Sunday, April 12, 2009

Whale sharks, wow! A visit to the Georgia Aquarium

I am in Atlanta this weekend visiting my brother for the Easter holiday, and as part of the family fun, we headed to the Georgia Aquarium on Friday. For any of you who may be unfamiliar with the Georgia Aquarium, it is the largest in the world and the only one outside of Asia where you can see whale sharks. Yes, the biggest fish in the oceans, and they have four of them. Amazing! Plus, there were rays, lion fish, otters (two kinds), beluga whales, sea dragons, jellies, cuttlefish, an amazing array of tropical fish, and so much more it is impossible to adequately describe it all. It was simply stunning.

The fish were incredible, the architecture was cool, the exhibitions and staging were top notch, and perhaps most important was the fact that their staff was friendly and accommodating. Talk about southern hospitality, these people actually seemed to care whether or not you enjoyed your visit. Excellent customer service, a truly rare find these days.

If you are ever anywhere near Atlanta, be sure to go to the Aquarium. The visit is well worth the steep admission price. Just make sure to buy your tickets ahead of time, and if it all possible have them sent to you beforehand, rather than held at the will call window. The wait for general admission tickets for anyone buying at the door last Friday was over 3 1/2 hours long, with a line snaking around the building and down the street. Plan ahead and save yourself the wait, but don't miss the fish. The Georgia Aquarium is definitely on my must-see list.

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