Tips for Visiting the Georgia Aquarium {Giveaway}

May 15, 2014 40 Comments »

Planning your summer trips and family vacations? Might I suggest a trip to Atlanta, Georgia to visit to the world’s second largest aquarium, Georgia Aquarium.

Tips for Visiting Georgia Aquarium MommyB Collage

Daddy B, Miss A, Lil’ C, and I were able to make a weekend trip down to Atlanta thanks to the Georgia Aquarium and Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown. We had heard from some of YOU and friends how amazing the aquarium was, and are happy to confirm all of the rave reviews were spot on. We really enjoyed our visit and would love to go back again soon.

For those of you thinking of making a visit to the Georgia Aquarium here are some tips:

Tips for Visiting Georgia Aquarium MommyB

Take your time.

If you are visiting Georgia for attractions other than the aquarium I would highly recommend setting aside an entire day (times vary depending on the day of the week), to enjoy the aquarium.

Get to events/shows early.

Especially on weekends, the shows and special events fill up quickly, if you don’t like large crowds or want to be proactive plan your schedule around the shows giving about a 15-30 minute leeway at least.

 

Eat meals at off times.

You’d be surprised at how many people were in the cafeteria (which has some really yummy/healthy options too) right at noon for lunch. If you plan accordingly you can miss the mad rush, find a table, enjoy your meal, and end up enjoying the aquarium while everyone else is eating.

Take lots of pictures and video.

With many of the animals and fish being species we don’t often see, be sure to take lots of pictures and video to commemorate your trip and reminisce in the memories. Sometimes we get caught up in seeing the sites but forget to document it too.

Skip shows if you have sensitive children.

Both of our girls are a little sensitive to things that seem to be scary including movies, bugs, large animals. While I understand not all children are affected there are some things for parents of sensitive children to be aware of.

In Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wonder Show certain children may be bothered by 3d (the film or the glasses), air blowing under seats, and non-harmful objects falling from the ceiling. If your child has a sensory processing disorder or is sensitive in this manner you may want to skip this attraction, however if your child loves movies and doesn’t mind the sensory features this is a great, wholesome video even though there is some commercialism (Home Depot), there are lots of laughs and learning showcased.

Georgia Aquarium Deepo Review MommyB

In Georgia Aquarium’s other large attraction; AT&T Dolphin Tales show, your family gets to watch a live dolphin show with a pirate tale. This show is held in an amphitheater type setting so if someone in your family is claustrophobic or afraid of heights you may want to skip out. Also we loved the dolphins so much that they canceled out the “bad guys” aka dead fish pirate ship/bad pirates, but the girls did mention how that part of the show bothered them. If your children do not like “bad guys” in movies/shows you may want to consider skipping this attraction.

Allow yourself to be amazed.

With the media and accessibility that we have these days it’s often hard for us to fully realize the wonders of the world. Try to remember these are real creatures and animals that you have the privilege of seeing up close. Encourage your children (and yourself) to learn at least 5 new things about sea life.

Amazing Georgia Aquarium Pics MommyB

Look for discounts.

Often times you can find attraction discounts with memberships you are a part of, or if you are a credit card holder, be sure to check also with travel bureaus for discounts to attractions. Georgia Aquarium is also offering an amazing Southern Hospitality Discount for residents of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida. Visitors receive discounted admission of $29.95 +tax when they show a valid ID verifying residency at the ticket window only, now through June 13, 2014.

Enter to win tickets.

My last piece of advice for visiting the Georgia Aquarium is to enter to win your family a 4 pack of Total Tickets with a Behind-the-Scenes Tour, and a 1 Day Parking Voucher. How awesome is that?!?! If it’s not a great fit for you feel free to enter to win for someone else or tell your friends/family about this giveaway and all of the great things Georgia Aquarium has in store for families.

Enter here to win:

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Plan your trip.

Start your planning by checking out information on the Georgia Aquarium website. The site offers hours of operation, parking information, ticket package details and is sure to get your family excited about the trip!

 

 

My family and I were invited to Georgia and the Georgia Aquarium. We were not compensated for a review nor did we pay for admission or lodging. Thank you to Georgia Aquarium and Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Atlanta for hosting us.

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40 Comments

  1. Laura May 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM - Reply

    SO cool you guys went here recently! We are planning a trip there this summer and we are excited to go to the the dolphin tales show! Dolphins and pirates sounds fun! 🙂

    • MommyB May 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM - Reply

      It’s a really cool premise with the good pirates saving the dolphins and of course the tricks are awesome!

  2. Jason Williams May 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM - Reply

    Love this place!

  3. Lesli May 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM - Reply

    We can’t wait to visit for the first time this year. My kids are so excited to see the whale sharks!

    • MommyB May 15, 2014 at 2:43 PM - Reply

      I didn’t realize this would be your first time. They will love it!

  4. mommylawyer May 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM - Reply

    My family lives the Georgia Aquarium!

  5. Kristin kittle May 15, 2014 at 12:58 PM - Reply

    We’d see the penguins of course! And the whale sharks….amazing!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. erin t. May 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM - Reply

    The Whale Sharks. Ive wanted to go since I’ve known about the Whale Sharks.

    • MommyB May 15, 2014 at 2:42 PM - Reply

      The whale sharks are amazing and if you win I think you get a behind the scenes feeding tour!!

      • erin t. May 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM - Reply

        Fingers crossed! Lots of entries. We are going up to DC and of course cutting through GA. I mentioned going to DH, he said it would take a day out of our way. But if I win, it’d be worth it. LOL. I speak whale, you know.

  7. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy May 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM - Reply

    Our first stop would be to see the penguins. Moo is obsessed them and has never seen one in person. We will definitely have to try to visit this summer.

    • MommyB May 15, 2014 at 2:43 PM - Reply

      They are so cute! We saw them learning how to swim. So funny!

  8. dannyscotland May 15, 2014 at 2:42 PM - Reply

    My daughters love jellyfish, so we would be heading anywhere they might have them! They also love coral reefs, so we’d definitely go there.

  9. tiffany cheung May 15, 2014 at 5:51 PM - Reply

    We’re going next month so this would be so awesome to win! We’d head to see the asian otter and the penguins! We love all the sea creatures, can’t wait to go visit all of them!

  10. Kristen May 15, 2014 at 10:43 PM - Reply

    I love that you included the sensory overload in the review. I know many kids who would be affected by that, but then would go and love the dolphin show. Thanks for always thinking of everyone in your reviews!

  11. Nichole May 15, 2014 at 10:49 PM - Reply

    We would most definitely go to the moving sidewalk through the big aquarium! We love the Georgia Aquarium.

  12. Kelley @ {Forever's Like a Dream} May 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM - Reply

    We would head straight for the dolphins!! The AT&T Dolphin Tales looks pretty cool!! Dolphin encounter would be a fun experience!

  13. Eileen Blackburn May 16, 2014 at 6:44 AM - Reply

    We would go straight to the moving sidewalk! So cool!! We have never been but I know our whole family would love it!

  14. Rebecca May 16, 2014 at 7:44 AM - Reply

    We loove Dolphins, so straight to those friends first.

  15. mimi May 16, 2014 at 9:09 AM - Reply

    The cafeteria because the food is yummy

  16. Jessica @EatSleepBe May 16, 2014 at 10:47 PM - Reply

    If I get to bring my kids to Atlanta with me this year I hope to take them to the aquarium. It looks terrific! The dolphins would be my first stop, but my kids would be pulling me towards the penguins.

  17. Aubrey May 17, 2014 at 10:17 AM - Reply

    I have been wanting to take the family to the GA Aquarium soon! That dolphin show sounds so cool. Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Mary Jenkins May 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM - Reply

    We’re heading to the Dolphin Tales exhibit. We are staying a night in Atlanta next month when school lets out! It’s the half way point to my mom’s house, and we’ve been hearing great things about the Georgia Aquarium.

  19. Jamie Rippy (@MamaMommyMom) May 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM - Reply

    We went down right after the aquarium opened… it was great! The kids would want to hit up the dolphin tales show first, I’m sure!

  20. Heather Durkee May 19, 2014 at 10:21 AM - Reply

    We went a few years ago when my oldest was 5. The dolphins were not there yet so thats for sure where we would be headed! She LOVES dolphins!

  21. Jessie L. May 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM - Reply

    The dolphins!

  22. Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered) May 19, 2014 at 11:11 AM - Reply

    I think we’d totally want to do a private penguin encounter. How cool would that be!!?

  23. Timara Bolding May 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM - Reply

    3D theater!

  24. Leigh May 19, 2014 at 3:11 PM - Reply

    Went to the Georgia Aquarium 3 years ago as a chaperone for a middle school field trip from NC. The kids LOVED it, but due to a packed schedule, we were forced to rush through. Want to go back with my whole family and take more time.

  25. Debra G May 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM - Reply

    I would like the Ocean Voyager first.

  26. Teresa May 19, 2014 at 7:17 PM - Reply

    We would love to go see the dolphins!! 🙂

  27. Charlotte May 20, 2014 at 11:55 PM - Reply

    We would see the dolphins.

  28. ria clarke May 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM - Reply

    Definitely the dolphin encounter

  29. shaunie May 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM - Reply

    We would head here first- Dolphin Encounter and Experience Program . We’d love to see the dolphins

  30. Lauren H May 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM - Reply

    The restrooms then dolphin encounters

  31. Jessica W May 26, 2014 at 1:45 AM - Reply

    We would go to the Southwest Tropical Diver first….my son would love all the bright colors!

  32. Leigh Anne Borders May 27, 2014 at 9:30 PM - Reply

    I would love to take my family to see the dolphin shows. Those are such beautiful animals!

  33. Curtis Miller May 27, 2014 at 9:49 PM - Reply

    I would take my kids to the Ocean Voyager! Such amazing animals there!

  34. Jamie McGarity June 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM - Reply

    Has the Southern Hospitality discount expired already? My family and I are considering taking a last minute trip to ATL next week and wanted to visit the aquarium. We can only go on the 4th or the 5th. I know weekends and holidays are the busiest. What day would you recommend we go between those two days. Thanks so much!
    -Jamie

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