Created by Home Depot founder Bernard Marcus after finding himself inspired by California's Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium was the world's largest aquarium at the time of its inception in 2005. Currently, the facility's incredible menagerie of wildlife includes eleven bottlenose dolphins, four manta rays, four belugas, and four awe-inspiring whale sharks, which guests have occasionally been allowed to swim with in controlled environments. Education is a major priority of the aquarium's aims, with five times as many volunteers as employees on its roster. The on-site Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health is an unprecedented merging of aquarium and veterinary teaching hospital.
The Dolphin Encounter and Experience Program allows visitors to go backstage in the park's dolphin theater to physically interact with and feed one of the animals.The Sea Otter Encounter Program includes an exclusive tour of the sea otter facility, along with opportunities to prepare a meal for the creatures and help with an actual otter training session.The Beluga & Friends Interactive Program invites visitors to put on a wetsuit and interact with the creatures up close.
General Admission is $19.50 for Children (12 and under) and $26 for Adults. Annual Passes range from $52.95 to $69.95, depending on guest age.
Best time to visit
The "Me & Mommy Ticket Offer" extending from January 6 through March 6 (which also includes fathers, grandparents, and caregivers), means that $39.95 (plus tax) will admit one adult and up to four children aged 5 and under.
Near by POI
Centennial Olympic Park, a 21-acre public park, is located a short distance south of the aquarium.The Georgia Dome is the home of both the Georgia State Panthers and Atlanta Falcons football teams.