to the public on August 10, 2016. The oceanarium is located in the Moskva River in downtown Moscow, near the Kremlin.
The facility occupies a total area of about 9,000 square meters (96,875 square feet). The main tank has a volume of 5,400 cubic meters (188,265 gallons), making it one of the largest in Europe. It is home to over 4,000 animals representing more than 200 species from all over the world.
Some of the highlights include a display of beluga whales, walruses, penguins, sea lions, and other marine mammals; a coral reef with tropical fish; an Amazonian rainforest with piranhas and caimans; and a shipwreck exhibit with sharks and rays.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
1. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world, and is located in Japan. The facility was opened in 2002, and features a massive main tank that holds 7,500 cubic meters (1,981,290 gallons) of water. The tank is home to a wide variety of marine life, including whale sharks, manta rays, and dolphins.
In addition to the main tank, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium also has a number of smaller tanks and exhibits that showcase other aquatic creatures from around the world. The facility is a popular tourist destination, and receives over 1.6 million visitors each year.
L'Oceanografic is located in Valencia, Spain and is the largest aquarium in Europe. The facility is home to over 500 species of marine life, including sharks, dolphins, and penguins. Visitors can take a glass-bottom boat ride, go on a safari through Africa, or visit the polar zone to see the penguins. In addition to the main exhibitions, L'Oceanografic also has a museum and an educational center.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is the world's largest aquarium. It is located in Sydney, Australia. The aquarium has more than 700 species of marine animals. The aquarium has a total capacity of 10 million liters.
UShaka Marine World
Ushaka Marine World is the largest aquarium in the world, located in Durban, South Africa. The aquarium has 32 tanks, including a 5.2 million litre tank, and houses over 3,500 animals. The aquarium is also home to the world's largest collection of Blacktip sharks.
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world, followed by Marine Life Park in Sentosa, Singapore. The following is a list of the top 10 largest aquariums in the world, according to their total water volume.
1. Georgia Aquarium – 10,000,000 US Gal (37,854,092 L)
2. Marine Life Park – 8,000,000 US Gal (30,283,168 L)
3. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom – 6,600,000 US Gal (25,090,971 L)
4. Dubai Mall Aquarium – 5,400,000 US Gal (20471 840 L)
5. Beijing Underwater World – 5 million gallons (18900 000 L)
6. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan – 5 million gallons (18927 360 L)
7. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada – 4 million gallons (15140 000 L)
8. Monterey Bay Aquarium – 3 million gallons (11356 620 L)
9. Shedd Aquarium – 2.5 million gallons (9464 090 L)
10 Adventure Island's Tampa Bay's SeaWorld Zoo – 2 million gallons (7570560L)