We Are Georgia Aquarium

Inspiring awareness & preservation of ocean and aquatic animals worldwide

Georgia Aquarium, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water. Georgia Aquarium is a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. As a leader in aquatic research and exceptional animal care, we are dedicated to fostering a deeper appreciation for our ocean and the animals that call it home.

Alongside other accredited facilities, our team conducts crucial research by working with animals both in human care and in their natural habitats to improve husbandry methods, develop innovative and exciting new exhibits, contribute to the understanding of the underwater world and apply new discoveries to the conservation of aquatic life. Every day, researchers in the Aquarium’s exhibits and labs are learning more about marine life in order to develop new methods of animal care and veterinary medicine. By combining field research with the study of on-site animals in a controlled environment, the Aquarium is contributing to the advancement of human knowledge in the area of animal science.

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Aquanaut Adventure

Georgia Aquarium’s Discovery Zone

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  • Kid Adventures

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Welcome Aquanauts-In-Training!

Aquanaut Adventure is a unique experience that allows parents and kids to learn about aquatic life during an expedition through a variety of immersive environments. The gallery offers seven different routes, each with seven different adventures, providing multiple opportunities for guests to come back and complete all of the challenges. Only five of the seven routes have to be completed to receive Georgia Aquarium Aquanaut certification. These challenges engage guests in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM)-related activities.

As Aquanauts-in-training, participants will explore fresh water and marine habitats, scientific research, how animals thrive in extreme environments, and even catch a glimpse into what it’s like to have a career in aquatic and marine sciences. The gallery instills a sense of appreciation for our oceans, lakes and rivers of our planet and an understanding of the organisms that thrive there.

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  • Albino Gator Swimming in Dark Water
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Cold Water Quest

The Iciest Waters in the Aquarium

Gallery Features

  • Touch Pool

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  • Crawl Tunnel Viewing Windows

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  • Kelp Forest

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Dive Beneath the Icy Waters

Cold ocean waters teem with fish and marine mammals, just as they do in Cold Water Quest. Beneath our waves curious animals like Australian weedy sea dragons, garibaldi damselfish and Japanese spider crabs hang among rocky ledges and kelp forests. This gallery is home to some of the world’s coldest ocean animals, including sea otters, penguins and more.

Our Southern sea otter exhibit in Cold Water Quest has doubled in size and now includes a deck for trainer-animal interactions and a sneak peek window that shows behind-the-scenes. The African penguin exhibit features more than 25 nesting areas integrated into naturalistic rockwork equipped with a state-of-the-art lighting system that mimics the natural light cycle from twilight to moonlight. Acrylic tunnels and pop-up windows, built into the exhibit, allow guests to come face-to-face with their feathered favorites. Last but not least, our beluga whale exhibit contains subarctic-temperature water as well as harbor seals — gregarious ambassadors for marine conservation efforts.

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Dolphin Coast

Dive into the World of Dolphins

Gallery Features

  • Theater Seats

    1,800+

  • Splash Zone

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  • Gallons of Water

    1.8 M+

A Must-Sea at Georgia Aquarium

Cruise on over to Georgia Aquarium’s captivating coast, Dolphin Coast! This gallery features Georgia Aquarium’s own Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Guests can admire the dolphins in both the Dolphin Coast lobby, as well as in the dolphin theater.

The featured dolphin presentation is full of fun marine facts, a live training demonstration and educates guests about the Aquarium’s efforts in preserving this extraordinary species. The presentation is fun for all ages and admission is included with a general admission ticket. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, with the option of purchasing reserved seating. It is recommended to arrive at least 30 minutes before the presentation. Please note, presentation times vary daily.

Known for their agility and playful social behavior, our dolphins are a must-sea at Georgia Aquarium!

$5 Dolphin Celebration Reserved Seating is available!
Skip the line and enjoy preferred seating for the show.

Ocean Voyager Built By The Home Depot

One of the World’s Largest Single Aquatic Exhibits

Gallery Features

  • Gallons of Water

    6.3M+

  • Tunnel

    100 ft

  • Species

    50+

Explore Our Ocean Like Never Before

Our Ocean Voyager gallery, built by The Home Depot is home to four whale sharks, four manta rays and thousands of other fascinating fish. As one of the largest single aquatic exhibits in the world, Ocean Voyager features an acrylic tunnel for guests to view thousands of marine creatures on all sides, as well as a giant acrylic viewing window to explore our oceans like never before.

This exhibit was specially designed to house whale sharks, the largest fish species in the world. Schools of predatory trevally jacks, squadrons of small and large stingrays, enormous goliath grouper and several sharks all ply the waters of this ocean habitat. With 4,574 square feet of viewing windows, a 100-foot-long underwater tunnel, 185 tons of acrylic windows and one of the largest viewing windows in the world at 23 feet tall by 61 feet wide and 2 feet thick, visitors will have multiple opportunities to view all of these magnificent animals.

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  • Whale Shark Day 1
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  • Manta Race 5K
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  • Zebra Shark 1
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Southern Company River Scout

Georgia Aquarium’s Only Freshwater Gallery

Gallery Features

  • Meandering River

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  • Gallons of Water

    900,000+

  • Crawl Tunnels

    2

Discover the Beauty in Fresh Water

Rivers are a source of life for animals, people and cultures throughout the world. In the Southern Company River Scout gallery, you’ll explore the wide diversity of animals found in the rivers of Africa, South America, Asia and right here in Georgia. This gallery is a themed environment full of waterfalls, logjams and a simulated meandering North American river that flows over your head.

The Southern Company River Scout gallery features river creatures including alligator snapping turtles, archerfish and Asian small clawed otters. Kids can even surround themselves safely with piranha and get a close-up look at the razor sharp teeth of these voracious predators. Perhaps most importantly, everyone who visits Southern Company River Scout will leave with a greater appreciation for freshwater environments everywhere.

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Truist Pier 225

See our charismatic California sea lions!

Gallery Features

  • Theater Seats

    500+

  • Splash Zone

    1

Venture Under the Boardwalk

Truist Pier 225 features the charismatic California sea lion in our Under the Boardwalk presentation. In this show, guests are virtually transported to the coast of California for a close-up look at this incredible species. Trainers interact with these social pinnipeds while educating guests on the dangers they face in their natural environment, as well as key environmental factors that impact them.

In March of 2015, an unusually high number of sea lion pups were stranded on California beaches during an Unusual Mortality Event (UME), a sad phenomenon reaching a record-breaking high. Georgia Aquarium made a home for two pups from this UME, rescued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that were deemed non-releasable. These two pups were named Jupiter and Neptune by Georgia Aquarium’s fans, and they serve as sea lion ambassadors to educate the public about the species’ challenges. Jupiter and Neptune joined four other rescued sea lions in Truist Pier 225.

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Additional Amenities

  • Onsite Photographers

    Showtime Pictures snaps photos as you enter the aquarium and during animal encounters. Then as you leave the aquarium, you will see our custom photo kiosks where you can view your pictures, select a custom background and print your pictures immediately. To order, or view them online please click below:

    Your Photos
  • Free Wifi

    We offer free onsite WiFi. Simply pick "Visitors" then tap "Connect" in your network options.

  • Charging Lounge

    Located on the second level of the Rotunda, you'll find our Southwest Lounge with six charging stations.

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Accessibility at Georgia Aquarium

  • For Guests with Mobility Impairments
  • For Guests with Visual Impairments
  • For Guests with Hearing Impairments
  • Special Needs During Animal Encounters
  • For Guests on the Spectrum

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