Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Georgia Centennial Park & Aquarium

Centennial Park Artwork, Atlanta GA

I would be ashamed to call myself a resident of Atlanta if I never took time to walk around Centennial park.  A wonderful gathering place for families, there is a large fountain that children often run through and two playgrounds just outside the aquarium. It is near this statue in the middle of the park you can still see shrapnel marks from the 1996 Centennial Park bombing.  If you need a place to cool off and grab a shake, there is a Johnny Rockets right across the street... mmm.

Georgia Aquarium Seahorse

Georgia aquarium is one of the most visited Atlanta attractions and happens to be near centennial park. We received a years pass as a birthday present for the birth of our son and I loved taking my fellow SAH mom's there during the week.  The weekends are crowded but we found a secret free parking spot and tried to arrive at opening.  The food court is pricey so pack a small snack.  We thought goldfish would be an ironic choice.  Family favorite exhibits at the aquarium include the Jelly fish, Baluga whales, and of course the fish tunnel.  The reef exhibit is also extremely impressive with an overhead wave generator and good lighting for a photo opp. There are several interactive exhibits for kids of all ages,  but I would say the educational quality is just mediocre as there are few posted signs.  The 3d fish show is also very flashy and may be scary for a small child.

Georgia Aquarium Jellyfish

Ana on the playground at Centennial Park

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