Explore the sea and learn so much about the life that lives in its waters at the Georgia Aquarium. It’s a must-visit spot for you and your family if you’re in the greater Atlanta area. The largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Georgia Aquarium features exhibits and habitats dedicated to a wide range of sea life, all devoted to education as much as it is to entertainment.
Tickets to the Georgia Aquarium can be purcashed from CityPASS to get discounts to even more attractions.
Explore the Sea and Learn with the Family
The Georgia Aquarium is home to a wide variety of sea life and even animals that call freshwater their home. While touring the aquarium, you’ll see whale sharks, manta rays, beluga whales, California sea lions, African penguins, and so much more. You’ll even find the American alligator there!
Make sure you purchase your tickets online, since no walk up tickets are sold at this time. But you can always check. And with your tickets purchased ahead of time, you can pick a time to enter with minimal wait times.
In addition to the most gigantic tanks you’ll find anywhere in the country housing a wide variety of sea life, you’ll also be able to take advantage of wonderful exhibit galleries which bring an even more fun and educational component to a day of adventure and sea exploration.
Learn about sharks at SHARKS! Predators of the Deep. Experience the Aquanaut Adventure, Cold Water Quest, Dolphin Coast, Southern Company River Scout, and much more with the family, and even take advantage of webcams when you can’t be at the aquarium in person. There are so many ways to explore the sea at the Georgia Aquarium.
Seeing eye to eye with fish
Research and Conservation
In addition to offering incredible up close and personal viewing of so many different sea creatures, the Georgia Aquarium is also committed to research and conservation, striving to educate the public, figure out ways to help wild sea life, and preserve their habitat. Partnering with Animal Planet, Kroger, Hard Rock Cafe, API Fish Care, and many more companies, the Georgia Aquarium has made it its mission to educate and entertain the public at its facility and protect the creatures of the sea living in the wild.
You learn a lot about this during the Behind The Scenes Tour too.
Sit and relax during the 15 minute show of Happy Feet.
Our Trip to the Georgia Aquarium
We took a day trip to the Georgia Aquarium, and we were so impressed with the scale, attention to detail, and interactive education that the facility offers. the whale sharks and the tanks in which they live are absolutely massive! As impressive as those majestic giants are, they were just one of many sights that we took in while exploring the aquarium.
The word massive is used in so many ways:
Ocean Voyager exhibit is the size of a football field, holding 6.3 million gallons of saltwater.
Four whale sharks live here ranging in size from 18 – 22 feet.
Manta Rays are between 13 – 20 feet wide
Some encounters are still closed, including the Penguins. I will have to make a trip back for this.
While there, we did a Behind the Scenes Highlight Tour of the facility, along with watching the Dolphin Celebration, and Sea Lion Up Close.
You will see so much more than just the public tours. It’s always fun to learn and see how things operate.
A Mom and Baby Beluga
Feeding the whale sharks and manta rays.
Learn how specimens are brought to Georgia and taking care of the eco system.
Seals are always fun – Seal Encounter
Diving encounters are available for certified divers
Different animal and dive encounters are available so check to see what is open.
Explore the Sea and Learn so Much at the Georgia Aquarium
From California sea lions to sharks in the new SHARKS! Predators of the Deep exhibit, the Georgia Aquarium offers visitors a chance to explore the sea, learn about the life within it, and even how to help keep it safe. If you live in or will be traveling to the greater Atlanta area, be sure to make the Georgia Aquarium a spot to which you give special attention. It’s an amazing adventure the entire family will love.
Most otters weren’t in the mood for photos
One of my favorite areas
A few more colorful photos for your enjoyment
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Consider a membership if you plan more than one trip – it pays for itself with just two visits. GEORGIA AQUARIUM MEMBERSHIP
You can save on entrance to the Aquarium and other Atlanta attractions with CityPASS
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What a neat aquarium! It looks huge! Such an incredible place!
Like I said, massive is the best word to describe it. Think of a tank of water the size of a football field.
I would love to visit the Georgia aquarium. The science teacher in me would have a field day there.
You would have to do the behind the scenes then, you would probably understand a lot more than I did.
We love the Georgia Aquarium! I’ve lived in Atlanta and my sister is in Buford still. We try and visit the aquarium every time we visit. Thank you for sharing all these great tips.
Have you ever come to Chattanooga? It’s so different because it focuses more on the freshwater.
Carol Karl says
This looks like such a fun place to visit. Great place to take the kids.
Even for us big kids – watching the divers among those whale sharks makes me want to learn to scuba dive – but I can’t swim. LOL
Deana Landers says
Thanks Rosemary. I have never been. I grew up in Macon and had family in Atlanta.
We love aquariums and zoos and try to visit as many as we can. We may go to Waco Zoo today if it doesn’t get too hot on me.
I would love to drive to Atlanta and take the grandkids. It’s only 4 hour drive! Sounds like a beautiful aquarium.
That would be a fun overnight trip. And there’s so much around Atlanta for kids of all ages.
I haven’t been to the aquarium in a while. It looks like they have a lot of new exhibits, so thanks for the reminder to visit soon!
They are constantly changing and updating. I want to go back when I can do a Penguin encounter.
Nancy Sargent says
Oh I love the Georgia Aquarium! Ive been lucky to visit so many times! I think the Buluga whales are my favorite! Thanks for bringing back the memories!
We got to pet a Beluga in Canada a few years ago. They are so squishy on their heads. I love watching them too.
I love the Georgia Aquarium. I visited years ago when I was there on a work trip; your post reminded me that I’ve always wanted to go back. So fun!
It’s fun for all ages. It’s amazing at the size of it and those whales. In downtown Atlanta.
What a fun way to spend the day! Learning about nature is a hobby of mine and I am always looking for something new to explore. Thanks for sharing!
It really was. I can’t say massive in size enough.
Linda Johnston says
It is an amszing place! Great post and photos