Georgia Aquarium is an international public museum of animals in Atlanta, Georgia, United States devoted entirely to marine life. It was founded in 1992 with a gift from the American Heart Association. It serves as a local Atlanta conservation hub and offers educational and scientific programs to help children better understand the world of marine animals. Georgia Aquarium houses hundreds of exotic species and millions of animals throughout its seven main galleries, all of which live in over ten million gallons of saltwater and freshwater. Through breeding programs, the Georgia Aquarium has been able to provide a steady supply of marine species to US aquarium enthusiasts for over fifteen years.
In addition to sea otters, it also houses hundreds of tropical fish including the Barracuda, Black Tip Shark, Black Sea Bass, Blue Angelfish, Broadbill Goby, Common Goldfish, Coelacanth, Crevalle and Lemon Grass Carp. Additionally, the Georgia Aquarium has many mammals and birds such as the Short-eared Owl, Grey Rabbit, Flounder, Northern Pintail, Common Chimney Swam, Honey Bear, Peacock Puffball, Pine Sparrow, Ringworm and Roborovski Squid. Each day, it transforms the zoo’s four acres of natural terrain into an interactive habitat complete with saltwater aquariums, tropical plants, saltwater reefs, tropical fish and a variety of sea creatures. All exhibits are supported by a fully automated system that feeds all shows on a regular basis.
The place features a total of five million gallons of water and two million gallons of fresh water. This makes the aquarium one of the largest in the United States and one of the most expensive too. This aquarium has attracted people from all over the world since it opened. Over six hundred thousand people visit the animal ocean sanctuary annually. Georgia Aquarium’s goal is to provide visitors with an unforgettable marine experience.
It has two dolphin celebration events each year. The first dolphin celebration takes place in March and April. At the Dolphin Celebration, children can get an up-close and personal look at the bottlenose dolphins in their care. The Dolphin Celebration also includes Jungle Jumper dolphins, Cappuccino bottlenose dolphins, Leatherback and Green Sea dolphins along with more exotic species like Hawaiian and Tahitian Whales. At this place, the second dolphin celebration takes place in May and June.
The Georgia Aquarium features numerous marine displays. The Georgia Aquarium has two Underwater Zoo. These animals are called Marine Animal Park and Underwater Nursery. These two exhibits focus on the conservation of marine life in Georgia. They offer the visitor a chance to view different types of fishes and whales sharks in their natural habitat.
Another popular exhibit at this place that is not necessarily for children is the Ocean Voyage. Ocean Voyage takes visitors on a voyage of discovery around the Georgia shores. This exhibit focuses on sea life from the Galveston Island area. This voyage starts with a trip to the Galveston Island Marine Science Center, where visitors can view the many species of marine animals like sharks, jellyfish and octopus. The whale shark show at the Marine Science Center takes guests to a real-life experience as a train pulls up next to a group of whales, giving the opportunity to swim with the sharks and watch them feed.
At the conclusion of the Ocean Voyage Exhibit, guests will have the opportunity to go back to the Georgia Aquarium and book a reservation for the 2020 Ocean Voyage exhibit. The proceeds of the event, which benefits the Georgia Aquarium, help increase the ability of the facility to care for endangered species. Besides featuring the aforementioned whale sharks, the exhibit also features the turtles of the Galveston Island area. Tickets for this unique show will be limited and priced at a reasonable cost.
If you are interested in seeing all that the Georgia Aquarium has to offer, or if you are looking for a family friendly place to visit with your kids while you are in the area, make sure to check out the Galveston Island River Scout. This attraction runs through March and April and is designed to educate kids about the natural environment of the Georgia coast. During the trip, participants will enjoy a variety of activities, including a walking tour of the ferries that crisscross the Georgia rivers on their way to the different islands of the coast. There will also be opportunities for nature programs, kayaking, snorkeling, rafting, and hot air ballooning. A boat cruise will allow participants the opportunity to view the cultural attractions that are unique to the area.