13 Tips to Visit the Georgia Aquarium and Have a Great Time

Georgia Aquarium Score

3.5 out of 5 stars from 2 ratings of Georgia Aquarium

Whale Shark at Georgia Aquarium

Whale Sharks are the main attraction at Georgia Aquarium
Whale Sharks are the main attraction at Georgia Aquarium | Source

Most of the bad reviews and comments from visitors come from people who did not research before their trip and didn´t plan their visit accordingly. Here are some tips that if followed overall will save you some money, waiting lines time and will make your time in the GA a delightful time.

Get Up Close to the Fish

The real attraction of Georgia Aquarium is the possibility of getting real close to the sea animals
The real attraction of Georgia Aquarium is the possibility of getting real close to the sea animals | Source

1. Buy Entrance and Parking Tickets Online

Buy your ticket and parking-place online several days before time, and avoid the purchasing line which can save you over an hour. This can also gain you some discounts. Pay only $9.00 instead of $10.00, not much but the time you save on the ticket booth is worth it.

Where is Georgia Aquarium?

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Acuario de Georgia, 225 Baker Street Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia 30313, EE. UU.
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Georgia Aquarium is found at Pemberton Place, just near the Coco-Cola World and CNN Center.

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2. Don´t Take Your Car

Don´t take your car; instead leave it somewhere near or not at all. Parking lots at the Aquarium are crowded and expensive. The parking lines and exit traffic will just add-up extra time-loss to your trip. For public transportation take MARTA, the closest stations are CNN Tower and Georgia World Congress Center, or Peachtree Center works as well.

Hammer Shark

A hammer shark swimming right above you... how you like them apples Aquaman!
A hammer shark swimming right above you... how you like them apples Aquaman! | Source

3. Visit During Low Season and Early in the Morning

Do not travel during the holidays, vacation season or Spring Break. Even during the low season avoid going during the weekends. If the holidays and weekends are your only time for a visit then arrive early.There are plenty of Pros and Cons to the Aquarium, balance your experience to the fun side.

Yellow Fish

A walk at the... ocean floor
A walk at the... ocean floor | Source

4. Get There Early

Get there early, as soon as the doors open at 9 am, and avoid the big crowds that assemble after 10 am.

Fish Sky

What an amazing sunset
What an amazing sunset | Source

With Atlanta City Pass you can Visit:

  • Georgia Aquarium
  • World of Coca-Cola tour
  • Inside CNN Tour
  • Zoo of Atlanta / Atlanta History Center
  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History / High Museum of Art

4. Purchase Atlanta City Pass To Visit 7 Other Atractions

If World of Coca Cola, CNN Center and other attractions are on your list, then purchase the Atlanta City Pass for great discounts and VIP waiting lines. VIP waiting lines are lines where only City Pass holder’s stand, so they will be a lot shorter plus you receive a discount price for the above attractions and more. The City Pass is your best option when traveling with a family group larger than three. With Atlanta City Pass you can visit:

  • Georgia Aquarium
  • World of Coca-Cola tour
  • Inside CNN Tour
  • Zoo of Atlanta / Atlanta History Center
  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History / High Museum of Art

5. Visiting World of Coca-Cola After? Buy the Pemberton Place Pass

An alternative from the Atlanta City Pass is the Pemberton Place Pass. It allows you to visit the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola saving $2.00 per person, not much for just one person but a great discount for a family group.

Underwater Passages

The underwater passages connect the different tanks holding sharks, beluga whales, penguins and sea turtles
The underwater passages connect the different tanks holding sharks, beluga whales, penguins and sea turtles | Source

6. Buy the Aquarium´s Annual Pass if Visiting More Than Twice

For Georgians or real fans of the Aquarium that re planning to visit more than twice a year, the annual membership for a family of four is $217.80 plus tax without parking. The more you go the more you would have saved.

Amazing Underwater Aquarium Photo

Every photo at the Georgia Aquarium is a great photo
Every photo at the Georgia Aquarium is a great photo | Source

7. Don´t Eat at the Aquarium!!

Don´t eat there because it is too expensive, crowded and the food´s not worth it. There are plenty of places to eat on the nearby area like the Pemberton Café. It is located just outside of the Aquarium on the green area midway to World of Coca Cola. Meals here are well praised and prices range from $1.29 to $8.99. The Annual Pass gives you discounts at many of the surrounding attractions and a 10% discount at Pemberton Café.

The layout of the main cafeteria and restaurants is amazing though. Check it out.

Beluga Restaurant

Georgia Aquarium´s Arctic Room of Ocean´s Ballroom
Georgia Aquarium´s Arctic Room of Ocean´s Ballroom | Source

8. Infantile Performances and Attractions

Be prepared for infantile performances as the aquarium program is designed mainly for small children. For a more scientific adult type aquarium visit Chattanooga Aquarium just 75 minutes north on I75 out of Atlanta.

Dolphin Tales Silly Promo

9. Reserve Your Place for Dolphin Tales Online or Through a Hotline

Dolphin Tales Show is included in the admission ticket, but due to limited space and one time show per day, it is recommended to make reservations in advance through a GA hotline. Beware the show is very loud with flashy lights in an enclosed darkened theater, little children can get scared and there is no coming out till the show ends.

Dolphi Tales Scene

Better get up-front seats
Better get up-front seats | Source

10. Subscribe to the Newsletter, "Like" on Facebook and Follow on Twitter

Subscribe to GA´s newsletter to receive information on special discounts and to keep up to-date on opening or sudden closing days. Several times a year the aquarium offers free admission for kids and parents:

  • Mommy and Me: For $29.95. Each adult can take up to four children for the price of one.
  • During Imagination Days tickets are priced at $15 dollars
  • Summer Splash Pass gives you a 90 day pass for $40 dollars
  • Pirate/Princess days give free entry to those that dress up like pirates and princesses. Themed games and activities are offered to kids during these days.
  • Trick-or-Treat during Halloween and children get free admission if they show up dressed up.

By signing up for the newsletter you will be eligible for a family annual pass.

Georgia Aquarium Facebook Page

Like Georgia Aquarium on facebook and get some promotional discounts
Like Georgia Aquarium on facebook and get some promotional discounts | Source

11. Volunteer for a Free Entrance

GA has a special volunteer program compromised of more than 1,500 people on different areas. This program is designed for ordinary people that are enthusiast on marine life and scientific programs done at the Aquarium. Volunteers receive a personal annual pass and discounts on family passes and tickets, aside from attending for free during their volunteering.

Georgia Aquarium Volunteer Program

1,500. That's an army of volunteers
1,500. That's an army of volunteers | Source

12. Go With a Large Group

Groups larger than 25 people will save you $3.00 per person. Arrangements need to be done before time and pay ahead.

Large Piranhas

Piranhas aren´t so small after all
Piranhas aren´t so small after all | Source

13. Soldiers get a 20% Discount

Active soldiers get a 20% discount presenting their ID at the ticket booth.

Large Manta Ray

Manta Ray showing his teeth
Manta Ray showing his teeth | Source

Bonus Tip

Sometimes the aquarium allows entry after 6 p.m. with a small discount special and a reduced crowd, but you will miss the Dolphin Tales show.

Georgia Aquarium Sleep Over

How about a sleep over under the sea?
How about a sleep over under the sea? | Source

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srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

davidtrujillo, Great tips. I am thrilled to visit this Hub as I visited Underwater World at Sentosa in Singapore last year. It was a great experience. But the one at Georgia seems to be at a larger scale and may be even more informative. Thanks for sharing along with amazing photographs. Voted up and interesting.


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David Trujillo 3 years ago from Medellin, Colombia Author

I think I came across Underwater World searching for photographic material.

Georgia Aquarium seems like nothing else out there. There are a few documentary videos and fan videos that I want to include on a new hub dedicated only to appreciate the species and infrastructure on Georgia Aquarium.

And thanks for the comment on photographs, I will continue to build hubs with short text columns and large pictures, it makes it so much entertaining to read.


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AvineshP 3 years ago from Chandigarh

Wow !!!! These are surely some fascinating images. A great place to visit with kids and family members. Hope I get to explore this place someday.


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David Trujillo 3 years ago from Medellin, Colombia Author

Thanks for your comment


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David Trujillo 3 years ago from Medellin, Colombia Author

Thanks Avi, The Aquarium does seem fascinating. Imagine fish swimming over you like they were birds


Jacob 23 months ago

Who posted the images? Those aren't piranhas or a manta ray


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David Trujillo 18 months ago from Medellin, Colombia Author

Well I did. Got to check which photos you mean


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David Trujillo 17 months ago from Medellin, Colombia Author

They do like it to me.. what are they then?


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David Trujillo 17 months ago from Medellin, Colombia Author

An amazing place indeed. The trick seems to go when the time is right (less people) and plan your day early.


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Gracieeeee 17 months ago

An overnight stay in the aquarium has got to top my list of excellent memories to make. I've only been to the aquariums on the east coast but this certainly looks like one worth seeing if there is an opportunity!


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David Trujillo 17 months ago from Medellin, Colombia Author

Hope you make it Gracieee!

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