Discover Fun at the Georgia Aquarium

Spend your day making friends with penguins, dolphins, sea lions and other amazing marine creatures. Attend one-of-a-kind events like Yoga by the Water and beluga whale training or experience the underwater world at the 4D Funbelievable Theater.

Whether you are looking for fun things to do in Atlanta with your friends and family, or seeking a solo adventure, Georgia Aquarium located in downtown Atlanta GA has you covered. We have a year round calendar of events and activities that will absolutely delight the nature lover in you.

Santa's Merry Morning

December 11, 2022 8:00am - 12:00pm

Santa’s in town, and he’s coming to Georgia Aquarium. Join us in spreading holiday joy this season. We’re celebrating with Santa in our Ocean’s Ballroom, which will be overflowing with yuletide treasures and fun activities for the whole family. Enjoy a light breakfast from Wolfgang Puck Catering, decorate festive arts and crafts, and join-us for animal keeper talks, while getting into the holiday spirit. You’ll even have a chance for a selfie with Santa. Create a memory with a complimentary (4×6) photograph with a special holiday backdrop.

We can’t wait to celebrate our Winter Waterland festivities with you and your family. Get tickets now to make sure you don’t miss out on this jolly holiday shindig.

Please note, Merry Morning Tickets do not include admission into Georgia Aquarium.

Looking for creative holiday gifts? Enjoy an exclusive 20% off all memberships, animal encounters, and programs purchased during the Merry Morning event.

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A Merry Member Morning

December 11, 2022 8:00am - 12:00pm

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Santa’s in town, and he’s coming to Georgia Aquarium. Join us in spreading holiday joy this season. We’re celebrating with Santa in our Ocean’s Ballroom, which will be overflowing with yuletide treasures and fun activities for the whole family. Enjoy a light breakfast from Wolfgang Puck Catering, decorate festive arts and crafts, and join-us for animal keeper talks, while getting into the holiday spirit. You’ll even have a chance for a selfie with Santa. Create a memory with a complimentary (4×6) photograph with a special holiday backdrop.

We can’t wait to celebrate our Winter Waterland festivities with you and your family. Reserve your tickets now to make sure you don’t miss out on this jolly holiday shindig.​

Looking for creative holiday gifts? Enjoy an exclusive 20% off all renewal memberships, animal encounters and programs purchased during the Merry Member Morning event.

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Dance by the Water - Salsa & Merengue​

December 12, 2022 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Grab your favorite dance partner (not needed, but encouraged!) and join us at the most unique and inspiring dance studio Atlanta has to offer – Georgia Aquarium!

Dance by the Water is the only dance class in Atlanta with an aquatic view and led by Fred Astaire Dance Studio instructors who teach to all experience levels. Group classes take place in our magnificent Oceans Ballroom, offering incredible views of manta rays and whale sharks while you challenge yourself to learning something new!

Hurry. Space is limited! Tickets are $25 per person and include a 60-minute class and complimentary parking in Georgia Aquarium’s parking garage. Doors open at 6:00 pm; class begins at 6:30 pm.

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Tuesdays in the Field - Deep Sea

December 13, 2022 9:00am - 1:00pm

Approximately 80 percent of the ocean has yet to be explored. Mysteries of the deep sea are slowly being solved, and scientists are continuously discovering new deep-sea animals. Join us as we dive deep into the depths of the ocean to explore the various creatures that live there and the unique conditions they live in!

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Toddler Time

December 14, 2022 9:45am - 11:00am

Bring your toddler on a fun and educational adventure in Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom. During each experience, children can participate in Coral Craft Time, visit Storytime Shore, shake their wiggles out during Jelly Jams, and meet a special guest. Each month, Toddler Time will last an hour and 15 minutes and feature a different theme.

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Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Fan Night

December 30, 2022 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Fan Night

Celebrate Bowl Week at the most unique football event in Atlanta! Georgia Aquarium is offering football fans the opportunity to be surrounded by millions of gallons of waters, thousands of aquatic animals, and fellow football enthusiasts at Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Fan Night. Experience the newest attraction – SHARKS!  Predators of the Deep.  Fans are invited to explore all the Aquarium’s galleries, attend a mini- pep rally. There will be no lack of team spirit at our 7:00pm pep rally that will feature each team’s cheerleaders and mascots! Café and cash bar will be available from 5:00pm – 9:00pm.

Special Note: Sea Lion and Dolphin Presentation are not available on 12/30/22

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New Year's Celebration - SOLD OUT

December 31, 2022 8:30pm - 1:00am

Join us at Georgia Aquarium to ring in the new year at Downtown Atlanta’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve party. You’ll experience exclusive after-hours access to all aquarium main galleries, live entertainment, cocktails and food, topped off with a midnight champagne toast to the new year. By celebrating with us, you’re doing an ocean of good. All proceeds from our New Year’s Eve celebration go toward maximizing our efforts to research and conservation.

 

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Tuesdays in the Field - Bizarre Adaptations

January 10, 2023 9:00am - 1:00pm

Did you know that each animal has a unique characteristic that helps it to survive? These are called adaptations! Adaptations are why frogs can be poisonous, fish can spit water, sharks can sense their prey and why octopuses can camouflage. Want to learn more about how these animals can thrive in a wide variety of ecosystems? Join us for the most bizarre Tuesdays in the Field yet!

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Barre by the Water

January 10, 2023 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Dive into your New Year’s Resolutions with an all NEW, immersive workout experience. Barre by the Water is a full-body workout that transforms you physically and mentally. This musically driven group class focuses on low-impact, high-intensity movements that strengthen and tone your body.​

This class will be held in the Ocean Voyager exhibit which has up-close views of whale sharks, manta rays and our famous green sea turtle. Pure Barre instructors teach to all experience levels, so if you’re new to barre this is a great place to start.

Hurry, space is limited! Tickets are $25 per person and include a 60-minute class and complimentary parking in Georgia Aquarium’s parking garage. Doors open at 6:00pm; class begins at 6:30pm.

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Tuesdays in the Field - Keystone Species

February 14, 2023 9:00am - 1:00pm

Have you ever wondered why an otter is important to its habitat? Did you know sharks play a key role in managing the oceans? Join us this month as we further explore these animals as well as other “key” organisms that help keep ecosystems functioning!

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CHEERSPORT 2023

February 15, 2023 12:00am - 11:59pm

2023 Cheersport Days ( Feb 15 – Feb 22 )

THREE CHEERS FOR FUN! Georgia Aquarium is excited to welcome all Cheersport attendees from near and far with a special discounted admission rate. The Aquarium is located within 3 blocks of the GWCC Competition venue and all major downtown hotels. In between rounds or during breaks, take advantage of this exclusive discount to explore one of downtown Atlanta’s most iconic attractions. Experience our newest gallery – SHARKS! Predators of the Deep.

Insider Tip:  All theater presentations are first come, first served so arrive early for entry.

View 2023 operating hours and presentation times here.

2023 CHEERSPORT DAYS Hours of Operation

  • Wednesday, February 15: 9am – 6pm
  • Thursday, February 16: 9am – 9pm
  • Friday, February 17: 9am –5pm
  • Saturday, February 18: 8am – 8pm
  • Sunday, February 19: 8am – 8pm
  • Monday, February 20: 8am – 6pm
  • Tuesday, February 21: 9am – 6pm
  • Wednesday, February 22: 9am – 6pm

Our Dolphin Celebration and Under the Boardwalk Sea Lion presentation are seated on a first come, first served basis, so we recommend getting in line at least 30 minutes before show time.

View times for these presentations on our Visitor Information page on our website: https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/visitor-information/

View our Accessibility page for information on wheelchairs, strollers, food and drink restrictions and more.

Convenient on-site parking is available in our attached covered deck for an additional fee. However, pre-paid parking is available at a discounted rate on our website.

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Tuesdays in the Field - Marine Mammal Madness

March 14, 2023 9:00am - 1:00pm

What do sea otters​, dolphins, and seals all have in common? They are all marine mammals. ​Marine mammals are animals that possess mammalian characteristics (produce milk, breathe through lungs, are warm-blooded and have hair) and live most or all of their lives in/near the ocean. They come in all shapes and sizes and have unique adaptations that allow them to thrive in diverse habitats. Join us in March for Tuesdays in the Field and get ready for some Marine Mammal Madness.

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Explore Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium is open 365 days a year. Hours of operation vary, so please check our calendar to verify our hours before visiting. Buy tickets online to save money and skip long lines.

Don’t miss the magnificent Dolphin Presentation where you can see the grace and athleticism of these playful marine mammals. Sit back and relax in the 4D Funbelievable Theater. Get an exclusive look at our galleries and habitats with a Behind the Seas tour.

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4D Theater

By combining the highest quality 3D high definition projection with special effects, Georgia Aquarium's 4D Theater allows guests to experience the underwater world in a whole new way.
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Behind the Seas Tour

Our Behind the Seas Tour offer a backstage look at our most popular exhibits.
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Beluga Encounter

Adventure behind-the-scenes of the Cold Water Quest gallery, where you'll to get to meet our beluga whales face to face.
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Dolphin Encounter

Adventure behind-the-scenes of the dolphin theater where you'll to get to meet our dolphins face to face.
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Dolphin Presentation

Dive into the world of dolphins during our awe-inspiring and educational dolphin presentation. Known for their agility and playful social behavior, our dolphins are a must-see at Georgia Aquarium!
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Harbor Seal Encounter

With our unique Harbor Seal Encounter, you'll go behind the scenes of our Cold Water Quest gallery and enjoy some time with our seals in their Aquarium home.
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Journey with Gentle Giants — Dive

Immerse Yourself with Whale Sharks, Manta Rays & More
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Journey with Gentle Giants — Swim

Journey with Gentle Giants is the only opportunity in the world where you’re guaranteed to swim with whale sharks, manta rays and more.
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Penguin Encounter

Go behind the scenes of our Cold Water Quest gallery for an up-close-and-personal penguin encounter.
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Sea Lion Encounter

With our unique Seal Lion Encounter, you'll go behind the scenes and enjoy 30 minutes with our seal lions in their Aquarium home.
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Shark & Ray Interaction

Suit up and get in the water with some of our sharks and rays in this animal interaction in our Sharks! Predators of the Deep gallery.
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Shark Cage Dive

Venture into the deep with some of our most fearsome sharks in this animal interaction in our Sharks! Predators of the Deep® gallery.
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Sleep Under the Sea

Join us for an exciting night of adventure and exploration! Georgia Aquarium offers sleepovers for families, youth groups, schools, companies, and more.
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Specialty Certifications

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The Megalodon Shark (Otodus Megalodon)

The megalodon shark (Otodus megalodon) is an extinct species thought to have lived between 23 million and 2 million years ago, and scientists believe they grew up to 50 feet (15m) in length.
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Under the Boardwalk

Truist Pier 225’s live presentation, Under the Boardwalk, features Georgia Aquarium's incredible California sea lions.
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Virtual Reality
Step into the Portal!

Step into the VR Portal and be “transported” back in time to see amazing, prehistoric marine life with our state-of-the-art motion-based virtual reality ride.
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Waddle Walk

Don’t be surprised if you see a penguin waddling by the next time you visit Georgia Aquarium, as our trainers lead several African penguins on a daily stroll across the Aquarium’s main Atrium.
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