Get Up Close & Personal

Adventure behind-the-scenes of the Cold Water Quest gallery, where you’ll to get to meet our beluga whales face to face. You’ll be able to interact with these charismatic creatures while you participate first-hand in a poolside training session that shows how we care for our belugas, and keep them healthy and thriving.

This new program is a poolside experience with the beluga whales where you will be next to the water interacting with a beluga in a variety of different and fun ways.  This is different from our other Beluga Interaction program.


For the safety of the animals, guests, and staff, all Animal Program participants will be required to:

  • Wear a facial covering over mouth and nose AT ALL TIMES.
  • Upon arrive have temperature checked and complete a questionnaire to assess recent illness and/or exposure to COVID.

 Should there be a COVID risk identified, Georgia Aquarium reserves the right to reschedule participants for a later date.

  • If you have had known exposure to a person who has tested positive for Covid 19, we ask that you reschedule your Animal Encounter for at least two weeks in the future. Rescheduling for this reason will not incur any additional charges or fees.
  • All participants will be asked to take a short survey prior to their encounter or program to determine if they have had contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid 19. If that is confirmed, participants will be rescheduled for at least two weeks in the future without any additional charges or fees.

For guests with special needs, every effort will be made in order to allow participation in our Encounter. Please call 404-581-4000 to make a reservation and let the reservists know you have special needs and someone from the program will call you prior to your visit to review your options.

CANCELLATION AND DATE CHANGE POLICY: The program fee is non-refundable; however, the program will be rescheduled whenever possible. The Aquarium will reschedule your encounter if given notice more than 48 hours in advance. There will be a change fee of $20 per ticket if notice is given within 14 days of the original reservation date. Cancellations and no-shows will not be refunded or rescheduled.

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This program has specific age requirements for participation

Please ensure that your party adheres to the age requirements for this Animal Interactive.  


Guests 15 years of age and under must come with a participating adult (3:1 child to adult ratio required).

All participants must be ticketed for the Interaction.

Guests 17 and under must have a program liability waiver signed and dated by a parent or court appointed legal guardian.

Must be 7+ to participate. 


If you do not follow the requirements, your program will be cancelled.

You'll Get To...

  • Encounter a Whale

    This program lasts approximately 15 minutes, with 8 minutes next to the water interacting with a beluga in a variety of different and fun ways.

  • Meet Our Trainers

    Learn what it takes to become a beluga trainer by spending time with our talented marine mammal trainers.

  • Get a Good Splash

    Prepare to get a little wet as you interact with these beautiful marine mammals.

An Experience You Won't Want to Miss - Book Your Beluga Encounter Today!

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Recent Beluga Encounter Photos

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Unique Gifts from Georgia Aquarium

Bring the memories home with you! Stop by our gift shop for all your beluga gifts or shop online here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I buy my tickets online, do I need to print them, or is showing the email on my phone is enough?
  • What if I didn’t fill out my waiver for my animal interaction or encounter?
  • Do participants have to wear a mask?
  • My picture was taken by the professional photographers at Georgia Aquarium, how can I find it?
  • Do I need to reschedule my Animal Encounter if a friend or family member tests positive for Covid 19?
  • What is Georgia Aquarium doing to help guests and staff stay healthy?
  • What is the cancellation and date change policy for the Beluga Encounter?
  • Do I need to make a reservation?
  • Are you able to participate in an Encounter with special needs?
  • What times are the Beluga Encounter Program?
  • Are you able to participate in a Beluga Encounter with special needs?
  • Are guests welcome to watch? Do they have to buy a ticket?
  • What happens if I am late or cannot make it?
  • Where do I go when I arrive?
  • How do I get to the aquarium?
  • What are the age requirements?
  • How do I make a reservation?
  • Are reservations required?
  • What should I bring with me?
  • How long is the program and what will I see?
  • Can we feed the animals?
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