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Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium is the biggest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, whether you measure by the number of fish (tens of thousands) or the volume of water (more than 11 million gallons or 41.6 million liters). It houses over 500 species in 100 habitats with more than 12,000 square feet (1,115 square meters) of viewing windows, and it cost $290 million to build.

HowStuffWorks would like to thank the staff of Georgia Aquarium for their assistance with this article.

Building the Aquarium

Acquiring animals, feeding the animals, georgia aquarium’s correll center for animal health, fish life support, filters and skimmers, education program, funding and running the aquarium, 3 more of the largest aquariums in the united states.

Georgia Aquarium

Building the Aquarium, a parking deck and exhibits for all these animals was no small task. In the process, the Aquarium used:

  • 328 tons (297.6 metric tons) of acrylic windows, about the weight of two fully-grown blue whales
  • 290 plumbing fixtures, 200 floor drains and 53 roof drains connected with 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of underground pipe and 5.5 miles (8.9 km) of aboveground pipe
  • 61 miles (98.1 km) of pipe and wire
  • 100,000 yards (91.4 km) of concrete and 2,500 auger-cast piles

The Ocean Voyager exhibit, the largest habitat, holds over half of the Aquarium's water. It is 263 feet long by 126 feet wide by 33 feet deep (80.1 x 38.4 x 10.1 meters), and it holds 6.3 million gallons (23.9 million liters) of water. A skylight over the Ocean Voyager exhibit lets the fish get natural sunlight on clear days.

A special holding pool at one end allows staff to give fish, rays or even babies a separate area from the rest of the exhibit if needed, and veterinarians can examine larger animals inside it. A slow-moving conveyor belt takes visitors through a 100-foot (30.5-meter) acrylic tunnel under the exhibit, letting them view the fish from below.

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Other Aquarium exhibits include the 800,000-gallon (3-million-liter) beluga whale exhibit, smaller habitats and touch pools where visitors can get hands-on experiences with aquatic animals.

Many of the exhibits use artificial light, but Ocean Voyager, the beluga whale habitat and the large coral reef all receive natural light.

To initially salinate the water for the marine exhibits, the Aquarium used 1.5 million pounds (680,389 kg) of Instant Ocean® sea salt. Keeping the water salinated requires additional salt that’s added periodically.

To prepare the Aquarium for opening in 2005, staff piped in 8 million gallons (30.3 million liters) of City of Atlanta tap water — enough to fill 160,000 bathtubs — to fill the exhibits. After treating it to remove chemicals and impurities, the staff had to turn this fresh water into salt water for marine habitats.

To do this, they added 750 2,000-pound (907 kg) sacks of Instant Ocean® sea salt, for a total of 1.5 million pounds (680,389 kg). That's the equivalent of more than 920,000 containers of table salt.

Many of the Aquarium's animals came from aquaculture farms, other zoos and aquariums, confiscations, or when animals are deemed non-releasable by the federal government.

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When an animal is deemed non-releasable after a rescue and attempted rehabilitation, the animal cannot be returned to the ocean and they need a forever home; otherwise, they are euthanized. Georgia Aquarium has taken in many animals to be housed in their forever home! In several cases, Aquarium staff rescued animals living in unhealthy circumstances, or that would have died without their intervention.

In addition to beluga whales, whale sharks and animals from aquaculture facilities, other live animals brought to the Aquarium include:

  • A school of tarpon, silver fish that can weigh more than 300 pounds (136.1 kg) when fully grown, rescued from a tide pool
  • Several species of tropical fish rescued after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confiscated them as an illegal shipment
  • Bowmouth guitarfish caught by accident by Taiwanese fishermen
  • All five of the Aquarium’s southern sea otters are rescues that were previously stranded off the California coast.
  • Local species, like cownose rays, freshwater fishes, and even manta rays native to Florida
  • Coral, grown for use in the Aquarium rather than harvested from existing reefs
  • Coral is also brought to the Aquarium from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confiscations.
  • Many of the California sea lions at Georgia Aquarium are rescues from the coast of California after stranding multiple times in search of food and then being deemed non-releasable.

Feeding the animals at Georgia Aquarium is much more complex than just sprinkling food on the water's surface.

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The Aquarium staff prepares meals for all its animals in its commissary, a specially designed kitchen held to higher standards than restaurant kitchens. The United States Department of Agriculture conducts random inspections of the commissary to ensure safety and sanitation.

The commissary has a freezer that holds 20,000 pounds (9,071.9 kg) of food and a refrigerator that holds 6,000 pounds (2,721.6 kg). The Aquarium staff prepares food for the animals every day.

Animal diets, amounts of food and the number of daily feedings vary widely from species to species. Animals eat prepared food based on their native diets. Many get supplements in their food such as vitamins or medicine when necessary. For example:

  • Leafy sea dragons eat small shrimp called mysids.
  • Whale sharks eat a special, premade gel food and tiny crustaceans called krill. Whale sharks are filter-feeding fish, and they learned to eat from ladles before traveling to the Aquarium.
  • Beluga whales get multiple feedings of fish per day, and the largest eats about 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of fish divided among those feedings.
  • Sea otters eat food-grade fish and clams. The trainers who work with the otters inspect their food for scrapes and cuts where bacteria can grow.

Aquarium specialists have access to the exhibits to feed the animals, but the vast Ocean Voyager habitat presents unique challenges. It's roughly the shape of an hourglass and houses a wide variety of fishes.

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Along with the whale sharks are sawfish, bowmouth guitarfish, grouper, manta rays, a green sea turtle and golden trevally. To feed all these fishes, the Aquarium uses a variety of feeding techniques including ladle feedings, hand feedings and a broadcast-style feeding for the smaller fishes. A special broadcast system runs through the exhibit to send food out to those animals.

Feeding the fish high-quality food, customized based on what they eat in the wild and need to thrive, helps to keep them healthy. ­

Georgia Aquarium's animal health team has a state-of-the-art, on-site veterinary hospital for preventative and interventional medicine for the animals at the Aquarium. It's a 5,800-square-foot (538.8-square-meter) unit with around 10 staff members, and it houses over 20 treatment systems and a fully equipped surgery suite.

The Aquarium partners with the University of Georgia and provides internships to train new aquatic animal specialists. The veterinary staff also researches animal health and behavior and shares their results with other zoos and aquariums.

The laboratory and health facility can run blood tests, examine slides under a microscope and culture bacteria for analysis.

The surgery suite also has a mobile, digital radiography unit that can move anywhere in the facility and can x-ray animals as small as penguins and large as whales. It has an ultrasound machine, an endoscope and machines that allow mammals, reptiles and fish to be anesthetized for surgery.

Georgia Aquarium does preventive medicine protocols for all of its larger animals, including annual exams.

Some animals may receive vaccines, although preventive medicine for Aquarium fishes generally relies on observation and quarantines for all new animals rather than vaccines.

All of the larger animals in the Aquarium learn husbandry behaviors, which makes it easier for veterinary staff to conduct examinations. All veterinary exams are voluntary for the animals through those behaviors.

For example, when a trainer instructs them to, whales will present their flippers or tail flukes for examinations or blood collection. They will also blow from their blowhole onto a plate, which staff can examine under a microscope for parasites or bacteria.

When held, penguins will present their feet for foot checks. This makes it easier for the staff and considerably reduces stress on the animals.

Even though Georgia Aquarium's exhibits hold 11 million gallons (41.6 million liters) of water, the facility recycles almost 99 percent of its water. A treatment and reclamation system cleans and recycles the water, losing only a little to evaporation and the protein skimmers that help remove debris.

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Behind the scenes, the Aquarium uses three types of filtration:

  • Mechanical filtration: removes fine particulates
  • Fractionation: removes dissolved organic materials
  • Ozone: plays the same role as chlorine in a swimming pool but is safer for fish

It takes over 500 pumps, 148 sand filters and 82 protein skimmers to filter the whole Aquarium.

Ocean Voyager alone requires 232 pumps and 74 sand filters, which clean about 65,000 gallons (246,052 liters) of water per minute. The life support staff must perform maintenance, including oil changes and filter changes, on all of these pumps and filters.

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The life support staff also measures exhibit turnover time — the amount of time it takes for all the water in an exhibit to be filtered and cleaned. The staff's goal is to keep the turnover time under two hours.

Flow rates also affect the dissolved oxygen in the exhibits; the fish will suffocate if there is too little, but too much can be toxic.

All these pumps send water through a series of filters and skimmers. Even though this process is necessary, it needs to be monitored by staff at all times to ensure it’s running properly.

Sand Filters

The sand filters are similar to what you would find in a home swimming pool, but on a much larger scale. The pumps force water through the sand and the sand traps debris. The system can automatically back-wash sluggish filters, and the staff changes the sand periodically.

Protein Skimmers

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In a protein skimmer, water from the exhibits passes through the filter, which injects air at a very high velocity. A venturi valve — a tube with a constricted area in the center — breaks the air into microbubbles.

These bubbles have a lot of surface area for debris to cling to. The foam this process creates overflows from an opening at the top of the filter and falls into a collection chamber, which the staff must clean periodically.

This process naturally requires a lot of pumping, which can produce dissolved gasses harmful to fish. So, the system pumps water up into holding tanks above the exhibits and allows the dissolved gasses to dissipate. Then, gravity pulls the water back into the habitats.

Heating or cooling a small amount of water before returning it to the exhibits helps keep them at the correct temperature.

Automated Systems With a Manual Touch

This system sounds complex, but a computer handles nearly all the decisions regarding clean and dirty water.

Several computers connected throughout the building make millions of decisions per second involving tank levels, temperatures and pumping flow. The computers use graphics and data to provide information and feedback to the life support staff.

Even though the system is almost 100 percent self-sustaining, the staff still takes samples from every exhibit daily, analyzes them in a lab and adds any necessary chemicals by hand.

The high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system can measure antibiotic concentrations and anything abnormal in the water. The laboratory staff use it for research.

Water chemists evaluate the nitrogen cycle — the breakdown of organic material into nitrogenous wastes — and ammonia levels, pH, salinity and oxygen in water samples from every habitat daily.

An ion photography system measures, dilutes and analyzes samples, recording anything that is positively or negatively charged. The staff also uses a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system for research-based applications.

It's hard to miss the educational focus when you visit the Aquarium. Every exhibit has signs or touch screens with information about its inhabitants. The Aquarium also has education stations to offer additional information to the public.

Touch pools, staffed with employees and volunteers, allow people to touch and interact with some of the Aquarium's animals. In several areas, projectors display information about the animals along walls and floors.

Georgia Aquarium

The Aquarium also offers behind-the-scenes tours and animal interactions where visitors can see how the Aquarium feeds and cares for all the animals.

A beluga whale in the 800,000-gallon (3-million-liter) whale habitat. Beluga whales live exclusively in arctic and subarctic waters, so the water in their exhibit is around 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius).

Georgia Aquarium started with The Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus. Marcus wanted to present a gift to the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia that would encourage education and economic growth.

In November 2001, he announced his plan to build an aquarium in downtown Atlanta. He and his wife Billi donated $250 million toward Georgia Aquarium's construction.

But they didn't do it alone. Marcus and the Aquarium staff visited 56 aquariums in 13 countries to research and gather ideas. They also received financial contributions from corporate sponsors. Even the land was a donation; 9 acres (3.6 hectares) came from The Coca-Cola Company.

With all this financial help, the Aquarium opened debt-free.

Groundbreaking for the Aquarium occurred in May 2003 and opened to the public on Nov. 23, 2005. Construction of the 550,000-square-foot (51,097-square-meter) facility took only 27 months.

In addition to the animal habitats, the Aquarium houses a gift shop and newly renovated cafe. It also has a 16,400-square-foot (1,523-square-meter) ballroom and food-service kitchens.

More than 500 people work at the Aquarium, and over 1,000 trained volunteers donate their time.

Everyone who visits the Aquarium must go through a security check, and guns, knives, matches and lighters are not allowed inside.

Artists and Architects

Built to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums standards, the design and building of the Georgia Aquarium included:

  • Heery International, Inc : program manager
  • Brasfield and Gorrie : general contractor
  • Guyton Albers & Viets, Inc. : exhibit design
  • Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, Inc. : architects

While Georgia Aquarium takes the number one spot for largest aquarium in the United States, it's not the only big aquarium worth seeing. Here are three more to visit.

1. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois

Opened in 1930, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium isn't just one of the biggest aquariums in the world; it's also a National Historic Landmark. Each year, two million guests visit its exhibitions, including the 3-million-gallon (11.4-million-liter) Abbott Oceanarium, its re-creation of a Pacific Northwest ocean environment, including beluga whales, sea otters and dolphins.

2. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland

With a total water volume of about 2.2 million gallons (8.3 million liters), the National Aquarium in Baltimore is one of the largest aquariums in the United States. Its biggest exhibit is the 1.3-million-gallon (4.9-million-liter) Atlantic bottlenose dolphin habitat.

3. The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California

California's Monterey Bay Aquarium houses over 81,000 animals from 771 species in 1.9 million gallons (7.2 million liters) of water. Its exhibits highlight the local marine life, with a 343,000-gallon (1.3-million-liter) kelp forest and 55,000-gallon (208,198-liter) sea otter habitat.

Its largest tank is the 1.2-million-gallon (4.5-million-liter) Open Sea exhibit, home to sea turtles and hammerhead sharks.

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Georgia Aquarium: The Largest Aquarium in the World

The world’s largest aquarium is located in Atlanta, Georgia. It houses more than 120,000 animals, representing 500 species in 8.5 million gallons of water. There are 60 different habitats with 12,000 square feet of viewing windows, and it cost $290 million to build.

Georgia Aquarium was the result of the vision of one enterprising businessman Bernard Marcus, who dreamed of presenting Atlanta with an aquarium that would encourage both education and economic growth. Marcus was so inspired by aquariums that after visiting 56 of them in 13 countries with his wife, he donated $250 million toward what was to become Georgia Aquarium. Additional $40 million came in as corporate donations. The land was donated by the Coca Cola Company .


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The Georgia Aquarium has five separate galleries arranged around a central atrium. They are Georgia Explorer, Tropical Diver, Ocean Voyager, Cold-Water Quest and River Scout. Tanks within the galleries house a diverse population of animals, including whales, sharks, penguins, otters, electric eels, rays, seahorses, sea stars, crabs and a variety of fish of all sizes.

The Ocean Voyager tank, the largest habitat, holds three-fourths of the aquarium's water and the aquarium's central attraction – the whale shark. A slow-moving conveyor belt takes visitors through a 100-foot acrylic tunnel under the tank, letting them view the fish from below. Other aquarium exhibits include the 800,000 gallon beluga whale enclosure, smaller tanks and multiple touch tanks where visitors can get hands-on experience with aquatic animals.

Building and running such a huge complex is no easy task. The organization employs hundreds of staff that take care of everything from feeding the animals to cleaning the tanks, assisted by many dozens of computers that monitors tank levels, temperatures and pumping flow, all of which are critical to animal health and system operation.

Below are some statistics that will give you an idea of the scale of operation in this gigantic facility:

  • To fill the tanks, the aquarium pipes 8 million gallons of ordinary tap water mixed with 1.5 million pounds of salt to make it saline.
  • 218 pumps, 141 sand filters and 70 protein skimmers keep the tank waters clean and habitable. These pumps move 261,000 gallons of water per minute. The tank turnover time -- the amount of time it takes for all the water in a tank to be filtered and cleaned – is two hours.
  • To store food for the animals, the aquarium has a freezer that holds 20,000 pounds of food as well as a refrigerator that holds 6,000 pounds.
  • To treat sick animals, the Georgia Aquarium has a veterinary services and conservation medicine facility in a 5,800 square foot unit with 15 people on staff, and it houses 26 treatment tanks (think hospital beds). The unit is fully equipped with a surgery and radiography unit with endoscopy, ultrasound and x-ray machines.


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I don't see any sea turtles? Is it possible the world's largest aquarium doesn't have any?? Weird.

They do! one or two I believe.... The last time I went I saw one.

what about marine life park - S.E.A Aquarium in Singapore? 9-12 million gallons of water, 800 species... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Life_Park http://www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/ThingsToDo/MarineLifePark

Makes sense to me to have an aquarium by the sea. It would make more sense to have a Zoo in Atlanta at 300 miles from the sea.

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There is a zoo in Atlanta - a pretty great one. http://www.zooatlanta.org/

The one in Singapore is bigger, holds twice as much water

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I think the aquarium in dubai is much larger than this.

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Diving with Whale Sharks in the Georgia Aquarium

The shark bumped me before I’d even put on my fins.

“Hello there!” I gurgled into my regulator, then fitted the rest of my gear and dropped below the surface and down to the sandy bottom of the massive blue tank.

Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager exhibit is unfathomably large—the size of a football field, ranging from 20 to 30 feet deep and filled with 6.3 million gallons of saltwater. What’s more, it’s home to four amazing whale sharks, the world’s largest fish who move through the water like zeppelins on a mission.

A whale shark swims past in Georgia Aquarium's Ocean Voyager exhibit, a 6.3 million gallon tank filled with ocean life (Photo by Andrew Evans, National Geographic)

We were the small fish in a big pond, and whenever any creature hovered in over us, we dropped down onto the floor and gaze upwards. Gazing up at the highway of fish moving overhead, I felt like an air traffic controller at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. One second, a manta ray with his fully extended 16-foot wingspan came soaring past, showing off his soft white underbelly, the next, a whale shark loomed in from the other direction, eclipsing the shimmering indoor lights and turning my world into a deep ocean dark blue. But those were just the big guys—there were also countless trevally, strange guitarfish, zebrafish, jacks and the rare wobbegong. My favorite of all were the gargantuan groupers (as big as me!) that pouted in the corner while I engaged them in a staring contest.

All the while, crowds of people lined up on the opposite side of the 2-foot thick plexiglass wall, waving at us divers. I waved back, then showed off with a back flip before scurrying back to the wonderful fish that swarmed about.

No matter that this city is “landlocked”, Atlanta’s ocean is one of the most exciting I’ve ever explored. Kicking gently through the blue, I felt like I was back in the Maldives or Palau , where the ocean is endless and the fish rule.

Diving in Georgia Aquarium's Ocean Voyager Exhibit (Courtesy Georgia Aquarium)

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Every time a whale shark approached, I wanted to shout “INCOMING!” to the others, but all I could muster was a stream of silvery bubbles. To be this close to the world’s largest (and most interesting) fish was incredible. Up close, whale sharks look airbrushed, as if they had been tagged by graffiti artists with white spray paint. But no—this is their natural pattern, and it is so beautiful.

I have been fortunate to go diving all over the world, but diving at the Georgia Aquarium had my head spinning with glee—I stayed underwater almost 50 minutes, and when it came time to surface, I fixed my eyes on the passing sharks and said goodbye to the gentle giants.

Any certified diver can sign up for a dive at the Georgia Aquarium and non-divers can join any of the special interactive swims and snorkels to get up close and personal with some of the coolest wildlife on Earth. It’s the best way to get wet in Atlanta, and the best way to feel really, really small.

Georgia Aquarium's Ocean Voyager exhibit (Photo by Andrew Evans, National Geographic Travel)

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A Guide to Visiting the Georgia Aquarium

V isit one of the largest aquariums in the world! The Georgia Aquarium is home to hundreds of aquatic species and thousands of animals. Find out more about visiting the world-class Georgia Aquarium in this in-depth guide.

Visiting the Georgia Aquarium is a fun and educational experience that will bring you face-to-face with some of the world’s most interesting aquatic creatures. This guide will provide you with all the information needed to make your trip to the Georgia Aquarium an unforgettable experience.

Read on to find out what makes the Georgia Aquarium a must-visit Atlanta destination and to get an insider’s guide to making the most of your visit.

About the Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere and one of the largest in the world. This award-winning aquarium is home to hundreds of aquatic species in more than 10 million gallons of water.

A visit to the aquarium takes you from the cold waters of arctic animals to the largest species of fish viewed through one of the world’s largest viewing windows.

Georgia Aquarium Habitats

The aquarium currently has seven main galleries, each reflecting specific ocean environments. Dive in for an adventure through the seas!

Ocean Voyager

Ocean Voyager is the Georgia Aquarium’s largest exhibit. This exhibit has the world’s largest indoor aquatic habitat, a 100-foot underwater tunnel, and one of the world’s largest viewing windows. This exhibit alone contains more than 6.3 million gallons of water and is home to more than 50 species.

This is where you’ll find the whale shark habitat, giant manta ray, and other large fish.

The Georgia Aquarium is the only aquarium outside of Asia that houses whale sharks. Naturally, the whale shark exhibit is one of the major attractions.

Just hop on the moving sidewalk an let it take you on a conveyor belt ride through the underwater tunnel while the whale sharks and other giant creatures swim above you.

Dolphin Coast

Dolphin Coast features the aquarium’s pod of common bottlenose dolphins. You can view the dolphins through the viewing window in the lobby and during a show in the dolphin theater.

The dolphin show is a live training demonstration that will educate you on the aquarium’s efforts in dolphin preservation and plenty of fun marine facts. The show is included in your admission ticket, but seating is first-come, first-served. Show times vary, but each show lasts about 20-30 minutes and seating fills up fast.

Sharks! Predators of the Deep

Sharks! Predators of the Deep is the aquarium’s newest exhibit. It’s one of the largest shark exhibits in North America with 1.2 million gallons of water measuring 20 feet deep. You’ll come face-to-face with the ocean’s most recognizable, and most misunderstood, apex predators.

Cold Water Quest

Cold Water Quest is a look at the aquatic animals of the arctic. Here, you can see sea otters, beluga whales, harbor seals, and African penguins. Crawl through tunnels under the penguin exhibit to take a selfie with the penguins!

River Scout

All water from rivers eventually finds its way into the ocean. In the River Scout gallery, you’ll explore the animals found in the rivers of Africa, South America, Asia, and nearby in Georgia. Animals on view include alligator snapping turtles, archerfish, Asian small clawed otters, piranha, and more.

Tropical Diver

The Tropical Diver gallery is a colorful exhibit arranged like a gallery of living art. There are more than 200 species of coral on display with over 90 species represented, including garden eels, colorful reef fish, seahorses, fairy basslets, and jellyfish. This gallery contains one of the largest living reef exhibits in the world.

Aquanaut Adventure

Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone is a fun exhibit that teaches you what it takes for animals to survive and thrive in the Earth’s harshest environments. This exhibit is kid-centric (but it’s not just for kids!) with a rope bridge, plenty of interactive exhibits, and more than 15 species.

Things to Do at the Georgia Aquarium

Discover more things to do on your visit to the Georgia Aquarium.

The Georgia Aquarium has a Dolphin Presentation and a Sea Lion Presentation. These educational shows are fun and informative. Both shows are included in your admission, but seats can fill up fast, especially for the dolphin show, so you should reserve your seat on the day of your visit.

Have an Animal Encounter

Encounter your favorite marine animals. The aquarium offers encounters with dolphins, penguins, sea lions, sharks, and rays.

You can also go for a dive and swim with whale sharks and manta rays, or do a shark cave dive.

Go Behind the Seas

Take a backstage tour behind the scenes where you get to see the inner workings of the aquarium’s most popular exhibits and come close to the aquarium’s animals from the topsides of the galleries.

Attend Special Events and Programming

The Georgia Aquarium hosts a number of special events and programs throughout the year. You can book a Sleepover and sleep with the fish. There are special family and educational events like Yoga By the Water and Camp H20. And there are adult-only events like Sips Under the Sea.

Shop at the Gift Shop

The aquarium’s gift shop offers all kinds of apparel, accessories, toys, souvenirs, and sustainable gifts. The gift shop is open during museum hours and is only accessible with admission to the aquarium.

Eat at Café Aquaria

Café Aquaria is the aquarium’s dining hall. They offer combo meals with chicken tenders, pizza, or a cheeseburger. You can also grab-n-go a selection of packaged wraps, sandwiches, salads, hot dogs, cheese pizza, snacks beverages, and desserts.

The café opens 30 minutes after the aquarium opens and closes 1 hour before the aquarium closes for the day. There is also a Rotunda Bar that opens at 12 p.m. daily and closes 30 minutes before the aquarium closes.

Visiting the Georgia Aquarium

Address: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Admission: Tickets to the Georgia Aquarium cost $47.99 when bought the day of your visit, or $42.99 when bought in advance. Tickets are the same price regardless of age, but children ages 2 and under are free.

Get discounted tickets using the Atlanta CityPASS .

Admission to the Georgia Aquarium requires you select an arrival time. You have a 1-hour grace period from your selected arrival time.

Access to the Dolphin Presentation and the Sea Lion Presentation are included in your admission. You can make a reservation for a show on the day of your visit.

Hours: The aquarium is open Mondays through Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking: The Georgia Aquarium parking deck is accessed via the entrances on Luckie Street or Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard. Parking for aquarium guests costs $12 with a pre-paid parking pass, and general parking costs $17.

Georgia Aquarium FAQ

Does the georgia aquarium offer discounts.

You can get discounted admission to the Georgia Aquarium by using the Atlanta CityPASS .

How long does it take to go through the Georgia Aquarium?

Most people usually spend 3-4 hours at the Georgia Aquarium.

Is the dolphin show free at the Georgia Aquarium?

The dolphin show is included in your Georgia Aquarium admission at no extra charge!

Is the Georgia Aquarium the largest in the world?

No, it is not the largest in the world, but it is the largest in the western hemisphere.

What is the least busy day to go to the Georgia Aquarium?

Weekdays are usually quieter days at the aquarium. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, plan to visit the Georgia Aquarium in the middle of the week, Monday through Thursday.

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Things are finally looking up for the Voyager 1 interstellar spacecraft

Two of the four science instruments aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft are now returning usable data after months of transmitting only gibberish, NASA scientists have announced.

Voyager 1

I was once sitting with my father while Googling how far away various things in the solar system are from Earth. He was looking for exact numbers, and very obviously grew more invested with each new figure I shouted out. I was thrilled. The moon? On average, 238,855 miles (384,400 kilometers) away. The James Webb Space Telescope ? Bump that up to about a million miles (1,609,344 km) away. The sun? 93 million miles (149,668,992 km) away.  Neptune ? 2.8  billion  miles (4.5 billion km) away. "Well, wait until you hear about Voyager 1," I eventually said, assuming he was aware of what was coming. He was not.

"NASA's  Voyager 1  interstellar spacecraft actually isn't even in the solar system anymore," I announced. "Nope, it's more than 15 billion miles (24 billion km)  away from us  — and it's getting even farther as we speak." I can't quite remember his response, but I do indeed recall an expression of sheer disbelief. There were immediate inquiries about how that's even physically possible. There were bewildered laughs, different ways of saying "wow," and mostly, there was a contagious sense of awe. And just like that, a new Voyager 1 fan was born.

It is easy to see why Voyager 1 is among the most beloved robotic space explorers we have — and it is thus easy to understand why so many people felt a pang to their hearts several months ago, when Voyager 1 stopped talking to us.

Related:  After months of sending gibberish to NASA, Voyager 1 is finally making sense again

For reasons unknown at the time, this spacecraft began sending back gibberish in place of the neatly organized and data-rich 0's and 1's it had been providing since its  launch in 1977 . It was this classic computer language which allowed Voyager 1 to converse with its creators while earning the title of "farthest human made object." It's how the spacecraft relayed vital insight that led to the discovery of new Jovian moons and, thanks to this sort of binary podcast, scientists incredibly identified a new ring of Saturn and created the solar system's first and only "family portrait." This code, in essence, is crucial to Voyager 1's very being.

Plus, to make matters worse, the issue behind the glitch turned out to be associated with the craft's Flight Data System, which is literally the system that transmits information about Voyager 1's health so scientists can correct any issues that arise. Issues like this one. Furthermore, because of the spacecraft's immense distance from its operators on Earth, it takes about 22.5 hours for a transmission to reach the spacecraft, and then 22.5 hours to receive a transmission back. Alas, things weren't looking good for a while — for about five months, to be precise.

But then, on April 20, Voyager 1  finally phoned home  with legible 0's and legible 1's.

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"The team had gathered early on a weekend morning to see whether telemetry would return," Bob Rasmussen, a member of the Voyager flight team, told Space.com. "It was nice to have everyone assembled in one place like this to share in the moment of learning that our efforts had been successful. Our cheer was both for the intrepid spacecraft and for the comradery that enabled its recovery."

And  then,  on May 22 , Voyager scientists released the welcome announcement that the spacecraft has successfully resumed returning science data from two of its four instruments, the plasma wave subsystem and magnetometer instrument. They're now working on getting the other two, the cosmic ray subsystem and low energy charged particle instrument, back online as well. Though there technically are six other instruments onboard Voyager, those had been out of commission for some time.

The comeback

Rasmussen was actually a member of the Voyager team in the 1970s, having worked on the project as a computer engineer before leaving for other missions including  Cassini , which launched the spacecraft that taught us almost everything we currently know about Saturn. In 2022, however, he returned to Voyager because of a separate dilemma with the mission — and has remained on the team ever since.

"There are many of the original people who were there when Voyager launched, or even before, who were part of both the flight team and the science team," Linda Spilker, a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory , who also worked on the Voyager mission, told Space.com in the This Week from Space podcast on the TWiT network. "It's a real tribute to Voyager — the longevity not only of the spacecraft, but of the people on the team."

To get Voyager 1 back online, in rather cinematic fashion, the team devised a complex workaround that prompted the FDS to send a copy of its memory back to Earth. Within that memory readout, operators managed to discover the crux of the problem — a corrupted code spanning a single chip — which was then remedied through another (honestly,  super interesting ) process to modify the code. On the day Voyager 1 finally spoke again, "you could have heard a pin drop in the room," Spilker said. "It was very silent. Everybody's looking at the screen, waiting and watching." 

The rocket that launched Voyager 1 in 1977.

Of course, Spilker also brought in some peanuts for the team to munch on — but not just any peanuts. Lucky peanuts. 

It's a longstanding tradition at JPL to have a peanut feast before major mission events like launches, milestones and, well, the possible resurrection of Voyager 1. It  began  in the 1960s, when the agency was trying to launch the Ranger 7 mission that was meant to take pictures of and collect data about the moon's surface. Rangers 1 through 6 had all failed, so Ranger 7 was a big deal. As such, the mission's trajectory engineer, Dick Wallace, brought lots of peanuts for the team to nibble on and relax. Sure enough, Ranger 7 was a success and, as Wallace once said, "the rest is history." 

Voyager 1 needed some of those positive snacky vibes. 

"It'd been five months since we'd had any information," Spilker explained. So, in this room of silence besides peanut-eating-noises, Voyager 1 operators sat at their respective system screens, waiting. 

"All of a sudden it started to populate — the data," Spilker said. That's when the programmers who had been staring at those screens in anticipation leapt out of their seats and began to cheer: "They were the happiest people in the room, I think, and there was just a sense of joy that we had Voyager 1 back."

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Eventually, Rasmussen says the team was able to conclude that the failure probably occurred due to a combination of aging and radiation damage by which energetic particles in space bombarded the craft. This is also why he believes it wouldn't be terribly surprising to see a similar failure occur in the future, seeing as Voyager 1 is still roaming beyond the distant boundaries of our stellar neighborhood just like its spacecraft twin,  Voyager 2 .

To be sure, the spacecraft isn't fully fixed yet — but it's lovely to know things are finally looking up, especially with the recent news that some of its science instruments are back on track. And, at the very least, Rasmussen assures that nothing the team has learned so far has been alarming. "We're confident that we understand the problem well," he said, "and we remain optimistic about getting everything back to normal — but we also expect this won't be the last."

The trajectory of the Voyagers.

In fact, as Rasmussen explains, Voyager 1 operators first became optimistic about the situation just after the root cause of the glitch had been determined with certainty. He also emphasizes that the team's spirits were never down. "We knew from indirect evidence that we had a spacecraft that was mostly healthy," he said. "Saying goodbye was not on our minds."

"Rather," he continued, "we wanted to push toward a solution as quickly as possible so other matters on board that had been neglected for months could be addressed. We're now calmly moving toward that goal."

The future of Voyager's voyage

It can't be ignored that, over the last few months, there has been an air of anxiety and fear across the public sphere that Voyager 1 was slowly moving toward sending us its final 0 and final 1. Headlines all over the internet, one written by  myself included , have carried clear, negative weight. I think it's because even if Voyager 2 could technically carry the interstellar torch post-Voyager 1, the prospect of losing Voyager 1 felt like the prospect of losing a piece of history. 

"We've crossed this boundary called the heliopause," Spilker explained of the Voyagers. "Voyager 1 crossed this boundary in 2012; Voyager 2 crossed it in 2018 — and, since that time, were the first spacecraft ever to make direct measurements of the interstellar medium." That medium basically refers to material that fills the space between stars. In this case, that's the space between other stars and our sun, which, though we don't always think of it as one, is simply another star in the universe. A drop in the cosmic ocean.

"JPL started building the two Voyager spacecraft in 1972," Spilker explained. "For context, that was only three years after we had the first human walk on the moon — and the reason we started that early is that we had this rare alignment of the planets that happens once every  176 years ." It was this alignment that could promise the spacecraft checkpoints across the solar system, including at Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Those checkpoints were important for the Voyagers in particular. Alongside planetary visits come gravity assists, and gravity assists can help fling stuff within the solar system — and, now we know, beyond.

As the first humanmade object to leave the solar system, as a relic of America's early space program, and as a testament to how robust even decades-old technology can be, Voyager 1 has carved out the kind of legacy usually reserved for remarkable things lost to time.


"Our scientists are eager to see what they’ve been missing," Rasmussen remarked. "Everyone on the team is self-motivated by their commitment to this unique and important project. That's where the real pressure comes from." 

Still, in terms of energy, the team's approach has been clinical and determined. 

— NASA's Voyager 1 sends readable message to Earth after 4 nail-biting months of gibberish

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"No one was ever especially excited or depressed," he said. "We're confident that we can get back to business as usual soon, but we also know that we're dealing with an aging spacecraft that is bound to have trouble again in the future. That's just a fact of life on this mission, so not worth getting worked up about."

Nonetheless, I imagine it's always a delight for Voyager 1's engineers to remember this robotic explorer occupies curious minds around the globe. (Including my dad's mind now, thanks to me and Google.)

As Rasmussen puts it: "It's wonderful to know how much the world appreciates this mission."

Originally posted on Space.com .

Monisha Ravisetti is Space.com's Astronomy Editor. She covers black holes, star explosions, gravitational waves, exoplanet discoveries and other enigmas hidden across the fabric of space and time. Previously, she was a science writer at CNET, and before that, reported for The Academic Times. Prior to becoming a writer, she was an immunology researcher at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. She graduated from New York University in 2018 with a B.A. in philosophy, physics and chemistry. She spends too much time playing online chess. Her favorite planet is Earth.

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Our Resident Pass program was a whale of a success—all passes for this year have been sold. However, if you currently have a Resident Pass, this page will answer all your questions when planning your next trip to the Aquarium. Please remember to make a reservation  before each visit.

With your Resident Pass, you can visit any time you like in 2024* and get all-year access to every gallery—including our newest, Sharks! Predators of the Deep and the awe-inspiring Ocean Voyager. There’s so much to enjoy, so make each visit unique and never miss out on our seasonal activities like the Sound Waves Music Series, Haunted Seas, and Holidays at Georgia Aquarium.

*Blackout dates are July 4-7, 13, 20, 27, August 31-September 1, November 29-30, and December 26-30. Passes are valid until December 31, 2024. Resident Pass Reservations available per day are limited.

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Georgia Aquarium’s Resident Pass was a limited-time offer that allowed pass holders to return for all of 2024 for only $64.99. Currently, the Resident Pass is no longer for sale, but Georgia Aquarium Memberships are available year-round! Explore Membership options by visiting our Membership page , seeing Member Services onsite at Georgia Aquarium or calling (404)-581-4232.

Unfortunately, the Resident Pass was only available for purchase for a limited time, but Georgia Aquarium Memberships are available year-round and offer even more benefits than Resident Pass! You can purchase a Membership by visiting Member Services onsite at Georgia Aquarium or calling (404)-581-4000.

This year, the Resident Pass was made available to guests who reside outside of the state of Georgia.

The Resident Pass may be used only by the named pass holder.

A Single-Day Anytime General Admission ticket entitles the holder to one visit to Georgia Aquarium, including all major galleries and presentations. The Resident Pass, for $64.99, allows passholders to return as often as they wish* for the rest of the year for no extra cost.

A Membership, along with unlimited visits to the Aquarium, includes discounts for Coastline Café and the Treasures of the Sea gift shop, as well as parking, programs and animal encounters. Members are not limited by blackout dates and are able to purchase guest admission tickets at a 10% discount.

The Resident Pass, for $64.99, allows pass holders to return as often as they wish* for the rest of the year for no extra cost, but does not include any further discounts. Resident Pass holders must make a reservation prior to their visit and should still enter the Aquarium through the general admission entrance, not the member entrance.

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Pass holders must make a reservation for each pass holder for each visit by logging into their account at georgiaaquarium.org . Pass holders will not be able to visit unless they use their account to reserve an entry pass (barcode) for a specific day and time that will be scanned at the entrance. Pass holders may visit as often as they wish*, but must follow this process each time.

Georgia Aquarium uses a timed entry process to ensure building capacity is at a safe and comfortable level for all guests. With the exception of blackout days, slots will be available for Resident Pass holders every day. At peak times, all reservations may already be taken at your preferred time. In that case, please select a different time. Times early and late in the day will typically have the most availability.

There is no need to make another same-day reservation, just arrive as close to the reservation time as possible.

Yes, experiences and other additions can be added at an additional cost during the reservation process.

Yes, a Resident Pass can be upgraded into an Aquarium Membership by visiting Member Services onsite at Georgia Aquarium or calling (404)-581-4000.

The Resident Pass is for admission only; it does not carry the same discounts or benefits as an Aquarium Membership. However, a Resident Pass can be upgraded into a membership by visiting Member Services onsite at Georgia Aquarium or calling (404)-581-4000.

Please be prepared to show a photo ID to the attendant at the Aquarium entrance. The name on the ID must match the name on the Resident Pass.

Yes, each Pass must have a person’s name attached to it and may only be used by that person.

There is no penalty for not arriving for a reservation. Simply make a new reservation for your next visit.

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