An aquarium where you least expect it - in the Arizona desert
At the recently opened OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Ariz., staffers may recommend you start your tour in an unusual location: From picture windows in the restrooms, you see menacing-looking sharks in "Sharks of the Deep," the aquarium's largest exhibit, with nine species of these mysterious creatures swimming in more than 200,000 gallons of water. The bathrooms are among multiple viewing areas for the exhibit.
You'll encounter much more than sharks and other deep-water dwellers, such as giant stingrays, as you wander through this aquatic haven located at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. In more than 50 exhibits, it showcases sea life found in all types of marine environments - including fresh water, salt water, bayous, swamps, and coral reefs. At Penguin Point, South African penguins demonstrate their swimming grace and mug all too cutely for the crowds. Large alligators and crocodiles call the "Rivers of the World" exhibit home, as do freshwater turtles, paddlefish, sturgeon, and the endangered Apache trout. 480-951-2100; odyseaaquarium.com