Texas State Aquarium Named One of USA TODAY’s Top Five Aquariums in North America
May 3, 2019
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Texas State Aquarium announced today that it was named as the #4 Aquarium in North America by USA TODAY, as chosen by online voters.
The Texas State Aquarium, the largest in Texas, was nominated by a panel of experts in March for the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Aquarium in North America, along with 20 other leading aquariums that, according to the publication, “represent the best in North America for their high-quality exhibits and visitor interactions.” The Texas State Aquarium was the only aquarium in Texas nominated for the award.
The Aquarium has been nominated for USA TODAY’s ranking of top aquariums several times in the past, and most recently won the #7 spot in 2017. The Aquarium’s top-five win comes following its growth into the largest aquarium in the state, when it opened its Caribbean Journey experience in 2017. In recent years, the Aquarium has been increasingly active in conservation efforts both in Texas and beyond, including funding research in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean and treating sick and injured sea turtles at its Wildlife Rescue Center. Those rescue efforts will expand even further with a new Wildlife Rescue Center that the Aquarium plans to build on its campus in the next few years.
“We’re honored and humbled to be named as one of the top aquariums in North America, and the number one aquarium in Texas,” said President & CEO Tom Schmid. “We’re thankful for this recognition; it’s important that our guests know that when they visit the Texas State Aquarium, they are supporting STEM education, conservation research, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. We are much more than just a great aquarium attraction.”
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