Whale Sharks & More at the Georgia Aquarium
The expansive Georgia Aquarium is worth a visit – with or without kids.
We visited (without children), and were able to take advantage of the one-hour behind-the-scenes “Sea Keeper Tour” for ages 10+. We saw the veterinary areas, labs, filtration system, coral reef mechanism, and the top of the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager exhibit the Whale Sharks call home. A 20-minute “Quick Dip Tour” is available for families with kids 5+ and also gets you to the top of the Whale Shark exhibit. You can also arrange to swim or dive with the Whale Sharks.
The Aquarium covers everything from cold water environments, featuring Beluga Whales and a shy giant Pacific octopus, to the river habitats of Africa, South America and Asia. Local coastal and river settings are not ignored and there are plenty of hands-on, interactive activities for kids of all ages.
The four Whale Sharks were amazing and I could’ve watched them as well as their companion sharks, mantas and thousands of fish for hours!
You can easily spend a day. Be sure to avoid lines and get your tickets on-line in advance. Many local hotels have overnight/Aquarium packages and, if you stay downtown, you can walk through Centennial Park to the Aquarium. If you drive in, parking at the Aquarium is $10, or $9 if purchased on-line.
Tip: Be sure to book any behind-the-scenes tour and your time for the “Dolphin Tales” show in advance. Popular times book up quickly. If you get tickets through a hotel you may need your ticket numbers because you will need to book these times directly with the Aquarium. I say “may” because after being told I had to have the ticket numbers, once I got them, no one ever asked for them . . . .