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“Impressive aquarium but really crowded!”
Review of Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium
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$43.51*
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Georgia Aquarium General Admission
Ranked #1 of 291 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.
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Impressive aquarium but really crowded!”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

We went during spring break, so that may have been most of the crowd problem. The line to get in took about 15 minutes because they check your bags and wand you at security. You also have to stop and take your picture before you go in. I would recommend buying tickets at the kiosks instead of the ticket booth since there was no line there, although you will still have to wait in the security line.

The highlights of the visit were the beluga whales, the otters, the touch pools and the dolphin show. We almost skipped the dolphin show which would have been a mistake. The show itself is a little cheesy (although the 4 year old liked it), but the dolphins and swimmers are amazing. My little girls ooh'd and ahh'd the entire time. Get to the aquarium early to get a good show time or buy your tickets online so you don't have to hang out there for an extra 2 hours just to see the show like we did.

We ate at the cafeteria because we had no choice. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't worth $50 to feed 4 people. Eat before you go if you don't like wasting money on cafeteria food.

In all, I think this aquarium is very good because of the sheer size of the fish they have, but the crowds were a huge negative. The kids had a hard time getting up close to the glass to see things. The flow of traffic in the exhibits did not move well at all in places. For example, I was excited to see the penguins, but they were so crowded and hurried, I barely saw them.

If I had to choose, I would go to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. It's not so crowded, and there are more opportunities for small kids to see the fish up close. My daughter also preferred their touch pool.

FYI, we didn't know where to park, so we ended up in the World of Coca Cola garage, and it was perfect.

Visited April 2013
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Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great for Kids”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Largest salt water aquarium in the world ... great exhibits
Try to find a time to go when the crowds are low... much better experience

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usa
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“Could have spent the whole day...”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

We had a wonderful visit to this attraction. The aquarium is divided into different sections with the Ocean Voyager being our favorite. They had lots of staff present so we could ask questions. There were lots of guests but plenty of room to sit and enjoy each display for as long as you wish. It is a little expensive but worth every penny. I would recommend a City Pass if you had the time to spend several days in Atlanta.

Visited February 2013
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Marietta, Georgia
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“Beautiful Aquarium!”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

This is an incredible aquarium with many different habitat galleries to visit. I recommend going in the late afternoon to avoid the crowd of young children and school groups. In the The piranhas are fed at 2:00 in the River Scout gallery.

We usually START our day in the Georgia Explorer where there are many hands on exhibits. Then we wander over to the Ocean Explorer, Tropical Diver, Cold Water Explorer and then River Scout.

We saw the Dolphin show once and were really disappointed in the Disneyish show theme. We would much rather have seen an educational dolphin show and not some hokey musical. Remember my daughters are 8 and 11 -- so they fall in the age group that should like this show. Two thumbs down from them.

EATING AT THE AQUARIUM. As soon as you are finished watching the piranhas eat at 2:00, if you are still hungry, wander over to the Cafe Aquaria and eat. CROWD FREE at that hour. Then tour the aquarium one more time!

Exit is through the gift shop so if you have little ones, be prepared.

Visited June 2012
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New Orleans
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“Nice Aquarium”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Liked the Aquarium as a whole, but was not 100% impressed with the Dolphin Show. Liked the different sections from an educational stand point and gives a decent amount of variety.

Visited March 2013
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