Our Trip To The Georgia Aquarium
Some amazing friends of ours treated our family to a day at the Georgia Aquarium. It was the second time my husband and I have been. Despite the fact we only live about 45 minutes away from the aquarium, it was the very first time our children have ever gone. Let me tell you what, they enjoyed themselves, we went over the weekend and they are still talking about the whales and dolphins and the sea dogs (otters). The otters were playing with toys when we were next to them. I didn’t think to get a picture but they had a ball and what looked like a chew toy and they were chasing each other and tossing the ball up in the air and then swimming really fast to get to the ball before the others. Naturally my children saw them and thought they were sea dogs, we didn’t argue.
Fun Facts About The Georgia Aquarium
- There are just over 10 million gallons of water being used inside the aquarium walls at any given time.
- They practice something called Lazy Feeding. Basically, they keep the predator fish slap happy full to cut down on unnecessary snacking of smaller fishes.
- It took over 36 hours to fill up the Ocean Tank.
- The aquarium is split up into multiple categories according to geographical locations. Ex. Rainforest vs. Cold Water
- They have numerous petting zones for the children sprinkled throughout the building.
Tips For Those On A Gluten Free Diet
Ask before you eat. Had it not been for asking the manager at the cafe, Tator and I would have unknowingly been glutened (is that a word?). I did a quick walk around the cafe and saw some items I thought were safe to eat. Thank goodness there was a manager who just happen to be walking by. I stopped him and ask if there was a gluten free menu. No such luck but he walked me around the cafe (think hospital cafeteria) and pointed out the items I could and could not eat. Wow. There were so many items that were infused with a sauce that had gluten in it. Avoid the fries. It is a deep fried heaven back there. However, the staff was more than willing to grill my chicken up for us.
This was my first time seeing a dolphin show. They asked that no pictures be taken during this part but I was able to get one of the tank before the lights went down. This was a real treat for us too because we didn’t know the dolphin show was included in the normal ticket price. It used to be that you had to pay extra for this exhibit.
If you have a young daughter who loves fairies and princesses she will love this show. No, there aren’t fairies and princesses in the dolphin show but hear me out for a moment. It was theatrical. Very theatrical. Almost cheesy but still fun. It almost felt like something you would expect to see by paying a disney on ice ticket. However, it was a dolphin show, the dolphins were basically super heroes and the trainers were something along the line of mermaids. They asked the entire audience to sing along during the show. Very fun.
For Kids With Sensory Needs
The dolphin show had a lot of different lights and loud noises. My son was frightened by it but still seemed to enjoy it, once he got past the loud noise. I would suggest bringing some earmuffs, we use the ones by Snug. Despite the loud noises, my son loved the aquarium! Walking around with the fishes swimming everywhere seemed to calm him down, despite the large crowd that was there. He was so funny, he didn’t know what to think of the aquarium at first and despite the picture above he never warmed up to the idea of touching a fish. However, watching them was another story. He could have stood at that first window all day and I doubt he would have been bored. We kept having to remind him that there were other fish he would get to see. Overall, the aquarium was a very good day for him.
Good To Know
- Kids two and under are free
- Bring proof that it’s your birthday and get in for free!