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“Thank goodness for the marine life!”
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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Mansfield, Texas
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Thank goodness for the marine life!”
Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

The Georgia Aquarium is gorgeous, but the management and staff are horrible.

The exhibits are amazing and we spent an unrushed 3 hours seeing everything (except Dolphin Tales) and having lunch. We arrived at opening (10am), bought tickets at the kiosk, went through security, had our photo taken, and walked right in. We meandered through the exhibits at our own pace. School groups really hit around 11am.

I can't say enough about the quality of enclosures and variety of marine life. We could have spent hours watching the what sharks and mantra rays. Well worth the ticket price, and 5 stars in and of itself.

We were told by a guide that there was a feeding at 10:45, so we got there early and waited until 11am but nothing happened. My husband went outside to a guide desk to ask. They didn't even know there WAS a feeding scheduled and guessed that they were taking a while to start. After another 5 minutes, I finally figured out that the boats we saw from the tunnel WERE feeding and it was just uneventful. Would have been nice if the staff had any idea of what was going on in the exhibit they were assigned to.

The photo desk lost the scanner to find our photo. (And I'm a sucker for these and would have bought it.) Another human fail.

The cafe was promising. Healthy options like salad bar, veggie wraps, soups were offered in addition to the usual hamburger/hot dog grill. Yay! But in actuality, the lettuce was brown and wilted. The fruit was soggy looking. The chicken breast salad was... Well, just slimy and cold looking. The hamburgers even looked like they'd been under a lamp for a while. And this was at noon, the busiest time. The staff took my 10 yr olds tray away from him and my husband had to go find out why. They said they were waiting on his parent to pay. Then my husband was directed to a pay station, but I was not permitted to go the same route. So confusing, and the staff made it MUCH worse.

So, go, definitely! Enjoy the marine life. But don't look to the staff to help at all.

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Hickory, NC
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“Don't go on a weekend.”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

The Aquarium is very well done but way too crowed on a weekend. We had to jockey for space to see the fish and were constantly bumping into people. The Beluga whale is not to be missed.

Visited April 2014
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Seneca, South Carolina
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“Afun day with the fish......”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

I love the Georgia Aquarium, and all the features it offers. Walking under the sharks, or the gift shop, there is something for everyone. We try and go at least once a year. It is relaxing, and beautiful...and you feel a part of the experience, to take home with you.

Visited April 2014
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St. Augustine, Florida
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“Sharks”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

We went on Saturday and it was rainy ... so the place was very crowded. In spite of having to wait awhile to see exhibits, we enjoyed ourselves. Also, the dolphin show was great!

Visited May 2014
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Pickering Ontario
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“One big Fish Bowl”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

This aquarium is such an experience - go early in the day, so you can stand in awe at the variety and spectacle of the marine life in front of you - the viewing windows are larger than a an Imax screen - you could stare for a long time at the swimming life going by, and just be mesmerized.
Don't miss it on a visit to Atlanta.

Visited June 2013
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