- Type: Sightseeing, Zoos and Aquariums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Admission is a little pricey but worth it for the world's largest aquarium. It features 80,000 animals, covering 500 species in five permanent exhibits. The beluga whales and new albino alligators are some of the most popular creatures you'll find here. Penguins, sea otters, and giant octopi are also featured in this aquarium's lineup.
While you're here, it would be a shame (also difficult) to miss the Ocean Voyager exhibit, where visitors walk through an acrylic tunnel surrounded by huge whale sharks, manta rays, stingrays, hammerhead sharks and other fish. But be prepared for lots of company: The exhibit is one of the most popular parts of the aquarium and is subject to heavy crowds.
If you really want to see everything there is here, consider a behind-the-scenes tour, where you can swim with whale sharks. Fees are unsurprisingly high. General admission costs roughly $25 per person (prices are subject to change by day and by season), with behind-the-scenes tours costing upward of $37; luckily the CityPASS works here too. If you do buy tickets, do so on the Georgia Aquarium website before your visit, as ticket lines are most always long. You should also double check the aquarium's hours while you're online: The aquarium is generally open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. They often extend hours for peak visiting days.