I cannot believe that I am officially the parent of a 1 year old! This year has gone by so fast and I have enjoyed watching my beautiful little boy grow. He has so much personality and light. It’s an absolute pleasure to be his mother. I just wish he’d stop getting so big!
We decided to surprise him (although he is one, so really everything is a surprise) with a trip to the aquarium. We only live a couple hours away from the largest aquarium in the world, so we decided to finally knock that off our family bucket list. At approximately 6.3 million gallons, The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the entire world followed by the Dubai Mall Aquarium that measures at 2.64 million gallons. Walking to it, you wouldn’t believe it was the largest aquarium in the world. It’s in the heart of the city and if you weren’t looking for it, you just might miss it.
We got to the aquarium just as it had opened. As we entered, we were greeted with a map. Each part of the aquarium was visible from downstairs which was interesting considering how huge the place is. The map was very helpful though because it had a schedule of all the shows which we were looking forward to watching. The first show of the day was called the Penguin Waddle. It. was. ADORABLE! They were so cute scooting around the aquarium. Liam was much more comfortable with the fake penguin outside! I had to hold him during the entire walk but he was pointing and clapping, so he had a good time.
The next show we wanted to see was the Dolphin Show. Everyone that we know that has ever been to the Georgia Aquarium has nothing but positive things to say about the show. I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that I absolutely agree. It was entertaining, adorable, impressive, and educational (did you know that dolphins can swim up to 15mph in short bursts?). There was dancing and jumping and splashing…lots and lots of splashing. It was a good time and everyone really enjoyed themselves. There were no pictures allowed during the show so you’re just going to have to check it out for yourself!
Throughout the day we saw divers
and starfish and seahorses
and so much more! By the time lunch rolled around, we had definitely worked up an appetite. The aquarium has a really nice food court that has a cafeteria set up. There were decent serving sizes and plenty of options. I even got a veggie burger! It was the perfect way to fuel up and see more stuff.
Aside from the dolphin show, my favorite part of the aquarium was all the exhibits. They had a lot of interactive exhibits where you could get really close to creatures that you normally never could. A whale shark literally swam over my head! Liam got to touch a starfish and Tyler and I both got to pet a sting-ray.
We had an AMAZING time at the aquarium and I absolutely loved experiencing it through my child’s eyes. What I think I loved most, though, was the way Georgia Aquarium treated their animals. The animals in the petting area were given frequent breaks and were periodically switched out so that they could rest. Outside of the aquarium, they dedicate a lot of time to conservation and rescue including California sea lion, sea turtles, and sea otters. They currently have a field station in Marineland, Florida where they work with whales, dolphins, and manatees. If you’re ever in the greater Atlanta area, I HIGHLY recommend a visit to the Georgia Aquarium. It’s truly something to see.