When visiting the Atlanta Aquarium in Georgia, check the institution's website in advance for special events; discounts on admission tickets; attire requirements; and dining and hotel packages. Purchase tickets for parking, admission and optional tours and encounters in advance; arrive early for your allocated time-slot; and allow two to four hours for the visit. Be aware that security checks at the entrance stop visitors carrying lighters, weapons, gum and outside food and beverages into the aquarium.
Open hours for the Atlanta Aquarium and public feeding times for various animals may vary from day to day, depending on the month. Check the website for up-to-date information, and look for feeding times displayed beside each exhibit. Optional tours and events at the aquarium, as of January 2016, include Behind the Seas Tours, Dolphin Encounter, Sea Otter Encounter and Penguin Encounter. Visitors pay an additional fee for each optional tour or encounter and should read the website's information about suitable clothing and any photography restrictions before booking. The aquarium also offers a Beluga Interactive experience that can involve guests standing waist-deep in water, and a Swim with the Whale Sharks opportunity that includes a 30-minute swim or scuba dive.
Visitors can register with the aquarium to receive updates via regular newsletters. Visitors who purchase annual memberships can enjoy free and discounted admissions to various aquarium events.