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Summer Vacation Ideas: National Aquarium

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Have a Close Encounter at the Aquarium

Sure, the zoo has all those cute newborn baby animals, but inside the aquarium, you can marvel at all kinds of creatures—while cooling off in air conditioning. Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest; its five themed galleries include tropical coral reefs, beluga whales and black-footed penguins from low-temperature habitats, and the Ocean Voyager, a giant viewing tank and tunnel filled with hammerheads, stingrays, and whale sharks. The Premium Day Pass, which you can purchase in advance, includes admission to all galleries and the “4D” movie theater. Baltimore’s National Aquarium made waves in summer 2013 with the opening of its Blacktip Reef, which sustains a delicate coral reef ecosystem. Visitors observe the marine life (look out for the 500-pound green sea turtle) through a 27-foot window that curves out into the exhibit. It provides a 160-degree panoramic underwater view that would impress even Jacques Cousteau.

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