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“Over-crowded does not begin to cover it”
Review of Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium
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US$43.51*
and up
Georgia Aquarium General Admission
Ranked #1 of 302 things to do in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Georgia Aquarium is the world's most magical aquarium. Situated near Centennial Olympic Park and World of Coca-Cola in downtown Atlanta,Georgia, Georgia Aquarium offers its guests an experience like no other. Across six separate galleries, with more than 70 amazing habitats, 10 million gallons of water and thousands of species of marine animals, guests will marvel at, learn about and come to better understand such majestic aquatic animals as whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters, African penguins and thousands of species of exotic fish and other animals. The spectacular AT&T Dolphin Tales show combines incredible natural animal behaviors with dynamic theatrics, a Broadway-inspired musical score and a compelling story, which together underscore the connection between humans and the animal world. The animated "Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow," for all ages, tells an entertaining but important story about conserving and protecting animals and their natural environment. Cafe Aquaria offers delicious sandwiches, salads, pizza, pasta and delectable desserts. Two gift shops give visitors the chance to take home a treasured collectible. Special animal encounter programs offer the chance to go behind the scenes and come face-to-face with dolphins, sea otters and penguins. Guests can even swim or dive with whale sharks and manta rays in the world's largest aquarium habitat (at 6.3 Million gallons), Ocean Voyager built by the Home Depot. And an onsite parking deck immediately adjacent to the aquarium means quick, easy-to-find and affordable parking.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This was not our first visit to the aquarium ( and also not the first one during spring break), but by far the worst ever.....it was super crowded, the willingness of adults and teenagers to run over little children to get a better view was mind-numbing. Get your tickets online they said, to get in quicker....that was a joke......spent $45 on food for 1 adult and 2 children and we didn't even get any dessert with that! The kitchen staff was rude when we asked about cheese pizza, which is on their board. We didn't even get to see everything and we spent 4 hours in the place. Very, very disappointed at the lack of crowd control the aquarium did.

Thank dmc745
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Went with family and young children and were extremely impressed with this facility. Its exhibits are diverse and plenty of information is included.

Thank Carmen R
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Wow the Georgia Aquarium could have been so nice. Warning spring break is not a good time to visit the aquarium. The crowds were worse than anything I have ever experienced.

The exhibits were amazing and the cleanliness of the facility was great. The lack of visible staff, assistance, and knowledge of staff was surprisingly poor. The normal suggested time was 3-4 hours. Our visit lasted 6 1/2 hours just to see all of the exhibits. At one point during the day I saw a few staff struggling to make there way through the crowd. I would even suspect the facility was above maximum capacity.

The food was extremely over priced and food staff was not friendly at all. One lady even got short with us.

I do believe this was one of the highlights of our trip but simply wonder how much more memorable it would have been with an acceptable number of guest in the building.

Thank clintc486
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Where to begin? We bought tickets and parking online and tried to get there at our ticket arrival time, which was the 10:30-11 time slot. Downtown around The World of Coke and the Aquarium was a complete disaster. Traffic, construction, and a lot of confusion. By the time we parked at the very top of the parking deck and got to the walkway, it was already 11:30. Then we get to the entrance only to find that the "Have Tickets" line is wrapped back down the opposite block. Are you serious? We finally got in close to 12. The sheer amount of people was mind numbing. It was traumatizing for my 4-year-old because he just wants to actually see something but can't for the hordes of people including adults who won't move and teenage girls hogging up windows to take the perfect selfie. Inside of the Ocean Voyager, it was incredibly tight and claustrophobic because of the number of people. I'm well sure that it exceeded the number of people it said could safely be there at one time on the wall. As for the exhibits, they were cool for sure. Loved the whale shark, beluga whales, and the Rays. However, for what it cost, it was overpriced. I'm not sure if it was just the day we went or what, but my family left feeling a bit traumatized by the whole day. Extremely disappointed given what we paid. Better experiences at aquariums in Tampa, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach.

Thank JWH1984
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Went over spring break. I knew it would be crowded, but given prepaid tickets are for time slots- they should limit the numbers more. Granted less revenue-
We loved our visit but it was just so crowded. We had to get to the dolphin show over an hour early! That meant waiting in line for a long time, trying to entertain a child.
Same with sea lion show.

Thank westk18858
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