Several years ago, I had the great fortune to dive with the whale sharks in the Georgia Aquarium and it was one of those experiences that stays with you forever. I have been looking for a reason to return and was elated when the opportunity presented itself thanks to my husband and I’s CityPASSes. We decided to dedicate our entire final day in Atlanta to the aquarium, since I already knew how special of a place it is, plus it features more animals than any other aquarium.
Special note: All of the following photos were taken by my husband and all of the following instagrams were taken by me.
While the world’s largest aquarium was originally designed to entertain and educate, it is also an incredibly inspiring place. Of course, the main attraction are the whale sharks, which is exactly where we started our aquatic adventure. The gentle giants are mesmerizing to watch as they gracefully swim through their tank.
It took us a while to pry ourselves away from them, but we knew that we had other exhibits awaiting us. Next we visited the jellyfish section. Despite being one of the most feared soft-bodied animals, they are indescribably beautiful. As we marveled at them, I could not stop myself from daydreaming about one day diving with them in Jellyfish Lake in Palau. As previously warned, the Georgia Aquarium oozes inspiration from every corner!
My favorite exhibit on my previous trip and again on this trip were the sea dragons. They are so magical looking that they truly do not look real. I think in my next life I would love to come back as one of them.
The lion fish are always a sight to behold as well.
One of the newest exhibits are the beluga whales. The aquarium now offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with them. My husband and I made a promise that we would return and do this together in the future.
It is impossible to leave Georgia Aquarium without being deeply touched and I guarantee you will already be plotting your next return.