Zoos, aquariums, safari parks, scenic practice rides and botanical gardens are nice methods to get out and discover this summer season. In our search to search out the very best of the very best, we invited a panel of consultants to appoint their prime picks. Then, our readers voted for his or her favorites to assist us slim the nominee checklist right down to the ten finest winners in every class.
Click on every class under to see the complete winners checklist.
Best Aquarium: Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri
Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium chosen as Best Aquarium — Photo courtesy of Wonders of Wildlife
Founded by Johnny Morris, CEO of Bass Pro Shops, Springfield’s Wonders of Wildlife celebrates searching, fishing and stewardship of the land and water via 1.5 miles of immersive galleries that includes 4D dioramas and a 1.5-million-gallon aquarium. Some 35,000 animals representing over 800 species are on show, together with zebra sharks, sea turtles and freshwater sport fish. Unique to the aquarium is its assortment of historic boats utilized by fishing legends and celebrities, like Jimmy Buffet, Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey.
Best Botanical Garden: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden voted Best Botanical Garden — Photo courtesy of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
The heat local weather of Coral Gables permits tropical crops to be grown outside year-round on the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – one of many solely locations within the continental United States the place that is attainable. Exotic butterflies fly freely inside the Wings of the Tropics Conservatory, whereas the Rare Plant House shows 450 species of uncommon and endangered tropical crops from across the globe. Other themed gardens embrace a Tropical Fruit Pavilion, Palm Glade, Tropical Flower Garden, Succulent Garden and even a show of the dry forest crops of Madagascar.
Best Safari Park: Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari in Ashland, Nebraska
Best Safari Park? Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari — Photo courtesy of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park invitations guests to drive alongside a 4-mile route via habitats populated by native North American plant and animal species – American elk, bison, waterfowl, raptors and white-tailed deer. At Wolf Canyon, friends can hop out of the automotive to see gray wolves and American black bears or stroll via the half-acre Eagle Aviary.
Best Train Ride: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Durango, Colorado
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad chosen as Best Scenic Train Ride — Photo courtesy of iStock / miroslav_1
The historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad as soon as hauled silver and gold alongside the stretch of monitor laid throughout the late nineteenth century between the 2 cities. Today, guests hop aboard for the 7-hour round-trip journey from Durango via a few of Colorado’s most spectacular surroundings with an opportunity to cease and discover the historic mining city.
Best Zoo: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio
The Cincinnati Zoo was voted Best Zoo by readers. — Photo courtesy of Michelle Curley
The Cincinnati Zoo (one of many oldest zoos within the nation) brings guests nose-to-nose with a spread of thrilling animals. Guests can view hippos underwater (together with world-famous hippo Fiona), pop up in a bubble amid meerkats or watch cheetahs racing at prime speeds. The multi-sensory Night Hunters exhibit hosts cats and different nocturnal predators, whereas Manatee Springs seeks the long-term conservation of the Florida manatee by encouraging friends to look at these light giants.
Best Zoo Exhibit: Asian Highlands at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska
Asian Highlands chosen as Best Zoo Exhibit 2022. — Photo courtesy of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
The Asian Highlands exhibit at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo begins with guests getting into beneath a duplicate Himalayan damage after which touring alongside a footpath that takes them via “the southern foothills of the Himalayans.” Along their journey, guests will observe Indian rhinos, sloth bears, pink pandas, snow leopards and far more.
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