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Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta

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With more than 100,000 creatures from 500 different species, Georgia Aquarium has more aquatic life than any other aquarium in the world. Stop at the entrance to note the times of the daily bottlenose dolphin shows, or arrange to swim with the whale sharks--the largest fish in the world. The aquarium features six galleries, each designed to represent a specific environment. You can visit touch tanks filled with sea stars, stingrays, shrimp, horseshoe crabs, and sea turtles. In the regional habitat exhibits, you can walk through a tunnel surrounded by water to observe fish from an underwater perspective. Consider a guided tour of the backstage area to learn the secrets behind the aquarium's popular exhibits. To visit Georgia Aquarium on your trip to Atlanta, use our Atlanta vacation trip planner.
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  • I thought this was a very fun museum. There was plenty of things to see and do. It is important to grab a map of the aquarium and have a plan. It is open and very modern. I asked the person at the inf...  more »
  • Wherever I go I try to go visit the aquariums. This was one of my favorite aquariums to have visited. It was huge, and I got to see so much. The only thing was, it was a Sunday so it was so packed tha...  more »
  • Before I get beat up for giving the #1 aquarium in the country a 3 out of 5, hear me out. I am rating this experience based on what we paid verus what we got out of it. And I am trying to be as fair a...  more »
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  • Took my family for the first time. We're use to Sea World, but jumped at the chance to go here. The exhibits were amazing as well as the shows. Buying tickets in advance and planning out your visit as far as the shows go is recommended since the shows fill up fast. The staff were friendly and helpful. Definitely got our money's worth and more.
  • One of the best aquariums in the world for families and friends to come spend a day learning about and watching all kinds of sea life in huge tanks and exhibits! They feature huge whale sharks as well as lots of gorgeous tropical fish. We spent the whole day going back and forth between two tanks because they were so fascinating to watch! Well worth the price of admission.
  • Perfect way to spend an afternoon with children, family or friends!! Having been there before, I knew there was something interesting for everyone and that new shows are added often. Got good discount on tickets by in- line purchase, as well as parking pass. Employees of the Aquarium go out of their way to ensure you have a great experience at each show or venue. Gift shop reasonably priced, but disappointed in the prices for lunch...very expensive! That being the only downside of our day at the Aquarium, take the opportunity to go. It is the second largest aquarium in the world, China has the only larger one. You'l see a large variety of fish and animals to enjoy and learn more about. Will definitely go back a fifth time.
  • I love this place. The aquarium is not as big as I thought, but they have a lot of cool fish there. You need to know their schedule for events like the dolphin, sea lion and penguins. The dolphin show is AMAZING, and you MUST see it when you are there. Don't sit in the first 10 rows, you will get WET.
  • The Georgia Aquarium is a wonderful place, great experience even when it is crowded. Patience goes a long way on the weekend because of the crowds. Buying the tickets and parking in advance made it much easier though. The 4D movie was really worth the wait too. It was an excellent day!!!

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