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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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  • Just down for the day and stopped by and enjoyed the beautiful aquarium. Must stop and see. Almost as good as the ripleys aquarium of the Smokey's. Almost  more »
  • this place is way over rated. If you go to the sea lion show, they let the end of the line in first then let the front of the line in after. The theaters view was blocked with several columns, the sho...  more »
  • A wonderful place with lots of different animals. You get information about belugas, piranhas, sharks, turtles... you name it and it's great to watch them. Friendly staff, reasonable ticket price and ...  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.
  • 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.
  • One of the best aquariums I've every been to. There is a lot to see. The best way to see it is to try one of their overnight stays. You can sleep with the fishes... literally. The dolphin shows are entertaining. As many stated, its not great for food but I think this is common in many of these type attractions including zoos. I would suggest eating out before you arrive or after you leave. The timed ticketing is a little bit of a hassle sometimes. Brought a date and we had to wait in line to get our ticket. Ticket guy gives a time we can enter which is a long wait but we agree. Turns out the time he gave us was not the time printed on the ticket but 30 minutes later and when we showed up and explained to the ticket guy he gave us wrong time, he apologized and contacted staff who let us in right away so they did make things right.
  • This was one of the most depressing activities I have ever participated in. I came away feeling like a piece of my soul was missing. Seriously - I'm all for kid-friendly educational entertainment. I have a 7-month-old, and I encouraged his babysitter to take him to the aquarium while I was working at a conference this week. Then, I attended a private reception at the aquarium that night. Let's leave aside the whole debate on whether or not facilities like this promote environmentalism or "educate the next generation." Here's what I saw: 1) Two whale sharks (the ocean's largest(!) non-mammal), several manta rays and one large sea turtle crammed into a tank so shallow there was barely enough room for the animals to pass each other. They were clearly under stress in a tank designed to force them "up close" to the passing crowd. 2) Belugas. Wow, this one was enraging. What business does a small aquarium facility have housing multiple whales in an inadequate tank? I did some research and found that this organization has made a big show of its new "no wild caught" policy . . . AFTER contracting with Russian researchers to trap and ship 18 wild belugas. 18. WILD. Belugas. The plan? to force them to "interact" with visitors in a "discovery" activity. Come on. These are wild, intelligent animals that need miles and miles of open ocean to survive. Indeed, it turns out that the aquarium has a long history of Beluga deaths, including several adults and at least two infants since its program started. And in case you want to give them the benefit of the doubt (as I did), all you need to see is this quote (from a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution) to understand how little the emphasis is on anything but maximum exploitation of their animals to make money . . . “Everything lined up,” said Eric Gaglione, the aquarium’s vice president of zoological operations. He worked out an arrangement with Russia to trap the whales. “This could have been a good acquisition for us.” Beyond all of this, the practice of holding private events at this facility is depressing beyond belief. I walked in to attend my event and immediately encountered music that was so loud I could barely hear the people I was standing next too. The reverberations of the beat could be felt throughout the facility. Considering that they house several animals (whales/ dolphins) that have (a documented) and incredible sensitivity to sonic waves and reverberations, this is unforgivable. What are we teaching our kids exactly? That these lives are less real, less important . . . that they are disposable? That trapping another creature in a living hell of an existence is acceptable or justifiable for any reason? I'm no activist, but yesterday I think I became one. Leaving that place, I felt deeply sad, ashamed and hollow.
  • Great aquarium. No apex predators are shown here. The closest thing is a whale shark. Guide Tip: Purchase tickets online at their site after 4 pm for the Imagination Nights package. It will cost you 26.95 instead of 40.00 + per ticket. However some shows will be unavailable later in the day, so call ahead if you want a certain one. The dolphin celebration was really good and it was at 6 pm (times change vary)