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The Best Zoos & Aquariums in North America

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Zoos and aquariums in North America

Zoo
San Diego Zoo , San Diego
4.5
Providing a home for 3,700 of some of the world's rarest animals, San Diego Zoo features pandas, gorillas, antelopes, orangutans, koalas, and
Tickets from $65
Aquarium
Vancouver Aquarium , Vancouver
4.3
Please see website for details.
Tours from $5
Aquarium
SeaWorld San Diego , San Diego
3.9
Spreading over 77 hectares (190 acres), SeaWorld San Diego features 26 animal habitats and dozens of shows and interactive exhibits depicting
Tours from $15
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4.6
Duration: 1 to 4 hours
The San Diego Zoo is a 100-acre wildlife park and home to over 12,000 rare and endangered animals, representing more than 650 species and subspecies. Located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park, the Zoo is also an accredited botanical garden, caring for more than 700,000 individual plants, including a prominent curated assemblage of close to 13,000 specimens, representing 3,100 species. The expansive new 3.2-acre Wildlife Explorers Basecamp is designed to appeal to all ages and foster empathy for wildlife by exploring nature. Built on the site of the historic Children’s Zoo, the basecamp features fresh and innovative elements, including eight buildings and habitats dispersed throughout four different habitat zones: Rainforest, Wild Woods, Marsh Meadows and Desert Dunes.Tickets must be purchased at least one day prior to visit.
Book on Viator from $65
Zoo
National Zoological Park , Washington DC
4.1
Take a trip to National Zoological Park, home to about 1,800 animals of 300 different species--including its famous giant pandas. The nation'
Tours from $94
Aquarium
Maui Ocean Center , Wailuku
4.3
Get a close-up view of Hawaii’s diverse marine life at Maui Ocean Center. This aquarium has recreated Hawaii’s ocean ecosystem and hosts only
Tickets from $44

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