My family and I – aged from 13 – 49 – visited the Georgia Aquarium recently. Not the first time for us at an aquarium, we wondered if there would be anything new and exciting. There sure was. And we could have spent the day there taking time exploring all there was to offer.
When we entered the Georgia Aquarium, an employee met us and explained how the facility is set up. There’s no need for a map because of the large signs for each area and display. We decided to find a starting point and follow along according to what interested us.
There wasn’t much that we weren’t curious about, so we visited five out of the six areas (only due to time constraints). Some kept our attention longer than others, but each exhibit was fun and educational. We were a group of 5 including my 13 year old daughter, my 25 year old daughter, her husband, my husband and I. Some of the displays were geared toward young children, but the information provided by signs and by volunteers intrigued us.
Each of us had our favorite fish that we had to see so we made time for those displays. The Beluga Whales, dolphins, jelly fish, sea otters, and penguins (they aren’t fish, but are birds) were on our list and we spent a great deal of time visiting and photographing them. The Dolphin Show’s story line was kind of corny, but having the chance to see dolphins in action made it worthwhile. My family can make a joke out of anything and we continue to laugh about it today. Another favorite area was the Cold Water Quest, especially the tunnels so you could see the penguins up close. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to enjoy the touchpools because the fish were on a break.
The day we attended the Georgia Aquarium it was very crowded. We still were able to enjoy our time there, but couldn’t eat a meal at the Café Aquaria because of the wait. You can leave the Aquarium and return the same day of your ticket purchase if you’d like to eat elsewhere. Just remember to let Guest Services know.
If you’re visiting Atlanta, plan on a day at the Georgia Aquarium for your family. You can purchase your tickets online. It is recommended to buy them ahead of time because advance reservations are required for the Dolphin Tales show. The Aquarium is located at 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313. It is close to the World of Coca Cola and the Centennial Olympic Park.
Disclosure: Tickets were provided free of charge for me and my family. All opinions are my own as always. This blog uses affiliate links.