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Pros and Cons of Georgia Aquarium

Updated on July 31, 2015

Georgia Aquarium Art - Whale Shark

An incredible painting depicting Whale Sharks at Georgia Aquarium
An incredible painting depicting Whale Sharks at Georgia Aquarium | Source

According to reviews on Trip Advisor, the Georgia Aquarium is ranked the 9th best attraction in 177 in all Atlanta. It is the biggest aquarium in the world with more than 500 species that sum up 120,000 creatures in total and the only one to hold two whale sharks outside of Asia. It is also highly visited all year-round, especially during the holidays. So we strongly recommend following our traveling tips so you can get the best out of it and avoid all the bad experiences.

The Aquariums entry ticket covers attendance to the Dolphin Tales Show and the animated movie, Deepos Undersea 4D Wonder Show.

Georgia Aquarium Impressive View

Underwater Passages give tourists a 360 view of the entire aquarium. Just like being on the ocean floor.
Underwater Passages give tourists a 360 view of the entire aquarium. Just like being on the ocean floor. | Source

7 Pros of the Georgia Aquarium

Aside from being the largest Aquarium in the world, GA excels for its underwater tunnels and design. Here are 7 reasons why you should visit the aquarium.

Get Close To The Whales

A little girl gets really close to a whale shark, the main attraction.
A little girl gets really close to a whale shark, the main attraction. | Source

1. Biggest Display of Marine Life

It holds a very complete display of marine animals including beluga whales, sawfish, manta rays, African penguins and whale sharks.

Marine Life

Colorfull fish swim around the viewers
Colorfull fish swim around the viewers | Source

2. Swim with Sharks and Whales

You have the possibility to swim with sharks, whale sharks and manta rays. This special program is purchased separately and allows you to either swim or dive in the aquarium for 30 minutes which some compare to the Great Barrier Reef. The cost is above $100 dollars and requires reservation on their website or through their call center line.

Underwater Shark Passage

Sharks swim over tourists at the Aquarium tanks
Sharks swim over tourists at the Aquarium tanks | Source

3. Interact with the Animals

Starting September 2013, you will have the possibility to interact with otters, African penguins, beluga whales and the dolphins. For over 30 minutes you will be instructed in their care, conservation programs inside the pools with them. You get a nice souvenir at the end like a t-shirt or a towel, and the aquarium gives you a personal photo with the animals. More detailed info on these programs below.

Interact With Penguins

Get into the animal´s habitat
Get into the animal´s habitat | Source

4. Underwater Passage

The different sections of the aquarium are nicely build with underwater passages that give you a 180° view of the entire atmosphere above you. There is also a tunnel going through the African penguin section which allows you to see them slide on the ice above.

Hammer Shark

Hammer shark over visitors
Hammer shark over visitors | Source

5. Interactive

Touch baby sharks, penguins and rays during your tour.

Petting Baby Manta Rays

Children can pet baby manta rays at water tanks
Children can pet baby manta rays at water tanks | Source

Kid Has Fun At Georgia Aquarium

6. Entertaining Shows

Watch Dolphin Tales show which is included in your entry ticket. The show lasts one hour.

Dolphin Tales Show

Dolphin Tales Show is one hour long with musical performances and acrobatics
Dolphin Tales Show is one hour long with musical performances and acrobatics | Source

7. Touristic Location

The Aquarium is located just some feet away from World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studios and the Olympic Park. With Atlanta City Pass you can get to visit all three attractions at a discount price that can save you big money if you travel with a large group.

So far Georgia Aquarium is pure fun and joy. To keep it like this read these 13 tips to cut lines, save money and avoid all the next 8 bad experiences.


Georgia Aquarium Location

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Acuario de Georgia, 225 Baker Street Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia 30313, EE. UU.
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8 Cons of the Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium is so attractive that it is visited by hundreds of tourists from around the world and the U.S. Crowds can really ruin your fantasy trip if you don´t take planning precautions.

Man vs Whale Shark

An incredible Photograph of a man watching the whale sharks
An incredible Photograph of a man watching the whale sharks

1. Crowds, Crowds, Crowds, and more Crowds!

According to the descriptions many visitors give, during holiday season the crowds cover the walk tunnels side to side, with noisy running children and big strollers with 4 year olds on them. Avoid going in the holiday seasons, weekends and too late in the day.

Georgia Aquarium Entrance

2. Waiting Lines

On a really busy day they can last for 2 hours, and after that you might receive a ticket telling you to come back in 2 hours more. If the Dolphin Tales tickets are sold out, you still got to pay the same entry price.

Ticket Booth Waiting Line 1

Buy yor ticket online and waiting 1 hour just buying it... Then step to the longer entrance line.
Buy yor ticket online and waiting 1 hour just buying it... Then step to the longer entrance line. | Source

3. Entrance Mayhem

While the distribution of the areas inside is praised, lots of people complaint about the terrible entrance design that makes it very difficult for crowds to move on.

Entrance Waiting Line 2

The entrance waiting line for the Aquarium can take as long as 1 hour and a half or more. Make a VIP line with the Atlanta City Pass
The entrance waiting line for the Aquarium can take as long as 1 hour and a half or more. Make a VIP line with the Atlanta City Pass | Source

4. Lame Shows for Adults

The aquarium programs like Dolphin Tales and the 4D show are designed for small children. The dolphins perform nice acrobats, but the show is focused on a ridiculous singing led-performer which most adults consider cheesy and boring. The doors of the theater remain closed for the entire 30 minute show, so take a time or two to consider if this is for you.

Dolphin Tales Singer in LED Lights Costume

Dolphin Tales is a little bit tacky, so avoid losing one hour of your trip if jumping dolphins won´t impress you
Dolphin Tales is a little bit tacky, so avoid losing one hour of your trip if jumping dolphins won´t impress you | Source

5. Overpriced

$33 dollars for adults and $29 for children over the age of 3.

Georgia Aquarium Entrance Ticket

An example of Georgia Aquarium entrance ticket
An example of Georgia Aquarium entrance ticket | Source

6. Very Disneyish for Adults

The Georgia Aquarium is more a place for families with small children.

Georgia Aquarium Gift Shop

Typical tourist trap with overpriced souvenirs. Still, we all go home with one
Typical tourist trap with overpriced souvenirs. Still, we all go home with one

7. Rush Hour by End of Day

Beware not to stay in the Aquarium until the very end. All of that trapped-in-crowd has to leave at the same time and you will get trapped in the parking lot for more than an hour. Outside its Atlanta rush hour, so getting to the highway can be a long while.

Georgia Aquarium Parking Lots

1,550 parking spaces at $10.00 the day. Better get there with MARTA transportation system
1,550 parking spaces at $10.00 the day. Better get there with MARTA transportation system | Source

8. Cafeteria High Cost

A cup of water can cost more than $5 dollars and food prices are just over the roof. Paying $50 dollars for 4 slices of pizza with sodas is just not worth it. Don´t eat in the Aquarium, there´s a nice big meal area just outside on the green area in between The World of Coca Cola called The Pemberton Café. It was named after the inventor of the Coca-Cola formula since Coca-Cola World employees are its biggest customers. Food is ordered from a digital menu board and it varies from hamburgers to hot dogs, pizza, fresh salads, sandwiches, kid's meals and vegetarian menus. There are even Coca-Cola cupcakes. Menu prices range from $1.29 to $8.99 and Annual Pass holders get a 10% discount. Definitely a better choice than the Aquarium´s cafeteria.

Georgia Aquarium Cafeteria

Small, but nice looking cafeteria
Small, but nice looking cafeteria

Georgia Aquarium Burger

Simple but expensive burger at Georgia Aquarium
Simple but expensive burger at Georgia Aquarium | Source

Extra Tip

For those that love aquariums but noisy children and long lines is not their deal, then visit Chattanooga Aquarium, just 75 minutes north on I75 from Atlanta. The exhibits are interactive with much less crowd and half price tickets to what you pay at Georgia Aquarium.

Chattanooga: Tennessee Aquarium

One Broad Street, Chattanooga TN, 37402  phone: 800-262-0695
One Broad Street, Chattanooga TN, 37402 phone: 800-262-0695 | Source

© 2013 David Trujillo Uribe

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      You've included some really great information here from location to food prices. The traffic tips and nearby aquarium are an added bonus to anyone outside of Georgia who would have no idea. Very well done.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Comfort Babatola 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      David, this is a hub that's well put together with lots of pictures and videos. I even have similar images as yours in my personal collection as my family's favorite place to visit is the Georgia Aquarium, since we live here in Georgia.

      I especially love to interact with the otters and penguins. It's always an awesome experience each time we visit.

      This hub gets a thumb up and very useful for those planning to travel to my neck of the wood.

      Y'all come by now, ya hear!

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      David Trujillo Uribe 3 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Thanks B. Georgia Aquarium doesn´t seem to stop amazing me. I wanted to ask, what is another recommendation you can give readers of a place to visit in Georgia??

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      David Trujillo Uribe 3 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Thank you my Queen. I´m planning on adding further additional info about the volunteer program and another hub focused on the animals and facilities. I really enjoyed making this hub.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Pros and Cons of Georgia Aquarium great hub definitely a helpful, interesting and useful hub. I shared on Facebook

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      David Trujillo Uribe 3 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Thanks DDE. It is always nice when another member shares your work.

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      Liz 8 months ago

      You do know that Whale Sharks are sharks, not whales, right?

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