The world’s largest aquarium by volume, this downtown spot is easily one of the city’s top attractions. Opened in 2005 through partnerships with Atlanta-based Home Depot, the $300 million facility boasts more than 100,000 animals and 500 different species from both fresh and marine water. Exhibits are divided into ecosystems, including Cold Water Quest (which has sea dragons and spider crabs) and SunTrust Pier 225 (starring the California sea lion), and feature favorites like beluga whales, manta rays, and otters. If you’re feeling brave, dive in the tank with the whale sharks, or simply take a behind-the-scenes tour to see how the aquarium operates.
Congrats to Tommy and Alicia
My brother graduated from law school in Atlanta this spring, and, while I was in town, I visited the Georgia Aquarium. The Aquarium has an amazing collection of fish, including a couple of whale sharks and several manta rays. However, the highlight of my visit was a wedding proposal that occurred in front of one of the giant fish tanks. A staff member came out with a young couple who had been on one of the behind-the-scenes tours earlier in the day. They were ostensibly there to share a few fun facts about fish they learned on their tour, but a few minutes later one of the divers in the fish tank came to the window with a sign reading, “Alicia, will you marry me? Tommy.” Alicia said yes, and there was much rejoicing.
Good Diving Guaranteed Every Day!
The Journey With Gentle Giants at the Georgia Aquarium bills itself as the only whale shark experience where a sighting is guaranteed and I can confirm—it’s the truth! I certainly enjoyed my scuba experience in the massive tank, filled with sea creatures from four oceans. Nowhere else in the world can you see that much variety in one environment. The $325 price tag includes admission to the Aquarium, AT&T Dolphin Tales show, 4D Theater, all equipment, the two and a half hour experience/dive, certificate of participation, t-shirt and souvenir photo.
Captivating Sea Creatures
My husband and I had only planned on being in Atlanta for a short layover. However, when our connecting flight was cancelled, we decided to make the most of our circumstances. We suddenly were given a full 24 hours to explore Atlanta! Of course, we went straight to the Georgia Aquarium. The huge complex heaved with people, all mesmerized by the array of ocean life on display. I took hundreds of photos that day, but my favorite is this one of some floating jellyfish. Their long, glowing orange tentacles stand out against the deep blue water, and almost look like abstract art. We loved our visit to the aquarium, and given the chance, I would definitely visit again! If you happen to be in town (even if not by choice!) I recommend checking it out!
Fun for Families and Friends
Very fun place to visit with family and friends or even if you are by yourself. There is a lot to do and see. You might want to try to find food at one of the restaurants nearby but it might be best to vist the Aquarium early and eat lunch perhaps at the CNN Center which is within walking distance or you might want to bring your own lunch to eat in the nearby park. However the aquarium staff will not let you bring any food inside because they have restaurants and food available inside the aquarium. There is parking available but it can be expensice. You can find parking on streets but you would have to be willing to walk a number of blocks to get to the aquarium.