May 9, 2019
USA Today names top ten best zoos, aquariums

USA Today’s 2019 Readers Choice awards shared the announcement of top ten zoos and top ten aquariums in North America. The number one zoo was the home of the beloved Fiona — who you can read about in this issue — the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Both Ohio and Texas had multiple zoos in the list of favorites.

Of all the favorite aquariums, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies was named number one.

The top ten zoos:

  1. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – Cincinnati
  2. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium – Omaha
  3. Saint Louis Zoo – St. Louis
  4. Fort Worth Zoo – Fort Worth
  5. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Columbus, Ohio
  6. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – Colorado Springs
  7. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden – Columbia, S.C.
  8. Memphis Zoo – Memphis
  9. Audubon Zoo – New Orleans
  10. Dallas Zoo – Dallas


Top ten aquariums:

  1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – Gatlinburg, Tenn.
  2. The Florida Aquarium – Tampa
  3. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas – New Orleans
  4. Texas State Aquarium – Corpus Christi, Texas
  5. Mystic Aquarium – Mystic, Conn.
  6. Newport Aquarium – Newport, Ky.
  7. North Carolina Aquariums – Multiple Locations
  8. Vancouver Aquarium – Vancouver
  9. Tennessee Aquarium – Chattanooga, Tenn.
  10. Aquarium of the Pacific – Long Beach, Calif.

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