It’s HOT in Atlanta especially this time of year but that doesn’t deter many tourists that travel every summer! During my stay in the Peach State, I was able to mingle with other tourists like myself and visit several amazing Atlanta attractions.
I’ve already told you about my trip to the World of Coca-Cola Museum and Stone Mountain Park but this post I would like to dedicate specifically to my two family favorite stops: The Atlanta Zoo & the Georgia Aquarium. Having my love for animals coupled with my love for marine life, what could possibly be better than that?
The Georgia Aquarium is a great destination on any travel itinerary for all ages, young and old alike. It’s an entertaining, intriguing and educational experience that is the perfect way to spend an afternoon if you’re in the Atlanta area and in search of something unique to do with your family while in town. While the Aquarium promotes a fun and enjoyable learning experience, it also strives in instill in its guests a new appreciation for the worlds aquatic biodiversity.
In addition to many other goals, the Georgia Aquarium’s major goal is to be a leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research. On a global scale, the Aquarium supports, conducts and leads research on environmental and conservation issues.
When you arrive at the Georgia Aquarium there is never a dull moment and there’s something for everyone, in every age group, to enjoy during your visit. The Georgia Aquarium is spectacular yet can be extremely overwhelming. #BayouTravel Tip: You can avoid the long lines to enter the aquarium by arriving first thing in the morning. Or, you can purchase CityPASS tickets which allows you to skip the long lines and enter directly into the aquarium with very little wait.
Also, several aquarium attraction do contain lines prior to entering. Be prepared to wait depending on the time of year you visit or the day of the week. I visited on a Saturday which we all know can be extremely busy for any aquarium. The lines are worth it! Some of the awe-inspiring attractions include:
- Coldwater Quest
- Ocean Voyage
- River Scout
- Dolphin Tales
The Atlanta Zoo was founded in 1889 as a traveling circus that came to Marietta and simply never left. Due to cash problems that led to bankruptcy, the traveling circus stalled just south of its destination. Fortunately for them, the animals had already begun to draw a crowd and two weeks later the circus was purchased by business owner George Valentine Gress before donating the animals to en masse at the city of Atlanta. They were relocated to Grante Park and soon became Atlanta’s first zoological venue.
Today, the Zoo’s mission is to inspire the citizens and visitors of Georgia and Atlanta to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation. They envision a world in which humankind values, protects, and preserves the diversity of species on earth.
The Atlanta Zoo is home to a host of animals that include some of our favorites: