When it comes to experiencing the majesty of nature and the animal kingdom, aquariums offer a unique and magical glimpse of the world that exists under the sea. From fish and crustaceans to sharks and dolphins, there are plenty of weird and wonderful creatures that can be found in the aquariums of the world. Thankfully, enjoying the wonders of an aquarium visit no longer requires long-distance traveling or long lines. You can now pay a visit to many of the world’s finest aquariums from the comfort of your own home thanks to virtual touring. Read on for a list of the best virtual aquarium tours to experience with your family.
Washington, D.C., is home to some of the finest museums and science centers in America, and among them is the National Aquarium. This massive indoor facility is home to a wide variety of aquatic creatures, including hundreds of fish species, sea turtles, alligators, and much more. The National Aquarium offers virtual visitors the chance to navigate its halls and rooms via an online View Map. You can also get up close and personal with many of the animals in the aquarium with tour enclosures and tanks themed to regions like the Amazon River and the Channel Islands.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of California’s zoological highlights, and a place where sea life is not only displayed, but nurtured and rehabilitated. This aquarium offers virtual guests a wide array of opportunities for getting close to their animals. Thanks to nearly a dozen different live cameras, you can enjoy live footage of creatures like jellyfish, penguins, sea otters, and even sharks. Their Aviary Cam offers a glimpse at multiple bird species and there’s even an Open Sea Cam that lets you watch sea turtles.
The Ripley’s Aquariums
The Ripley’s brand of interactive museums and learning centers are a staple of many large cities and tourist areas in America. Ripley’s also operates multiple aquariums throughout the country, many of which offer virtual tours to families and children. You’ll be able to experience animals in their enclosures and tanks, live feedings, educational discussions and animal encounters, and more from the comfort of your own home. Young animal lovers are also given the opportunity to enjoy downloadable creature-themed crafts, listen to story time, and participate in activities catered to multiple age groups.
Another of the nation’s most highly regarded aquariums, the Tennessee Aquarium is home to a gigantic saltwater tank filled with thousands of fish. Thanks to the aquarium’s live cameras, virtual visitors can “enter” the tank and “swim” with everything from colorful fish and shrimp to a school of sharks and even a sea turtle. The aquarium’s penguin cams allow you to witness the complex lives of these amazing animals, and see everything from penguin courtship to egg laying. Other cams offer looks at otters, lemurs, jellyfish, and more.
No matter where you may live, virtual aquarium tours give you and your loved ones the opportunity to embark on an exciting undersea adventure from the comfort of your couch.