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Georgia Aquarium

Discover thousands of sea creatures at the world’s biggest aquarium.

The Georgia Aquarium has more square feet and water than any other aquarium in the world. Dozens of displays contain about 10 million gallons of water and more than 120,000 sea creatures. You’ll see dolphins, rare whales, dangerous sharks and tropical fish — just to name a few. 

Plan to spend about two to four hours at this downtown attraction. It’s one of Atlanta’s most popular venues, so arrive when the museum opens to get a head-start on the crowds. Buy tickets in advance online to avoid standing in long lines at the entrance.

The biggest display by far is the Ocean Voyager. This saltwater tank is 284 feet (87 meters) long, 126 feet (38 meters) wide and 30 feet (nine meters) deep. It’s home to whale sharks, manta rays, grouper fish, sharks and stingrays. Watch them as you stand in front of a window that’s 60 feet (18 meters) long and 27 feet (eight meters) high, or walk through a clear tunnel that runs through the middle.

There are six exhibits in total: Beluga whales and sea dragons are kept in a cold-water display. Coral and tropical fish make up the reef exhibit. At the open tank, touch stingrays, crabs and sea stars.

A 30-minute dolphin show, held twice a day and up to four times on Saturday, is great fun. Trained dolphins interact with actors in a show featuring elaborate costumes, lighting, special effects and a dramatic musical score. 

The aquarium is open every day of the year. General admission tickets include the dolphin show, 4-D Theater and any special temporary exhibitions.

There are several areas for parking, but these tend to fill up early in the day. Consider catching the train, which stops nearby at the Philips Arena/CNN Center station.

It's worth giving yourself heaps of time at Georgia Aquarium. Below are the top activities:

Your next exciting adventure is right in front of you! You may like to try out a Georgia Aquarium Admission Ticket or a Small Group Trip to Georgia Aquarium.

For many more things to do, take a look at our Atlanta things to do page.


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Sheraton Atlanta Hotel CA $117
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of APEX Museum, AmericasMart and Georgia State University. Centennial Olympic Park and Underground Atlanta are also within 15 minutes. Peachtree Center Station is only a 5-minute walk and Five Points Station is 11 minutes.

    Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown CA $128
    Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

    Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

    265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Atlanta, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AmericasMart, Centennial Olympic Park, and World of Coca Cola. Georgia Aquarium and Children's Museum of Atlanta are also within 10 minutes. Peachtree Center Station is only a 3-minute walk and Civic Center Station is 6 minutes.

      Hilton Atlanta CA $118
      Hilton Atlanta

      Hilton Atlanta

      255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Design Atlanta, AmericasMart and Children's Museum of Atlanta. World of Coca Cola and Centennial Olympic Park are also within 15 minutes. Peachtree Center Station is 7 minutes by foot and Civic Center Station is 10 minutes.

        The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta CA $178
        The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

        The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

        210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Atlanta, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AmericasMart, Centennial Olympic Park, and CNN Center. World of Coca Cola and Tabernacle are also within 10 minutes. Peachtree Center Station is only a 2-minute walk and Five Points Station is 9 minutes.

          Atlanta Marriott Marquis CA $157
          Atlanta Marriott Marquis

          Atlanta Marriott Marquis

          265 Peachtree Center Ave Ne, Atlanta, GA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Atlanta, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Design Atlanta, AmericasMart, and Children's Museum of Atlanta. Centennial Olympic Park and World of Coca Cola are also within 15 minutes. Peachtree Center Station is 6 minutes by foot and Civic Center Station is 9 minutes.

            Hyatt Place Atlanta Centennial Park CA $157
            Hyatt Place Atlanta Centennial Park

            Hyatt Place Atlanta Centennial Park

            300 LUCKIE ST NW, Atlanta, GA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Atlanta, this property is steps away from Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park. World of Coca Cola and CNN Center are also within 10 minutes. Dome-GWCC-Philips Arena-CNN Center Station is 13 minutes by foot and Peachtree Center Station is 14 minutes.

              Hyatt House Atlanta Downtown CA $149
              Hyatt House Atlanta Downtown

              Hyatt House Atlanta Downtown

              431 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca Cola. State Farm Arena and Georgia Institute of Technology are also within 1 mi (2 km). Civic Center Station is 13 minutes by foot and Dome-GWCC-Philips Arena-CNN Center Station is 15 minutes.

                Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown CA $177
                Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown

                Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown

                275 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Atlanta hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps away from Centennial Olympic Park and Georgia Aquarium. World of Coca Cola and College Football Hall of Fame are also within 10 minutes. Dome-GWCC-Philips Arena-CNN Center Station is 11 minutes by foot and Peachtree Center Station is 12 minutes.