Before the doors opened for a new school year, we revisited the Georgia Aquarium. Though we visited some years back, the girls have faint memories and wanted to return. Our first visit included our Jerry and the girls were much younger, so it was a different experience for us this time.
I’m an early riser, so I rallied the crew to get up and moving close to opening time @ 9 am. As expected, parking in downtown Atlanta required patience and anywhere from $10-$20; but as always, my husband used strategy. We parked on a nearby street (yes, free!) and participated in some family exercise by walking a small distance.
Our ticket prices on a Saturday morning were $39.95 (13 & older), $33.95 (3-12) plus tax. Not too bad….
We’re in… first stop – River Scout to see Albino alligators, and flesh-eating piranhas with razor-sharp, teeth – OUCH!
The lines were long but the wait wasn’t too bad. When the doors opened, the crowd moved along quickly.
We really enjoyed the dolphin show! If you sit down close, expect to get splashing wet!
Now to SunTrust Pier 225 for the Sea Lion presentation. Wow! Diego is one huge sea lion!
Okay… Time to eat! Various selection of food, a little pricey but to be expected at a major city attraction. One slice of pizza – $8.50 – Yikes!
Okay, our bellies are full. Time to walk it off. An acrylic tunnel view of amazing ocean species!
A gallery of Southern sea otters, African penguins and the white Beluga whales.
Last stop – the tropical coral reefs. It was a “Finding Nemo” experience – beautiful!
Ready to go but we can’t leave before picking up a souvenir from the gift shop.
Overall, our time at the Georgia Aquarium was enjoyable and we do plan to continue visiting. It felt like a really long day but it was a good day of family time. We returned home, rested, and prepared for back-to-school! Here we go again…