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.

Please Note:

  • Georgia Aquarium does not require that all guests wear masks during their programs; however, these animals can be susceptible to respiratory illnesses, and any participant managing respiratory issues (coughing, sneezing, runny nose) are asked to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth during the encounter.
  • Guests clearly symptomatic will be required to wear a mask through the duration of the program or be excused from the program. This is to ensure the safest environment for the animals, our staff, and fellow guests.

You'll Get To...

  • Encounter a Beluga

    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.

Program Age Requirements

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.

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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

  • What should I bring with me?
  • 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?
  • What is the cancellation and date change policy?
  • Can I participate in a Beluga Encounter with special needs?
  • Are guests welcome to watch? Do they have to buy a ticket?
  • What are the age requirements?
  • Do I need to pre-register? How do I make a reservation?
  • How long is the program and what will I see?
  • Can we feed the animals?
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