Add “Explore The Georgia Aquarium” To Your Bucket List

If you’re planning a travel family bucket list, make sure to add explore the Georgia Aquarium to it. My husband has been telling me about this place for over a decade, and after all this time, and with two of our own children, our family was able to experience this adventure together. 

Pandemic Protocols

Like many other businesses, the Georgia Aquarium has also been impacted by the pandemic, but that didn’t stop them from continuing to have a positive impact on our community. We were happy to see that they had the following safety protocols in place when we visited:

  • Signage everywhere for physical spacing and mask wearing
  • Sanitation stations
  • Temperature checks
  • Reservations required
  • Limited capacity
  • Enhanced high touch surface cleaning
  • Limited experiences

What I Liked

  • It was an affordable experience
  • The layout was easy to walk and navigate through
  • The staff seemed to be happy to be there
  • The staff was adhering to and enforcing safety protocols

What I Loved

  • The animals seemed well taken care of and happy
  • The dolphin show was awesome
  • My children loved the experience
  • My husband loved the experience, even though this wasn’t his first visit
  • The Aquarium did an excellent job incorporating educational elements throughout the experience
  • I felt as though I was walking under water
  • I felt my family was safe – at this time, the Georgia Aquarium continued with their safety protocols while we are still in a pandemic even though restrictions eased

Fun Facts

  • When the Aquarium opened in November 2005, the Guinness Book of World Records certified the Georgia Aquarium as having more aquatic life than any other aquarium. 
  • The Georgia Aquarium is the only aquarium in North America that is home to whale sharks, the largest fish in the world.
  • Every minute, the Aquarium’s life support system filters through more than 170,000 gallons of water.
  • The Aquarium has reduced water usage by about 24% through a combination of condensation recaptured from their cooling units, waterless urinals and operational improvements to their life support systems.
  • Since the Georgia Aquarium opened, members of the Aquarium’s research team have participated in nearly 100 funded projects and served as authors on more than 130 peer-reviewed publications and conference appearances.


There is plenty to explore at the Georgia Aquarium. We recommend visiting the website to research the different experiences they have to offer as reservations book fast. We also recommend visiting their site to know what to expect for your visit during the pandemic as CDC guidelines change. If you are in the Atlanta area for a couple of days, we also suggest researching the CityPASS as Atlanta is a hotspot for different adventures!