Nestled in the heart of downtown, no ocean in sight is the Georgia Aquarium. A walk inside takes you as close to sea water as you can get in land locked Atlanta. It’s a bit of an ocean fix, visiting is like discovering an underwater treasure.
Known as the largest aquarium in North America with more than 10 million gallons of specially made fresh and marine water. Home of tens of thousands of animals from several hundreds of species across the world, including four whale sharks! It’s a place where the mascot Deepo looks faintly similar to a certain Disney sea fish that lives in an anemone. It has fun shows likes AT&T Dolphin Tales and Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wondershow. Cool exhibits like Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest, Southern Company River Scout, Aquanaut Adventure and Tropical Diver presented by Southwest. The big drawl is Ocean Voyager built by the Home Depot, it’s 6.3 million gallons of underwater awesomeness! Whale sharks, manta rays, schools of fish and stingrays swim in the exhibit, it’s a real life ocean experience and quite the sight to see.
Imagine sleeping over at the aquarium! Well the staff at Georgia Aquarium thought of everything including a sleepover program designed for families, adults and youth groups. They have a Behind the Seas tour, it’s a backstage look at how the aquarium is operated, the detail and hard work it takes to care for the animals with state of the arts labs and analytical chemistry. You can also choose between Beluga & Friends Interactive Program and Journey with Gentle Giants Swim or Dive Program. And if that’s not enough, experience animal encounters with penguin, sea otters or a pool-side dolphin encounter! Lecture Series and birthday parties can all be set-up for an additional fee.
The aquarium is what it is because of more than 15 hundred volunteers. You can do your part too in order to enjoy places like the Georgia Aquarium and oceans around the world. Here in Atlanta try and buy reusable items, and recycle plastics. Cut six packs rings and the loops of rubber bands before disposing them. There are 8 million metric tons of plastic dumped into oceans across the globe each year, don’t litter.
The Georgia Aquarium is no stranger to locals no less but if you haven’t been its worth the trip, especially if you have children. It’s located at 225 Baker Street in downtown Atlanta. Open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m and Sunday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information call 404-581-4000 or visit www.georgiaaquarium.org. Tickets are a bit pricy, try “Early Bird” tickets, purchase online and select entry before 10 a.m. for $7 dollars off. Buy a “Total Ticket” receive $3 bucks off and a portion of your ticket supports research and conservation work at the aquarium and in the field. Either way a visit is highly encouraged.
“Just keep swimming.” –Dory, Finding Nemo