We got to the aquarium about noon and spent the rest of the day roaming around the exhibits. They had really neat exhibits such as: Cold Water Quest, Georgia Explorer, Ocean Voyager, River Scout, and Tropcial Diver. The Georgia Aquarium houses 12,000 animals representing 500 species and is the world's largest aquarium, opened in 2005. Here are just a small sample of the photos I took while at the aquarium!
|Heidi in the Tunnel|
|Sea Stars and Fish|
|Beluga whales playing with a training hoop. |
They kept moving it around the tank!
|In Front of the Corral Reef Exhibit|
|Fish (I can't remember the name of this guy…)|
Heidi also bought us tickets to watch the dolphin show, appropriately named "Dolphin Tales." The plot line was a little cheesy but it was incredible to watch the dolphins and their trainers perform! We didn't get to take photos of the performance, but after the show we got to see the dolphins in their tanks. They are such playful creatures and I am always amazed at how smart they are.
|A Dolphin Playing with a Football|
We also got to see a special exhibit the aquarium had, entitled "Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies." Basically the exhibit allowed us to see both outside and inside the bodies of the most amazing sea creatures. Among the exhibits we saw a 6-food-wide devil ray, a 15-foot-long shark and a 18-foot-long 3,000 pound whale shark. We also saw a dissected shark that had seven babies inside it… crazy!
|Such neat dissections!|
|View from the Ferris Wheel|
|Heidi and I on the Ferris Wheel|
|Carriage Cars on the Ferris Wheel|
|Ferris Wheel with a Tree|
We also walked through the Centennial Olympic Park, part of the 1996 Summer Olympics. They had the fountains running and everything was decorated for Christmas.
And then there was the Coca-Cola Museum… With it's gain ornaments you could sit in! We didn't go into the museum but we walked by it a couple times.
By the end of the day we decided to stop and eat. Thanks to good ol' Google we found Max's Pizza, a great little pizzeria a couple blocks from the aquarium. It was amazing pizza. Really amazing. Made with coal fire. I could eat there everyday, because what is better than pizza and bottled root beer?
|I also snagged a beautiful photo of the ferris wheel.|
I had a great time with Heidi in Atlanta and a fun time with the family in Alabama. I'm really sad that I have to go home, but I am glad I get to see Scout (my dog).