The Georgia Aquarium, World's Largest At Atlanta

 Well worth the price of admission, at 6.3 million gallons of water it is the world's largest single exhibit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Aquarium
Well worth the price of admission, at 6.3 million gallons of water it is the world's largest single exhibit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Aquarium
 A World class facility opened in 2005 and has hosted over 6 million. visitors.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Aquarium
A World class facility opened in 2005 and has hosted over 6 million. visitors.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Aquarium
 The entrance of Ocean voyager transforms you to open ocean. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Aquarium
The entrance of Ocean voyager transforms you to open ocean. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Aquarium
 Petting and interactive displays teacher youngsters about endangered species and conservation.     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Aquarium
Petting and interactive displays teacher youngsters about endangered species and conservation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Aquarium
 beluga whale are just one of several species which are endangered and being conserved. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Aquarium
beluga whale are just one of several species which are endangered and being conserved. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Aquarium

The Pride Of Georgia & Atlanta's Premier Attraction!

The Georgia Aquarium is both the vision and gift of one man, Bernie Marcus Co-founder of Home Depot. In 2003 Bernie Marcus gifted the Aquarium to the city of Atlanta, as a way to say thank you for his success with Home Depot, and as a way of giving back to the people that helped make Home Depot the Success that it is. The Aquarium employs over 200 people and promotes jobs and economic growth in the city. Because he picked up most of the cost of the Aquarium it was able to open it's doors in 2005 debt free, and since has entertained & educated over 6 million visitors.

Why it's the largest. The Atlanta Aquarium is considered the largest in the world because at 8 million gallons and over 500 species it has the most volume of water and different species in the world. The Aquarium has a large Center Atrium and five separate galleries which demonstrates the species and water ways around the world. The five galleries include the Georgia Explorer, the Tropical Diver, the Ocean Voyager, the Cold-Water Quest and the River Scout. There are 60 exhibits in total. Other elements of the Aquarium include a 1,100 4-dimensional theater, an adjacent parking lot, a restaurant & ball room, petting tanks and a gift shop.

Worth the price of admission! The element that makes this Aquarium special and world class and a must see is the Ocean Voyager exhibit better known as the Whale Shark exhibit. At 6.3 million gallons this single display tank can only be described as monstrous! Home to sea rays, large manta rays, sharks, whale sharks and various other species that give the none scuba diving layman the truest and most accurate glimpse into what the open ocean would look like. This one tank has more water than most aquariums have in their total display!

The purpose of the Aquarium is Recreation, Education and Conservation. First and foremost it is a fun and entertaining place to take your family. It is a place of imagination and wonderment and a place to build great memories with friends and loved ones.Over 25 percent of the public floor space is dedicated for Education in the forms of interactive displays and petting displays. In the area of Conservation the Aquarium is home to Cuttle fish, Atlantic tarpon, Beluga whales and Albino alligators, which all are endangered species.

Tips that will make your visit great! The Aquarium gets very crowded after lunch time so it is a good idea to plan your visit on a week day and arrive around 9:00am. Buying your tickets over the internet will save you from waiting in line to buy them. Use map quest to scout out your parking location. If however you buy your tickets at the Aquarium bring a credit card so that you can use one of the self serve kiosks on site. Eat a sizable breakfast before you arrive. Hit the main attractions first before the crowds start forming. Scout out a good near by fish restaurant ( I always want to eat fish after a visit to the Aquarium!) The crowds do subside in the evenings.

Admission prices: Adult $31.50, Children 3-5 $23.50, Seniors 65+ $26.25



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The Ocean Voyager Exhibit

This exhibit is an engineering marvel, designed to house Whale Sharks the largest fish species in the world. It boosts 185 tons of acrylic windows 2 feet thick, and  a 23 X 61 foot viewing window world's largest.The entrance tunnel is 100 feet long. The Exhibit also houses Goliath Groupers, many variety of Sting Rays and also Hammer Head Sharks.   

 With 6.3 million gallons of water, it's a comfort to know that glass is 2 feet thick! Picture taken by my wife.
With 6.3 million gallons of water, it's a comfort to know that glass is 2 feet thick! Picture taken by my wife.
Welcome the main attraction! Picture taken by my wife.
Welcome the main attraction! Picture taken by my wife.
The largest viewing window in the world at 23 x 61 foot! Picture taken by my wife.
The largest viewing window in the world at 23 x 61 foot! Picture taken by my wife.
Cue the Jaws music! Picture taken by my wife.
Cue the Jaws music! Picture taken by my wife.
 Big fish in every cranny! Picture taken by my wife.
Big fish in every cranny! Picture taken by my wife.
A Saw fish takes his stroll! Picture taken by my wife.
A Saw fish takes his stroll! Picture taken by my wife.

Cold Water Quest Exhibit

The Cold Water Quest Exhibit represents the Arctic regions of the world and is home to Otters, Penguins and Beluga Whales, as well as, many other species

 Beluga Whales smiling for the camera. photo taken by my wife.
Beluga Whales smiling for the camera. photo taken by my wife.
This is why I crave sea food after a visit! Photo taken by my wife.
This is why I crave sea food after a visit! Photo taken by my wife.

Tropical Diver

Some of the most beautiful and colorful fish are in the tropics. From Clown fish like "Nemo" and other colorful reef fish to the seductive dance of the jelly fish to the serene sea horse this is an exhibit to capture your kid's imagination.

 Your kid's will be saying I found Nemo! Photo taken by my wife.
Your kid's will be saying I found Nemo! Photo taken by my wife.
 Many colorful fish to be found every where. Photo taken by my wife.
Many colorful fish to be found every where. Photo taken by my wife.

River Scout Exhibit

This Exhibit covers fresh water rivers and streams and is home to Piranha, and exotic reptiles such as the endangered Albino alligator & various snakes.

The Georgia Explorer

The Georgia Explorer is a very interactive exhibit that is home to Logger Head Turtles, Horse shoe crabs star fish and right whales

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Comments 23 comments

images99 6 years ago

Really lovely, wonderful and worth visiting, you have given the place altogether fantastic angles.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks image99 for you kind comments. My wife has gone twice. I have been once when my company reserved the Aquarium for our employees, what a treat that was. The scale of the place is hard to describe, pictures help a lot!


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

For those who don't venture too much the wild,I suspect this place would be an almost religious experience and teach a thing or two to those of us that do,this Hub is a treat Nifty@50;)


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks Mentalist acer for your post! This is as close to scuba diving that you can get without getting wet! It is a great learning experience and they have new additions and displays all the time.


mioluna 6 years ago

nifty@50, thank you for this great excursion! It's wonderful! I felt myself as a mermaid in water kingdom.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

You're welcome mioluna! A trip to the Aquarium is a relaxing and fun experience, that with photos or video you will treasure with family and friends for years to come! Thanks for your post!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Wow, I think I've told you before that your wife takes great pictures; well these are awesome. And nifty my friend you are getting good at writing these travel hubs. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Rating up!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks Money Glitch for your repost! Not sure what happened to your first, but glad to have you back! I'm happy that you like my travel hubs, coming from such an accomplished writer as yourself, it means a lot! My wife has an eye for the beauty in nature and that is something that can't be taught! She helps me a great deal with my picture taking, for which I am most grateful!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

What an absolute treat to read and see the pictures that your wife took and watch all these videos of the Georgia Aquarium. You can be sure that if we are ever in that area, we will surely visit this in person. Thanks for the great introduction and preview! Rating this up and beautiful!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks Peggy W for your post! Having a wife that's a shutter bug has it's advantages! The old saying all roads lead to Rome has given way to all connecting flights are routed through Atlanta! Sooner or later most people will pass through, and what a great reason to stay a spell and visit!


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celinewayne 6 years ago

been along time not to visit here..

this hub is really great 4 thumbs up for you.. i enjoy seeing all the pictures

thanks for sharing those lovely pics, your wife must be a professional photographer ;)

i've just voted it up =)


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Although she does it more for a hobby, she has been paid to shoot three weddings and she periodically enters photo contests and has won a little money. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! Thanks celinewayne for your post!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I didn't know about the Georgia Aquarium. Here's a toast to philanthropy! Thank you for a excellent Hub with gorgeous photos. I enjoyed it.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

There are many wealthy philanthropist like Bernie Marcus & Bill Gates that break the stereo type that rich people are scrooges! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub! Thanks for your post James!


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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Nifty, I love this hub and really want to go to this aquarium sometime! Wonderful pictures, really very beautiful.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks oceansunsets for your kind words! This is one aquarium that is a must see! The displays make you forget that you're on land and not in the middle of the ocean!


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ChristineVianello 5 years ago from Philadelphia

The pictures are amazing. I would like to have a wall to wall aqarium in my house one day if possible.


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nifty@50 5 years ago Author

I know what you mean ChristineViannello! The serene movement of the fish in the aquarium gives a calm peaceful feeling to the soul. Thanks for your post & kind words!


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nifty@50 5 years ago Author

I know what you mean ChristineViannello! The serene movement of the fish in the aquarium gives a calm peaceful feeling to the soul. Thanks for your post & kind words!


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Absolutely stunning! I love aquariums and this one seems to be a real beauty!

Love and peace

Tony


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nifty@50 5 years ago Author

Thanks tonymac04, you are too kind! If you ever find your self in Atlanta (and with the airport routing there's always a chance),the Georgia Aquarium is an absolute must see.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

What beautiful photos! I would love to go to this aquarium. It looks really nice. I've heard a lot about it, but I've never been to it. I've been to the aquarium in Baltimore quite a bit, but I know the one in Georgia is better according to everything I've heard. Great hub, by the way!


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nifty@50 5 years ago Author

Thanks Jeannieinabottle for your kind words & post! The Georgia Aquarium will not disappoint! It tends to get crowded at times, so get there early, and avoid the weekends if possible.

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