In the South, our motto is “the bigger, the better”. In Texas, this motto refers to woman’s hair but in Georgia, this refers to our infrastructure. When being a bustling, metropolitan city with many attractions and features (Olympics 1996 thank you very much) just wasn’t enough, that’s when talks for creating the world’s largest aquarium began.
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The Georgia Aquarium has the most diverse variety of species than any other aquarium (other than the ocean…if you consider that an aquarium). With 120,000 animals of 500 different species, the aquarium is like a children’s coloring book, filled with colors you didn’t know existed and creatures so unique, you can’t believe they’re real (Garibaldi Damselfish anyone?). This aquarium goes way beyond goldfish, filling its’ tanks with African Penguins, Australian weedy sea dragons, Japanese spider crabs, Beluga whales and more!
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Kids thoroughly enjoy the touch pools full of horseshoe crabs, starfish, stingrays and shrimp (undercooked) and there are interactive tours with marine biologists who can teach you something unique about each species. Saving the most captivating aspect for last, the gigantic acrylic tunnel is just as incredible as it sounds. You walk through a spacious tunnel as exotic life swims below you, above you, and all around. It’s an exclusive experience that makes you feel like your scuba diving in a never-ending sea, captivated by thousands of species of fish, sharks and whales (yes, they all live together peacefully) without having to put on those unbearably tight scuba diving outfits.
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Before you leave, pop into the movie theater that shows a 4D film of the world from the point of view of the animals living underwater (3D just isn’t as upscale anymore). On your way out, make sure you say goodbye to the aquariums most famous Beluga whales, Grayson and Qinu, who are never shy and always fond of showing off their six packs to the crowd. Adult (you pay for health insurance) tickets cost $34.95, children (your mom still packs your lunch) tickets cost $28.95, and senior (you once had a black and white TV) tickets cost $30.95. If you buy your tickets online, try the promo code TRAVELPAPA to receive a discount. I’m 100% sure you won’t get a discount, but it’s still worth trying.
The Georgia Aquarium: So impressive that even Dubai hasn’t dared to challenge it.