Na­tional Aquar­ium

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The city’s aquar­ium broke ground in 1978, and Congress granted it na­tional sta­tus a year later. The sprawl­ing com­plex is now the crown jewel of the In­ner Har­bor and home to nearly 20,000 species. For a quick visit, stick to the Peter Cher­may­effde­signed Glass Pavil­ion

and ad­ja­cent Pier 3. Start at An­i­mal Planet Aus­tralia: Wild Ex­tremes (above), and seek out the Archer­fish, an unas­sum­ing swim­mer that cap­tures bugs by spit­ting a jet of wa­ter at them, knock­ing them off their perch. Af­ter, cross over to Pier 3. On the first floor, find Black­tip Reef, where

500-pound green sea tur­tle Ca­lypso (above) cruises with the dis­play’s name­sake sharks among 3,000 pieces of hand­crafted coral. At Liv­ing Seashore (above, left) on the third floor, vis­i­tors touch At­lantic stingrays and even lu­mi­nous moon jel­lies. If time al­lows, as­cend to the Rain For­est for a glimpse of Golden Lion Ta­marin mon­keys scam­per­ing through the tree­tops.

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