We knew the place would be crowded with school out, but we underestimated how bad it would be. There had to be over 20,000 people in that place, and it is not laid out as nicely as the Chattanooga aquarium. Rather than having everyone flowing in one direction (like Chattanooga), this place has five different wings that you go in to see the various fish (dolphin tales, cold water quest, Georgia explorer, ocean voyager and river scout). By far, the ocean voyager was my favorite. I could have spent more time there reading about the various fish and just watching them swim around. The whale sharks were fun to see there, as were the manta rays. The tanks were huge and they had you walking through them, under them and around them.
With the large crowds, it made it somewhat difficult to get right up against the tanks, so the kids got frustrated. Overall, I think they had a good time, but I know it would have been more enjoyable for all of us if it weren't so crowded. I was constantly holding onto one of the kids in fear they would get lost or separated from us. We even rehearsed our phone numbers and what to do in case we got separated rules. Here are a few photos of some of our favorite fish and mammals, as well as the kids having fun going down the "whale slide."