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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.


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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Emory University Hospital Midtown and Fox Theatre. AmericasMart and Children's Museum of Atlanta are also within 15 minutes. North Avenue Station is only a 2-minute walk and Civic Center Station is 6 minutes.

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    The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

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      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.

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        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Hyatt House Atlanta Downtown HK$922
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              Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown HK$850
              Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown

              Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown

                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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