Congratulations to Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium! For the third time, this amazing attraction has won a "USA Today" 10Best readers' poll for Best Aquarium in the nation.
Founded by Johnny Morris, CEO of Bass Pro Shops, Wonders of Wildlife celebrates hunting, fishing and stewardship of the land and water through 1.5 miles of immersive galleries featuring 4D dioramas and a new 1.5-million-gallon aquarium. Some 35,000 animals representing over 800 species are on display, including zebra sharks, sea turtles and freshwater sport fish. Unique to the aquarium is its collection of historic boats used by fishing legends and celebrities, like Jimmy Buffet, Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey.
The top 10 winners are:
- Wonders of Wildlife - Springfield, Missouri
- Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies - Gatlinburg, Tennessee
- The Florida Aquarium - Tampa, Florida
- North Carolina Aquariums - Multiple Locations
- Texas State Aquarium - Corpus Christi, Texas
- Audubon Aquarium of the Americas - New Orleans, Louisiana
- Newport Aquarium - Newport, Kentucky
- Tennessee Aquarium - Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Adventure Aquarium - Camden, New Jersey
- Mystic Aquarium - Mystic, Connecticut.