Georgia Aquarium Tips for an Interactive, Fun Visit

If you’re anything like me, you’re busy and you see a thing, buy tickets to the thing, and get to the thing and realize you should’ve planned better for the thing. I thought I was doing well by purchasing Early Bird tickets for general admission. Turns out, that’s not all I should’ve done. Here are a few interactive activities that I wish I had known about prior to our visit to the Georgia Aquarium:

  1. NO OUTSIDE FOOD – it’s probably just me. I need to remember this. I carry snacks everywhere. Be prepared to pay a lot of money for an apple.
  2. Dolphin Celebration/ Penguin Encounter/ Sea Otter Encounter/ Sea Lion Encounter -> THESE SELL OUT QUICK – Purchase tickets for these events ONLINE prior to your visit and not the day of, trust me. You don’t want to miss these shows. At least book one, and you’ll see what I mean. There are really really smart animals, dad humor, trainers, and Queen tunes to jam out to. Check the time at the beginning of your aquarium trip to coordinate a time conflict-free experience. All Ages (Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
  3. Virtual Reality Experience – this is a motion-based virtual reality ride that takes you on a deep sea quest to retrieve a jewel. You’ll dodge deep see rocks and shark bite attempts. If this is your kid’s thing, it’s worth the $10. It’s maybe 10 minutes long, costs extra (in addition to your ticket), and sometimes the wait for it can be >30 minutes long (so maybe do this when your eyes need a rest). My son requests to do it every visit, so if you think your kid will be attracted to this, plan accordingly. Minimum Age: 7
  4. Waist Deep with the Belugas – Purchase tickets in advance online. Come face to face with beautiful, majestic beluga whales with close oversight of Georgia Aquarium trainers, of course. You’ll get to interact in the water with these gentle giants one-on-one. All ages (Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
  5. Toddler Time – Every first Monday of the month from 10:00a to 11:30a you can take your toddlers to the Georgia Aquarium to learn about sea life and how to protect the planet. Your littles also get adults in costume for story time, a craft, and a snack.
  6. REFUNDS ARE KIND OF NOT A THING

Here’s the link for all the extra, ticket options to make your trip to the Georgia Aquarium extra cool: https://tickets.georgiaaquarium.org/single/EventListing.aspx

Written by Aryeonne Johnson