Spring Break Fun at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

We are wrapping up spring break here in Georgia this weekend. On Thursday we made a 2 hour trek into Atlanta for some spring break fun at Georgia Aquarium. Many thanks to the Georgia Aquarium for sponsoring this wonderful day! Mom and I have visited the aquarium before, but this was the first time my nieces Maddie and Becca were there. Maddie’s friend Caroline went with us. Those two girls are inseparable, and it reminds me of the close bond I shared with my best friend in grade school.

Spring Break Fun at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia

Our day at the Georgia Aquarium was so much fun and started off with a behind the scenes tour. I encourage you to sign up for a behind the scenes tour of the aquarium, if you ever have the chance. It was so neat to get a view from above the massive tanks. This is where the marine biologists do their work and where the animals get fed.

Spring Break Fun at Georgia Aquarium

This is where they create the waves and heat the water above the Tropical Diver aquarium. It’s a massive setup.

Spring Break Fun at Georgia Aquarium

We got an up close look at the beautiful beluga whales.

Spring Break Fun at Georgia Aquarium - Beluga Whales

Did you now that starfish came in such a vibrant variety of colors?

Spring Break Fun at Georgia Aquarium - Starfish

It was very exciting to get a sneak peek into the Penguin Nursery. They were adorable!

Spring Break Fun at Georgia Aquarium - Penguin Nursery

After our behind the scenes tour, we went to the AT&T Dolphin Tales show. It’s something you don’t want to miss when you visit the Georgia Aquarium. It’s like no other dolphin show I have seen. For safety reason, you can’t take pictures during the show. I snapped this pic of a few of the dolphins, just before we went in for the show.

Spring Break Fun at Georgia Aquarium - Dolphins

After the show, we explored the various exhibits which included: Tropical Diver, Georgia Explorer, Ocean Voyager, River Scout, and Coldwater Quest.

Tropical Diver features one of the largest living reef exhibits of any aquarium in the world. Living corals and thousands of colorful reef fish can be seen in a recreation of a tropical Pacific coral reef. It was beautiful.

Georgia Aquarium Tropical Diver Exhibit - Jelly Fish

Spring Break Fun at Georgia Aquarium - Tropical Diver

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

Ocean Voyager might just be my favorite part of the aquarium. It offers a unique experience, as you glide through an acrylic tunnel or stand in front of the gigantic acrylic viewing window. Its a neat feeling to be enveloped into the deep blue ocean. Don’t be startled if you see a gigantic whale shark or mantas swimming right above your head.

Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager

Ocean Voyager at Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Explorer provides a fun interactive experience where guests can touch pools full of horseshoe crabs, sea stars, rays and shrimp. Explore the state’s rivers and coast meeting wildlife like the loggerhead sea turtle and the fish of Gray’s Reef. The girls had a blast petting the rays.

Georgia Explorer Experience at Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Explorer Experience at Georgia Aquarium

While exploring River Scout we discovered a wide diversity of animals found in the rivers of Africa, South America, Asia and in Georgia.

River Scout at Georgia Aquarium

River Scout at Georgia Aquarium

The Coldwater Quest exhibit is quite spectacular! You can see the coldest oceans of the world and see creatures like the Australian weedy sea dragon, beluga whales, giant Pacific octopus and Japanese spider crabs. Also, learn about how understanding these areas can help us better manage the world’s major fisheries.

Coldwater Quest at Georgia Aquarium

The girls had fun taking pictures of each other with giant squid hair.

Giant Squid Hair at Georgia Aquarium

We spent a lot of time watching the adorable penguins.

Penguins at Georgia Aquarium

For a limited time you can see the Monsters exhibit at Georgia Aquarium. Get a glimpse of creatures of the sea, from the inside out. It’s pretty neat!

Monsters Reveled at Georgia Aquarium

Monsters Revealed Exhibit at Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is such a great way for families to spend a day in Atlanta. I am glad we got to experience how memorable, educational and fun a day together at Georgia Aquarium can be! On your next visit to the aquarium, be sure to check out the AT&T Dolphin Tales show and Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wonder Show. To get your kids excited about their visit to the aquarium, be sure to visit the Georgia Aquarium web site and print some free coloring sheets, word search and crossword puzzles. The girls really enjoyed doing the puzzles in the car, on our way to the aquarium.

What did you family do for spring break? Have you been to the Georgia Aquarium?

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Comments

  1. OOH I Love aquariums! Looks like you had a great time!

  2. my daughter has been begging to go to the Denver Aquarium for a while now. I think I know what is on our “to do” list this summer break!

  3. Ok, I have to check this out! I love a good aquarium.

  4. Looks like an amazing aquarium and there are dolphins – love! We have a walk though tunnel like that at the Aquarium at our zoo and the kids love it!

  5. Oh my gosh, what a neat aquarium! If I am ever in the area I will make sure to stop by and check it out.

  6. I love to visit aquariums. I’ve never been to this one, but we recently visited one that is nearby our home. I always love to watch the jelly fish. They fascinate me.

  7. I NEED to go behind the scenes! That is just the coolest thing ever. I just love sea creatures and what a great way to see them. That enormous whale is just amazing.

  8. Wow this sounds like heaven to me! I wanted to be a marine biologist.

  9. What a fun aquarium!! The aquarium is one of my kids favorites so I am sure they will love this!

  10. We are huge Aquarium fans ourselves. This looks like it was so much fun! I never knew we could sign up for the behind the scenes access. I’ll have to check into that in our local aquariums and see if they even off that. It would be awesome! Thanks for sharing all of these gorgeous pictures from your trip with us.

  11. I was just looking at your photos from the aquarium on Facebook! :) I love aquariums, anything that gives me an up-close look at wildlife makes me happy! Those jellyfish look intense!!

  12. How fun.. I love aquariums, they are all soo cool.. and keep the kids (and myself) busy for a long time. Your trip looked awesome.. thanks for taking us along, almost feel like I was there with you with all those awesome pictures, thanks for sharing

  13. I love visiting aquariums. This sounds like a great place to visit!

  14. We love visiting aquariums when we go on vacation. This one looks particularly well appointed!

  15. I love aquariums! It looks like you had an awesome time! You got some great pictures!

  16. I’ve heard that the Georgia Aquarium is pretty awesome. I can’t believe I never visited with my family when we were in Atlanta for several weeks with my husband’s job. Oh well, next time we make it back, I won’t make that mistake.

  17. I so want to take my kids their in September when we are passing through Georgia, my kids would love this!

  18. I’ve heard this aquarium is amazing!!

  19. I think we visited here years ago, it was great!

  20. wow great pictures!! Love the dolphins though.. my favorite animal :)

  21. Kathleen says:

    Looks like an amazing aquarium. My niece takes my great nephew there.

  22. ellen beck says:

    Gosh that looks so fun and it is amazing how close you can get to the sea life! It looks like you had a wonderful time.

  23. Ooh, I want a behind the scenes tour! How cool to see the whale shark from above!!

  24. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    i love the aquarium! sounds like a fun trip to Georgia is in store for me.

  25. Julie Wood says:

    This Aquarium is amazing and I love seeing all the wonderful animals and the penguins are so cute. I would love to go to this aquarium and see the sites and sounds.

  26. Wow it looks so different from above the tanks, we love visiting aquariums my daughter loves all animals.

  27. What a great time, I love aquariums and tropical and exotic fish!

  28. Jessica Edwards says:

    This looks amazing, i will definitely have to take a vacation and check this place out!

  29. Ashley Wilson says:

    This aquarium looks amazing! We took our kids to the Ripley’s Aquarium in Tennessee, and frequent the New Port Aquarium often. We love our underwater adventures!

  30. Loraine Ellis says:

    This sounds like fun- I love family trips and feel lucky that I live by the biggest zoo in the world

  31. We are going to Atlanta in September. I’ll have to fit this in. I love going to Aauariums.

  32. It has been so long since I last visited an aquarium. My kids are with my inlaws in California for much of spring break this week and got to go to Sea World on Monday. I’m pretty darn jealous!

  33. I love going to aquariums . Been to the one in Maryland Inner Harbor many times. The tunnel in the pictures you have shown -now thats one thing I dont know if I could do -claustrophobic . Great pictures – thanks so much

  34. I have never been there before, but what a wonderful experience!

  35. That whale shark is amazing. My daughter would LOVE this.

  36. This aquarium looks like a lot of fun! The only one I have been to is The Seattle Aquarium. It was really fun and interesting, but this one is definitely bigger.

  37. I haven’t been to Georgia but I have been to them in Oregon. I love the pictures and what you saw. It is amazing what you see there. Thanks for sharing.

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