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Vacation in Georgia's Aquarium

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A February 2013 trip to Atlanta by nmagann

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Quote: Belugas and Whale Sharks offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences. But add the multitude of interactive and up close and personal accounts and this is a vacation in and of itself. We needed so much more time.

Georgia Aquarium

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Attraction | "Cold Water Quest"

Georgia Aquarium Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Cold Water Quest contains eight exhibits including the Beluga Experience which is not only unique but also not able to be viewed by those not paying for the pleasure. However, there was simply not enough for everything when we went. While we only glimpsed the playful Southern Sea Otters exhibit from a different vantage point in route to the see the beluga whale, we did literally pop in on the African Penguins.This display was quite uniquely styled. Behind this clear Plexiglas, we saw playful penguin as well as those napping from the hard work. The bottom of the housing was about three feet often the ground. This enabled children to walk under and adults to crawl under and pop our hea...Read More

Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 581-4000

Georgia Aquarium

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Attraction | "Frenzy of Frogs"

Georgia Aquarium Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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We arrived at the aquarium at opening time which was 10 in the morning. There was no line for tickets and maybe a dozen people were already inside. The idea was to visit the rotating attractions first and then cover the permanent displays.Being a huge fan of tiny frogs from visits to Costa Rica, the many displays of the little darlings didn’t disappoint. Some were transparent and could have easily been a fake made of rubber....until that is, it moved. The poisonous dart frogs ranged in colors from black with bright green to red ones wearing blue jeans to black ones with yellow polka dots. The blue ceramic one was a real favorite as it looked like a miniature ceramic figurine that I ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2013

Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 581-4000

Georgia Aquarium

Attraction | "Ocean Voyager"

Georgia Aquarium Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Georgia Aquarium contains shows, theme areas and exhibits within them, as well limited time displays and marine life tanks. The Ocean Voyager not only affords the opportunity to circle the huge tank but go through a clear tunnel through the middle. This miniature sea is large enough to be home to several whale sharks. This is the where swimming with the gentle giants and scuba diving with them is available.Other large and somewhat imposing creatures include sawfish, rays, grouper and snapper. While the sawfish hunts and night and uses the chainsaw appendage for slicing up crustaceans, distance is advised. Spook the little guys and a turn of its head in response is likely to find a fis...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2013

Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 581-4000

Swimming with Gentle Giants

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Swim with Whale Shark Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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We had no more than showered and dried off and again we stood before the guide that would take us and two employees for an experience with the whale the shark. Back into wet suits we were escorted to a much larger tank. This was the tank tourist came to view from below. Whale shark, sting rays, barracuda and a host of others were swimming all around. Obviously everyone has been fed earlier so I'm not in danger of being dinner I hope. We sit on the edge of the pool, getting our mask, and fins on while a brief overview of how the tank on our chest works. Regulators in, we slip into the water one at time keeping relatively close to each other, not for safety, so as to appear schooling and non-threa...Read More

New Love-----Belugas!

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The two-hour Beluga Interactive Program is an excellent hands on learning experience with the added value of fun. For a $170 you will have a once in a life time thrill limited to two groups of about 4 people each. Going up to the information counter to get information, the gentleman took us a tour to where the changing room and lockers were as well as the pools where the beluga were being trained. Okay, we’re convinced, sign us up. It just so happened the encounter would be in fifteen minutes.The program began with showing us some pictures of various belugas, indicating habit areas on a map and informing us how few of the little guys there were and why the diminishing numbers. The fou...Read More