Visitor Information

General Information

Where is Georgia Aquarium?

Georgia Aquarium is located at 225 Baker Street, across the street from the north end of Centennial Olympic Park.

What are your operating hours?

Sunday - Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please click here to view our extended and holiday hours.  The last entry is permitted one hour before closing.

Where can I park?

The official Georgia Aquarium parking deck has entrances located on Luckie Street and Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard.

Can I buy tickets in advance?

Yes. Since we have timed ticketing, we recommend buying them in advance. This can be done on the website or by calling the Call Center at 404.581.4000.

Can I buy tickets online?

Yes. Please click here for more information about our tickets.

Is there a security check before you get into the Aquarium?

Yes. There are no guns, knives, matches, lighters, fishing poles, outside food, beverage or gum allowed inside the Aquarium.

Why are no weapons allowed in Georgia Aquarium?

Georgia Aquarium has established - and strictly enforces - a "No Weapons" policy. Weapons include (but are not limited to) firearms and knives. This policy was created to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all guests, and to eliminate a potential risk to guests, staff and/or animals. This policy was created based on a the findings of a comprehensive threat assessment conducted by Georgia Aquarium and the Georgia Department of Homeland Security. With more than two million guests visiting our facility each year, and thousands of aquatic animals living in 10 million gallons of water behind acrylic, we cannot put ourselves at risk of either an intentional or accidental discharge of a weapon within our facility. Signage has been placed on our property stating that firearms are not are permitted. Enforcing this policy and ensuring the safety of aquarium guests and team members is Georgia Aquarium's 24-hour security staff, which is supplemented by two off-duty Atlanta Police Officers.

Does my entire group have to go through security?

Yes. Everyone visiting the Aquarium MUST go through security located outside the Aquarium. Security is your very first stop upon arrival at the Georgia Aquarium. Keep in mind that NO guns, knives or lighters are allowed inside the Georgia Aquarium. Outside food, beverage and gum are also not allowed in the Aquarium. Security will confiscate these items.

What can I bring into the Aquarium?

There is no outside food, beverage or gum permitted inside the Aquarium. Also, guns, knives, lighters and matches are not permitted inside. Pets are not allowed. Only guide dogs for the blind, service dogs for people with disabilities and working dogs in training are permitted inside the Aquarium.

What MARTA route comes to the Aquarium?

The closest MARTA train stations are CNN/Georgia World Congress Center and Peachtree Center.

Do you offer refunds?

There are no refunds for purchased tickets.  Date changes can be made 24 hours PRIOR to the date of the reservation for a minimal processing fee per ticket. Date changes are not allowed after the date of the ticket.

What does my general admission ticket include?

Georgia Aquarium general admission tickets include admission to the 4D Theater and AT&T Dolphin Tales show, as well as any special exhibits when available. Advance reservations are encouraged to insure admission to the dolphin show.

How long does it take to see the entire Aquarium?

It is estimated that it takes between 2-4 hours depending on your group.

Do you have lockers or coat check?

At the Information Desk, you may check personal belongings for $2 per item. We do not have lockers for rent at this time.  

May I bring a stroller into the Aquarium?

Yes. We recommend smaller strollers to navigate crowded areas more easily. However, strollers are not permitted in the 4D Theater. Complimentary stroller parking is available at our Information Desk/Coat Check, and additional stroller corrals are available outside the galleries.

Can I rent a stroller?

We do not have strollers to rent at this time.

Can I rent a wheelchair?

There are complimentary wheelchairs available on a first-come first-serve basis. We cannot accept wheelchair reservations at this time. Please note that we have handicapped parking available. Please notify one of our parking attendants for golf cart assistance to the wheelchair drop-off and pick-up area to the left of the ticketing windows. Wheelchairs are available at the Information Desk inside the Aquarium. Wheelchairs are also available at the drop-off point on weekends and holidays.

What do I do if I can’t find my receipt or didn’t get a receipt?

If you ordered online, you can sign into your account at anytime using your email and password to view your information. Click on ‘My Account’ once you have signed in. Next, select any order number to see the details of that order and print it out if necessary to use as a receipt. If you do not see your order or reservation, please check ‘My Cart’ as your items may still be in there.

I need to make an adjustment to my tickets/Annual Passes/reservation time.

We are currently working to update the functionality of our website to allow for this feature. In the meantime, please contact our call center at 404.581.4444 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make adjustments to your order. If you are having a difficult time reaching our call center due to our high call volume, email Visitor Services with the specifics of your order, including confirmation number, your name and the changes you would like to make. We will make the adjustment as soon as possible and will contact you once the order has been changed.

I need to cancel my reservation and/or make another one.

If you are an Annual Pass holder and bought your Annual Pass online, please login and make another reservation. We ask that you email us at Visitor Services with the details of your canceled reservation. If you bought your Annual Pass over the phone or at the Georgia Aquarium, you will need to call the call center at 404.581.4444 to make a reservation. We are currently in the process of updating our system so that members that purchased their annual passes over the phone or at the Aquarium can go online to make changes. Please check our website for updates.  Please note that reservations are not required for Annual Pass Members.

Is there a family discount (family pass), military discount, student discount and/or any daily ticket discount?

Georgia Aquarium salutes the men and women of the Armed Forces by offering substantial discounts on admission tickets by purchasing them in advance through participating military base ticket offices. To receive this discount, you must purchase your tickets at the ITT/MWR office at your local base.  

What constitutes a group, and what is the cost of group admission tickets?

A group consists of 25 people or more visiting the Aquarium on the same day at the same time.

If you have an organized group of 25 or more and are visiting at the same time on the same day, you are eligible for our group rate. All group reservations must be made in advance and require pre-payment. Click here to view our group rates. To make a group reservation, please contact the Call Center at 404.581.4444 or our group sales office at 404.581.4121. 

How do I get my daily tickets? Can I pick my tickets up early?

If you bought your tickets online, you will receive your tickets via email to print and bring with you. If you purchased your tickets by calling and have a confirmation number either by email or phone, you can bring that to the ticket window at any time ticket booths are open to get your tickets issued.

Can I reset my password for my online account?

You may change your password at anytime once you’ve signed into your account. If you forget your password, go to the bottom of the account sign in page, and you can have your password emailed to you.

Can I change the email address on my account?

At this time, if you need to change your email address for confirmation, you must call or email Visitor Services to have it changed.

Why does the Georgia Aquarium charge a processing fee?

Georgia Aquarium is a not-for-profit educational institution that is supported by admission fees and contributions. The Aquarium charges a nominal processing fee to help offset the expenses of maintaining our website and call center.

Do you have a video or DVD of the Aquarium?

Atlanta’s WXIA has produced two documentaries, “Window to WOW” and “Two+Two=WOW,” in partnership with the Georgia Aquarium. They are available for purchase in the Georgia Aquarium gift shops.

What is the schedule for public feedings?

There is no published schedule at this time. During your visit at the Aquarium, feeding times for that day are posted near exhibits where animals are fed on display.

Is there a place to eat within the Aquarium?

Yes. The Café Aquaria food court offers a wide variety of choices for the entire family.  For menus and detailed descriptions, please visit the Café Aquaria section of the Georgia Aquarium website by clicking here.

What type of accessibility does the Georgia Aquarium provide ?

The Georgia Aquarium is committed to providing engaging and interactive experiences for everyone, no matter their ability, so they will have a full aquarium experience. Click here for more information on the Aquarium's accessibility.

May I have a guided tour?

We offer Behind the Scenes Tours. These tours can be booked in advance on the phone, during the online check-out process or at the Aquarium. 

How do I sign up for a Behind the Scenes Tour?

Behind the Scenes Tours can be booked in advance over the phone at 404.581.4000, during the online check-out process or at the Aquarium.

Who is “Deepo?”

“Deepo” is a garibaldi damselfish that serves as the Georgia Aquarium mascot.

May I take pictures?

Yes. Some animals at the Aquarium, however, are very sensitive to the lighting conditions in their environment. Some exhibits will be marked with a no flash photography sign. We ask that you refrain from using a flash when photographing those animals. You are welcome to take photographs and video for your personal use with the exception of the Dolphin Tales performance. Please contact Public Relations for written permission to take commercial photography.

Where may I smoke?

For the safety of our guests as well as the animals, the Georgia Aquarium is a tobacco-free facility. There is no smoking allowed anywhere inside or outside our facility, which includes, but is not limited to, in or near the entrance Plaza and ticket booth area, and in or near the parking deck.

Can I subscribe to the newsletter?

You can sign up for an e-newsletter by clicking here. You may choose to have the e-newsletter sent to the email address you provide. Creating an account does not mean you must purchase tickets. It does, however, make purchasing tickets in the future easier by recalling your information from our secure server.

Are there any upcoming events?

Please click here to view information on upcoming events.

Can I have a special event here?

Yes. There are several ideal environments for groups of 50 to 5,000+ guests. If you are interested in learning more about our private event space options, please visit the Book Your Event section of our website.

Can I have a birthday party here?

Yes. You can learn more about birthday parties and kids' parties and how to host your next party at the Georgia Aquarium here. 

Do you have an overnight program available?

Yes. The Georgia Aquarium offers overnight programs for adults, families and organized youth groups. Please click here for more information.

Can I bring a school group here?

Yes. We offer several exciting educational experiences that are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards and offer a unique look at the Georgia Aquarium. Teachers interested in bringing their students to the Georgia Aquarium should visit our Education page by clicking here.

Is there a store to purchase gifts?

Yes. There are two gift shops within the Aquarium. You can also buy Georgia Aquarium merchandise and souvenirs through our online store.

Do you have first aid?

Yes. Piedmont Hospital provides staffing for a full first-aid station, located behind the Information Desk near the Aquarium entrance.

Is there a private location where I can change/nurse my baby?

If you would like a private location within the Aquarium, you can change/nurse your baby in either the first-aid station or in the restrooms. There is a full baby changing area located in the ladies restroom in Café Aquaria. The Aquarium is in the process of constructing more family restrooms for nursing mothers who want their privacy.

I’ve lost my child/family member. How do I find them?

Go to the Information Desk at the front of the Aquarium. All lost children, family members and friends are brought to the Information Desk. A staff member will contact Security to assist with the search.

I've lost an item. Does the Aquarium have a Lost and Found?

If you lose an item during your visit, please inquire at the Information Desk before you leave. If you discover you've left something behind, call 404.581.4204 between the hours of 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. to see if it has been turned in. After hours, please call 404.581.4242.

How many galleries are in the Aquarium?

There are six exhibit galleries within the Aquarium, a 4D Theater and the AT&T Dolphin Tales Theater, with an opportunity for temporary exhibits to be viewed at the Aquarium.

How many employees does the Aquarium have? How many volunteers?

At Georgia Aquarium alone, there are nearly 300 full-time employees and almost 300 part-time employees. When team members at Marineland Dolphin Adventure and the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station in Marineland, Florida are included in the totals, there are well over 300 full-time employees and about 300 part-time employees. Our workforce is supplemented by a dedicated volunteer corps more than 2,000 strong.

Where can I go to see if there are any jobs available?

All employment opportunities at Georgia Aquarium are listed on our website. Click here to check for available employment openings, and click here to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

How can I become a volunteer?

For more information on becoming a volunteer, visit the Volunteer section of our website.

Are you a member of AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums)?

Yes, Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of AZA.

What do you feed the fish? How often are they fed?

The animals at the Georgia Aquarium are fed a diet similar to what they would eat in their natural environment. While the animals are fed regularly according to their eating habits, there is no set feeding schedule.

How do you acquire your species?

Some of the fish are purchased, some are caught, some are acquired through trades with other aquariums and some are born right here at the Georgia Aquarium.

How big is the Aquarium?

Aquarium size can be measured two ways. If you measure the facility by square footage, Georgia Aquarium is more than 600,000 square feet. If you measure by the amount of water in all of the exhibits, Georgia Aquarium contains approximately 10 million gallons of fresh and salt water. Whether you measure it by square footage or total gallons, Georgia Aquarium is the most magical aquarium in the world.

For information about the animals found at the Georgia Aquarium, please see the Animal Guide on our website.

Who designed the exhibits?

Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets Inc. (PGAV) of St. Louis, MO. PGAV is a design firm specializing in architecture, exhibit design, interior design, landscape architecture, industrial design and graphics.

How long did it take to build the Aquarium?

It took 44 months to design and build the Aquarium, plus another 34 months to design and build the dolphin expansion.

What are the 4R’s?

The 4R Program is designed to make a positive impact on aquatic life around the world. The Rs stand for Rehabilitation, Responsibility, Rescue and Research.

Rehabilitation: Our animal health facilities will be used to rehabilitate injured aquatic animals. Our world-class animal health professionals will play an active role in animal assessment, medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Responsibility: Georgia Aquarium strives to be a global steward, representing responsible choices which we exercise through recycling and conservation efforts. 

Rescue: Through our rescue program, Georgia Aquarium will work with other organizations near the coasts to save injured or endangered animals from the wild or from captive environments. With decades of combined experience, our veterinary services and husbandry staff will provide vital care and a safe environment where each unique creature can thrive.

Research: From ocean exploration to aquaculture, from infectious diseases to marine ecology, Georgia Aquarium is deeply involved in furthering scientific knowledge of aquatic life. Working in state-of-the-art research facilities, our team collaborates with researchers around the world to study, analyze and make discoveries. The goal is to increase our understanding of aquatic ecosystems and conserve aquatic biodiversity.

How can I make a contribution/donation to the Aquarium?

You can help Georgia Aquarium achieve one of our major goals, to be a leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research, by participating in our 4R program. Donations from friends like you give us the ability to lead the way in Rehabilitation, Relocation, Rescue and Research. There are a variety of donation recognition levels that begin at $50 and contain various benefits. The majority of your gift is tax-deductible.

If you would like to make a donation, or for more information, please visit our Support Us page.

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Total Ticket FAQs

What does my Total Ticket include?

The Total Ticket provides general admission to all six permanent galleries of the Aquarium, the Aquarium's new AT&T Dolphin Tales show, Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow and access to another gallery which periodically features special exhibits. In 2013, Georgia Aquarium will host the special exhibit "Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies," which opens September 27, 2013. Guests can still purchase Georgia Aquarium's "Premium Programs" including animal interactions, behind-the-scenes tours, sleepovers and more for a nominal fee, based on availability. Parking is not included.

With the new Total Ticket, how do I reserve my AT&T Dolphin Tales and Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow?

Guests must select their show times, based on availability at their point of purchase, either online or at the ticket windows. Purchasing tickets online in advance is still the best option, since it guarantees the guest has a seat for the shows (if available at the time of purchase), prior to arrival at the Aquarium. Entry to all shows is based on availability and is first-come, first-serve.

How can I find out what the ticket price is for the date of my visit?

Guests are encouraged to check out our Total Ticket calendar online at www.georgiaaquarium.org under the "Plan Your Visit" section which details peak and off-peak price points. Guests will also be given pricing at their point of sale, both online or at ticket windows, based on the date of visit and dolphin show availability.

Are there any discounted tickets available?

Georgia Aquarium offers a variety of ticketing options within our Total Ticket. Buying your Total Ticket online gives you access to discounted admission compared to purchasing at the ticket window, while our Early Bird Discount and Imagination Nights discounted options offer you discounted admission based on what time of day you arrive at the Aquarium.

If I do not wish to see the shows or visit the traveling exhibition, can I have an additional discount?

For the convenience of all guests and Aquarium staff, the Total Ticket is priced at the best value for an all-inclusive Aquarium experience and cannot be modified while show times are still available. If there are no more dolphin show seats available on the day of the guest's visit, or the guest arrives after the final dolphin show of the day, only then will an additional discount be extended to the guest.

I purchased a Combo Ticket giving access to Georgia Aquarium and another attraction. Is my Combo Ticket also a Total Ticket to Georgia Aquarium?

Yes, all Combo Tickets with other attractions partners such as World of Coca-Cola, Zoo Atlanta or Inside CNN Center include the Georgia Aquarium Total Ticket, offering general admission to all six permanent galleries, the AT&T Dolphin Tales show, Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow and access to all traveling exhibitions. When guests purchase Combo Tickets, admission to Aquarium shows and exhibitions will be redeemable through vouchers validated on site. Entry to shows is always based on availability.

What if AT&T Dolphin Tales and/or Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow are at capacity?

While there are no guarantees, we strongly encourage all guests to book these experiences in advance online at www.georgiaaquarium.org, which will offer a greater likelihood that the show time of your choice will be available. If there are no more dolphin show seats available for the day of the guest visit, or the guest arrives after the final dolphin show of the day, an additional discount will only then be extended to the guest.

What happens if I come after show times for Dolphin Tales and/or 4D Theater?

We hope that every guest has the opportunity to see our shows and experience our world-class exhibitions; therefore we strongly encourage our guests to maximize their visit by arriving early and booking in advance. If there are no more dolphin show seats available for the day of the guest visit, or the guest arrives after the final dolphin show of the day, an additional discount will be extended to the guest.

Do Premium Programs, including Aquarium sleepovers and animal interactions, include the Total Ticket?

Premium Programs, except behind-the-scenes tours, include general admission to all six permanent galleries of Georgia Aquarium, the AT&T Dolphin Tales show, Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow and access to all traveling exhibitions.

Are the benefits of the Total Ticket also extended to Annual Imagination Pass holders?

Yes, Annual Imagination Pass Holders will have access to the AT&T Dolphin Tales show, Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow and access to all traveling exhibitions (one ticket for shows, per member, per visit).

What is the cost for children for shows and exhibits?

Children under the age of three receive a free Total Ticket, with access to all exhibitions and shows (while seated on an adult's lap). Children ages 3-12 receive a child's rate for the Total Ticket.

Now that I can do more things at the Aquarium with the Total Ticket, how long should I plan my visit to take advantage of all of the offerings?

Depending on your time of arrival and based on the size of your group, we suggest guests schedule at least three hours to maximize the full Aquarium experience.

I'm planning on taking advantage of the free admission on my birthday since I'm a Georgia resident. Does the Total Ticket also apply to this program?

Yes, guests who are Georgia residents who visit on their birthdays qualify for free admission and will receive a complimentary Total Ticket. These guests must verify their date of birth and residency in Georgia with an acceptable form of I.D. or state-issued document(s).

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Group Sales FAQs

What constitutes a group, and what is the cost of group admission tickets?

A group typically consists of 25 people or more visiting the Aquarium on the same day at the same time. If you have an organized group of 25 or more and are visiting at the same time on the same day, you are eligible for our group rate. Click here to view our group rates. All group reservations must be made in advance and require pre-payment. To make a group reservation, please contact our group sales office at 404.581.4121. 

Can I bring a school group here?

Yes. We offer several exciting educational experiences that are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards and offer a unique look at the Georgia Aquarium. Teachers interested in bringing their students to the Georgia Aquarium should visit our Education page by clicking here for more information. To book your school group, please contact Group Sales by calling 404-581-4121.

Is there bus parking at the Georgia Aquarium?

The Georgia World Congress Center’s Marshalling Yard offers an all-day rate, based upon availability. The Georgia World Congress Center’s Marshalling Yard is located next to the Georgia World Congress Center’s Yellow Lot on Jones Avenue. For directions, click here.

How do I purchase tickets for my group?

Group tickets can be purchased through our Group Sales department by emailing your request to groupsales@georgiaaquarium.org or calling 404-581-4121.

When do I pay for my tickets?

All reservations are held with a non-refundable deposit. Final payment is due prior to your visit date. We accept all major credit cards and corporate checks as forms of payment. Keep in mind that all tickets are non-refundable.

How do I pick up my tickets?

You can pick up your tickets upon arrival at any of our six ticket booths, or have them shipped in advance. We reccommend having your tickets shipped to you to avoid long lines at our Will Call window.

Must I have a specific time for my reservation?

Yes. You need a specific date and time for your reservation.

What happens if I miss my reservation time?

If you miss your timed entry, you and your group will enter at the next available time slot.

What if I have more people in my group than what my reservation was made for?

All additions to your group must be added on through the Group Sales office by calling 404-581-4121 and paid for prior to arrival. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday 8:30am until 5:30pm. Special Group Rates and offers are not valid at the ticketing windows.

Are there refunds for unused tickets?

All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds for no-shows or unused tickets.

Can I bring food into the Aquarium?

No outside food, beverage or gum is allowed inside the Georgia Aquarium. Ask about our discounted meal voucher options!

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Exhibit Information

How long does it take to completely cycle the water in the Ocean Voyager exhibit?

Life support systems can cycle all 6.3 million gallons in the Ocean Voyager exhibit in 60 minutes.

How many pipes and wires are used in the Georgia Aquarium?

Georgia Aquarium uses more than 70 miles of pipes! That's enough to stretch along all of I-285!

How much salt does it take to make the Ocean Voyager exhibit salty?

It took 1.8 million pounds of sea salt to make the largest exhibit as salty as the ocean.

How large is the Ocean Voyager exhibit?

At its longest, widest and deepest parts, the habitat measures 284’ long x 126’ wide x 30’ deep, allowing even the largest fish to swim long distances before having to turn around. It is the largest indoor exhibit of fish in the United States.

How thick is the acrylic in the Ocean Voyager exhibit?

It is almost two feet thick. The entire window is made of three panels glued together. The panels were manufactured in Japan by Nippura, Inc. The window weighs 120 tons and is 60 feet long and 27 feet high. The acrylic tunnel in the Ocean Voyager exhibit is 6.25 inches thick.

What is the temperature in the Ocean Voyager exhibit?

The temperature of the water in this exhibit is maintained at a constant 77 degrees Fahrenheit by state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems.

Can I still touch the animals in the touch pools if I’m allergic to shellfish?

If you are sensitive to shellfish, please avoid touching these animals.

What is the temperature of the water in the beluga exhibit?

The water is kept at 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do you have any live coral?

Yes. The Pacific Reef exhibit in the Tropical Diver gallery contains both live and artificial coral. As the living coral grows, the artificial coral will be removed. We also use five tons of “cultured live rocks.” The rocks were placed out in the ocean to allow "bio film" to grow on them which helps allow corals to attach to the rock.

Where did you get the live coral?

The majority of our living corals were cultured at other public aquariums and donated to us.

What is the oldest living animal at the Georgia Aquarium?

The oldest living animal at the Georgia Aquarium is a sea whip. It was collected in 1988 in Palau, in the west Pacific, and cultivated in Hawaii. It was donated to us in 2004.

How much water is in the coral reef exhibit?

It holds 164,000 gallons and is one of the largest living coral reef exhibits in any aquarium in the United States.

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Annual Pass FAQs

I bought an Annual Pass as a gift. How can the gift recipient make their own reservations?

Follow the steps below to transfer an annual pass to another account. You will need the email address of the person you are transferring the passes to.

  • Access the Member Login page by clicking here.
  • Enter your login and password.
  • Once you are logged in you will see a list of all passes purchased through this Web site account.
  • Enter the name and the email address for the new account holder.
  • Check the boxes of the passes that need to be moved into the new account.
  • Click the Transfer Annual Passes button to complete the process.
  • Your gift recipient’s new account will be immediately activated.

Your gift recipient can now make annual pass reservations online. They will need to follow these steps:

  • Visit the Georgia Aquarium login page by clicking here.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the login page and enter your email address to request your password. Your email address is your account login.
  • The Web site will immediately send you an email that shows your Georgia Aquarium login and password.
  • You can now use this information to login to your account, to review account details or make annual pass reservations.

Should you have any difficulties, please contact our visitor services team at 404.581.4000 or email Visitor Services.

Is my Annual Pass tax deductible?

Your Membership is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, please consult with your tax advisor.

How do I stay informed about the Georgia Aquarium?

Sign up for our e-newsletter by creating an account on the Georgia Aquarium website, or sign up in the e-newsletter sign-up box in the top right corner of the website.

Are there other ways to stay involved with the Georgia Aquarium?

Click here to learn more about supporting our mission to be the world’s most engaging aquarium experience.

What is the procedure for getting my permanent Annual Pass card?

Annual Pass holders will pick up their actual card on their first visit to the Aquarium. Please bring your Annual Pass purchase receipt/order number to give to the cashier when you arrive. If you reserved a timed ticket online to visit the Aquarium, bring the receipt, which has a barcode on it.  If you reserved a timed ticket through the Call Center, you will need your order number for entry. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at 404.581.4444.

I’m having difficulty printing my electronic ticket.

If you bring your order number or your order confirmation with a photo ID, we can access your order in our ticketing system to issue your permanent annual pass. Please reserve a time for your visit for the most expedited entry.

How do I reserve a date and time to visit the Aquarium?

Click here to choose the date and time you would like to visit. You may be required to enter your user ID and password that you created when you first purchased your passes. Annual Pass holders are not required to make a reservation. However, we recommend making reservations for weekends, holidays and school breaks and purchasing tickets for your guests in advance.

I have a child under three. Do they need an Annual Pass or a reservation?

Children under the age of three do not require an annual pass or a reservation to enter the Aquarium. They’re welcome to enter with their ticket-holding adult.

My reservation is for 10 a.m. The next slot is at 11 a.m. Can I only stay for one hour?

The time on your ticket only dictates when you may enter the Aquarium. Once you’ve entered the Aquarium, you can stay until the Aquarium closes. We use a timed ticket entry system to control the flow of visitors and to ensure that you have a pleasant visit. 

I need to make a change to my Annual Pass order.

Send us an email with your request to Visitor Services. Please include your full name, order number, reason for change and a phone number where we can contact you during business hours.

I’m having problems with the website.

Please call our Visitor Services team at 404.581.4444 or email Visitor Services.

Can I buy a Guest Pass to share among my friends and family?

Yes, if you are an Annual Pass Member, you can purchase a Guest Pass that can be used for admission when you bring friends and family. Now you can bring a different friend or family member with you each time you visit! Guest passes allow you to bring one guest per pass each visit. All Annual Passes and Guest Passes are issued for a specific person and are non-transferable. Annual Pass holders may also use their member discount to purchase tickets for friends and family.

Do you offer a family pass?

All of our passes are for individuals. You can purchase the arrangement of passes that best suits your family.

If I purchase passes as a gift, how do the recipients make reservations?

They can call our Visitor Services team at 404.581.4444 and provide their order number or their name to make a reservation. Additionally, annual pass holders are not required to make a reservation.

What do I do if I don't receive an email attachment with a barcode?

You can bring your order number to the ticket window along with a photo ID and have a new ticket issued. Also, be sure to check your spam or junk folder to see if it was automatically sorted.

Can I just get inside with my Annual Pass?

Annual Pass members can enter the Aquarium with their guests without a reservation during normal operating hours. Guests of members will need a timed ticket for admission. We recommend purchasing your guest tickets in advance for weekends, holidays and school breaks.

I need a refund on a ticket or Annual Pass.

There are no refunds for purchased tickets or annual passes. Date changes can be made 24 hours PRIOR to the date of the reservation for a minimal processing fee per ticket. Date changes are not allowed after the date of the ticket.

Can I buy a blank pass for my friends and family?

All annual passes need to be issued to a specific person. Upon their first visit, permanent passes will be issued with a picture ID and will be valid for that individual only. Individual tickets for friends and family are available to purchase online or by calling Visitor Services at 404.581.4444. If you have an Annual Pass, you can purchase a Guest Pass and bring a different friend or family member with you each time you visit.

How many guests are allowed on my Annual Pass?

Although some zoos and aquariums have family passes, our passes are valid for a single individual. Each pass features a photo of the member. No one else can enter on your pass. If you have an Annual Pass, you can purchase a Guest Pass and bring a different friend or family member with you each time you visit.

Do Annual Pass holders receive free parking?

Annual pass holders do not receive free parking, but they do receive a 10% discount when a membership card is presented at the Georgia Aquarium parking deck on entry.

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Volunteer FAQs

What are the benefits of volunteering at the world's most magical aquarium?

The benefits of volunteering at the Georgia Aquarium include the following:

  • A Volunteer Annual Pass
  • Discounts on merchandise in the gift shop, food/beverages within the Aquarium and a limited number of additional Annual Passes, general admission daily tickets, and behind the scenes tours
  • Opportunities to earn free daily tickets and a complimentary Friend and Family Annual Pass
  • Award and Recognition Program
  • Training classes
  • Opportunities to attend lectures, special events and aquatic tours
  • Volunteer newsletter
  • Opportunities to meet new people and have fun!
How do I become a volunteer?
  • You complete an online application. You will receive a confirmation email that we received it.
  • Selected applicants will be invited to attend an information session at the Aquarium, which covers our volunteer opportunities, pre-requisites, benefits and requirements.
  • You pay a non-refundable Administrative Fee of $60 and sign a Volunteer Commitment Form. At the same time, you must submit the following:
    • If 18 or older: background check consent form & copy of your current US issued Photo ID.
    • If 16 or 17: driver's license or birth certificate & school ID along with two letters of recommendation from teachers, employers or community leaders.
  • Applicants who clear background screening will be invited to attend New Team Member Orientation.
  • You complete any other training classes and pre-requisites required for your chosen position.
How may I monitor the progress of my application?

Volunteer Programs staff use email as the primary method of communication and will keep you informed during each step of the volunteer process.

How long does background check take?

Background checks take one to three weeks to complete. Regardless of outcome, you will be notified.

What does the administrative fee cover?

The non-refundable administrative fee goes toward defraying the costs of the background check, uniform, security badges, training material and other items.

Is the administrative fee refundable?

The administrative fee is non-refundable as this goes toward processing your background check and other items.

How do I volunteer behind the scenes?

If you are interested in a behind the scenes position, you must first be an active volunteer over 18 years old with at least 50 volunteer hours and any trainings and certifications required for the particular position. Then you may apply to volunteer behind the scenes. Volunteers are selected for behind the scenes positions based on interview, experience and availability.

More information about behind the scenes positions is provided in the Volunteer Information Session for prospective volunteers or on the VRC for current volunteers.

How may I earn service hours?

Service hours are earned by completing volunteer shifts (most are 4 hours each) and by attending training sessions (3 hours each).

Do my training hours count toward my service hours?

Yes. However, note that 34 of the 50 hours required to apply for behind the scenes positions must be spent volunteering with the public.

Do I have to wear a uniform?

Yes, all staff and volunteers must wear the approved uniform while "on duty" in the Aquarium. The Aquarium uniform consists of a tucked-in blue shirt (one provided); a name tag (provided); your Aquarium Volunteer Annual Pass with your picture; khaki, black, navy or charcoal gray pants (you provide); and brown or black closed toe shoes (you provide). Capri pants and knee-length skirts are acceptable for ladies. Undershirts may be worn under the standard uniform shirt as long as they are not visible.

How can I acquire more uniform shirts?

Volunteers will be given access to a uniform website to purchase additional Georgia Aquarium uniform items. Also, for every 150 hours you volunteer, you are eligible for a free uniform shirt. Volunteers must visit the volunteer office to order their free shirt.

Where do I report for the Information Session and New Team Member Orientation?

You will be emailed directions 2-3 days before the class. Please allow extra time to arrive because traffic around the Aquarium can be congested. If you are late, please report directly to Aquarium Security, who will direct you to the appropriate classroom.

Where do I park at the Aquarium, and what is the cost to Volunteers?

On days that you are volunteering, you may park in the parking deck attached to the Georgia Aquarium for $2 or less per day. Entrances to the deck are located on Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard and Luckie Street.

Where can I keep my belongings while I am volunteering?

There are lockers in the small break room behind the Georgia Explorer Gallery available on a first come, first served basis. Items may not be left over night and if storing valuables you should bring a lock.

Mailing Information:

Georgia Aquarium
Attn: Volunteer Programs
225 Baker Street
Atlanta, GA 30313

Who can I contact if I have more questions about volunteering at Georgia Aquarium?

For more information, email volunteer@georgiaaquarium.org

We really hope that you will choose to join us as a volunteer! We're confident that you will have an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Join our team. Apply now!

 

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Journey with Gentle Giants

What is the purpose of this program/overview of the dive?

The program is an exploration of the Ocean Voyager exhibit and introduction to the Georgia Aquarium conservation and whale shark research program. Journey with Gentle Giants is the only opportunity in the world where you are guaranteed to swim or SCUBA dive with the largest fish in the world, the whale shark. A portion of the proceeds from this program support the Aquarium’s 4R conservation program. Read more about Georgia Aquarium's 4R program.

What is the duration of the program and what is included in the experience?

The program lasts for 2.5 hours and includes a 30-minute swim or SCUBA dive in the Ocean Voyager exhibit. Participants will also view some behind-the-scenes areas of the Georgia Aquarium.

How big is the Ocean Voyager exhibit, and what will I see?

The exhibit contains 6.3 million gallons of water and ranges in depth from 20 to 33 feet deep. This exhibit houses thousands of fish including whale sharks, zebra sharks, sawfish, leopard whiprays, bowmouth guitarfish, humphead wrasses, pompano and several species of rays. That’s just to name a few.

What is the difference between SCUBA and swim?

SCUBA diving is the act of swimming underwater while using self-contained underwater breathing apparatus. There are several large diving organizations that train and certify divers and dive instructors. The Aquarium’s swim program will allow individuals to swim at the surface with an air supply, and this does not require any certification.

Do I have to be SCUBA certified?

Yes, if you would like to SCUBA dive. Proof of open water certification from a nationally or internationally recognized organization must be provided, along with photo identification. There is no certification necessary to participate in the swim program.

What should I bring with me?

All you will need to bring is your swimsuit. If diving, you will have to provide proof of open water certification from a nationally or internationally recognized organization, along with photo identification. Georgia Aquarium will supply all equipment (mask, fins, tank, buoyancy device, regulator, weights, wetsuit and booties) and towels. Please do not bring your own equipment. Personal masks are permitted. Cameras of any kind are not permitted in the water. Comfortable changing rooms with showers and lockers are provided.

What is the cost of the program?

For the swim program, the cost is $234.95 (plus tax) for non-Members and 10% off for Annual Pass Members. For the SCUBA dive program, the cost is $334.95 (plus tax) for non-Members and 10% off for Annual Pass Members. Program price includes admission to the Aquarium, all equipment, the swim or dive, certificate of participation, dive log book, t-shirt and souvenir photo. DVD will be available for purchase. Equipment provided: mask, fins, tank, buoyancy device, regulator, weights, booties and wetsuit. Personal masks are permitted, but will be required to be disinfected.

Can I pre-register? Do I have to pre-register?

We encourage guest to pre-register as there are a limited number of spaces per swim and dive.

What are the age requirements?

All participants must be age 12 and older. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult in the water. The SCUBA option is open to all certified divers. Proof of open water certification from a nationally or internationally recognized organization must be provided, along with photo identification.

Are you able to dive/swim with special needs?

Yes, we have designed the locker room and dive platform to meet ADA regulations. When you call to make a reservation, please let the reservists know you have special needs and someone from the dive program will call you prior to your visit to review your special needs, mobility issues and equipment.

Can my size be accommodated?

We can accommodate wetsuit sizes and equipment sizes for people who weigh between 45 lbs. and 320 lbs.

Are guests welcome to watch? Do they have to buy a ticket?

Yes, friends and family can watch you in the Ocean Voyager exhibit at the tunnel and big window. They must purchase general admission tickets. Guests will be escorted around the dry side during the event for the best opportunity to see the participants. Please do not leave minor children (under age 12) unattended with the Aquarium Volunteers during your swim/dive experience.

How do I get to the Aquarium?

The Aquarium is located downtown right next to the World of Coca-Cola and Centennial Olympic Park. Click here for directions.

Where do I go when I arrive?

Please go to the Animal Interactions kiosk, located next to the Ocean Voyager gallery built by The Home Depot, to check in 30 minutes prior to your experience.

Will there be a guide in the water with me?

There will be three dive masters in the water with you at all times. Dive team members are CPR, first aid and emergency oxygen trained. Both the dive and swim programs are a guided tour; they are not a free swim.

How do I make a reservation?

You can make a reservation by registering online or calling 404.581.4000.

What is your rescheduling policy?

At Georgia Aquarium, we recognize that vacation plans can change. A date may be changed if it is made more than 48 hours in advance with a change fee of $50. Cancellations within 48 hours and no-shows will not be refunded or rescheduled. To change your reservation, please contact the Georgia Aquarium Call Center at 404.581.4000.

What’s the water temperature?

The water temperature is 77 degrees F.

Can we feed the animals?

No.

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