Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta: Hours, Address, Georgia Aquarium Reviews: 4.5/5

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 is the world's most magical aquarium. Situated near Centennial Olympic Park and World of Coca-Cola in downtown Atlanta,Georgia, Georgia Aquarium offers its guests an experience like no other. Across six separate galleries, with more than 70 amazing habitats, 10 million gallons of water and thousands of species of marine animals, guests will marvel at, learn about and come to better understand such majestic aquatic animals as whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters, African penguins and thousands of species of exotic fish and other animals. The spectacular AT&T Dolphin Tales show combines incredible natural animal behaviors with dynamic theatrics, a Broadway-inspired musical score and a compelling story, which together underscore the connection between humans and the animal world. The animated "Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow," for all ages, tells an entertaining but important story about conserving and protecting animals and their natural environment. Cafe Aquaria offers delicious sandwiches, salads, pizza, pasta and delectable desserts. Two gift shops give visitors the chance to take home a treasured collectible. Special animal encounter programs offer the chance to go behind the scenes and come face-to-face with dolphins, sea otters and penguins. Guests can even swim or dive with whale sharks and manta rays in the world's largest aquarium habitat (at 6.3 Million gallons), Ocean Voyager built by the Home Depot. And an onsite parking deck immediately adjacent to the aquarium means quick, easy-to-find and affordable parking.
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travelbrat
Carmel, IN21 contributions
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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HollyWNY
Buffalo, NY27 contributions
Feb 2022
Impressive aquarium from the habitats to the work they are doing to improve marine health and habitat around the world. Some unique exhibits (belugas, whale shark, and shark tank), research, and the size of the exhibits is unique! Largest space for the animals I've ever seen in an aquarium.

Highly recommend the Behind the Scenes tour, inexpensive add-on, 30-minutes and learned so much more first hand with a tour guide that was able to answer any questions we had. It is a tour I would recommend for older children, teens, and adults.

Was part of a planned mom and teen trip - exhibits did grab the teen's attention!!

We arrived at 9am which, unknown to us, was a special sensory hour, quieter and much better viewing of exhibits.

Gets busy as you get into the day. Food court could use a better set up, half the seating is on the second floor, so food has to be brought upstairs.

We did have a ticket problem, did not receive an email with the tickets and had to be escorted to guest services to get printed tickets. All staff was friendly in the process.
Written February 27, 2022
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CarlaC
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Couples
My husband and I visited the Aquarium and it lived up to and exceeded the hype.

Recommend going early before 11am because it’s less crowded and you get to enjoy the exhibits better.
Tip… Book the 4D theatre and other live shows like the dolphin show as soon as you arrive to secure the early showtimes. Visited for 2.5hrs and was able to enjoy the 4D theatre and the Dolphin show
Written November 10, 2021
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Danielle P.
Auburndale, FL1 contribution
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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calliam
Winston Salem, NC73 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Fantastic aquarium - definitely the best aquarium we’ve ever visited! The dolphin show and seal show were incredible. We visited at 4 pm on a Monday and it was far less crowded and much more enjoyable. We bought the preferred seating for the dolphin show but it was so quiet that we could have had great seats regardless.
Written March 21, 2022
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CCL2839
United States86 contributions
Aug 2021 • Business
If you have a pre-purchased time specific ticket, and you parked in the aquarium garage and walked from the garage to the walkway on a weekend, you may encounter a long, long line. Go up to the lone employee keeping people out and show her you are due to enter. The Saturday we attended , we saw a huge long line of people waiting to enter. I heard people in the back of the line say, “ I have a timed ticket”. You can not see or know why the line is not moving. The employee will not let people enter if the actual time is not close to the entrance time on your ticket. But then people denied entry, just stand around waiting and congesting this walkway. If you are coming from the garage and standing in this long line at 4:00 pm on a Saturday, you need to realize what is happening. The management of the cue line needs improvement. You can’t see what the issue is, and no one directs you. Our timed ticket was for the morning so we encountered some of this line but not like the afternoon crowd!
The aquarium is loud inside probably due to the interior atrium. Surely some sound panels could help the issue.
The shark exhibit was too dark to have a conversation with the person next to you. The ocean explorer area was packed with people whether walking on the side path or the “moving” sidewalk. At some exhibits, they announce you can ask questions. But no employee announces and answers those questions to let others learn as well.
The photography stand where you can scan a barcode to see your tourist photo is near where you entered. It’s has four places to scan your barcode photo and one cashier. We went to one of the four stations and selected one $25 photo.
On the way out, we saw two other less crowded areas where you can see your photos. One place is in the gift shop and one near the exit after the gift shop. No one tells you these options or directs cue lines to these other stations when the crowds fill up the first place.
We loved our behind the scenes tour by enthusiastic guide R.
What you will sense is the dedication of the animal care staff. We want to know more about the beluga area and the whale shark tanks.
Additionally the outside security company at the aquarium who were a universal security were all very professional and kind to us for our inquiries.
You might find the visitor experience here to be not as pleasant as some other aquariums you visit.
Written August 14, 2021
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mduque2339
Pembroke Pines, FL22 contributions
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, OH24 contributions
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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Goose
9 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Overall: This place is worth going to. The exhibits are phenomenal and can be awe-inspiring. Just be prepared and have the right mindset to avoid a stressful experience.

Pros:
The exhibits are wonderful. They provide multiple viewing areas at different spots so you can observe everything in new ways. They put the right amount of lighting in there as well so you can see all the tiny details. You see a variety of different animals in different ecosystems.

We were able to see feedings for several of the animals. We also watched the animal shows and the 4D experience.

The downsides:
Parking:
Check the local events when you go. We thought we timed it right arriving downtown 20 minutes before our time slot only to be delayed due to a 5k race shutting down nearly all avenues of approach to the garage. We nearly missed our window.

Use the garage! The aquarium charges $12 if you have tickets. When we left, the private lot next door was charging $50 cash.

Shows:
To see the animal shows you have to schedule them the day of and the site/app can be slow with the crowds using cell service. You have to get there fairly early as seating fills up fast.

Crowd Management/Covid:
They are adamant about masks and were quite annoying with announcements every couple minutes about them. This was very distracting, meanwhile people are pushing and crawling over each other to get through the place and cramming in to every tiny bit of space. You are rushed through with the heavy crowds bumping into you. Whatever your thoughts on covid requirements are, the way they are currently managing this needs to be improved.
Written February 22, 2022
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Brie
Princeton, NJ8 contributions
Aug 2021
My partner and I went on a Tuesday afternoon. We arrived around 2:30 pm and it was fairly busy with lots of kids, but we never had to wait more than 2-3 minutes to see an exhibit. We went to the dolphin show at 3pm and 4D theater show at 4pm. The dolphin show lasted ~30 minutes and was excellent! (Seriously don't sit in the splash zone if you don't want to get wet, they say it a million times.) We stopped at the food court for a snack - overpriced but we knew that ahead of time. The 4D theatre show was shorter, maybe 20-25 minutes. By the time we left the theater (around 4:30pm), the crowds had very noticeably thinned.

We went to all the exhibits and spent some extra time sitting and watching the whale sharks and sea turtle, as well as the belugas. The staff that were hovering at the exhibits did a great job and answered our random questions. We left at the 6pm closing time and the 3.5 hours we spent there was a perfect amount of time for us and was worth the general admission price ($40.50 total with tax).

Also, we had luggage with us and had no issues. We opened our suitcases at the security check and rolled them around with us.
Written August 25, 2021
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  • Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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