When was the last time you went to the Georgia Aquarium? Haven’t been since it first opened back in high school? Only been once when your parents came to visit nearly a decade ago? Never been since you moved to Atlanta? Well, folks, now more than ever is the time for a visit. We Atlantans are incredibly lucky to have this unbelievable underwater world right in our backyard.
The Georgia Aquarium began it’s 10-year anniversary celebration last November, and they’ve got a lot to celebrate! Let me tell you why…
- Sea lions – These furry fellas are so much fun in the Under the Boardwalk presentation. They splish and splash, jump and dive. For being 100s of pounds, these guys sure can move. They also love showing off for people – we won’t spoil the show for ya, but get ready to ooooh and ahhhh over these cuties!
- Dolphins – Forget Sea World, these bottlenose dolphins put on one heck of a show right here in landlocked Atlanta! It is amazing to see how the dolphins interact with their beloved trainers and connect with the audience. Beware of sitting in the first few rows though or you are bound to get soaked! These dolphins make no “tails” about it.
- Happy Feet in 4D – The newly renovated 4D theater features an immersive experience for the whole family. Head upstairs and experience special effects synchronized with the film.
- Manta rays and whale sharks – The Georgia Aquarium is the only place in North America that is home to the largest fish in the world. These guys just float overhead like it’s no big thing – what a life! Can I just come live in your underwater world for a few days?
- 7 galleries with more than 100 exhibits – The Aquarium is full of wonder and excitement for all ages. Spend some time relaxing in the Tropical Diver gallery and become mesmerized by fish of every color of the rainbow. (Meg and I literally sat in here for an hour just talking – major life decisions can be made in this room!) Watch the otters and penguins put on a show in the Cold Water Quest gallery. Hang out with the oh-so-serious white alligators in the River Scout gallery.
These are just some of the highlights and the Georgia Aquarium has so much more to explore! Take your time and spend the whole day, or spend an afternoon catching your favorite galleries – the Georgia Aquarium is all yours Atlanta.
*Special thanks to the Georgia Aquarium for having us in to check out the new exhibits – we’re already planning our return!