This is a stunning aquarium. Although we loved the large animals of Sea World - San Diego and have enjoyed other aquariums, this is the most impressive aquarium we have visited thus far. It is pricey, but in my opinion it is entirely worth the cost.
The most impressive portion is the exhibit entitled Ocean Voyager. It is a 6.3 million gallon exhibit. It is teeming with fish, four manta rays, and four whale sharks. The views are stunning and unlike anything in any other aquarium. Mezmermizing. My kids were huge fans of the manta rays and the giant whale sharks.
Our second favorite parts was the Tropical Diver portion which is teeming with fish in every shape and color. We spent a long time in front of the biggest tank spotting fish and learning their names on the interactive computers. Advertised as the largest living reef exhibits of any aquarium in the world, this is almost as impressive as the Ocean Voyager exhibit.
Beyond that, it depends on your favorite animals. We visited the Coldwater Quest for the penguins and beluga whales. We enjoyed the otters and turtles in the River Scout area. Throughout the aquarium there are interactive things for kids, including cards you can borrow to help you label some of the sea life, and little nooks for them to crawl through and into. The entire aquarium is well constructed and fascinating. Every inch is worth visiting in my opinion.
The aquarium is big, but portioned off into sections. With younger children, we suggest picking one or two areas to explore so that you do not feel the need to hurry them through. Start with what you most want to see to especially avoid the need that you must rush along to get to something. Follow their lead and make sure to account for breaks needed for sleeping or eating.
- Buy TICKETS in advance!!
- the Georgia Aquarium is located in downtown Atlanta across from Centennial Olympic Park
- Public Transportation will get you quite close
- Would not recommend the dolphin show for children under 3. It is quite loud and themes are a little advanced.
- The Georiga Explorer exhibit is excellent for little kids, unfortunately it was closed for renovations when I visited with our twins.
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