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Beluga & Friends Interactive Program

Our Beluga & Friends interactive program provides a unique animal encounter with these charismatic animals, giving guests an opportunity for an exclusive, close and hands-on interaction. Suit up and work alongside Aquarium beluga whale trainers, and create emotional connections that will last a lifetime.

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Georgia Aquarium's new Beluga & Friends Interactive Program is a never-before-offered opportunity for an exclusive animal encounter with Georgia Aquarium's beloved beluga whales! This inspirational, educational program allows guests to don Aquarium wetsuits and wade into the water to interact with the animals alongside Aquarium beluga whale trainers. Guests will also get a chance to meet some of the other animals that live in the Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest gallery. With only eight slots per session, it's an intimate experience you and your family will never forget.

The two-hour program includes:

  • Up to two hours of educational facts about beluga whales, animal interaction and fun!
  • An orientation on the biology, conservation, training and care of beluga whales
  • An exclusive behind-the-scenes view of the beluga whale and harbor seal exhibit
  • Participation in an intimate, animal interaction training session alongside Aquarium trainers and beluga whales
  • Meet with other animal residents of the Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest gallery
  • A souvenir photograph of your encounter and a complimentary towel to commemorate your experience
  • Use of Georgia Aquarium wetsuit, locker room and shower facilities
  • General admission to Georgia Aquarium, which includes access to all six public galleries, before or after your session


Non-Member: $179.95 plus tax per person.*
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Member: $161.95 plus tax per person.*
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*Price includes general admission to the Aquarium, AT&T Dolphin Tales show, 4D Theater, animal encounter, souvenir towel and photograph. Group rates (minimum 8 guests) are available for family reunions, corporate outings, or other occasions and events.

Daily at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Times are subject to change. You may need to arrive earlier if you wish to experience the AT&T Dolphin Tales show and 4D Theater. You can select an available showtime during the check-out process.

  • Participants must be 60 inches tall to participate and weigh less than or equal to 300 pounds.
  • Participants under 16 years of age must each be accompanied by a participating adult responsible for the minor(s) (one adult per minor required).
  • Participants under 18 years of age must have the program liability waiver and animal interactive program guidelines signed and dated by their parent or court appointed legal guardian.
  • This program is not for expectant mothers.

Date Change Policy:
A date may be changed free of charge if the change is made more than 14 days in advance of the original date of your visit. If the change is made less than 14 days prior to the original date of your visit, a $50 change fee per ticket will be charged.
No changes can be made less than 48 hours prior to the date of your original visit, and the guest will be charged the full program cost.

Cancellations/No-Show Policy:
Cancellations and no-shows will not be refunded or rescheduled. Guests arriving late (after the required program check-in time) will not be permitted to participate in the program and will not be refunded or rescheduled. We encourage guests to arrive at the Aquarium with plenty of time to park, enter, and check into the program. Please plan accordingly.

To change your reservation, please contact the Georgia Aquarium Call Center at 404.581.4000.

Reserve your spot today online or by calling 404.581.4000.


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