Most of us have been to an aquarium at some point in our lives, but have you been to the aquarium? I mean the largest aquarium in the world (and it’s right here in the United States): the Atlanta Georgia Aquarium! Janessa and I decided that this was an attraction we must review, so we headed there last November.
- Open 365 days a year – The last ticket is sold 30 minutes before closing time.
- Regular Hours
- Sunday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
- Saturday: 9am – 6pm
- Adjusted Hours
- March 22-31: 9am – 9pm
- April 1-12: 9am – 9pm
- Adults: $35.95
- Child (3-12): $29.95
- Senior (65+): $31.95
- Various interactive and “encounter” programs are available for an additional price. More information is available at georgiaaquarium.org.
Why Visit the Atlanta Georgia Aquarium?
The Atlanta Georgia Aquarium is one of the few in the world large enough to house a Whale Shark. What is more shocking is the fact that the Georgia Aquarium is so large, it actually houses 4 of these gentle giants. The viewing window for their tank is larger than a theater screen! Their tank is also home to massive shoals of various other fish species and rays. These creatures were the main draw for me to want to visit the Georgia Aquarium. It was amazing to finally see them up close!
A recently-added exhibit that was surprisingly interesting was “Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies”. When we decided to visit the aquarium, I had no idea this was currently on display. While it may not be friendly for those who are squeamish or carry a weak constitution, it is a fascinating educational walk-through that everyone should try. It really shows how amazing and complex a living organism is.
The layout is straight-forward and easy to follow. The exhibits are clearly separated and easy to find as they all connect to the gigantic main lobby. I have heard many people complain that the aquarium was so packed that seeing each display was nearly impossible. Luckily, we did not have this problem. It is possible that the crowds were somewhat limited because it was November and people had holiday travel plans rather than recreational travel plans. Whatever the reason, we had tremendous luck.
Because of the crowding issue that others have brought up, I would suggest leaving your stroller at home for this one. Even with a slightly lesser crowd, maneuvering a stroller among the swaths of people would have been difficult. A baby carrier or some type of wrap would be a possible alternative for this attraction.
Another possible issue is cost. Expect amusement park pricing on consumables. I would suggest packing a lunch to help keep costs down. Getting a table in the café area can be a bit of a challenge and this would become worse in the peak travel seasons.
Leave your lighters and pocket knives at home. Every patron is searched. They are very no-nonsense about this policy. Your items will be returned to you at the end of your visit, but it’s really not worth the extra hassle.
In summary, I cannot recommend the Atlanta Georgia Aquarium highly enough. I loved it. If you can manage to make a trip during the “off-season” and avoid the peak season, I’m certain you’ll enjoy it too. Atlanta has many other fine attractions to suit a wide variety of interests and tastes, at least one of which will be covered in a future article. Keep on the look-out!