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Review of Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium
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$44.23*
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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.
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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“Meh.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

I appear to be in the minority here, but I found nothing impressive about the Georgia Aquarium other than the sky-high prices and very fresh tuna fish sandwich in their over-priced cafeteria.

I don't know how families can afford this attraction. I went with just my wife, and between basic admission and parking we put out just under $100.

My standard of excellence in aquariums is, and still remains, the Shedd in Chicago. The Shedd is curated with tanks small enough where you can see the various fish. Georgia may have big tanks that impress at first, but it becomes very hard to observe any one species in the scrum of all of the others.

My wife is in a wheelchair, and I will say that I was impressed with their "handicap parking" system for certain key exhibits. Even though ignored by most of the Aquarium-goers, the "parking" spaces id afford my wife a nose-to-the-glass view of the penguins and otters, which she greatly appreciated and doesn't often get to enjoy.

Visited March 2014
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“Must see, but overpriced, too busy attraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

The Georgia Aquarium is most certainly a "must see" attraction. However, be prepared to pay the price for admission, food and souvenirs!

Aside from the pricing for everything at this wonderfully laid out, well maintained aquarium, the GA includes a number wonderful exhibits ranging from the huge manta rays, sharks, whale sharks, sting ray petting area, fresh water exhibit, sea horses and jelly fish, etc.

We have visited GA twice now. The first visit we loved (with our 3 year old son at the time and two older family children)! The second visit was with our 1 year old daughter and now 7 year old son and we decided that would be our last visit for a while. While the GA is a great attraction, we would prefer to save our money and visit other attractions in the area (not so much a "must see" after the first visit, in our opinion).

Visited August 2013
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Curve Lake
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“Dream Come True”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

Disliked-Nothing
Liked-Everything, the staff, the exhibits, the layout, the food, was top notch.
Well done!

Visited April 2014
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ATLANTA
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“Dive the aquarium and swim with sharks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

We bought a diving package for my father-in-laws retirement. He really enjoyed getting to swim with the manarays, sharks and even a whale. Family of the divers get a behind the scenes opportunity to see the white whales and go into a special room where the divers come up to the glass where we can photograph them in the tank. Be sure have have an identifying method to tell them from the other divers. We had a special hand motion so we knew our diver! A very unique experience for divers.

Visited August 2013
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“Too many people around to really enjoy it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

As a diver I do love and respect underwater animals. I do appreciate size and uniqueness of the habitat made for them in Georgia Aquarium. It is one of the not many places where you can really encounter the Whale Sharks (even the baby ones). Still there were huge crowds around. As we visited this place on Saturday more or less in the lunchtime, it was full of people. From additional attractions – you can even touch little rays – I somehow did not find it amusing.

Visited May 2014
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