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Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta: Our most recommended tours and activities

Atlanta: Georgia Aquarium Skip-the-Line Tickets

1. Atlanta: Georgia Aquarium Skip-the-Line Tickets

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: Downtown, Midtown or Eastside Segway Tour

2. 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.

Atlanta: Martin Luther King Historic District Walking Tour

3. Atlanta: Martin Luther King Historic District Walking Tour

Hear the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in a way that you’ve never heard it before. Walk the same streets that MLK once walked. Visit the places where he worked, lived, and worshipped. Even Atlanta natives will gain a deeper understanding of the community’s contribution to American history on this moving tour. Listen to amazing stories of civil rights leaders that seamlessly weave through the history of MLK, the movement, and the city of Atlanta. Learn about Dr. King with a visit to the Freedom Hall of the King Center. Step into the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where MLK served as co-pastor with his father. Visit Prince Hall Grand Lodge, which was the headquarters of the SCLC during the 1960s. Take in the phenomenal views at the Jackson Street Bridge. By the end of the tour, you'll walk away with a deeper understanding of Martin Luther King.

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: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

5. 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: Downtown Atlanta Exploration Game

6. 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: 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 at Home: Cold Water Quest Virtual Tour

8. 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

9. 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 2,140 reviews

This was the best tour we’ve been on. We travel quiet a bit and so these tours. Emily our tour guide was phenomenal. She really did a great job telling us about the history of MLK along with other African Americans in the community.

Easy booking. No long lines. More time to enjoy the Aquarium with the kids

Go during the day. Don’t go at the 5pm time slot. You miss a lot!!

Your guide Miriam was the best !! So fun and great tour route

Excellent experience. Enjoyed every show and exhibit.