Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium
4.5
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Georgia Aquarium contains more than 70 amazing habitats, with thousands of marine animals such as whale sharks, manta rays, beluga whales, and more. Don’t miss out on the animal encounter programs, where you can get up close and personal with dolphins, penguins, and sea lions. Combine your visit to the aquarium with other top attractions and enjoy additional discounts with the Atlanta CityPASS. You might also want to visit around Halloween or the holidays for special themed activities or presentations. – Tripadvisor
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Jemilla T
    Jacksonville, Florida188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The museum is as amazing
    The museum is as amazing as others have described it. We spent about 3 hours exploring the museum as well as watching the shows. The Sea Lion show was so cute. We actually enjoyed it a bit more than the Dolphin Show. While we were there, many different school groups were visiting, and the Dolphin Show was loud due to children screaming. The show is conducted in a large auditorium. Make sure to make your reservations for the two shows as soon as you enter the museum. There are animal experiences available at a cost and seem very nice. We plan to try those when we visit again.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 27, 2023
  • Sue F
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of Atlanta!
    This was was a highlight of our trip. We went on a Saturday morning as soon as they opened. It was still pretty busy with a lot of children. We really enjoyed the puffin exhibit and the sea lion exhibit. Lots to see and do here! Great for all ages!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 29, 2023
  • Cary M
    Honolulu, Hawaii504 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    On e of the finest aquariums.
    Beautiful Aquarium. Large facility with multiple floor. Nice good court. Interesting exhibits. Centrally located near Coca Cola, CNN, the College Football Hall of Game, State Farm Arena (ATL Hawks) and the Mercedes Stadium (ATL Falcons).
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 5, 2023
  • ReoPanco
    39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hectic but Great.
    There were multiple scool groups touring while we were at the Aquarium. And alright, kids will be kids, but the screams, yelling and obnoxtious behavior was a trial. However, the exibits make it worth while. Sharks, Beluga Whales, Whale Sharks, etc. were a site to behold. Give yourself at least three hours so you don't have to rush thru,
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Ryan G
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Georgia Aquarium is a Must See!
    As an Atlanta local, the Georgia Aquarium is an absolute staple attraction when in town. There are a multitude of exhibits that are well-placed throughout the building and are very easy to follow. They also have some rarer animals such as whale sharks and beluga whales, which are must-sees! Be cautious, though, as items such as dolphin interactions and the sea lion show are ticketed, which cost extra. These are best reserved early. Overall, even the base attractions are fantastic and well worth the price of admission. You won’t leave disappointed!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 16, 2023
  • ColoradoTravelsWorld
    286 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big fins to visit!
    The behind the scenes was extra crowded with lots of other yours so it made hearing our leader hard sometimes. The overall noise level in the museum was overwhelming when you were out in the main atrium. It was a fun visit overall though. Dolphin and seal shows were great. Our favorite was the belugas and whale sharks.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 20, 2023
  • Ksh27
    Shallowater, Texas236 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great
    This is an amazing aquarium! The beluga whales, whale sharks, and dolphins alone are worth the visit! The cafe isn’t great, but we were able to snack enough to save lunch for later. I did miss the 4d theatre they used to have for sure. It was crowded but still an amazing experience!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 21, 2023
  • Sean J
    Manchester, United Kingdom116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant , an absolute must if in Atlanta
    We started off our two week driving and exploring holiday this time in Atlanta specifically because our son had been watching the documentary. We flew in on the Friday and booked a hotel next to the aquarium. Firstly , as with all of the attractions and museums and trips we have done over the years whilst travelling in the US , your customer service is literally second to none. From the moment we arrived at the Aquarium the friendliness and willingness to chat and inform us of what was happening was superb by the staff , our 17 year old son is Autistic and is absolutely fascinated by wildlife , especially Aquariums and whilst walking around the various exhibits there was always a friendly face all too willing to answer questions and offer up interesting facts and figures. Personally , I think the Aquarium is set up superbly , you can branch off in any direction from the main foyer to discover whatever it is you want to discover next , the shows are easily bookable , either on the App or manually on booking stations within the Aquarium. The huge internal Aquarium with the Manta Ray's, Whale Sharks and various other sea life is an amazing sight...The shark enclosure with the various breeds of sharks is brilliant....Overall a great Aquarium with great shows , great exhibits and great staff....It was that good that after our two week trip we went again before flying back to the UK..
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written May 31, 2023
  • awoods0806
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome experience but follow tips!
    We followed the advice of another reviewer, and we are so grateful as we had an incredible experience. We arrived right when they opened at 8am on a Friday and hardly anyone was there. Start to the left at the sharks and make your way around through each exhibit to the right. We got through all the exhibits without much congestion. We saw the 10:15 sea lion presentation, the 11 dolphin presentation, and the 12:15 Behind the Scenes tour which were also the perfect times. By 12:30 it was very crowded, so we got our hand stamped at the guest services desk and went to eat lunch off site since reviews said food wasn’t that great. We came back at 5:30pm, and crowds were gone. We got to enjoy the exhibits a second time with no crowds. We left about 7:30 but could have stayed until close (9pm) just enjoying it all. We did stay at the Hyatt hotel next door which helped us come and go easily. Highly recommended but definitely go early morning and/or early evening.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 3, 2023
  • Phil R
    Kansas City, Missouri563 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a must do
    Great experience. The tank with the whale sharks was immense and they had a viewing window that I was told was 63 feet long and looked at least 25 feet high. This is as close as you can get to scuba diving without getting wet. The animals looked well taken care of. I did a shark and ray encounter and it was fun and educational. This is a definite must if you are anywhere neat Atlanta Georgia. One caution, all of the encounters book up early, so book your encounter well in advance. Also, the shows have limited seating. You have to register for the shows when you get there in order to get in.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 6, 2023
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Carly M
Tampa, FL107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visited the Aquarium and was completely amazed at how nice it was. Everything was laid out in different spots and it wasn't crowded the day we visited. We however took advantage of the Early Bird pass, and including the Sea Lions Experience, lunch at the café, and reduced parking. This is by far the best Aquarium we have visited so far of many that we had previously visited. We had paid for the sea lion encounter and it was well worth the money. We got to interact with Fin and Diego and were amazed at how smart they are. The instructor who had our group was very informative. We had to wait for quite awhile for our pictures to be ready so that held us up at the door to exit. We didn't buy any extra ones but we both received a free folder with 2 pictures in it with our visit. The instructor took some pictures for us with our camera which was very nice of her. We saw two shows, in which we got wet on the first one and then realized that we had to sit up about 12 rows for the 2nd one to avoid getting any drenched. The staff kept telling people that if they didn't want to get wet to sit at least 10 rows back which was definitely true. I don't think the kids minded the water though and seemed to have a lot of fun with it. The shows were of the dolphins and the sea lions. Both are very smart creatures. Would definitely visit again when passing through.
Written January 7, 2020
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K D
Norfolk, VA40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Two kids (aged 5 and 2) adored the sea otter show and penguin march - and we appreciated that these were at no extra charge on top of the already pricey tickets. We had hoped the timed ticket system would prevent overcrowding, but within the first hour the place was completely swamped. We enjoyed the layout (designed to prevent bottlenecks), and saw almost everything within 2 hours which - when considering the price - might not've been worth it.
Written January 13, 2020
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Danielle P.
Auburndale, FL1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
There were four of us (myself, husband, daughter and son (turning 4) who had reservations a week in advance to attend at 4pm on June 19th. We had even included parking and the dolphin show at 7pm that evening in our ticket purchase. We are from FL and this was planned for my son's 4th birthday. After arriving in the area easily 15 minutes prior to 4pm, literally within a quarter mile from the aquarium, we were at deadlocked in traffic on Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. for over 40 mins. My husband tried all he could to get us into the parking area but due to another event across the street, we kept being directed in complete circles. While waiting, stuck in traffic, I called the aquarium and explained the situation (it was around 4:25pm). The representative told me we had a 30 min grace period after our reservation time to attend. I told him that was impossible as we are stuck. He offered complimentary tickets, but I explained to him that we are not local and were heading back to FL in the morning. He then gave me an email address and advised me to email them for a refund, which I did. I received an automatic response stating that the aquarium had a general policy of "no refunds" for ticket cancellations but that it would be reviewed within 15 days. I double checked online as well in my ticket confirmation emails and nowhere did I find a no refund policy. The thing is they only allow you to purchase tickets online at this time. The email wanted you to reply with the amount you wanted refunded and they went as far to suggest that you donate the funds used to purchase the tickets the aquarium!?! The thing is, we didn't cancel our reservation, but we're unable to attend due to circumstances beyond our control. My kids, son especially, were very disappointed. I emailed all of the required information and contacted my bank to dispute the charge. Now I wait and hope to receive a refund of $197.00 for something that we didn't even get a chance to experience.
Written June 20, 2021
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mduque2339
Pembroke Pines, FL22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Due to covid restrictions we ordered our tickets a few days beforehand online, unfortunately a lot of the tours and additional up close animal encounters were already booked for the day. We thoroughly enjoyed all the exhibits, especially the new shark exhibit and the penguins! We spent all morning and early afternoon wandering through the exhibits and admiring the marine life. The staff was very knowledgable and answered all our questions, animals looked very well cared for. I think this is a must do if you are in Atlanta, one of the highlights of the whole trip! They do have a timed dolphin show (free) that requires ticketed reservations, which you can get onsite.
Written March 24, 2021
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bkath2000
shaker Heights, OH27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
We visited the aquarium and purchased the seal lion up close experience. WOW!! It was beyond worth it. It was really educational and the trainers were fantastic. We also spent the extra $5 to purchase the special seating for the dolphin show - also worth it! Get to the dolphin show EARLY. Also when they say you are in the splash zone they are NOT kidding. The dolphins are masters with their tails and the folks in the first 10 rows looked like they had just gotten off the log ride at Cedar Point. Terrific show - and educational. The aquarium is doing everything it can to keep everyone safe and is continually reminding people to keep their masks on properly. All the exhibits are fascinating and we spent half the day there.

PRO TIP - buy the city pass and you can hit the aquarium, Coca Cola museum, zoo and a few others over the course of 7 days for a fraction of what it will cost to visit two of these.
Written April 9, 2021
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Roam07
Haslett, MI68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is an incredible Aquarium in the middle of Atlanta. Hands down. It's also crowded af, so plan wisely and be patient. It is laid out well, so people move through efficiently and you still get to see the exhibits. But, I would choose to go on a non-peak day if possible. We went on a rainy Sunday in February, so... We did the behind-the-scenes tour, which I recommend especially for older kids. It is an incredible operation to keep those tanks running. The chow is typical cafeteria food and is expensive. Look out for that. I will definitely visit again next time I'm in Atlanta.
Written February 22, 2020
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SCoxygenman
Columbia, SC281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
It don’t matter how many people are around, I could sit and watch the whale sharks, sting ray and other fish swim around the big tank for hours. There is so much enjoyable marine life to be seen in this place we took our time and saw it all. This place is totally worth it if your not afraid of people. Even though they are limited to how many people can be there with timed entry tickets (make sure to purchase online in advance) people will be people. Some areas of the aquarium get more attention and crowds than others. Get your maps at the beginning and work your way around Aqua World and have fun.
Written May 2, 2021
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Polaroids & Drinkin Stories
United States1,512 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
First and foremost my review is going to be Covid-centric because that's when I visited. I was in town for work and staying right across the street and even though I've been avoiding indoor public places like this still I really wanted to see this aquarium I had heard so much about. The site claims they are checking temps before entering and you have to buy your tix online and are given a specific time of when you can enter to try and keep the crowds to a minimum. And obviously you are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing. Reading all that info online made me feel a little more comfortable about visiting so I decided to go. I bought my tix for 1pm entry. $40 per ticket. I didn't pick up any of the additional shows/attractions you can add. I just wanted to see the basic aquarium. Once I got there I already felt like maybe this was a mistake. It seemed pretty crowded. They did take our temps before entering. There were hand-sani stations set up. But once inside all bets were off with people following mask guidelines or social distancing. I saw plenty of people with masks down around the chin. No one was telling them anything. Heck, I saw some of the employees doing the same. There were announcements asking guests to wear masks properly, but no one's paying any attention to those. People were crowded around tanks. Again, this is my experience. I don't think I was ready for this indoor public experience and it hampered my visit especially due to what I was surrounded by. If you have no issues like I do by all means go and enjoy it. It's a pretty good aquarium and set up fairly well with every section basically feeding off the large main area. It's definitely smaller than I expected. If Covid wasn't happening at all I probably would've stuck around for a good 2-3 hours reading all the info scattered about. But under these circumstances I couldn't wait to get out and just checked out every exhibit and moved on. Maybe someday I'll return when things are better.
Written April 25, 2021
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246lcr
Illinois75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
My kids gave me the best birthday present, a ticket to scuba at Atlanta aquarium with the whale sharks. From the beginning of this experience to the end, it was was organized and totally professional. Eight divers were given a thorough informative behind the scenes introduction and a list of do’s and don’t in the tank to protect us and all the creatures in the water. This dive gave us a close encounter experience with many pelagic species and a high species count you’d be hard pressed to find in recreational diving. The whale sharks overwhelm you by their size, grace and beauty as they glide along overhead. An assortment of rays and sharks swim by as if you were just part of the community. Pork fish interact very closely. One of my favorite parts was scuba diving over the walk through tunnel where people below waved. We were definitely part of the show at the huge viewing acrylic window (23 feet tall by 61 feet wide and 2 feet thick), children pressing their hands up against ours through the window giggling and waving.
This 20-30’ dive took place at 11 am on a Saturday which played an important part of the beauty of the whole experience as the tank is open to the sky above. Light coming down through the water danced and ricocheted throughput the tank also intensifying the colors of many of the fish.
Another plus is family that accompany you to the aquarium, get a behind the scenes tour and are escorted to the viewing windows so pictures can be taken and waving can occur. They have about an hour to view the aquarium when you are suiting up, so there is not any dead time in this event for anyone.
Not everyone scubas, but there are many animal encounters available with an additional purchased ticket to interact with belugas, otters, seals and dolphins. This is one memory, filed deep, with a big smile on my face!
Written March 15, 2020
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travelbrat
Carmel, IN29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This aquarium is awesome and puts all others to shame! I will say I was a little overwhelmed when I first walked in as I wasn't quite sure where to start but where ever you choose to start you will not be disappointed. There are extra's you do have to book in advanced but they do not cost extra. Things like the dolphin show and I think some of the movies and sea lion show have be booked in addition to your ticket but again, they don't cost anything extra. If you want to do the dolphin show I would recommend booking that in advance as it filled up quickly. I would also recommend getting to the dolphin show early especially if you do not want to sit in the splash zone. I would also recommend getting to the aquarium early as it gets busier as the day goes on. It is definitely worth the visit if you are ever in Atlanta.
Written March 25, 2022
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