The Georgia Aquarium is one of the best aquariums to visit with kids. Nestled in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, this aquarium is the second largest in the world. You will find over ten thousand different species housed in the beautiful aquariums. My kids were in awe with the amount of sea life they were able to see during our visit.
What to do at the Georgia Aquarium with Kids
We have visited a large amount of aquariums with my kids. My kids love anything to do with the ocean so we find ourselves searching for and trying out new aquariums.
We were living just a few hours away this past year so I knew this was a great chance to go to Atlanta. The Georgia Aquarium is located in the middle of downtown Atlanta. You will find yourself driving right through the city to visit it. We were impressed that this large aquarium could be placed in the center of such a large city.
This aquarium features marine life that we have never seen before housed in an aquarium. One of the biggest highlights of our visit was the LARGE and MAJESTIC whale sharks. My kids could sit and watch these beautiful creatures for hours.
The aquarium has seven different areas to enjoy with kids all featuring mammals and marine life from that area of the world. Each area is featured with games and facts for the kids to read and do.
This part of the aquarium is aimed toward kids learning and discovering facts about different marine life. Kids can touch and feel different species like starfish. My kids love when they can get their hands in the water and feel these creatures for themselves.
Cold Water Quest
This part of the aquarium is for those mammals and marine life that life in the coldest climates. You will find penguins and beluga whales here. My kids loved the build in pop up windows in the penguin exhibit. These windows made them feel like they were inside with the penguins.
This part of the aquarium houses the famous bottlenose dolphins. I asked my daughter which was her favorite part of the aquarium and this place was her answer. In the dolphin coast you will be fortunate enough to see the famous dolphin show. The show is 30 minutes and full of entertainment from the dolphins and the trainers.
This beautiful tank is one the largest in the world. This is where you will find 4 whale sharks along with different species of sharks, fish, and other marine life. This exhibit features an underwater moving walkway tunnel where you can experience these majestic creatures swimming all around you. My little boy says seeing the whale sharks in person was one of his dreams.
Southern Company River Scout
This area features marine life from areas in Africa, South America, Asia, and Georgia. You will see alligators, tortoises, and piranhas as you walk through different rivers flowing throughout this exhibit. You will find all freshwater tanks in these exhibits.
SunTrust Pier 225
This are is home to the funny Sea Lions. The sea lions and trainers present a show full of laughs and tricks. The setting of this exhibit takes you to the sunny shores of California.
This are features of 200 different kinds of coral. Some of the most colorful fish can be found in these tanks. Some of my kids favorite species they found here were the jelly fish, eels, crab, and “Nemo.” You will feel like you just stepped foot in the Caribbean.
Ticketing and Hours for the Georgia Aquarium
General Admission prices for the aquarium are: Adults $32.95 and Kids (3-12) are $28.95. After 4pm tickets are discounted to: Adults $$26.95 and Kids are $26.95. The Georgia Aquarium also gives discounts to military members. The aquarium hours are 9am to 9pm, some days the hours are different so I would check the website before visiting. They are open 7 days a week.
I hope you enjoy visiting the Georgia Aquarium as much as we did. I highly recommend putting this aquarium on your bucket list of places to visit with your kids.