Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

500 W Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65807, USA

Founded by Bass Pro Shops CEO Johnny Morris, the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium “celebrates people who hunt, fish, and act as stewards of the land and water.” However, you don’t have to be an outdoorsman to appreciate this 350 million–square-foot facility and its 35,000 live fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals from around the world. Particularly impressive is the Out to Sea Shark Dive exhibit, where visitors can go underwater in a metal cage and get face-to-face with sharks, barracuda, and Atlantic goliath groupers—all in the middle of America’s heartland.

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