ATL - new aquarium review?

Dec 2nd, 2005, 03:23 AM
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ATL - new aquarium review?

Has anyone been? How was it? Crowded? Easy to see exhibits?
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Dec 2nd, 2005, 06:50 AM
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I haven't been. But I did see a detailed review and interview on the feature of the "big" tank there. It looks really awesome. It is on my list for sure.
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Feb 13th, 2006, 11:49 AM
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Just went. Amazing. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

Crowded? To some extent, even on a weekday (Monday). I had reservations for noon. BUT, by 2 pm the place was far, far less crowded. For one, the school kids had gone. But, families with small kids (and the strollers) were headed out - for naps I suppose.

Very easy to see the exhibits - even with the crowds.

For folks in the general area - do join and get an annual pass. The annual pass = 20% off the food and gift shop items.

Food = my pasta lunch was yummy. I didn't feel it was that expensive - and the quality was good.

I asked cashier and she said M, T, W afternoons are the least crowded times to come.

You DO have to make reservations ahead of time. The website showed today as sold out - BUT they were selling tickets at the window today.

No lines. The opening craziness has died down.

A very, very enjoyable experience!

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Feb 13th, 2006, 12:35 PM
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Yippeeeee, I'm going in May and am most excited!
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Feb 14th, 2006, 04:53 PM
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I haven't been personally but two co-workers and a few friends have and every one of them was totally awed and bowled over.

The general reaction has been: pricey, but amazing and worth it. Much better than any aquarium that anyone's ever been to before. I also have heard that the crowds have died down and it's very manageable, esp. on weekdays.
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Feb 14th, 2006, 04:56 PM
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I agree. I think this is a perfect example on why focus groups don't work.

I don't know ANYONE in Atlanta who thought an aquarium in downtown was a good idea.

I don't know ANYONE who has visited who hasn't enjoyed it (minus crowd complaints).

I was talking to a neighbor today who said they would be discontinuing the Annual Passes - the attendence has been far higher than anticipated.

I can't wait to go back.
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Feb 14th, 2006, 05:16 PM
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starrsville: I know! [/monicagellar]

I was one of those saying "An aquarium in downtown ATL? How stupid!"

Now I can't wait to go b/c everyone has been raving about it. People can't get enough of the Beluga whales, especially. One friend said she could have watched them for hours.
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Feb 20th, 2006, 01:12 PM
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I'd like to say how it was, but I went yesterday at 10:00, the tickets were being sold for 1:00. I had heard there might be a wait, was unaware it might be 3 hours. We left. I hope others can learn from my mistake !
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Feb 20th, 2006, 01:29 PM
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I think it was just a fluke that they were selling tickets the day I was there. I was VERY surprised that they had tix available. There wasn't a line - but that was a weekday.

I can't imagine it will be easy to get in on a weekend day or holiday for a long while.
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