Best Attractions & Activities: It doesn't matter how old you are, or how much you know about the ocean, the Georgia Aquarium is an absolute must-see. Claiming the title as the largest aquarium in the world, the massive downtown attraction is home to countless sea creatures. The mesmerizing Ocean Voyager takes top prize for its staggering array of underwater giants. Watch in wonder as whale sharks, manta rays, and thousands of sharks and fish swim overhead. Watch the other-worldly beluga whales dance in the Cold Water Quest gallery and enjoy an interactive experience petting horseshoe crabs, sea stars and stingrays. Those who'd like an even closer look can partake in the dolphin, sea otter and penguin encounter programs.
Family Activities: One of the biggest attractions in Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the World. With more than sixty exhibits, the aquarium requires more than ten million gallons of water. Opened in 2005, the GA Aquarium is a delightful experience for visitors of all ages. The Ocean Voyager exhibit is a gigantic acrylic viewing window, home to stingrays, whale sharks and four manta rays. Other exhibits like the Tropical Diver, which displays the magnificent coral reefs, or the Georgia Explorer gallery is a highly interactive gallery with touch pools full of horseshoe crabs, sea stars, stingrays and shrimp. A visit to the Georgia Aquarium leaves visitors with a unique appreciation for underwater inhabitants.
Family Vacations: "Moored" north of Centennial Olympic Park, a massive glass and steel prow beckons modern explorers to discover the wonders that lie deep within the Georgia Aquarium, one of the largest and most architecturally stunning facilities of its kind. Exotic batfish, sea goblins and bowmouth guitarfish are among 100,000 fish and marine animals patrolling the 8-plus million gallons of the deep water exhibit, which is home to the state's most prodigious residents — whale sharks Alice, Trixie, Taroko, and Yushan. A reality thanks to the generosity of Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, the Georgia Aquarium has strong rescue, rehabilitation and education emphases and serves as one of the state's top special event venues. MARTA: CNN Center or Peachtree Center
Things to Do with Kids: Families come from all over to explore the Georgia Aquarium, which is actually the world's largest. Its 10 million gallons of water are home to thousands of flitting fish and fascinating marine animals, including gargantuan whale sharks, beluga whales and playful otters. The Georgia Aquarium is also the only one in the country to house manta rays; you'll find these creatures patrolling the waters of the exciting Ocean Voyager exhibit.