Are you traveling across the country and planning on stopping in Atlanta? Or are you someone that lives near the city looking for something to do? Finding things to do can be a taxing process. You have to find something that will please everybody, whether it is your kids, your spouse, your grandparents, or your friends. To help you out I’ve created a series of articles to help you find something that is fun for you, no matter who you are! For a memorable day trip there are few places better to visit than the Georgia Aquarium!
This aquarium is known for being the largest aquarium in the world. There are over 8.5 million gallons of water held in this aquarium! It houses over 120,000 marine animals, birds, fish, and crustaceans that range across over 500 species. Some of the most popular attractions include four Whale Sharks, 4 Beluga Whales, and 4 Manta Rays! This aquarium is the only one outside Asia to house Whale Sharks and the only one in the country to have Manta Rays.
There are five different exhibits at the Georgia Aquarium, each encompassing a different and unique environment. They include; Georgia Explorer, Tropical Diver, Ocean Voyager, Cold Water Quest, and River Scout. Georgia Explorer, as the name suggests, shows marine creatures native to inland and coastal Georgia waters. It is geared towards children, with multiple touching exhibits with sharks and rays. River Scout is the second exhibit in the Georgia Aquarium and it shows off many native North American fish from a unique perspective, from below! They do this through the water tunnel they designed. A moving walkway is on the floor where you stand and it takes you through the underwater viewing port. You can look up and to the sides to see fish from this unique viewpoint. Cold Water Quest name also reveals its inhabitants. It is an exhibit featuring creatures from the polar regions of the globe; showing off Beluga Whales and African Penguins! Ocean Voyager is the exhibit that shows the Beluga Whales and is the largest tank in the aquarium, while also being the world’s second largest viewing window! The final exhibit, called Tropical Diver, has been called very artistic and showcases a live reef with fish inhabitants.
In addition to these animal exhibits, the Georgia Aquarium offers a “4D” movie experience named “Deepo’s Undersea 3D Watershow”. This is a unique and entertaining attraction that educates about pollution and undersea life as well! Apart from this there is a replica of the interior of the RMS Titanic and there are also multiple electronic exhibits that are both interactive and educational.
Since no outside food or drink is admitted into the Georgia Aquarium, they offer dining and refreshments at their very own Café Aquaria. Café Aquaria entertains a wide range of tastes with foods ranging from pizza and burgers to gourmet sandwiches. It also features a selection of “Chef’s favorite desserts”. Shopping can be done at the aquarium’s two gift shops. Each gift shop was designed with keeping the aquatic theme of the Georgia Aquarium in mind. Fish tanks with forests of kelp greet you as you enter the shops, hinting at the idea of “swimming” through your purchasing. All of the gifts in the shops are sure to please family and friends!
The Georgia Aquarium is open every single one of the 365 days in the year.
The normal hours are as follows.
Sunday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
While the summer hours are a little different.
Summer Hours (May 31 - August 13)
Sunday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. (open late for Jazz Journeys)
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
The price list is as follows with group rates being offered for groups of 25 or more, but this must be reserved beforehand.
Adult $27.00 Group: $23.50
Child (2 and under) FREE Group: FREE
Child (age 3-12) $20.50 Group: $17.50
Senior (65+) $22.50 Group: $19.25
Additionally, there is a 20% military discount off of one adult ticket at the ticket counter with a valid military id.
The Georgia Aquarium is located at
225 Baker St. NW Atlanta, GA 30313
While the parking deck address is 357 Luckie Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30313
That about sums it up for this must-see Atlanta attraction. This definitely isn't the only thing to do in Atlanta though! There are so many other entertainment, cultural, and historical landmarks that really define Atlanta and make it a unique place. Have a wonderful trip!