All About Aquariums: The Georgia Aquarium

When we decided that we wanted to go to Atlanta, besides going to the Braves game at Turner Field, going to the Georgia Aquarium was at the top of our list of things to do. Christian and I's first "real date" was actually to an aquarium near San Diego. I know there is a lot of controversy in going to aquariums/zoo's but I love them. I think that, for the most part, they do good things. But that's not what this post is about. It's about our love for aquariums, and always trying to go to the nearest one. I had been to the Georgia Aquarium years before, but it was Christian's first time and I could not wait to show him around. 

Being Memorial Day weekend, the lines for everything were absolutely insane. I would definitely recommend buying tickets online before going to the aquarium. We ended up buying them online for a slight discount and then going to will call to pick them up. While Cooper and I were doing this, Christian ran over to the World of Coca Cola and picked up tickets for that. The line was basically nonexistent for the World of Coke so we ended up doing that attraction first, and then headed over to the aquarium. 

It was incredibly crowded the day we went, and just getting into the aquarium took about 30-45 minutes. You stand and walk through a crowded queue line zigging in and out. They can only let in so many people every 30 minutes because of fire code, and they do their best to stick to it. The only thing I can say would be remember to put on sunscreen. I was a little grumpy at this point because I was hungry, hot, and getting sunburnt, but my saint of a boyfriend and best friend still put up with me. 

As soon as we walked into the aquarium, both Christian and Cooper looked like little kids in a candy shop. There were so many people that we kind of just had to stop and take everything in and figure out which part to go through first. All in all, I think we spent about two hours in the aquarium. There are six different areas for you to visit: Coldwater Quest, River Scout, Georgia Explorer, Tropical Diver, Ocean Voyager, and the aquarium entrance/exit area. Honestly, it was just so nice walking in there because of how cool it was. The air conditioning made us not want to leave because we knew how hot it was outside. 

Personally, I would pay the money just to go and visit the touch pool that they have. If you know me well, you know that I'm obsessed with Sting Rays. I love them, and any kind of rays to be honest. There's something about them, they're all just so happy looking all the time. 

The aquarium is HUGE, and really beautiful. If you ever are in the area, or have the chance to visit it I would definitely say it's worth the time, and the money. 

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