I accompanied Jeff on a business trip to Atlanta in January of 2011. Besides the food, there were a couple more cool things about Atlanta. The coolest was the Georgia Aquarium.
Typically, I love aquariums. When I discovered that the Georgia Aquarium was actually one of the world's largest, with a total of 8.5 million gallons of water, I knew it would probably be cool.
I was right.
There were some interesting looking fish.
And cool spider crabs.
There were beluga whales! They are fun to watch.
I saw this colorful guy.
And this albino croc.
River otters are always cute.
There were multiple touch tanks, including this one with stingrays and small sharks.
Your requisite electric eel.
A pretty sweet giant octopus.
As you can see, the penguins get rather curious about the people in the viewing holes.
There were these garden eels, which I haven't seen in many aquariums.
And there are sea otters! In case you didn't get enough otters already – and how could you, really?
But the main event is the big tank. This tank alone has 6.3 million gallons of water. It also holds 4 whale sharks – it's the only aquarium outside of Asia that has them.
The whale sharks are really impressive.
The tank is simply enormous. There's a tunnel running through it that you get to go through, and one huge glass panel that you can sit and look at.
There are also two manta rays in the tank. These are the first manta rays on display in the US, ever. According to the Georgia Aquarium, only 4 aquariums in the world have manta rays. I was able to find that the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is one of them, having the second largest aquarium tank in the world (the Georgia Aquarium's being the first).
Since my visit, the Georgia Aquarium has only become cooler. They now have dolphins. If you want to visit, check out their website for details. It's open every day from 10-5 (Saturday 9-6). Admission is around $30, depending on the day of the week. Check the website for combo tickets as they can be a pretty good deal if you want to visit more than one Atlanta attraction.
Have you been to the Georgia Aquarium?