Animals & Experiences

Experience some of your favorite aquatic animals up close and personal.

They’re back! Georgia Aquarium is excited to relaunch several animal encounter programs, just in time for the holidays! Guests can once again experience some of their favorite Aquarium animals up close and personal.

During these encounters, guests will go behind the scenes to learn more about their favorite animals from the trainers who care for them every day. In some encounters, they will also get an exclusive opportunity to participate in a training or feeding session while learning more about the Aquarium’s rescue, research, and conservation initiatives. Walk away with an unforgettable experience and a souvenir photo to share with their family and friends.

Visit the links below to learn more about each encounter program and to reserve your spot:

Sea Otter Encounter*

Beluga Encounter*

African Penguin Encounter*

Dolphin Encounter

Harbor Seal Encounter

Sea Lion Encounter

Shark & Ray Interaction

Journey with Gentle Giants — Swim

Journey with Gentle Giants — Dive

*Relaunched program – now available!


Please note that our encounter programs have age, weight, and/or height requirements, be sure to review all inclusions and restrictions before booking your encounter.

For guests who may need special accommodations, every effort will be made to assist with participation in our encounter programs. Please call our Call Center at (404) 581-4000 to make your reservation.

To learn more about our programs and to purchase tickets, please visit our website. These encounter spots do go fast, so reserve today! Looking to give the best gift? Get them an animal encounter or gift certificate to use towards the encounter of their choice!

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Georgia Aquarium is a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Atlanta, Ga. that is Humane Certified by American Humane and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Georgia Aquarium is committed to working on behalf of all marine life through education, preservation, exceptional animal care, and research across the globe. Georgia Aquarium continues its mission each day to inspire, educate, and entertain its millions of guests about the aquatic biodiversity throughout the world through its engaging exhibits and tens of thousands of animals across its eight major galleries.

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