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    Top aquariums in the US, in terms of visitors

    The New England Aquarium draws 1.3 million visitors per year.
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    The New England Aquarium draws 1.3 million visitors per year.

    The New England Aquarium is the sixth most-visited aquarium in North America, out of 51 accredited aquariums, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Here is where it ranks:

    1. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta: 2.2 million annual visitors

    2. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, Calif.: 2.08 million

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    3. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago: 2.02 million

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    4. Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, Calif.: 1.6 million

    5. Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco: 1.4 million

    6. New England Aquarium, Boston: 1.3 million

    David Abel can be reached at dabel@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @davabel.