Of course with me being an Atlanta blogger, the opening of the Georgia Aquarium years ago was a huge deal for the city and for someone like me who had never actually experienced a visit to an actual Aquarium. At the time I visited quite often, but somehow it dawned on me last month that I hadn’t been in several years. Thankfully, this year I have been able to attend several times and have been blown away by the changes and new exhibits that have been added even since my last visit!
A visit to the Georgia Aquarium can be quite overwhelming trying to make all of the attractions, but here’s a quick guide and some visit hacks to help you out.
Must-see attractions at the Georgia Aquarium
This was actually my first time experiencing this and it was a lot of fun. Georgia Aquarium guests who are certified divers get a chance to dive face-to-fin with whale sharks. On the other side of the glass, you’ll get to witness this experience along with these divers, along with a q&a session.
Sea Lion Exhibit & Presentations
This is one of the newest Georgia Aquarium attractions. In its earlier stages, we’ve had the chance to witness brief rehearsals of the Sea Lion Show and feeding session, but being able to see the show in its entirety is a real treat. My daughter described it as the Dolphin show for Sea Lions, and she’s not quite incorrect. Audiences enjoy seeing various stunts and moves by the Sea Lions, minus the splashing.
New shark and ray touch pool
This was another really cool attraction we got to see in its earlier stages and it is now complete. My family and I have always enjoyed touching the stingrays at the Aquarium, but now families can enjoy the even larger set up that lives upstairs in the Aquarium.
This past March, the Georgia Aquarium introduced the new AT&T Dolphin Celebration, a fun and exciting experience that showcases dolphin behavior and their relationship with their trainers while incorporating important information about sea life! People of all ages will love the impressive stunts and dolphin interaction with the audience. Beware of sitting in the 1st 10 rows though if you mind getting splashed!
Pro tip: Arrive at the theater at least 30 minutes early. During the busier season, this show will fill up pretty quickly.
The 4D Funbelievable Theater
If you’re visiting the Georgia Aquarium with kids, you’ll definitely want to catch a quick 4D film here. The interactive seats and unique special effects that are built into the theater add just another layer of immersive fun for all audiences.
Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone
I say this attraction is for kids, but truth be told, I could spend an entire day at Aquanaut Adventure. There are tons of STEM based interactive games and challenges, including the super fun Buoyancy Challenge game, Marsh Madness game. My kids also really enjoyed the ropes bridge you’ll also find at the end of this attraction.
Birthdays at the Georgia Aquarium
What better way to celebrate your special day than with an underwater adventure? Plus, if you’re celebrating a birthday, you’ll also get free admission to the Georgia Aquarium! Learn more about free admission to the Georgia Aquarium here.
Busy Seasons at the Georgia Aquarium
There are certain times of the year, such as Spring Break and Summer Vacation, where you’ll face really long lines and heavy crowds. If at all possible, visit on a weekday rather than Saturday just so you can fully enjoy everything.
Either way though, you’re sure to have a memorable experience at the Georgia Aquarium.