So Everyone Can Enjoy the Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium has partnered with KultureCity to improve our ability to assist and accommodate guests with sensory needs. Our objective is to provide an inclusive and seamless experience for all guests for all events including those with sensory needs.

We strive to raise awareness of the needs and challenges faced by individuals with sensory processing disorders by supplying our Team Members with continuous training and by offering resources and accommodations to our guests.

We proudly offer our guests:

  • Sensory room
  • Sensory bags
  • Sensory hours

Georgia Aquarium is the first aquarium to be designated a Certified Autism Center. Learn more here.

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Sensory Needs

Sensory Room

Sensory Room

What is a sensory room?

A sensory room is a space designed to help an individual with sensory issues learn to regulate their brain’s negative reactions to external stimuli by developing coping skills for these experiences.

Our sensory room is located on the second floor next to our 4D theater.

Sensory Bags

Sensory Bags

What are in our sensory bags?

All of our sensory bags come equipped with headphones, marble fidget, noddle fidget, tangle fidget and an I.D. card.

These bags are available at our Guest Service desks.

Sensory Hours

Sensory Hours

What and when are Sensory Hours?

Sensory hours occur during our first hour of operation that provide lowered guest capacity, reduced lights and audio around the Aquarium and quiet spaces in galleries.

Depending on our hours of operation, the first hour is from 8:00am – 9:00am or 9:00am – 10:00am.

Please check our website or Facebook page for our weekly hours.

KultureCity

KultureCity

Who is KultureCity?

A partner of Georgia Aquarium who are the nation’s leading nonprofit on sensory accessibility and acceptance for those with invisible disabilities. Learn more about KultureCity here.

Learn About Sensory Needs

1 in 6 individuals in the U.S. has a sensory processing need.

Sensory needs are a common medical condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. Sensory disabilities can affect both children and adults, like veterans with PTSD. When guests with sensory needs visits a popular venue, things like loud noises, inconsistent lighting or certain smells can be overwhelming and even physically painful.

Sensory Room FAQ's

  • Are there any rules guests need to follow while using the sensory room?
  • Is the room limited to one family at a time?
  • Is there a time limit in the room?
  • What are the benefits of a sensory room?
  • What are the COVID protocols for the sensory room?
  • What comes in a sensory bag?
  • What is a sensory room?
  • Who can use a sensory room?
  • Will there be any entry protocols?
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