Atlanta is home to Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest, and when I see a stat that includes anything like “world’s largest,” I’m there. Unfortunately, so was everyone else. It’s crowded, to be sure, but that’s because it really is a great aquarium.
Highlights for me included the Asian sea otter sisters all curled up together sleeping, elephant nose fish, a fish that seriously looked exactly like a grandpa (see picture at right), and the monstrous whale sharks.
Animals aside, what I liked most was the layout – it was easy to navigate and make sure you hit every section (my biggest concern whenever I pay an admission fee more than $10). Each time you went through an exhibit, you’d pop right back out to the center, where you could move on to the next one. This also made it easy to revisit any section you particularly enjoyed without having to walk through everything again (I stood in the ocean tunnel twice, and saw lots of different creatures than the first time around).
Although it’s the world’s largest, it wasn’t as big as I expected – if you’re moving at a brisk pace, you can cover the place in about an hour. And I only had to elbow 10 or so kids out of the way to see everything I wanted to. :)