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Georgia Aquarium - in Atlanta, the World’s Largest and Most Engaging Aquarium

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Georgia Aquarium

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Now is the perfect time to experience the world’s largest aquarium and one of the feature Atlanta attractions!

With eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you have never seen before!

One of the top Atlanta attractions.

In Ocean Voyager - Whale sharks, sawfish and stingrays swim overhead the underwater tunnel.

Behind the Scenes Tours

Behind the Scenes Tours allow guests to see a different angle of the world’s largest aquarium including: enjoying special views from the top of the various exhibits, learning how salt water and crashing waves are created and how the water is filtered with the filtration system and viewing the husbandry commissary, vet clinic and surgical room.


And a few facts....

• Opened to the Public
o November 23, 2005
• Address and Telephone
o 225 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313
o (404) 581-4000
• World’s Largest Aquarium
o Georgia Aquarium opened as the world’s largest by gallons of water, with more than eight million gallons in our various habitats.
o Georgia Aquarium opened as the world’s largest by the number of animals.
o The specially designed whale shark habitat alone has more than six million gallons of water. The habitat dimensions are 263’ long x 126’ wide x 30’ deep at its largest points.
• General Admission Tickets
o Price including tax: $24 (Adults), $18 (Children 3-12), $20 Seniors (55+)
o The Aquarium uses a timed-ticketing process. Benefits include flexibility to pick the time and date of your visit, view all exhibits at your own pace, avoid the lines and have room to explore.
o Upon arrival, have printed barcode ready to be scanned; this will ensure a speedy process through the door.
o The most convenient way to purchase is on the web site www.georgiaaquarium.org or by calling 404.581.4000 or 877.434.7442.
o The best times to visit the Georgia Aquarium are on weekdays or weekend mornings.
• The Gift
o The Aquarium is a $250+ million gift to the Atlanta community and the people of the state of Georgia from Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot, and his wife Billi, through the Marcus Foundation.
o The Aquarium opened debt-free.
o The Aquarium is overseen by a nonprofit organization run by a board of directors.
• Educational Programs
o Approximately 50,000 students per year participate in education programs.
o The second floor of the Aquarium is dedicated to school groups. All education programs are conducted in this space, which is separate from the general public.
o Our programs are tailored to each grade level and correlate to the Georgia Performance Standards and national curriculum standards.
o All education programs are hands-on with interactive activities, animal encounters and opportunities to participate in real-life learning.
o Programs are offered twice daily, morning and afternoon.
o Pricing for Education Programs is $10 per student. Price includes one lead teacher and one chaperone per ten students.
o The education department also offers state-approved professional development courses for teachers.
• Presenting Sponsors
o AirTran Airways, BellSouth, Georgia-Pacific, The Home Depot, Southern Company and SunTrust Bank
o “Our gallery sponsors are world class companies with a number of similarities. They are leading corporate citizens … they have strong leadership … they know the value of advertising and promotion … and they are successful financially,” Aquarium benefactor Bernie Marcus said.
• On-Site Facilities
o The Coca-Cola Company donated nine acres for the construction of the Aquarium.
o The 16,400 square-foot ballroom at the Georgia Aquarium has two spectacular viewing windows of our whale sharks and beluga whales. It can accommodate seated dining for 1,100, and there is enough space throughout the facility to host functions for more than 7,000 guests.
o A “dining dream team” for the Aquarium’s special events and catering is led by Wolfgang Puck Catering.
o Restaurant Associates oversees the 330-seat Café Aquaria food court located on the Aquarium’s atrium level. Café Aquaria has a selection of “Best in Class” café stations featuring local and national favorites and appealing to a broad range of tastes.
• Atlanta and the Aquarium
o Georgia Aquarium creates synergy with the new World of Coke, Centennial Olympic Park, CNN Center, Imagine It! Children’s Museum, Georgia World Congress Center and Philips Arena.
o More than 3.6 million people visited the Aquarium in the first year.
o The opening boosted downtown revitalization efforts and enhanced tourism in Atlanta by offering residents another “reason to come downtown” and conventioneers another “reason to stay in town one more day.”
o Aquarium operation generates hundreds of full and part-time job opportunities, plus a variety of openings for more than 1,000 volunteers.
• The Environment
o Georgia Aquarium is home to more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium.
o More than 50 percent of the marine animal collection comes from the aquaculture industry.
o The Aquarium strategically collected a number of small animals, anticipating that they would be larger by the time the Aquarium opened.
o Twelve veterinarians reviewed and approved The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health, the Aquarium’s veterinary services and conservation medicine program.
o The habitats hold more than eight million gallons of water, which is mostly marine, but some fresh.
o The water comes from local sources and goes through a process to remove chemicals that are harmful to animals. Some water is treated with Instant Ocean®, which transforms fresh water into marine water.
o The Aquarium was built to the high standards of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.
• Beluga Whales
o Georgia Aquarium has a state-of-the-art, 800,000 gallon beluga whale habitat featuring the gregarious animals found in arctic and sub-arctic waters.
• Whale Sharks
o The Ocean Voyager gallery is a 6.3 million gallon habitat designed to house full grown whale sharks, a gentle filter-feeding species and the largest fish in the sea.
o The Georgia Aquarium exhibits the only whale sharks in an aquarium outside Asia.
o The fish were flown more than 8,000 miles under the care and supervision of Georgia Aquarium professional staff on a UPS B-747 freighter from Taipei, Taiwan, through Anchorage, Alaska, to Atlanta.
• 4R Program (Rehabilitation, Relocation, Rescue, Research)
o The 4R program is designed to give people the unique opportunity to make a positive difference in the health and well-being of aquatic life from around the world.
o Donations made to the 4R program fund programs like the relocation and rehabilitation of Nico and Gasper, the beluga whales rescued from a privately-operated amusement park in Mexico City.
o For more information on the 4R program visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/supportus.
• The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health
o Our state-of-the-art animal health facility is more than 10,000 square feet and was designed by world-class veterinarian professionals and conservation organizations.
o It is the only integration of an aquarium and veterinarian teaching hospital.
o Our research is shared with conservation organizations throughout the world, which allows them to better understand and protect many of the species that we study.
o Our facilities are in the process of changing the face of animal medicine.
• Fun Facts about the Georgia Aquarium
o The operational systems in the Georgia Aquarium include enough pipe to more than encircle Atlanta on the I-285 loop (61 miles).
o The cooling capacity of the air conditioning system is equivalent to that used in a 50-story, one million square foot office tower or 1,200 average-sized homes.
o Plumbing systems include 290 plumbing fixtures, 200 floor drains and 53 roof drains.
o The Georgia Aquarium’s habitats hold the equivalent water volume to 85 million cans of Coke.
o The drains are connected by 1.5 miles of underground pipe and 5.5 miles of aboveground pipe.
o Approximately 230 newly constructed average-sized American homes can fit inside the Georgia Aquarium.
o 234 pumps use 4560 horsepower to move 275,000 gallons of water per minute through our habitats.
o Beluga whales are called the "canary of the sea" due to their extended repertoire of vocalizations. They also use echolocation to find prey.
o The Husbandry Commissary prepares 572,000 pounds (260,000 kilograms) of fish and seafood every year.

Booking Notes

The Georgia Aquarium uses a timed ticketing program, and it is recommended that advance reservations are made. Visitors can go online to georgiaaquarium.org, call ahead to 404.581.4000 or visit Aquarium ticket booths to pick the date and time of their visit. With an advance online reservation, guests will have a bar-coded e-mail sent to them. An advanced reservation guarantees admission into the Aquarium, allows guests to enjoy the Aquarium at their own pace and have room to explore.

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