I am so excited to write this post today because I have LOVED animals my entire life! If you can believe it, before I became interested in fashion I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. I loved marine animals and thought it would be the perfect job for me! This post today will share my Georgia Aquarium Review – PLUS: a Behind the Scenes of the Sips Under the Sea Event that Marc and I attended on Valentine’s Day!
***The Georgia Aquarium gifted me two VIP tickets to their Sips Under the Sea event on Valentine’s Day. All thoughts and opinions are my own.***
This event was such a great time and I know you’ll be just as excited to hear about it as I am to share about it. The last time I had been to the Georgia Aquarium was when I was about 12 years old! My mom took my sister and I when I was in middle school and we went there and the Coca-Cola Factory across the street. The Aquarium was just as magical back then as it was when we went on Friday!
In this post I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia and then I’ll also have a section about the Sips Under the Sea event and how amazing that was! Below I’ll tell you all the Georgia Aquarium FAQ and everything from the Georgia Aquarium Directions and Parking to Georgia Aquarium Restaurants. If you’re planning a trip, this is the post you’ll want to read!
Georgia Aquarium FAQ
I wanted to start with just a general FAQ section for all of your Georgia Aquarium questions! These are all the questions I had before I went and questions that I’ve seen frequently searched on Google. If you’re planning a trip, this is where I would think you’d like to start anyway! Let’s dive in (lol here’s my first and maybe only pun).
Q: Is the Georgia Aquarium free on your birthday?
A: Yes, the Georgia Aquarium is free on your birthday if you’re a Georgia resident (click here to read more)! If you’re an adult, just make sure to have a government issued ID with you, or if it’s your child’s birthday, have a copy of their birth certificate.
Q: What are the Georgia Aquarium hours?
A: The Georgia Aquarium doesn’t have a specific set of hours on their website; however, they have a calendar for every single day of the year! Be sure to check that out (here) so you can plan accordingly. On weekdays it seems most of the time the Georgia Aquarium is open from 10am-9pm and on weekends it seems they’re open from 9am-9pm!
Q: Does the Georgia Aquarium have free parking?
A: No, the Georgia Aquarium does not have free parking; however, there is Georgia Aquarium parking on site (read more here).
Q: How much does Georgia Aquarium Parking Cost?
A: The Georgia Aquarium Parking breakdown is below (read more here):
- Members: $10
- Non-Members (In Advance): $12
- Non-Members (Day of):$15
Q: Does the Georgia Aquarium have restaurants?
A: Yes there are two Georgia Aquarium restaurants. There is Cafe Aquaria and Seaside Delights! Find out their hours and what they offer on the menus (here)!
Q: Can I take the MARTA to the Georgia Aquarium?
A: Yes! There is access to the Georgia Aquarium via MARTA. Find those directions and instructions (here).
Q: Where can I find a Georgia Aquarium Map?
A: The Georgia Aquarium has maps once you arrive on the outside of the building (you can see that in my photo below), once you arrive inside, as well as online! View the online map in English (here).
Q: Does the Georgia Aquarium offer behind the scenes tours?
A: Yes, there is a Georgia Aquarium Behind the Seas tour (find out more here). If you book this tour, you’ll get to see the filtration room, vet facilities, and so much more!
Q: Does the Georgia Aquarium have a Calendar of Events?
A: Yes! That is how Marc and I ended up at the Sips Under the Seas event (more below). Click here to see their entire calendar of events for 2020 (here)!
Q: Where can I find info on Georgia Aquarium Directions and Parking?
A: The best place to find Georgia Aquarium directions and parking is (>here)! To save you the time though, I’m going to add the address below so you have all info in one place. This is the Georgia Aquarium parking address and will take you right where you need to go!
Georgia Aquarium Address: 357 Luckie Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313
Q: Are there Georgia Aquarium souvenirs?
A: Of course! What would a place like this be without the cute things to remember it by. I personally would opt for a Georgia Aquarium ornament if I were to grab anything because it’s my mom’s favorite thing to buy! It’ll also help you remember your fun trip every time you set up your tree.
Things to do at the Georgia Aquarium
Now that I’ve answered all of the questions you’ve been wondering, here is the fun stuff! These are all the things to do at the Georgia Aquarium. There are four main areas of the aquarium that you’ll want to make sure you hit, and then there’s other items I’ll list as well! The four areas are Cold Water Quest, Tropical Diver, Dolphin Coast, and Ocean Voyager. I’ll delve more into them below!
Cold Water Quest
Cold Water Quest was one of my favorite areas of the aquarium to explore! This area has so many fun and exciting animals. When you start out in this section, you’ll see a fun touch tank with star fish! As you move further in, you’ll see the massive beluga whale tank. This is such a stunning tank and you need to see it! Cold Water Quest is also home to tons of interesting fish and creatures.
The other area you have to see in this section is the penguin exhibit! My favorite part of the night was bonding with other millennials and watching all of us struggle into the little crawl space of this exhibit. There’s a unique area where you can look into a clear cubby in the penguin tank and it was AMAZING!! I also love puffins and there’s a puffin tank as well.
Tropical Diver was one of my favorite areas because this is where the jellyfish are! Marc and I were walking through this exhibit and I hadn’t realized this yet. I heard over the little speakers they have that the jellyfish were behind me and I ran over so quickly! There are so many types of jellyfish shown including: the purple striped jellyfish, the pacific sea nettle, and the white spotted jelly (these were SO STUNNING).
There are also other unique sea creatures in this section of the aquarium as well. There are cute little baby eels that look like worms, dozens of different kinds of fish, and even some rays as well! This section was really fun and had such gorgeous habitats for the animals.
Ocean Voyager is the BEST SECTION OF THE AQUARIUM HANDS DOWN! If you’ve seen photos of the long tunnel that has animals sea animals all around it, this is where that’s located! It was such an awe-inspiring experience and if you only had to go to once place it should be here. You can see so many different types of animals and my favorite probable had to be the gigantic sea turtles!
Once you pass through the tunnel, you’ll get to a really fun touch tank! You can touch and interact with little crabs (like Jaques in Finding Nemo). As you get to the end of this exhibit, you’ll see the largest tank ever! It houses so many sea animals and types of rocks/coral that you’ll be blown away! PLUS, this is where’ you’ll see the whale sharks!
Dolphin Coast is at the top of an escalator and it’s where you get to see DOLPHINS (go figure haha). Before you get to the actual dolphin exhibit, you’re able to play around and “train” a dolphin on the screens they have! This would be really fun for younger children because it’s really interactive. To see the actual dolphins, you’ll walk to the end of the hallway!
Sips Under the Sea Event – Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium gifted us two VIP Tickets to their Sips Under the Sea event and I had the most fun I think I’ve ever had! I decided to surprise my boyfriend of three years with tickets, but he had no idea where we were going until we literally showed up. He’s lived in Atlanta his whole life, but luckily he hadn’t been to the Aquarium in years (like me) and so he really had absolutely no clue.
When we pulled up to the parking garage and he saw the huge sting ray on the side he did a double take and freaked out. He had not even a single inkling that we would be showing up to the aquarium and was skeptical at first. Once we arrived, we went straight for the food of course. If you had VIP tickets, you were able to head upstairs where they had hors d’oeuvres and some sweets that were Valentine’s Day themed!
After Marc and I ate, he grabbed a drink and then we headed out to explore! Southwest Airlines had a fun drawing going on where you were able to collect stickers and be entered to win. While walking around the aquarium, it was fun gathering stickers to potentially win!
We both really adored the Ocean Voyager portion of the Georgia Aquarium because of the stunning tunnel. We both were Animal Planet fans growing up, so getting to read animal facts and see all of the unique habitats was so exciting for us. All in all, this was the perfect Georgia Aquarium date night and we would 100% do it again!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Marc and I had such an amazing time exploring the Georgia Aquarium and we can’t wait to go back in the future. If you are looking for a fun adventure for the family, or for a date night, this is the place you need to go! I know I’m looking forward to going back.
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