Family in silhouette at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by @hesamusicman

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by @hesamusicman

An Insider's Guide to Georgia Aquarium

Follow our simple ideas for enhancing your aquarium experience, and save some cash in the process.

Visitors to Atlanta can't go wrong with a stop at Georgia Aquarium. Located prominently at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, the aquarium's exceptional galleries, exciting shows and creative encounters are sure to make this a vacation you will not forget. Follow our simple ideas for enhancing your aquarium experience, and saving some cash in the process.

Maximizing Your Visit

Dolphin and Sea Lion Shows

Three dolphins underwater looking at the camera at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo courtesy Georgia Aquarium
Dolphins at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo courtesy Georgia Aquarium

Dolphin Presentation and Under The Boardwalk are two spectacular animal presentations included with your General Admission ticket; however, you will need to plan accordingly to see them.

Under the Boardwalk is an adorable and informative sea lion presentation that lasts about 20 minutes, showing off the talents of a few rescued pups.

The can't-miss presentation of your visit is Dolphin Presentation! The first half includes dolphin antics and insight into these amazing animals. The second half is even more exciting, with leaping, splashing, swimming and other dolphin capers. Sitting in the first few rows increases the likelihood of a shower of sea water from your favorite dolphin friends.

Guests must reserve their seats for the presentations on the day of their visit (free of charge, or if guests would like preferred, reserved seating, it’s $5). Find more information about reserving your seats for the dolphin presentation and the sea lion presentation.

Behind the Seas

Couple at a sea lion encounter at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia
Sea Lion Encounter at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by @gcalebjones

For only $15, you can add a Behind the Seas tour to your ticket, and it is absolutely worth it. You'll see a few galleries tucked beyond the "Employees Only" door. The highlight is a spectacular view of the whale sharks eating lunch.

Mobile App

The Aquarium's mobile app offers a chance to dive deeper into each gallery. It's free to use, and the aquarium offers free WiFi. The app is also handy for checking out show times, managing tickets and more.

Animal Encounters

Scuba divers with a whale shark at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia
Journey With Gentle Giants Rebreather Dive Program at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia

For the ultimate aquarium experience, schedule an animal encounter. Get up close and personal with the ocean's gentle giant, a Whale Shark. Whale Shark experiences vary from snorkel encounters on the water's surface to full-scale SCUBA sessions within the gallery tank. The newest encounter is the shark and ray interaction, which is fabulous, and the newest fully immersive program is the Shark Cage Dive.

Don't expect to secure a same-day spot. You'll want to book in advance for these adventures.

Discount Opportunities

Family looking at a colorful school of fish at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by @krystalweirphotography

Purchase Tickets Online

Tickets are a flat price of $39.95 if you purchase online. For walk-up tickets, the flat price is $44.95. Children 2 and under get in free.

Save on animal encounters with exclusive, online-only Explore Georgia discounts.

Check out other discounts (Military Mondays, Georgia Resident Birthdays, Discount Parking, etc.) on Georgia Aquarium's website.

Hotel Packages

For the grandest of discounts, book your Atlanta visit at an Aquarium Preferred Hotel, and receive exclusive General Admission Anytime tickets. Hotels include Hilton hotelsLoews Atlanta, Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, Hyatt Regency Atlanta and more. See the Aquarium's website for full details.

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Published: June 2022
Written by: Lesli Peterson