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NEW Dolphin Encounter and Experience Program

Everyone loves dolphins! Did you ever wonder what it would be like to meet a dolphin face-to-fin? Georgia Aquarium’s new Dolphin Encounter is the perfect way to find out.

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  • Dolphin Encounter Program
  • Frequently Asked Questions


Dolphin Encounter and Experience Program Description:
In this exhilarating new poolside animal interaction, you’ll go backstage inside our dolphin theater to meet, touch and feed one of the dolphin stars of our spectacular AT&T Dolphin Tales show. Spend some time with one or more of the delightfully charismatic dolphins in our care, and you’ll quickly understand what makes these athletic marine mammals some of Georgia Aquarium’s most popular animals. During this dolphin experience, see up-close many of the ways we care for our dolphins, participate in a training session, and touch a dolphin during this hands-on poolside encounter. And, as you make the acquaintance of your new dolphin friends, you’ll even learn a few important things about these extraordinary animals.

In addition to the exhilarating experience you’ll have during your Dolphin Encounter, you will also take home a photograph of your special encounter, compliments of Georgia Aquarium. Please note that Encounters are add-on experiences and are not included with your Total Ticket; Dolphin Encounter price does not include general admission access to the Aquarium or to the AT&T Dolphin Tales show.

This fast-paced program lasts 15-minutes and includes approximately 8 to 10-minutes of hands-on interaction with a dolphin.

$64.95 plus tax per person in addition to general admission. Price includes a souvenir photo.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE general admission access to the aquarium or to the AT&T Dolphin Tales show.

All participants must be age 7 and older. All guests under 16 years must be accompanied by a paying adult. There is a maximum of 3 children per participating adult. Guests under the age of 18 need a waiver signed by a parent/ guardian. Space is currently limited to only 4 participants per dolphin per program.

While up to 8 participants may be able to participate per program time, parties larger than 4 participants will be divided between different animals and parties of 2 or 3 participants may be divided between different animals due to the space limitation.

Times vary depending on AT&T Dolphin Tales showtimes.

*Available times can be reviewed online during purchase or by contacting the Call Center at 404.581.4000.

To Purchase:
When purchasing your admission ticket, select the Dolphin Encounter and time under the Expand Your Experience section of the shopping cart.

Guests with Special Needs:
Georgia Aquarium makes every effort to accommodate guests with special needs. To ensure the best experience, please contact the Call Center at 404.581.4000 to reserve your encounter.

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 $20 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 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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