Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta: Our most recommended tours and activities

Atlanta: Georgia Aquarium Skip-the-Box-Office

1. Atlanta: Georgia Aquarium Skip-the-Box-Office

Skip the purchase lines at the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, and spend the day enjoying the aquarium's seven different areas and interactive 4D theater. The Aquarium features a variety of places to eat and drink, and parking is made easy in the connected parking garage. Learn about whale sharks, manta rays, giant groupers, and stingrays as you watch them from a huge window or walk through the clear underwater tunnel running through the giant tank. Discover the exciting energy of dolphins and their behavior from experienced trainers. Explore the world's coldest oceans with wildlife like the weedy seadragon, beluga whale, giant Pacific octopus, and Japanese spider crab. Introduce yourself to the charismatic nature of California sea lions before checking out one of the largest living reef exhibits of any aquarium in the world.

Atlanta CityPASS®: Save 44% at 5 Top Attractions

2. Atlanta CityPASS®: Save 44% at 5 Top Attractions

Your Atlanta CityPASS® includes admission to Atlanta’s most famous attractions and is valid for 9 days from first use, giving you plenty of time to see all of the great sights. See amazing animals, fun pop culture, inspiring history, fascinating natural science and more with the Atlanta CityPASS, which provides you line-skipping privileges at select attractions.   The Atlanta CityPASS includes admission to 5 attractions: 1. Georgia Aquarium Experience 10 million gallons of awe-inspiring wonders at Georgia Aquarium. Visit and learn about whale sharks, beluga whales, manta rays, penguins, and sea lions. Don’t miss the sea lion presentation and Dolphin Celebration presentations, The 4D Fun believable Theater, and the daily penguin Waddle Walk. 2. World of Coca-Cola Learn the story behind the world’s most famous and most loved beverage brand at the World of Coca-Cola and get closer than ever before to the vault containing the Secret Formula. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process, take a trip around the world in a thrilling 4D movie experience, and tempt your taste buds with more than 100 beverages from around the globe. 3. Zoo Atlanta Explore the natural world with more than 1,000 animals at one of Georgia’s most beloved destinations. Don’t miss the all-new African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, and more. Other highlights include one of North America’s largest populations of great apes, as well as several giant pandas. 4. Your choice of 2 from the following 3 attractions: 4.1 National Center for Civil and Human Rights A powerful and uplifting journey that highlights the power of people—and our shared responsibility to take the rights of all humans personally. Sit at an interactive lunch counter and experience what heroic protestors braved, stand face-to-face with global human rights champions, view items that changed history, and see MLK’s personal papers & artifacts. Feel the Power at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. 4.2 Fernbank Museum of Natural History Discover a world of wow at Atlanta’s science and nature experience. Explore 75 acres of the great outdoors and three levels of immersive indoor exhibits featuring hands-on science, dinosaurs, live animals, and cultural artifacts. 4.3 College Football Hall of Fame Take your fandom to the next level at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame with interactive, immersive and entertaining exhibits. Explore the game’s most legendary experience filled with fun for everyone from families to college football fanatics.

Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown or Eastside Segway Tour

3. Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown or Eastside Segway Tour

Discover Atlanta in a fun and exciting way by gliding around on Segway. Learn about the rich culture and history as you explore some of the eclectic neighborhoods of this fascinating southern city. Choose one of three tours to explore different parts of Atlanta. Each segway tour begins with a 15-20 minute training session so that you feel safe and comfortable as you hit the streets on these vehicles.  On the Eastside Atlanta 2.5-hour tour, see the historic sites and neighborhoods of Atlanta on a relaxed tour that takes an in-depth look at the city’s history and culture. Meet your group at the meeting point and set off, avoiding the busy sidewalks and congested streets. Go to the Inman Park neighborhood to explore Atlanta's first planned suburb, established back in the 1890’s. Continue to the Martin Luther King National Park, located at his boyhood home on Auburn Avenue. Explore the traditionally African American neighborhood of Old Fourth Ward (O4W), where King grew up. Go to the Historic Oakland Cemetery, one of Atlanta’s largest green spaces. Cruise through Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest public park, and look out for the renovated mill in the artistic Cabbagetown district. Along the way, your guide will stop to introduce you to some of the city's specialty stores and there may even be the chance for food tastings along the way.  On the Midtown Atlanta 2.5-hour tour, experience the soaring skyscrapers and leafy neighborhoods of Atlanta and enjoy great views of architecture and urban nature. Pass the modern skyscrapers of the Midtown Business District en route to the lovely houses of Ansley Park. Marvel at a diverse range of building styles, from opulent Tudor homes to Craftsmen and Italian Renaissance buildings in the heart of the city. Discover one of the fastest growing areas of Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, bordered by many of the city's top attractions. Glide into Midtown, known for its diversity of restaurants that you cane come back and visit some of them after the tour. Pass the Georgia Institute of Technology, one of America’s top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Then, escape the hustle and bustle of the city center as you roll past the lush landscape of Atlanta Botanical Garden. Continue to Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, always alive with a range of outdoor activities.  The Downtown Atlanta 90-minute evening tour is a leisurely journey through historic Downtown Atlanta. From Atlanta’s early beginnings, the Centennial Olympics, and current day expansion. Come and see why the city is noted as the Capitol of the south. See sites including the Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Headquarters, World of Coke, Mercedes Benz Stadium, and Georgia State University. Venture into the historic Fairlie Poplar district of downtown. This tour is great for picture opportunities. You will learn, explore, and get sound recommendations on restaurants and other things to do in the area.

Georgia Aquarium: Ocean Voyager Virtual Tour

4. Georgia Aquarium: Ocean Voyager Virtual Tour

Discover the on-demand virtual experience of the Ocean Voyager. Be awed as your expert guide takes you through a world beneath the waves. Dive into the vast open oceans and encounter whale sharks, manta rays, a green sea turtle, and over 90 species of sea life. Relax in the comfort of your home as you encounter dozens of species of all shapes and sizes. Encounter brightly colored fish like porkfish, grunts, and cleaner wrasse. Take comfort in knowing your virtual tour will help maintain the exceptional animal care which the Aquarium provides. After you complete your purchase, you will receive a voucher containing a link for the tour.

Atlanta: Downtown Atlanta Exploration Game

5. Atlanta: Downtown Atlanta Exploration Game

Explore highlights of Downtown Atlanta on this engaging phone game. See a 250-million-dollar aquarium, learn more about the area’s culture, visit one of the best arcades and breakfast joints in the region, and more. Start the game at Georgia Aquarium. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location.  It will take between 1-1.5 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Atlanta: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

6. Atlanta: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Experience Atlanta, Georgia, on a self-guided tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map in one. This tour has been developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. The walking tour begins at Centennial Olympic Park. Learn about the 1996 Olympic Games and the shocking bombing that went unsolved for an entire year. Enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see, such as different centuries or interior rooms. Swing by the World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta’s most popular attraction. Experience all sorts of quirky exhibits, colorful tidbits of history, and coke flavors from around the world. After that, stop at the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the United States. See enormous whale sharks and more thanks to the aquarium’s 10-million-gallon tank. Continuing downtown, hear about the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917. Learn about the astonishing blaze that left a whopping 10 percent of the city homeless. If you know where to look, you can still find evidence of the fire. Keep exploring downtown and tune in to the city’s entertainment business, from Hollywood to hip-hop. If you want to get a birds-eye view of Atlanta’s gorgeous downtown, hop on board the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel next. Pass the APEX Museum, dedicated to Black history in Atlanta. Then, turn back the clock to a time before the Civil Rights Movement, when half of Atlanta’s population wasn’t allowed to vote. Step into the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical District and walk to his birthplace, Auburn Ave. Hear the whole story of King, from his formative years to his studies in the ministry and, finally, his world-changing activism. Stop by the World Peace Rose Garden and a statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Learn Gandhi’s importance to King and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. Next, walk to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Hear about King’s shocking assassination and his enduring legacy. Finally, visit the King Center, hear about Coretta Scott King, and conclude your tour at the home of King’s birth.

Atlanta: Scavenger Hunt at Centennial Olympic Park

7. Atlanta: Scavenger Hunt at Centennial Olympic Park

Use your smartphone as part guide and part taskmaster on this fun scavenger hunt around Atlanta. See some of the city's best known landmarks and discover a few hidden gems along the way. Solve clues and complete challenges, whilst learning the local history. Begin in the heart of Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Then, follow a well-designed course among the monuments and brand name attractions. You will walk for approximately 1.5 miles, but can stop and start whenever you want. Enjoy a slice of peach pie or cold glass of sweet tea if you need a break!

Georgia Aquarium: Behind the Seas in Home Virtual Tour

8. Georgia Aquarium: Behind the Seas in Home Virtual Tour

Discover the secrets of the Georgia Aquarium without having to leave the house with this virtual 'Behind the Seas' tour. Enjoy learning about how the Georgia Aquarium is run with the whole family. Receive a voucher containing a link that will allow you to register for your on-demand tour. Get an in-depth and personal behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into keeping a world class aquarium like the Georgia Aquarium operating each day. Be transported to the facinating galleries and exhibits in the museum. Feel good knowing that your purchase of a virtual tour helps the aquarium to continue to provide exceptional animal care .

Georgia Aquarium at Home: Cold Water Quest Virtual Tour

9. Georgia Aquarium at Home: Cold Water Quest Virtual Tour

Enjoy the Georgia Aquarium at home on your own schedule. From penguins to sea otters to beluga whales, the animals of Cold-Water Quest invite you to explore the coldest reaches of our planet. Join your expert guide on a Cold Water Quest. In this gallery, see animals living from the most northern areas of the earth, to some of the most southern. Receive a voucher containing a link after you complete your purchase, to register for the "Cold Water Quest" tour on-demand.

Georgia Aquarium: River Scout Virtual Tour

10. Georgia Aquarium: River Scout Virtual Tour

Discover the exhibits of the Georgia Aquarium as you take a virtual tour from home. See creatures from a variety of river habitats that are housed within the aquarium, including species from Asia, Africa, and South America, as well as local species that can be found in the state of Georgia. This "River Scout" virtual tour features river and lake animal life including alligators, snapping turtles, archerfish, and Asian small-clawed otters. Discover themed environments full of waterfalls, logjams, and a simulation of a meandering North American river that flows over your head. Go on a virtual journey to rivers and lakes around the world and learn about the wide diversity of animals of each habitat. Enjoy the exhibits of the Georgia Aquarium without leaving the comfort of your own home.

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What people are saying about Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,193 reviews

The aquarium was absolutely incredible. The Ocean Voyager was my absolute favorite because of the Whale Shark, Manta Rays, and the sea turtle named Tank. But I will warn you, you’ll spend a lot of time in that room. It’s so captivating. The only issue that we did have is that if you buy your tickets through a third party vendor, you’ll have to pay for parking. Make sure you purchase your tickets through the aquariums website to avoid the confusion at the parking machines.

it was amazing. the best time to go is the first thing in the morning and i mean as soon as they open if not be in line before opening. the later it gets the more crowded and uncomfortable it gets. plus if you want decent pictures you want to go early

Great aquarium. Not super crowded like the National Aquarium and the New England Aquarium can be. Loved the sharks and the beluga whales. Only reservation was about the ethics of having sea lions do shows.

A fascinating experience; You get to see creatures you never thought of seeing in real time. A place worth visiting.

The venue was clean the staff was friendly, and the exhibits were 100% enjoyable, amazing, and easy to get to.