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World’s top attractions named in 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards

World’s top attractions named in 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards
July 16, 2015

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site has announced its Travellers’ Choice™ awards for amusement parks, waterparks, zoos and aquariums around the globe.

Based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers across the globe, award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for amusement parks, water parks, zoos, and aquariums worldwide, gathered over a 12 month period.

TripAdvisor spokesperson Scott Wegener explained “travellers who are in search of excitement or want to be close to nature should look no further.

“There is a wide variety of activities to appeal to all ages at these top-rated amusement and water parks, zoos and aquariums across the globe.”

With 533 attractions honoured in this year’s awards, Sydney’s Taronga Zoo in Sydney took the 15th spot in the global zoos list.

Welcoming this recognition, Taronga General Manager Marketing and Tourism, Libby Hodgson, stated “Taronga is delighted to be recognised among fellow world zoos for excellence in the presentation and care of wildlife.

“This reaffirms the charismatic appeal of the animals in our care and the role they play in engaging Taronga's visitors in helping to create a shared future for wildlife and people.”

With a low number of Asian attractions on the list, Singapore's S.E.A. Aquarium and Singapore Zoo both featured among the top aquariums and zoos.

Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Amusement Parks and Water Parks in the World

Amusement Parks 

1. Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Orlando, Florida, USA
2. Discovery Cove – Orlando, Florida, USA
3. Magic Kingdom – Orlando, Florida, USA 
4. Universal Studios Hollywood – Los Angeles, California
5. Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Orlando, Florida, USA
6. Universal Studios Florida  – Orlando, Florida, USA
7. Europa-Park – Rust, Germany
8. Disneyland Park – Anaheim, California, USA
9. Beto Carrero World – Penha, Brazil
10. PortAventura Park – Salou, Spain


1. Siam Park – Adeje, Spain 
2. Beach Park – Aquiraz, Brazil
3. Waterbom Bali – Kuta, Indonesia 
4. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – Orlando, Florida, USA
5. Aquaventure Waterpark – Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
6. Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park – Orlando, Florida, USA
7. Wild Wadi Water Park – Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
8. Hot Park – Rio Quente, Brazil
9. Thermas don Laranjais – Olimpia, Brazil
10. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana, USA


1. San Diego Zoo – San Diego, California, USA
2. Loro Parque – Puerto de la Cruz, Spain
3. Singapore Zoo – Singapore 
4. Prague Zoo – Prague, Czech Republic
5. Tiergarten Schoenbrunn – Zoo Vienna, Vienna, Austria 
6. Henry Doorly Zoo – Omaha, Nebraska, USA
7. Chester Zoo – Chester, United Kingdom 
8. St. Louis Zoo – Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
9. Zoological Wildlife Foundation – Miami, Florida, USA 
10. ZooParc de Beauval – Saint Aignan, France 
11. Colchester Zoo – Colchester, United Kingdom 
12. Bioparc Valencia – Valencia, Spain
13. Cape May Country Park & Zoo – New Jersey, USA
14. Zoologischer Garten (Berlin Zoo) – Berlin, Germany
15. Taronga Zoo – Sydney, Australia 


1. Oceanario de Lisboa – Lisbon, Portugal
2. Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
3. Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey, California, USA
4. Oceanografic – Valencia, Spain
5. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA
6. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada – Toronto, Canada
7. Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre – Hersonissos, Greece
8. Tennessee Aquarium – Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
9. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium – Motobu-cho, Japan
10. Vancouver Aquarium – Vancouver, Canada
11. Mundomar – Benidorm, Spain
12. S.E.A. Aquarium – Sentosa Island, Singapore
13. Genoa Aquarium – Genoa, Italy 
14. Parque Explora – Medellin, Colombia 
15. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium – Sarasota, USA

For the complete list of global winners in the 2015 Travellers’ Choice awards for amusement parks, waterparks, zoos, and aquariums, as well as reviews and candid traveller photos, go to

Images: Taronga Zoo, Sydney (top) and S.E.A. Aquarium, Sentosa Island, Singapore (below).





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