Gini has an excursion updates, this time it is the Georgia Aquarium.
Let’s see what she has to say about the Aquarium in her new part of the country.
Take it away Gini:
The Georgia Aquarium
The hype all over is that Georgia’s aquarium is the best in the land. While I can’t say that I’ve seen every aquarium out there, I’ve visited plenty, so I was interested to see how this one compared.
The Georgia Aquarium is quite nice. It’s got covered parking (which matters in the rain, which it does here all the time), a covered walkway most of the way from the parking garage to the aquarium itself, and the aquarium itself is nice and big, with great air conditioning.
The first thing we did was eat (hey, it’s me) and the food is very good for “attraction food”. The prices are what you’d expect, but when you’re actually getting good quality and taste, it’s not so bad. The majority of the staff are really friendly and helpful, and the gift shops have a lot of great things in them, in all price ranges.
But what about the sea life? The Georgia Aquarium has a lot of it. Beluga whales, whale sharks, both sea and river otters (yes, yes, where I spent most of my time and had to be dragged away), jellyfish, sea horses, dolphins, seal lions, and more, including the most spoiled and pickiest penguins potentially on the planet. There’s just enough to keep you occupied for hours, but not so much that you just can’t manage to do it all in a day. And the aquarium is being expanded, too, so I expect it to only get better.
We bought memberships, because we plan to go back often and members of course save a little money here and there. The aquarium lives up to its hype and we really enjoyed it, though honesty forces me to say that it doesn’t beat my memories of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago (https://www.sheddaquarium.org/) which I still consider the #1 aquarium I’ve ever visited. But it does manage to beat Monterey and Sea World and even the Birch Aquarium at Scripps (yes, I do have some aquarium cred), though each of those have their very strong merits and shouldn’t be missed if you’re in their areas.
If you’re in the Atlanta Metro, however, or planning a trip, plan to spend a day at the Georgia Aquarium – you’ll be glad you did.
5 Stars out of 5
Georgia Aquarium is open 365 days a year. Please note that hours of operation do vary. Last ticket sold and entry is 30 minutes prior to closing time.
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Monday – Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 8am – 9pm
Sunday: 9am – 9pm
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