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“Largest aquarium in US?”
Review of Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium
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Georgia Aquarium General Admission
Ranked #1 of 302 things to do in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed October 1, 2012

It did not seem much larger than the Baltimore Aquarium to me. it was nice, but overcrowded, since we went on a Saturday. :)

1  Thank Ruthie21219
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We have been to several aquariums and made a point of spending time here on our way through Atlanta. It is not overly priced compared to others we have been to, but it is not a lot different either. The only reason it is larger is due to the fact that it houses whale sharks who need lots of room. Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice facility, just not as spectacular as the hype would lead you to believe. We did not partake in the “special tours” so I cannot comment other than to say they seemed a little more pricy than other similar facilities we have visited. We enjoyed the penguin exhibit as were are still able to get into the crawl through portion of the exhibit, but it would be nice if this were more accessible for the general populace and it would be better if the viewing ports were cleaner. We did visit every gallery and other than the crowds of pushy patrons, they were fine. Most of the staff we interacted with were approachable, friendly and knowledgeable.

Other than our issue with the “biggest” statement, the Dolphin show was quite a letdown as it was pretty "cheesy" being more "show" than Dolphin. We did not come to an aquarium to see people singing and dancing with falshing lights and special effects in a darkened theatre with some tricks thrown in just so you could proove there were dolphins there. The viewing enclosure was very plain and made us feel sympathetic to the Dolphins in it as there was very little to stimulate these highly intelligent and playful mammals. On a personal note, we have both been ushers for over 12 years at a large venue in our home town and would never treat any patron the way we were treated. We were appalled at the way some of the ushers treated and spoke to paying customers especially families and those with disabilities.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

The aquarium had good exhibits and was well laid out but I had some concerns. Having such large animals as whale sharks and beluga whales in tanks didn't sit quite right with me. Neither did the otters with the girl sitting in the exhibit feeding them by hand and getting them to do tricks.

1  Thank Claire B
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

I have been to this beautiful aquarium twice. Luckily, it was free both times. So happily, I did not give them any of my money. However, I will never return because of the new attraction . I love seeing all the beautiful fish and for little species an aquarium is fine and not stressful. What is not fine is having a "dolphin show". This is very abusive to keep an animal that swims for miles and has very sensitive sonar hearing in a small habitat and perform with loud music and noisy audiences. See them out in the wild, from a boat. Please think twice before supporting this "attraction".

5  Thank soeastmama
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

There is no argument that it's a cool experience to walk through the tunnel that goes through the tank. However, the large marine mammals are simply depressing for anyone that has read about the effect of captivity on marine mammals. In addition, the Acquarium routinely rents out the facility for private events. Huffington Post published an article in 2011 of the effects of the loud music, which the animals find very distressing, and causes them to fight. If you are comfortable supporting that, then you might enjoy the acquarium.

3  Thank winnie1000
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