The Georgia Aquarium, which opened in 2005, is the only aquarium outside of Asia that hosts the infamous whale sharks. These sharks are kept in a massive 6.3-gallon tank in the aquarium’s Ocean Voyager exhibit.
What to See at the Georgia Aquarium
The aquarium takes about three to four hours to walk through what is considered one of the most significant single aquatic habitats and aquatic life collections in the world. The Atlanta destination houses four whale sharks and is the only aquarium in the United States to host this breed of sharks.
The aquarium is a must-see destination with seven major galleries containing hundreds of species, residing in over 11 million US gallons of fresh and saltwater. Rare animal sightings include sharks, gators, penguins, stingrays, and dolphins.
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The SHARKS! Exhibit, Predators of The Deep®, is a dynamic shark and ray demonstration that includes the fiercest predators in all the sea—featured in a 20-foot-deep, 185-foot-long exhibit viewed from floor to ceiling acrylic windows.
The Shark and Ray Interactive Immersion is an incredible experience where aquarium patrons can swim with the sharks. This extraordinary venture costs $99.95 in addition to the cost of admission. The price includes a souvenir photo and towel.
Behind the Seas Tour
The Georgia Aquarium's Behind the Seas Tour offers a backstage look at the aquatic center's most popular exhibits. Visitors can get up close and personal with the animal inhabitants from the top side of the galleries. This program ticket is not included in the General Admission price.
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The world-class aquarium also hosts the unique experience of Sleepovers, which include a guided tour, bedtime snack, breakfast, and other great interactive activities for children.
Food and Drink
The Café Aquaria offers typical American cuisine like pizza, burgers, and salads. In addition, the restaurant serves alcohol and extends free refills on fountain drinks.
Cost and Hours
The general admission cost is $35.95, with children age two and under free. Also there is an additional $17 fee for parking. Annual membership rates bring the admission cost down to $85 for individuals and $285 for families.
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The aquarium is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., but on Thursdays, the hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.