Lots of cities and even small seaside towns have their own aquarium, but perhaps none are more impressive than the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. This is one of the largest aquariums in the entire world and home to thousands of species of animals that live in 10 million gallons of salt water and fresh water. This aquarium opened to the public in 2005 and draws in around two million visitors from around the world each year.
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There are many exhibits and galleries to explore at the Georgia Aquarium, including the Aquanot Adventure, Tropical Diver, SunTrust Pier 225, and the AT&T Dolphin Coast. Some of the programs and activities that you can take part in are the Beluga Interaction, the Penguin Encounter, Sea Otter Encounter, the Rebreather Dive Program, and Swim with Whale Sharks. The aquarium also has a Sleep Under the Sea program for kids, a 4D theater, and fun events scheduled throughout the year. These events often include adults-only lecture series, mommy & me events that offer discounted admission for parents with kids, and the annual Fish & Chips Golf Tournament.
But when you visit the Georgia Aquarium, the best part is of the day is getting up close and personal with the animals that live here. These encounter programs focus on conservation education and put the well-being of the resident animals first and foremost. These are great opportunities for kids ages seven and up to learn about sea life and appreciate the importance of these amazing creatures. The aquarium also offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for visitors to swim with beluga whales and whale sharks. In fact, the Journey with Gentle Giants programs are the only opportunities in the world where you can swim with the largest fish in the world!
Various ticket options are available at the Georgia Aquarium, but the general admission fee is typically between $27 and $45 per ticket. You can buy your tickets in advance and online to save money, compared to the walk-up pricing. Behind the Seas tours start every half hour starting at 10:30am and are $15 extra.
There’s a 1,600-space parking deck that is attached to the Georgia Aquarium, or you can take public transit on the MARTA to get here. The red, blue, and yellow MARTA lines will all get you within a 10-15-minute walk from the aquarium. The aquarium’s open hours vary by the day, but typically extend from 9am or 10am to 5pm or 9pm. There’s also a mobile app that you can download for the aquarium to keep up with daily animal feedings. Come check out these fish for yourself!
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