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“Started at the aquarium...ended at the zoo” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium
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Georgia Aquarium General Admission
Ranked #1 of 281 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
Nashville, Tennessee
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“Started at the aquarium...ended at the zoo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

My young family drove down to Atlanta for the aquarium. We stayed the night in the Hilton Garden Inn (literally right across the street). We woke up early Saturday, crossed the road, and walked right in. The place is HUGE! It was already pretty busy when we arrived, and as we all know, crowds are not very polite. However, we pushed our way through the wheel-and-spoke facility, awed by the colors and sizes and types of various fish/sharks/amphibians (the whale sharks and manta rays are AWESOME!). We stopped by the Disney-knock off show about Deepo, which my two year old thought was too scary, and also saw the Dolphin Tales show. Dolphin Tales made the entire trek to Atlanta worth the frustration. By the time we started getting ready to leave, the place was absolutely packed. It was nearly impossible to see any of the exhibits by 3:00 PM local time...there were SO many people. When we walked outside, the line at the entrance was wrapped nearly around the entire building. All in all, a fantastic experience...just be ready for the crowd!

Visited March 2013
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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“Best aquarium i've visited”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

The Georgia Aquarium, largest in the world, has something for everyone. I personally favor the Reef exhibit, as i could sit there all day watching the fish. I would advise going during the week if possible, as the weekends are over crowded with families, regardless of the time of year!

This is a must do in Atlanta

Visited July 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“Entertaining, vast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

Pleasant for special events, some more directed tours would help, very entertaining place, good for children in particular.

Visited March 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

What an incredible place. More expensive that other aquariums i've visited in the US but boy, is it worth it. Could've easily spent the entire day there and gone back time and time again. Kids and adults alike will marvel at the sheer size of this place and all it has to offer. Well organised and cleverly laid out, the centre offers a wealth of freshwater and marine exhibits with its deep ocean section being of particular note thanks to its resident 4 whale sharks. Their enormous tank offers you a number of awe-inspiring views from both beneath the tank, where you move along a conveyor belt looking up, numerous pods around the tank itself and alongside one of its huge walls.

Also impressed by the number of interactive exhibits on offer- the Georgia explorer section is dedicated completely to such displays. The beluga exhibit was also fantastic as, like many other displays in the aquarium, it is done at multiple levels to maximise your experience of these incredible creatures. Last but not least, the broadway dolphin show! Yes it's cheesy. Yes it's a bit naff. But you've never known joy until you see those dolphins wave goodbye with their tail fins.

If you're in Atlanta for the day, forget World of Coca Cola. This is where you need to be spending your time!

Visited November 2012
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

Great organisation, fantastic customer service, fascinating aquarium with knowledgeable staff, lots of interesting things to see and do, recommend for the kid of any age!! Free dolphin show (you need a ticket though) was very good. The whale sharks alone are worth the visit. Awesome fish !

Visited February 2013
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