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Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta
(4.2/5 based on 14,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Interesting aquarium, great for kids, like the whale shark tank, well laid out, not as good as the Monterey Bay Aquarium 
  • Went after 5 pm and still saw a lot of the exhibits. We missed the shows, but i still had wonderful visit. My favorite was watching the giant whale sharks and stings rays swim so gracefully. 
  • I really enjoyed the dolphin and sea lion show, however the food is way too expensive for adults and kids! 
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  • The organization of the museum is confusing; for instance, there's information on sea turtles in the fresh-water exhibit. Information placards were limited and did't have information that I actually wanted to know. We wanted to know where the belugas were born/rescued, what their names are, etc., but there was only information on how their sonar works. The whale sharks are beautiful, but again, there was little information on them. The staff member standing next to the garden eels was unaware that there was a scheduled feeding (listed in the aquarium map) and told us it wouldn't be that exciting. In my opinion, this aquarium is not worth the $40.00 entry fee, especially if you have been to large aquariums before.
  • It was so beautiful to experience. We came an hour and a half right before they were to close. We did not get to see everything but what we saw was amazing. I will definitely be returning to take my time and see all the exhibits. Staff was amazing.
  • We weren't entirely sure how we were going to feel about this tourist stop in Atlanta, but we ended up enjoying it quite a bit! The various areas had great themes and lighting, and we were able to go at our own pace most of the time. If it got really crowded, it would be less enjoyable. We enjoyed the sea lion show and the really cool jelly fish that glowed in the dark :) Finding park is not easy since there are small parking lot companies that making a living by charging people 5 or 10 bucks to park close to the aquarium.
  • We went here this past Friday. It was Georgia State Night. The lines were incredibly long but they moved at a fast pace. Before this, I hadn't been to the aquarium since its open. I must say, they have done a good job of keeping the exhibits up-to-date and adding new attractions. I enjoyed the behind the scenes look that you get upstairs. Also, the 4D movie was pretty cool. However, I feel as if they should have a more efficient way of getting people in and out of the theater. Everyone was helpful and very professional. I see the aquarium as one of the top attractions in Atlanta. It is definitely worth the ticket price. Try to go at a non-peak time.
  • Amazing aquarium. The tank with the whale sharks is one of the coolest things I've seen. The massive size of the main tank in this aquarium is something you can't understand until you've seen it. There's nothing like the view of a 30ft fish swimming if front of a toddler (on the dry side of the glass). You can even pay for an opportunity to swim with the whale sharks. The rest of the aquarium is also extremely cool, they have penguins and a myriad of other attractions, see my pictures for more.