Aquariums, whether they are the small tanks in your living room or the massive museum-sized tanks, they are beautiful, immensely colorful, and filled with incredible creatures and sea life.

This section will feature tips on how to get started building your own tank, tips on visiting some of the great aquariums, and finally, hopefully a great photo gallery.

Recommended Aquarium Research Centers:

  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium located in Monterey, California is one of our favorite aquariums. Look for Sea Otters, Sharks and the Kelp Forest. Cannary Row offers some great restaurants for lunch. Carmel California is also nearby with a great downtown along with the beautiful golf course drive. (link)
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute in La Jolla, California makes an excellent half day trip. Top feature: the tide pools and sharks. Although trendy La Jolla with its traffic and confusing streets can be a driving nightmare, try to also make it down to the main beach area where you can find a tunnel down caves along the ocean. Accessible via a gift shop, of course. (link)
  • The nation’s largest tropical reef aquarium located at the Maui Ocean Center. As if you needed one more reason to visit Hawaii. (link)