The time for spring break is upon us, and soon after that we’ll be heading into summer vacations. Now is the time that many families will be traveling to cool destinations, visiting huge attractions, and making memories that the kids will carry with them forever. If you’re not heading out of town, spring break can still be the perfect opportunity to go somewhere cool with the kiddies. Just visit your local tourist attractions!
The family and I recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit one of our biggest and most famous local attractions: The Georgia Aquarium!
A representative from the Georgia Aquarium contacted me to extend an invitation to me and the family to come and enjoy a complimentary visit and a behind-the-scenes tour. Having grown up on the beach, I’ve always had an appreciation for all things ocean and sea life, and it goes without saying that my twin preschoolers would have an absolute ball getting to know all of the sea animals. Needless to say, I couldn’t respond fast enough. I jumped at the opportunity.
The four of us had an absolute blast. We saw a lot of the inner workings of the Aquarium that many don’t get the chance to see. We got up close and personal with a few brightly colored poison dart frogs. We saw a couple of adorable baby penguins, (my twin’s favorite) fresh from the womb and eager to swim; and we even got to see the famous Ocean Voyager tank from the top – an angle that I’d never experienced.
Check out our trip to the Georgia Aquarium in the video below. (It was a hoot.)
I want you and your family to be able to get the most out of a trip to an attraction like the Georgia Aquarium – or any other large tourist destination for that matter. It doesn’t have to be just a blur of photos and exhibits. With a little research and foresight, you can forge a truly immersive experience that your kids will remember for a lifetime.
Check out the following tips before heading out to your next tourist destination; and if you’re ever in the Atlanta area, be sure to implement the tips and head to Georgia Aquarium!
1. Before you even walk out of the door, engage the kiddies and get them excited by using resources you have at home.
Visit the attraction’s website and explore activities that you can print out and do together.
Everybody loves going to the Aquarium. Don’t forget that you can wiggle in a bit of education as well. Harness the kid’s excitement and put it towards a learning experience before you arrive. Georgia Aquarium has an area on their site called Kids Corner. It’s an awesome way to approach your trip and turn it into a learning experience for the kids.
2. Use tools to plan.
Investigate the tools that you have at your disposal in order to build and maximize your time at the attraction. Most attractions have an interactive webpage to help make planning your visit a seamless process.
The Georgia Aquarium has a Plan Your Visit page that can help you research the experiences the Aquarium has to offer. You can purchase your tickets, pay for parking and buy add-on programs.
3. Take tips from the tourism experts.
Tourism experts who have travel blogs and informative websites can give you some great insider tips on your local attractions. Here are a few Georgia Aquarium Insider Tips:
• Pay for parking online ahead of time.
• Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are the least crowded times.
• Visit early or late in the day to avoid the busiest times.
• Plan your visit around free activities offered throughout the day:
- AT&T Dolphin Tales: choose your seats no later than 20 minutes before the show, the best seats in the house are at the top of the lower half section.
- Interactive Dive Shows : Tropical Diver and Ocean Voyager galleries have divers that answer visitors questions while underwater.
- Animal Feedings: Check out computer screens outside each gallery with daily feeding times for marquee animals.
4. Have a hands-free experience.
I know your first instinct is to pack up all of your cameras and devices to capture the moments, but don’t be afraid to give your technology a break and live in the moment. You can still manage to capture the memories by taking fewer but more impactful photos.
Georgia Aquarium provides a beautiful backdrop for photos that are perfect to help your social network follow your trip!:
• “One For the Grandparents”: the Pacific Barrier Reef Window inside the Tropical Diver gallery has great lighting and livens up your photo with colorful fish.
• “Look Where I Am”: Off Baker Street Entrance, just near the newspaper stand, you can capture the full Georgia Aquarium façade.
• “The Perfect Silhouette”: It is no surprise Ocean Voyager provides an artistic backdrop for a photo; many movies have chosen this gallery to feature in their films.
• “Just Another Fish in the Sea”: Many of the exhibits feature windows where children can get up close and almost look as if they are inside with some of their favorite animals. Try making a scary face inside our Piranha exhibit in River Scout!
• “Bird’s Eye View”: Make a pit stop after you exit Cold Water Quest, to capture the World’s Most Magical Aquarium from a second floor vantage point.
5. Make the most of family time.
Break out the map and make the most of your visit by researching which “must-see” locations are close. Planning ahead will help minimize parking fees and reduce travel time.
Conveniently located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium is the perfect starting point for a day filled with family fun. There are 6 hotels, 5 (soon to be7!) attractions and 17 restaurants all within a 12-minute walk from the front door of Georgia Aquarium.