LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The National Aquarium in Baltimore is in the running to be named the “Best North American Aquarium.”
USA TODAY and 10Best have teamed together to coordinate the contest. They chose 20 aquariums from the U.S. and Canada to vie for the title.
The 20 aquariums were chosen by weighing annual visitor count, square footage, total aquarium gallons, membership numbers, affordability of entrance fees, awards won and commitment to conservation efforts for each.
People can vote once per day for their favorite aquarium until noon on Aug. 18.
The contest notes that it opted to exclude the SeaWorld facilities; Epcot’s ‘The Seas;’ Busch Gardens at Tampa Bay; and Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas because they all fall outside the parameters of a traditional aquarium.
The 20 aquariums in the running are:
∙ ABQ BioPark Aquarium – Albequerque, N.M.
∙ Adventure Aquarium – Camden, N.J.
∙ Aquarium of the Bay – San Francisco
∙ Aquarium of the Pacific – Long Beach, Calif.
∙ Audubon Aquarium of the Americas – New Orleans
∙ Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta
∙ Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium – Omaha, Neb.
∙ Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey, Calif.
∙ Mystic Aquarium – Mystic, Conn.
∙ National Aquarium – Baltimore
∙ New England Aquarium – Boston
∙ New York Aquarium – New York
∙ Oregon Coast Aquarium – Newport, Ore.
∙ Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – Tacoma, Wash.
∙ Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – Gatlinburg, Tenn.
∙ Seattle Aquarium – Seattle
∙ Shedd Aquarium – Chicago
∙ Tennessee Aquarium – Chattanooga, Tenn.
∙ Texas State Aquarium – Corpus Christi, Texas
∙ Vancouver Aquarium – Vancouver