The Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta is one of our absolute favorite places to visit as often as possible. It’s just a magical place full of amazing underwater creatures, and I feel like a kid when I’m there, staring in awe through the glass of each exhibit.
The Georgia Aquarium greets you with a wall of fish at the entrance, where you are then ushered into the huge main lobby. The lighting and decor makes you feel like you are underwater swimming with the jellies!
There are five different areas to visit – each one with it’s own vast array of sea life. Let’s begin this tour with the Tropical Diver exhibit:
The jellyfish are so gorgeous and graceful. There are several species to see here in Tropical Diver, from the miniature to the massive. The glass goes from floor to ceiling so you really become immersed in the underwater sights.
One of my favorite places in the Georgia Aquarium is the Tropical Diver big aquarium. You’ll spot lots of Nemo’s and Dory’s, as well as a multitude of tropical fish in a rainbow of colors. The glass goes above your head, and the waves crash at the surface of the coral. It’s a very relaxing spot to sit and enjoy the beauty of the tropics.
River Scout features freshwater animals in very natural habitats. You’ll walk through rain forests and come face-to-face with pirahnas, see the shocking power of the electric eels, and walk directly under catfish swimming around tree trunks.
For a local flare, the Georgia Explorer area offers hands-on encounters with Georgia native creatures, like shrimp, sea stars, and stingrays! There are multiple touch pools throughout Georgia Explorer with an array of sea life.
The touch pools are so cool and the kids love putting their hands in the water and interacting with animals in their habitats. Watch out, though – the shrimp like to hop!
I remember as a little girl, walking the beaches here in Georgia, and finding empty horseshoe crab shells along the beach. The horseshoe crab is a really weird but interesting creature, and you can meet one and touch it right here in Georgia Explorer!
One of the larger exhibits is Coldwater Quest, home to the penguins, seals, beluga whales, and so much more.
Finally, you’ll visit the largest exhibit at Georgia Aquarium, Ocean Voyager. You enter this exhibit by riding on a moving sidewalk through an acrylic tunnel with fish swimming overhead. If you see a giant shadow, it’s only a whale shark!
I can’t even begin to describe the size of the main aquarium in this exhibit, and honestly, I wouldn’t want to spoil it. I’ve been so many times, but it still takes my breath away. And I love watching the faces of people who are seeing it for the first time. It’s so amazing.
This is only a very small piece of the huge tank that contains…are you ready for this?…6.3 MILLION GALLONS of water! There are 4 giant manta rays, one of which has a wingspan of nine feet across! And they just glide so effortlessly. You’ll also see various species of sharks, other types of rays, giant grouper, sawfish, jack and hundreds more.
This is one of four whale sharks that live at Georgia Aquarium. They are the largest of all fishes, and we have FOUR! Be sure to plan to spend the majority of your time sitting in front of the main viewing window in Ocean Voyager. And don’t worry about finding a good seat. With a window that is 23 feet tall and 61 feet wide, there isn’t a bad seat in the house!
A new additon to the Georgia Aquarium is the dolphin exhibit and AT&T Dolphin Tales show. This show rivals anything you’d see at Sea World, with an all-star cast of dolphins and human actors, guests of any age are going to love it! (And, it’s included in the regular admission cost!)
What To Know Before You Go:
- Appropriate for all ages.
- Plan to spend 3-5 hours touring the aquarium and enjoying the shows.
- Ticket prices: $29.95 for children, $35.95 for adults
- Food is available in the dining room.
- Behind the Scenes Tours, Animal Encounters, Beluga & Friends Interactive Program, and Dive and Swim Programs are available for an additional cost.
- Visit Georgia Aquarium online for more information and to purchase tickets.
*I am not affiliated with or paid by Georgia Aquarium. This review is simply my own opinion of the Georgia Aquarium and all information reflects my own experiences. I simply love where I live and wish for others to enjoy their visit to Georgia!
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