The Georgia Aquarium has more square feet and water than any other aquarium in the world. Dozens of displays contain about 10 million gallons of water and more than 120,000 sea creatures. You’ll see dolphins, rare whales, dangerous sharks and tropical fish — just to name a few.
Plan to spend about two to four hours at this downtown attraction. It’s one of Atlanta’s most popular venues, so arrive when the museum opens to get a head-start on the crowds. Buy tickets in advance online to avoid standing in long lines at the entrance.
The biggest display by far is the Ocean Voyager. This saltwater tank is 284 feet (87 meters) long, 126 feet (38 meters) wide and 30 feet (nine meters) deep. It’s home to whale sharks, manta rays, grouper fish, sharks and stingrays. Watch them as you stand in front of a window that’s 60 feet (18 meters) long and 27 feet (eight meters) high, or walk through a clear tunnel that runs through the middle.
There are six exhibits in total: Beluga whales and sea dragons are kept in a cold-water display. Coral and tropical fish make up the reef exhibit. At the open tank, touch stingrays, crabs and sea stars.
A 30-minute dolphin show, held twice a day and up to four times on Saturday, is great fun. Trained dolphins interact with actors in a show featuring elaborate costumes, lighting, special effects and a dramatic musical score.
The aquarium is open every day of the year. General admission tickets include the dolphin show, 4-D Theater and any special temporary exhibitions.
There are several areas for parking, but these tend to fill up early in the day. Consider catching the train, which stops nearby at the Philips Arena/CNN Center station.
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, connected to Philips Arena through CNN Center, connected to the College Football Hall of Fame and the Georgia World Congress Center via corridor, near the Georgia Dome and steps away from the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola in Centennial Olympic Park.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown is located on Peachtree Street, a 15-minute walk from Georgia World Congress Center. The hotel is connected to The Mall at Peachtree Center, and is a 10-minute walk from World of Coca-Cola. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a 20-minute drive.
Extensively renovated in 2014, this 73-story cylindrical-glass-tower hotel rises above downtown Atlanta and is within 6-10 blocks of CNN Center, Georgia World Congress Center, and the Georgia Dome.
This Marriott hotel connects to the Peachtree Center Mall, which links to the MARTA rail system; it is 5 blocks from the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park, and 1 mile from the Georgia Dome.
Positioned in the heart of downtown Atlanta, this hotel is conveniently located near renowned attractions & premier venues, including the Georgia World Congress Center.
Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca Cola. Centennial Olympic Park and Philips Arena are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the central business district, this luxury hotel is within 5 blocks of the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame, and just minutes from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Philips Arena.
This Atlanta hotel is in the central business district, within 7 blocks of Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola, and the Georgia Aquarium. The property is directly across from Georgia State University and in the vicinity of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta Airport, Georgia World Congress Center, AmericasMart, and Phillips Arena.