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Georgia Aquarium is located at 225 Baker Street, across the street from the north end of Centennial Olympic Park.
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.
The official Georgia Aquarium parking deck has entrances located on Luckie Street and Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard.
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.
Yes. Please click here for more information about our tickets.
Yes. There are no guns, knives, matches, lighters, fishing poles, outside food, beverage or gum allowed inside the 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.
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.
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.
The closest MARTA train stations are CNN/Georgia World Congress Center and Peachtree Center.
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.
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.
It is estimated that it takes between 2-4 hours depending on your group.
At the Information Desk, you may check personal belongings for $2 per item. We do not have lockers for rent at this time.
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.
We do not have strollers to rent at this time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At this time, if you need to change your email address for confirmation, you must call or email Visitor Services to have it changed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Deepo” is a garibaldi damselfish that serves as the Georgia Aquarium mascot.
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.
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.
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.
Please click here to view information on upcoming events.
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.
Yes. You can learn more about birthday parties and kids' parties and how to host your next party at the Georgia Aquarium here.
Yes. The Georgia Aquarium offers overnight programs for adults, families and organized youth groups. Please click here for more information.
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.
Yes. There are two gift shops within the Aquarium. You can also buy Georgia Aquarium merchandise and souvenirs through our online store.
Yes. Piedmont Hospital provides staffing for a full first-aid station, located behind the Information Desk near the Aquarium entrance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information on becoming a volunteer, visit the Volunteer section of our website.
Yes, Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of AZA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It took 44 months to design and build the Aquarium, plus another 34 months to design and build the dolphin expansion.
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.
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.
Georgia Aquarium is a community asset, and with the economy still struggling, it is important that we be able to offer more value and an even better guest experience to our visitors. As a result we created a new all-inclusive ticket packed with value, the Total Ticket, providing a variety of world-class experiences for visitors at one low price.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Group tickets can be purchased through our Group Sales department by emailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 404-581-4121.
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.
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.
Yes. You need a specific date and time for your reservation.
If you miss your timed entry, you and your group will enter at the next available time slot.
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.
All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds for no-shows or unused tickets.
No outside food, beverage or gum is allowed inside the Georgia Aquarium. Ask about our discounted meal voucher options!
Life support systems can cycle all 6.3 million gallons in the Ocean Voyager exhibit in 60 minutes.
Georgia Aquarium uses more than 70 miles of pipes! That's enough to stretch along all of I-285!
It took 1.8 million pounds of sea salt to make the largest exhibit as salty as the ocean.
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.
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.
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.
If you are sensitive to shellfish, please avoid touching these animals.
The water is kept at 59 degrees Fahrenheit.
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.
The majority of our living corals were cultured at other public aquariums and donated to us.
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.
It holds 164,000 gallons and is one of the largest living coral reef exhibits in any aquarium in the United States.
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.
Your gift recipient can now make annual pass reservations online. They will need to follow these steps:
Should you have any difficulties, please contact our visitor services team at 404.581.4000 or email Visitor Services.
Because you receive benefits for your donation, it is not tax deductible. Please contact your tax advisor for details.
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.
Click here to learn more about supporting our mission to be the world’s most engaging aquarium experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please call our Visitor Services team at 404.581.4444 or email Visitor Services.
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.
All of our passes are for individuals. You can purchase the arrangement of passes that best suits your family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The benefits of volunteering at the Georgia Aquarium include the following:
Volunteer Programs staff use email as the primary method of communication and will keep you informed during each step of the volunteer process.
Background checks take one to three weeks to complete. Regardless of outcome, you will be notified.
The non-refundable administrative fee goes toward defraying the costs of the background check, uniform, security badges, training material and other items.
The administrative fee is non-refundable as this goes toward processing your background check and other items.
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.
Service hours are earned by completing volunteer shifts (most are 4 hours each) and by attending training sessions (3 hours each).
Yes. However, note that 34 of the 50 hours required to apply for behind the scenes positions must be spent volunteering with the public.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Atlanta, GA 30313
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We encourage guest to pre-register as there are a limited number of spaces per swim and dive.
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.
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.
We can accommodate wetsuit sizes and equipment sizes for people who weigh between 45 lbs. and 320 lbs.
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.
The Aquarium is located downtown right next to the World of Coca-Cola and Centennial Olympic Park. Click here for directions.
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.
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.
You can make a reservation by registering online or calling 404.581.4000.
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.
The water temperature is 77 degrees F.