Internet Travel Monitor - Industry NewsSpring has sprung, summer is closing in and families across the country are looking forward to summer vacation. To help plan that next kid-approved trip, we asked 10Best readers to vote for North America's best zoos, zoo exhibits, aquariums, safari parks, botanical gardens and aerial adventure parks.
May 8, 2019
Visit These Readers' Choice Winners for the Best Summer Vacation
These are North America's best zoos, aquariums, safari parks, gardens and aerial adventures
Click on each category below to see the full list of winners:
Best Aerial Adventure Park: Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park in Branson, Mo.
Branson’s Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park brings thrills to the Ozark Mountains. Visitors can enjoy a multi-level treetop ropes course, zip line canopy tour or the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider, Missouri’s highest zip line where riders reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour after a launch from 170 feet above ground.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Aerial Adventure Park are as follows:
Best Aquarium: Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
More than 350 species are represented among Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies' 10,000 aquatic residents. Shark Lagoon, with its moving walkways through underwater tunnels, is the aquarium's biggest and most popular attraction, but kids love the interactive Penguin Playhouse, where they can come nose-to-beak with endangered African penguins both above and below the water.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Aquarium are as follows:
Visitors to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum enjoy more than 1,200 acres of manicured gardens, woods and prairies, accessible via 12.5 miles of walkable trails and garden paths. The vast space, divided into 28 named gardens and 45 plant collections, showcases more than 5,000 plant species and varieties. Highlights include a Japanese Garden, Daylily and Chrysanthemum Walk, Kitchen Herb Garden, Maze Garden and Peony Walk.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Botanical Garden are as follows:
An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park invites visitors to drive along a 4-mile route through habitats populated by native North American plant and animal species – American elk, bison, waterfowl, raptors and white-tailed deer. At Wolf Canyon, guests can hop out of the car to see grey wolves and American black bears or walk through the half-acre Eagle Aviary.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Safari Park are as follows:
The Cincinnati Zoo (one of the oldest zoos in the nation) brings visitors nose-to-nose with a range of exciting animals. Guests can view hippos underwater (including superstar Fiona), pop up in a bubble amid meerkats or watch cheetahs racing at top speeds. The multi-sensory Night Hunters exhibit hosts cats and other nocturnal predators, while Manatee Springs seeks the long-term conservation of the Florida manatee by encouraging guests to observe these gentle giants.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Zoo are as follows:
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is home to the largest indoor rainforest in America. The Lied Jungle features lush vegetation and a crashing waterfall, where gibbons, monkeys, tapirs, macaws and pygmy hippos reside. The rainforests of South America, Asia and Africa are represented within the space.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Zoo Exhibit are as follows:
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