5 Things to Do at the Georgia Aquarium
If you recently read about my families recent travel to the Georgia Aquarium, then you know it is packed full of wonderful information about the Aquarium and our stay at the TWELVE Atlanta Centennial Park Hotel. If you haven’t you can do so here. We all know the kids are breaking for Summer very soon and planning some fun activities and vacations for the family to enjoy can be very stressful. I want to share 5 fun things you can do at the Georgia Aquarium and Travel Tips on planning your trip.
1. Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone: Aquanaut Adventure is the Aquarium’s newest exhibit. It allows guests to experience and learn about the aquatic life all while completing challenges not only fun but educational. Guest go behind the scenes area and complete up to seven challenges. The Aquanaut Adventure is included in the admission to the Georgia Aquarium.
2. Animal Encounters and Interactions: Guests can go behind the scenes and experience one of the aquatic animals through the Georgia Aquarium animal encounter or interactive program. You are able to learn about the animals, their care and the trainers.
The encounters include:
- Journey with the gentle Giants in the Ocean Voyager exhibit built by the Home Depot. Guests can swim or dive with the manta rays and whale sharks.
- Swimming is a two and half experience that lets you take a safety class and have swim time in the Ocean Voyage exhibit. Guests can swim at the surface with flotation devices, air supplied by small air cylinder or even a snorkel. Grab a mask, snorkel, gloves, booties, wet suit and flotation device and compressed air cylinder that are provided.
- Diving you have to be open water certified to participate in the SCUBA dive program. You will receive mask, fins, tank, buoyancy device, weights, booties, wet suit and regulator. This experience lasts 30 minutes all while diving under the water with the whale sharks and manta rays.
3. Behind the Seas Tour this is what my family just participated in and it was an awesome experience. Click here to read all about our visit and stay. The Behind the Seas Tour lets you go behind the scenes to learn more about the day to day operations, learn more about the animals and their care. You can get an All Access Pass, unlocks the secrets of day to day operations, discover mysteries of the water and learn about their research and conservation initiatives, plus a behind the scenes tour of all the galleries. The AT&T Dolphin Tales Spotlight, where you can go behind the scenes, see the stage, props, costumes and more. Ocean Voyager Spotlight, lets you learn more about the whale sharks and manta rays on a 30 minute tour and see your favorite animals from a new perspective.
4. AT&T Dolphin Tales is the first of its kind of production and was more than two years in the making. This is a experience that the entire family will never forget. Watch the dolphins entertain with live human actors, dramatic costumes, amazing effects in this awesome show. These shows can be seen at different times of the day. So be sure to check the times available.
5. Explore! Atrium Show is a one of a kind show that combines live action film, dance, acrobatics and large scale puppetry. Explore! takes guest on an aquatic adventure that opens the imagination and explore their connection with the ocean. Dancing Sea Stars, a sponge diver, and a 17 foot long whale shark puppet all join in on this journey of the world’s aquatic habitats. Explore! runs twice a day on weekends through May 23rd and is complimentary with admission to Georgia Aquarium.
Now that I’ve shared with you five of the tops things to do at the Georgia Aquarium, let me share some tips on planning your trip.
- First thing is first, research. Visit the Georgia Aquarium’s website, explore the Animal Guide and different galleries.
- Use tools to plan. Purchase your tickets ahead of time and avoid those lines. Purchase parking, add-on program purchases ahead of time as well. You don’t want to spend time in lines when you can be exploring the Aquarium.
- Take tips from other tourism’s to see when the best time is to visit:
- Pay for parking online.
- Visit the Aquarium early morning or late afternoon when its not its busiest time.
- Plan your visits around the free activities that are offered throughout the day.
- Want to attend the AT&T Dolphin Show? Plan to arrive 30 minutes ahead of time for seating. The best seats in the house are the top of the lower half section.
- Interactive Dive Shows: Ocean Voyager and Tropical Diver galleries both have divers that answer guest’s questions while underwater. How cool is that? Dive shows can be found on the screens located at the entrance of the galleries.
- Animal Feedings: Check on the computer screens outside each gallery to see daily feedings times for marquee animals.
- Deepo’s 3D Wondershow can be seen in Georgia Aquarium’s 4D Theatre. There are multiple shows throughout the day and are included in your admission.
When visiting the Georgia Aquarium it gives families and guests a chance to learn about all the aquatic life together all while creating the most memorable moments. Take a break from technology and live in the moment. Check out the Aquariums backdrops for photos, One for Grandparents (located at the Pacific Barrier Reef window inside the Tropical Diver gallery), Look Where I Am (located near the Baker Street Entrance, just near the newspaper stand outside), The Perfect Silhouette (located in the Ocean Voyager that has an artistic backdrop and even movies have chosen this spot.), Just Another Fish in the Sea (located in many exhibits where the children can get up close and look as their almost inside with some of their favorite animals.) and Bird’s Eye View (located at the exit of Cold Water Quest on the 2nd level).
Make the most of your trip by booking ahead, paid parking, and lodging at one of the best hotels in the area, TWELVE Atlanta Centennial Park Hotel, plus check out the 7 other attractions including Atlanta Braves Stadium, Zoo Atlanta, Children’s Museum, World of Coke Cola and more, plus dine at one of the 17 restaurants all within a 12 minute walk from the Georgia Aquarium. Our favorite place to grab a bite to eat was the Mellow Mushroom at the corner of the TWELVE Atlanta Centennial Park Hotel. Oh there is so much to do that a day or two couldn’t be enough to see it all and experience it all but you can definitely see and experience in one day at the Georgia Aquarium.
Visit our blog here to check out my families most recent stay and exploration of the Georgia Aquarium. You’ll definitely want to plan your trip very soon. Be sure to learn how you can become an Annual Member and benefits.