The 6 Coolest Zoos and Aquariums in the U.S.


Throughout the U.S., we are fortunate enough to have a plethora of zoos and aquariums, where we get to be up close and personal with amazing land and sea creatures from around the world. With great facilities scattered throughout the states, it’s easy to find one to visit in your RV rental. Here are some of our personal favorite zoos and aquariums in the U.S that you won’t want to miss.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium is considered one of the best aquariums in the world. The nonprofit aquarium in Monterey, California is a leader in ocean conservation and education and works to inspire marine preservation. Visitors can explore multiple exhibits, view select animal feedings and watch daily shows. 

Pro tip: For a more guided experience, schedule tours of your favorite exhibits in advance. 

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Denver Zoo

Take the journey to Denver, Colorado and experience dozens of amazing exhibits and attractions at the Denver Zoo. The “Zookeeper Zone” program offers children an interactive experience as they learn about the role of a zookeeper. While you eagerly await your trip, explore Denver Zoo’s mobile app to get a sneak peek at everything happening at the zoo. 

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Shedd Aquarium

Experience unforgettable encounters at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois. Along with multiple marine exhibits, visitors can attend educational sessions, 4-D experiences, aquatic presentations and animal encounters. There are also many dining and shopping options to enjoy around the aquarium. More than a destination, scientists and care experts at the Shedd rescue and rehabilitate wildlife from all around the world.

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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium    

If you just can’t decide between visiting a zoo or an aquarium, do both! Nebraska is home to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, where visitors can explore both traditional zoo exhibits as well as view underwater wildlife. Come face to face with sea turtles and sharks in the 70-foot shark tunnel or check out the Hubbard Gorilla Valley where gorillas roam through a three-acre site. Here you’ll be able to see almost all of your favorite creatures.

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San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is a place of conservation, dedicated to saving species from around the world. The zoo is full of activities for all ages, offering tours, animal encounters, play areas, shows and even a “Skyfari Aerial Tram” where visitors can take an airborne ride over the trees to other parts of the zoo. Consistently ranked as one of America’s favorite zoos, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see destination for animal lovers. 

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Georgia Aquarium

Visit downtown Atlanta and check out the popular scientific institution known as the Georgia Aquarium. A leader in aquatic research and outstanding animal care, the Georgia Aquarium is committed to cultivating a greater appreciation for the ocean and the animals that call it home. Multiple exhibits, shows and tours are sure to keep you busy for the entire day. For the little ones, the aquarium offers an “Aquanaut Adventure” where parents and their children can engage in STEM-related activities that teach lessons about aquatic life. 

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These are just a few of the coolest zoos and aquariums you’ll find around the U.S. Rent an RV from Cruise America and explore even more of our country’s many attractions. With an RV, the opportunities for adventure are endless.