The Georgia Aquarium opened in 2005 and has become the world’s largest aquarium in terms of size and the gallons held by the tanks. There are over 100,000 animals from 500 species in 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water. The over $300 million dollar project was supported by Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus.
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The aquarium is known for its whale sharks, beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins, and manta rays. There are different exhibits featuring ecosystems from the region and the world. The Cold Water Quest showcases the cold-water species from all over the world, including sea dragons, spider crabs and the beluga whales. Georgia Explorer showcases the state’s native species like horseshoe crabs, sea turtles, and shrimp.
Ocean Voyager is the most impressive, and largest, tank and showcases the larger fish like the whale shark, manta rays and grouper. River Scout features the lovable otters, albino alligators, and even piranhas. The Tropical Diver displays exotic jellyfish, seahorses and colorful fish swimming through the coral.
If You Go
The Georgia Aquarium is located at 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313. It’s open Sunday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm.
Tickets are $32.95 for adults, children aged 3-12 for $28.95 and $30.95 for seniors 65 and older. You can purchase additional activities like their behind-the-scenes tour or scuba diving with the whale sharks. Guests can also get combo tickets like the Atlanta CityPASS and Georgia residents gain free entry on their birthdays. Book your Georgia Aquarium General Admission before you go.
Visitors can access the aquarium through the Peachtree Center MARTA Station before walking through Centennial Olympic Park. There’s an official parking deck at 357 Luckie Street and many other paid lots nearby. From the I-75 or I-85, take exit 249C for Williams Street or 248C for International Boulevard and follow the signs.