Atlanta Aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium, is the largest aquarium in the world, with more than 10 million liters of water and more than 100,000 creatures consisting of approximately 500 species.
The aquarium is located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, across from the World of Coca-Cola Museum on Pemberton Place.
Six different galleries at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta showcase different habitats. It goes from the Arctic to the tropical waters with the largest collection of aquatic animals. Galleries you can visit include: Georgia Explorer, Tropical Diver, Ocean Voyager featuring the Ocean Voyager Tunnel, Cold Water Quest, River Scout, and AT&T Dolphin Tales.
According to act-test-centers, Aquarium Atlanta’s biggest animal attractions include four juvenile whale sharks, three beluga whales and two manta rays.
In accordance with the will of founder Bernard Marcus, the aquarium’s conservation and environmental protection responsibilities have the same priority as the exhibition itself. The aquarium is a non-profit organization dedicated to research and conservation programs worldwide. All proceeds are reinvested for operational costs, conservation, education, research, improvements and future expansion. Respectful handling, the preservation of marine animals and the future of the water world are brought closer to the visitor.
History of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta
The aquarium is a gift to the Atlanta community and people of Georgia from Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot and his wife Billi through the Marcus Foundation. After visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California in 1979, Bernie Marcus wished he had such an aquarium after Atlanta. In 2001, he announced his $250 million gift to build the Aquarium in Atlanta. He hired Jeff Swanagan, then executive director of the Florida Aquarium, as the first employee and executive director. Jeff Swanagan remained chairman and chief executive officer of the Georgia Aquarium until 2008, after which he moved to the Columbus Zoo.
By mid-2002, Bernie Marcus traveled the world visiting 56 aquariums in 13 countries. Then the construction planning took place. Coca-Cola donated nine acres of land across from the World of Coca-Cola Museum for the construction of the Atlanta Aquarium. In 2003 construction began on the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
In 2005, Ocean Voyager, the largest aquatic habitat with 6.3 million gallons of water, was installed. Added to this was 1.7 million pounds of salt to make salt water. Two whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, moved into the Ocean Voyager. By October 2005, more animals from around the world moved into the tank.
On November 23, 2005, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta opened its doors to the public. The total cost of this project has been estimated at more than $290 million.
An Oceans Ballroom has been added to the Atlanta Aquarium and is an ideal venue for receptions, banquets, conferences, weddings and more. The ballroom has two large windows overlooking the whale shark and belugas tanks.
The “Swim With Gentle Giants” program has been in existence since 2008, where divers and snorkelers can swim with the whale sharks.
In 2009, construction of the new Georgia Aquarium Dolphin Expansion attraction began. The first dolphins moved into the Georgia Aquarium in May 2010. In 2011, the new attraction AT&T Dolphin Tales opened.
On January 1, 2011 acquired theGeorgia Aquarium the Dolphinarium in Marineland, Florida today it is known as Marine Dolphin Adventure.
Atrium im Atlanta Aquarium in Georgia
The atrium is the focal point between the six exhibition galleries. Two souvenir shops and the Aquarium Café Aquaria can be found here. The Café Restaurant Aquaria is open every day and closes one hour before the aquarium closes.
Opening hours & admission prices to the Atlanta Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium is open 365 days a year. The opening times vary according to the season. Admission prices to the Atlanta Aquarium can be found here.
It makes sense to buy the Atlanta City Pass, which includes the aquarium. Other attractions included in the Alanta City Pass include: World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta Zoo, Six Flags Over Georgia, Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta History Center, Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, High Museum of Art and CNN Center.
Attractions near the Georgia Aquarium
The Atlanta Aquarium is close to Coca-Cola World, Georgia Dome, Georgia World Congress Center, Philips Arena and the CNN Center.
Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station
The Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station is located in Marineland, Florida. It was established in 2008 as part of the Georgia Aquarium to study and conserve dolphins, marine mammals and aquatic species according to the 4Rs: Rescue, Research, Rehabilitation and Responsibility.
At Aquarium Georgia, the 4Rs (Rehabilitation, Responsibility, Rescue and Research) program was developed to support the health and well-being of aquatic life.
Getting & Getting to the Georgia Aquarium
The Atlanta Aquarium is located in Downtown Atlanta, in the state of Georgia, on Pemberton Place.
Address to the Georgia Aquarium attraction in Atlanta
225 Baker St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313