RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MAY 11: Visitors stand in AquaRio, the city's new aquarium which opened in November, on May 11, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The aquarium is touted as the largest in South America and houses 350 different species of marine life in a space measuring 26,000 square meters. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

un June is National Aquarium Month and we’ve got 5 you have to check out!  

Discover some of the country’s coolest aquariums that are flooded with phenomenal fishes and exotic deep sea creatures.

Take a trip to some of these top aquariums where you can get up close and personal to diverse marine life. According to the Travel Channel, you’ll be amazed.

National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland

According to the National Aquarium’s site, they are home to more than 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats.  If you’re not able to make it Maryland, no worries, they’ve set up some very cool LIVE cameras so you can watch Jelly Fish, the Blacktip Reef exhibit, and a Pacific Coral Reef exhibit.

Our Animal of the Week is the Kimberley snake-necked turtle! These turtles reach a maximum size of 10.5 inches, however, males are typically about 15% smaller than females. ???? Learn more about them in our link!

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Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia

The Georgia Aquarium is a “must visit” for any fan of the sea.  They offer “sleepovers!”  That’s right.  You and your friends can get the full hook up and sleep in front of one of their magnificent gallery windows.  Talk about a visit you’ll never forget.

Again, if you’re looking for a quick getaway from the troubles of the world, check out their LIVE cams are insane!  We’re quite fond of the African Penguin cam ourselves.

New York Aquarium in Brooklyn, New York 

Right in the heart of the Big Apple is a little slice of sea life.  Even though the aquarium is undergoing some construction, the slight disruptions will be worth the wait!  When complete, the new 57,000-square-foot building will be home to the Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit.   In the meantime, it’s never a bad idea to stop by and visit the adorable otters.

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year! #brooklyn #otter #2017 #newyear #coneyisland

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Audubon Aquarium of the Americans in New Orleans, Louisiana 

Not only is New Orleans home to great music, food, history but the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.   The aquarium offers packages that have you getting in the water and SCUBA diving or snorkeling in the Aquarium’s Great Maya Reef!  They also offer a behind the scenes tour of their sea otter exhibit.  That is some serious fun.

Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky

Beware of the sharks! This aquarium offers a path that only the brave will follow.  A Shark Bridge is a suspended rope bridge that you can walk across, only inches away from two dozen sharks.  Just thinking about it makes me scared.  If you’re a bit more of the cautious type, you can head over to the Seahorses: Unbridled Fun exhibit at check out the seahorses, sea dragons, trumpetfish, shrimpfish and pipefish.

Seahorse dads carry the baby seahorses in their pouches for about 24 days #HappyMothersDay #ThanksDad! #NewportAquarium #DiscoverTheWonder #Seahorses #UnbridledFun

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Sarah Francis is a half-Palestinian journalism junkie, a proud Charlotte, NC native with an oversized sweet tooth, and an active world traveler. Ask her where she’s headed next. (@Sarah_Francis25)

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