The Georgia Aquarium
I grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia in the city of Decatur. As a young boy, Atlanta was a growing city and a place of great interest and variety. I left there in 1974 and since that time, Atlanta has exploded as the hub of The South. The city has swallowed up smaller communities that used to be distant as it has grown and spread, connected by an ever expanding network of super highways.
In more recent years, with the city hosting the Summer Olympic Games, Atlanta has grown into a huge international destination with great attractions. One of the newer ones is the Georgia Aquarium. We had nothing like this when I was a boy in Atlanta. Aquariums were usually located closer to the sea and a vacation attraction. But Atlanta now has an aquarium to rival those found anywhere else in the world.
The building sits right next to Centennial Olympic Park at 225 Baker Street NW at Lucky Street. Right across the plaza is the “World of Coca Cola”. You can see some other shots from the area at my other blog, Artcards. Look at #’s 137, 138, 139, 140, and 142. But back to the aquarium.
It’s an impressive building when you enter with a huge atrium surrounded by several exhibits including Tropical Diver, Ocean Voyager – Journey With Giants, Cold Water Quest, and River Scout with fresh water animals. The diplays are really well done, nicely lit, and there are people all along the way to explain what you are looking at and answer your questions.
Working in a museum, I have come to really appreciate nice displays and some of the finer details that many don’t notice. The little things that make your visit more comfortable and interesting. Not to mention, really striking architecture with great colors and easy access to everything.
I was particularly enamored with the baluga whales, white and graceful in their deep blue environment. The aquarium walls were huge and provided an amazing view of not only these huge mammals, but of the whale sharks in the Journey of Giants tank.
Overall an amazing experience and worth the $21.50 (with Senior discount) that I paid. If in Atlanta, it’s a “don’t miss” kind of place.
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