Missouri's Wonders of Wildlife Named Best Aquarium in the US
photos courtesy of Wonders of Wildlife
Conservationist Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shop fame, has done it again. His latest gift to the planet, The Wonders of Wildlife is a spectacular celebration of all things wild, including a behemoth aquarium that's recently been recognized by USA Today calling it the finest in the nation. In 2017, USA Today recognized Wonders of Wildlife as the best new attraction in America. The 350,000 square foot experience is situated in Springfield, not far from Morris' other stomping grounds, The Big Cedar Lodge and the original Bass Pro Shop. In step with all of Morris' other endeavors, the Wonders of Wildlife is a showstopper. In fact, Trip Advisor has touted it the largest immersive wildlife attraction in the world. The amusement facility showcases 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds and a wildlife museum that features a virtual tour of the wildest places on earth.
USA TODAY says “Wonders of Wildlife celebrates hunting, fishing and stewardship of the land and water through 1.5 miles of immersive galleries featuring 4D dioramas and a new 1.5 million-gallon aquarium. Some 35,000 animals representing over 800 species are on display, including zebra sharks, sea turtles and freshwater sport fish. Unique to the aquarium is its collection of historic boats used by fishing legends and celebrities like Jimmy Buffet, Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey."
Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, 500 West Sunshine St., Springfield, M) 65807, (888) 222-6060