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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. Put Georgia Aquarium into our Atlanta itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Atlanta.
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  • It was not a huge aquarium by any means. In fact, you can finish the place in about 2 hours. However, we were extremely delighted and impressed by the exotic species in the aquarium. The sea weed styl...  more »
  • The Georgia Aquarium is, by volume, the largest in the United States. It achieves this as a result of one very large tank (around 7 million gallons) which houses its main attraction. This tank is quit...  more »
  • Great aquarium! We bought our tickets online to go after 4pm to get a more reasonable rate for tickets. The dolphin and sea lion shows were fun and interesting. The beluga whales and whale sharks were...  more »
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  • The overall experience was great. The staff we're really friendly and informative. The exhibits were beautiful. This is an excellent spot to go to with family, friends, or just a date. Also, if you are a Georgia resident with a valid I.d or birth certificate, you can get a ticket for free (but you can only use the ticket on your birthday). Hope you enjoy.
  • Very nice aquarium! Informational signage around at the appropriate level. I would recommend ordering your tickets online for after 4pm, as they offer a pretty good discount then. My group made the assumption this price would be reflected if you ordered tickets at the gate, but that was not the case. So we just ordered them online while we stood there. The crowd after 4pm on a Monday was perfect! Never had to struggle to get up close to see anything. My only wish is that both the Beluga and Whale Shark tanks were made larger, as both need much more room to roam!
  • It is a rather nice aquarium that I have been to for about 6 times. Their food is at a very high price, around 40-50 dollars on average for the total price of a meal for 4. They have lots of fish and the environment their is super fun and friendly. Their dolphin shows are super exciting as well. I would strongly recommend to plan your trip beforehand and be at the 4D movies and/or Dolphin Celebration 30 minutes-60 minutes earlier than the posted time to insure a place to sit however. There is one staff member that stood out from the group negatively though. She was a tall and big (not as in fat but just larger than the average mom) lady who was working in the gift shop with the dolphin exhibit. A 12 year-old was looking at the toys and the lady asked for her parents repeatedly in a hysterically rude way. Despite the lady's age, it seemed as if she had not maturity at all. Overall, I think it is a fun family place to visit, but do beware, their are sometimes a few obstacles in your finding of loads of aquatic family fun.
  • This is a wonderful family oriented attraction here in Atlanta! I love how you can bundle tickets and continue the fun next door at the Coke Factory as well! The aquarium is always clean, bright, and full of culture! I have been back to the aquarium numerous times without any disappointment. I recommend the aquarium for families and couples looking to enjoy quality time with one another in a fun and relaxed setting!
  • My friends and myself were excited to see one of the biggest aquarium in the world. They have more than 800 species. The day is filled with lot of amazing shows including dolphins and seals. These we're well trained and they entertained everyone. The food at the aquarium was good and hygenic. The tour overall will take 4-7 hours depending on shows you watch. I had good time and have some good memories with wonderful friends here.

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