Landmark: United States Logo

Zoos, Aquaria and Aviaries

Zoological gardens, zoological parks, aquaria (the plural of aquarium), aviaries and other facilities in which animals are contained and displayed to the public, and in which they may also be bred.


Alaska SeaLife Center

Seward, Alaska
The Alaska SeaLife Center is located on the shores of Resurrection Bay in Seward in the U.S. state of Alaska. Open since May 1998, it is dedicated to understanding and maintaining the integrity of the marine ecosystem of Alaska


Alaska Zoo

Anchorage, Alaska, 99507
The Alaska Zoo is a zoo located in Anchorage, Alaska located on 25 acres (10 ha) of the Anchorage Hillside. It is a popular attraction in Alaska, with nearly 200,000 visitors per year.


Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is an aquarium in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is run by the Audubon Institute, which also supervises the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Park (in a different part of the city).


Beardsley Zoological Gardens

Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, 06610
Beardsley is the only zoo in the state of Connecticut. It's exhibits include a South American rain forest with a free-flight aviary, a walk through prairie dog exhibit, and a petting zoo called "The New England Farmyard."


Birmingham Zoo

Bimingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Founded in 1950, the 122 acre (49 hectare) Birmingham Zoo started with a small menagerie of exotic animals kept in a Southside firehouse. Today, it is home to approximately 750 animals of 250 species. It draws more than 450,000 visitors annually.


Blank Park Zoo

Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Blank Park Zoo is a 25-acre zoological park. It is the only accredited zoo in Iowa. Once the Des Moines Children's Zoo, the facility was redeveloped by a local group who financed new geographic themed exhibits and naturally landscaped environments.


Bronx Zoo

New York, New York
The largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, the Bronx Zoo comprises 265 acres of parklands and naturalistic habitats and is home to over 4,000 animals.


Busch Gardens Tampa

Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, 33674
This 335-acre 19th century African-themed park opened on March 31, 1959 as a beer garden for the Tampa Anheuser-Busch brewery. The park is also an operating zoo with many animal attractions.


Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, 80906
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was founded in 1926 by philanthropist Spencer Penrose to house his growing collection of exotic animals. It is one of only two mountain zoos in the United States.


Denver Zoo

Denver, Denver County, Colorado, 80205
The Denver Zoo is an 80-acre (32 ha) facility located in City Park of Denver, Colorado, United States. Founded in 1896, it is owned by the City and County of Denver and funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).


Florida Aquarium

Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, 33602
Home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and all over the world, the Florida Aquarium opened in March of 1995. The facility is not only an aquarium, but also an aviary and botanical garden.


Georgia Aquarium

Atlanta, Georgia, 30313
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, housing thousands of animals and representing several thousand species, all of which reside in 10 million US gallons (38,000 m3) of marine and salt water.


Great Plains Zoo

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 57104
The Great Plains Zoo is a 45-acre (18 ha) zoo located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Delbridge Museum is included in the zoo entrance fee, and houses a collection of 150 mounted animals including 36 vanishing species.


Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Montana, 59758
The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is a not-for-profit wildlife park and educational facility opened in 1993 that is located in West Yellowstone, Montana. It is open 365 days a year, and admission is good for two consecutive days.


Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, 68108
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is nationally renowned for its leadership in animal conservation and research.


Honolulu Zoo

Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815
The Honolulu Zoo is a 42-acre (17 ha) zoo located in Queen Kapiʻolani Park in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The Honolulu Zoo now features over 1,230 animals in specially designed habitats.


Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City, Missouri, 64132
Kansas City Zoo is a 202-acre (82 ha) zoo founded in 1909. It is located in Swope Park at 6800 Zoo Drive Kansas City, Missouri. It is home to more than 1,300 animals, and in 2008, the Kansas City Zoo was voted one of America's best zoos.


Kentucky Horse Park

Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, 40511
The Kentucky Horse Park contains the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, which has a permanent collection of horse history and memorabilia, along with a rotating historical collection focused on a particular theme.


Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo

Monroe, Ouachita County, Louisiana, 71202
Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo is an 80-acre (32 ha) zoological park that exhibits over 500 animals. There is a boat tour that allows visitors to see species that are not visible from the foot paths.


Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, 33604
The Lowry Park Zoo opened at its current location in 1957. It was closed in the 1980's for a complete reconstruction and reopened in March of 1988. Seven main exhibit areas cover over 56 acres of lush, natural habitats.


Miami Seaquarium

Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, 33149
The park was the first major marine park attraction in South Florida. Its grand opening was in 1955. In addition to the marine mammals, the Miami Seaquarium also houses fish, sharks, sea turtles, birds, reptiles and manatees.


Minnesota Zoo

Apple Valley, Dakota County, Minnesota, 55124
Opened on May 22, 1978, The Minnesota Zoo (formerly the Minnesota Zoological Gardens) was fairly revolutionary in its exhibit design. It was one of the first zoos to organize its animals by their living environment as opposed to their species.


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey, California, 93940
The Monterey Bay Aquarium was founded in 1984 and is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row. It holds thousands of plants and animals, representing more than 600 species on display.


Montgomery Zoo

Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, 36110
The Montgomery Zoo features over 700 animals spanning over 150 species from 5 different continents, all housed in natural, "barrier free" habitats. The zoo features an entry plaza that is always decorated with floral arrangements.


National Aquarium

Baltimore, Maryland, 21202
The National Aquarium is a non-profit public aquarium. The aquarium opened on August 8, 1981. It holds more than 2,200,000 US gallons (8,300,000 l) of water, and has more than 17,000 specimens representing over 750 species.


National Aviary

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 15212
The National Aviary is America's only independent indoor nonprofit aviary. It is also America's largest aviary, and the only accorded honorary "National" status by the United States Congress.


National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, 52001
The campus of the National Mississippi River Museum includes over a dozen aquariums featuring wildlife representative of that found in the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico and other river systems and deltas, including giant catfish, sturgeon, ducks, frogs, turtles, rays, octopus, river otters, and more.


Newport Aquarium

Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky, 41071
The Newport Aquarium is an aquarium located in Newport, Kentucky at Newport on the Levee. The aquarium has 70 exhibits and 14 galleries, including five seamless acrylic tunnels totaling over 200 feet (61 m) in length.


Oregon Zoo

Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
The Oregon Zoo includes the 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge Washington Park & Zoo Railway that connects to the International Rose Test Garden inside the park.


Philadelphia Zoological Garden

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104
The Philadelphia Zoo was the first zoo in the United States. It is considered one of the premier zoos in the world for breeding animals that have been found difficult to breed in captivity.


Riverbanks Zoo

Columbia, South Carolina, 29210
The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a 170-acre (69 ha) zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden located along the Saluda River in Columbia, South Carolina.


Sacramento Zoo

Sacramento, California, 95822
The Sacramento Zoo is a zoo located in William Land Park in Sacramento, California. It opened on June 2, 1927, with 40 animals.


San Diego Zoo

San Diego, California, 92104
The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, housing over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. Its parent organization, San Diego Zoo Global, is one of the largest zoological membership associations in the world.


SeaWorld San Diego

San Diego, California, 92109
SeaWorld San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park, located in San Diego, California. SeaWorld San Diego is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


South Carolina Aquarium

Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, 29401
The South Carolina Aquarium, located in Charleston, South Carolina, opened on May 19, 2000, on the historic Charleston Harbor. It is home to more than ten thousand plants and animals.


Tennessee Aquarium

Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37402
The Tennessee Aquarium is a non-profit public aquarium located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It opened in 1992 on the banks of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga, with a major expansion added in 2005.


The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland, 21217
Formerly the Baltimore Zoo, the landmark is the third oldest zoo in the United States.


Waikiki Aquarium

Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815
The Waikiki Aquarium is an aquarium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Founded in 1904, it is the second oldest public aquarium in the United States. Since 1919, the Waikiki Aquarium has been an institution of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Washington Park

Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, 97221
Washington Park covers more than 410 acres (166 hectares) on mostly steep, wooded hillsides which range in elevation from 200 feet (61 m) at 24th & W Burnside to 870 feet (265 m) at SW Fairview Blvd.


Zoo Atlanta

Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, 30315
Zoo Atlanta is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoological park in Atlanta, Georgia. The zoo is one of four zoos in the U.S. currently housing giant pandas.



Billings, Montana, 59106
ZooMontana is a 70-acre (28 ha) wildlife park located in Billings, Montana, U.S. and is Montana's only zoo and botanical park. It currently maintains nearly 100 animals, representing 58 species.

Top 10 Most Popular Zoos, Aquaria and Aviaries Landmarks

  1. Miami Seaquarium
  2. Kentucky Horse Park
  3. Tennessee Aquarium
  4. Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo
  5. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
  6. Busch Gardens Tampa
  7. Florida Aquarium
  8. Alaska Zoo
  9. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
  10. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo