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Old 02-10-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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its really not all of that....I like the tenessee aquarium much better
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:49 AM
 
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The volume of visitors and revenues generated indicate otherwise.
More popular doesn't always mean "better." I bought a yearly pass when the Georgia Aquarium first opened and I went a grand total of once. I was very underwhelmed and in fact irritated at how glitzy the presentation was. It was very Disneyesque.
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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The aquarium is probably very much worth visiting if you haven't already been over-exposed to aquariums. By the time we saw the Georgia aquarium we'd been members of the Vancouver aquarium, visited the Monterey and Maui ones a couple of times apiece, also been to the aquariums of Tennessee, South Carolina and I think possibly others I'm forgetting. Even though Georgia holds some kind of record (biggest tank, maybe) we found it OK, but a bit lowbrow (seemed more entertainment than education oriented, compared to the above-mentioned facilities), crowded and expensive.

However, if you've not been to lots of highly rated aquariums, do go. It would be a shame to miss this opportunity.
That's pretty much what I thought and I haven't seen many aquariums. It's ok. The large tank with all that sea life is impressive but overall it felt sort of commercial.

It's worth seeing but I've seen it once and I don't feel compelled to go back. It didn't live up to the hype with me.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek area
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More popular doesn't always mean "better." I bought a yearly pass when the Georgia Aquarium first opened and I went a grand total of once. I was very underwhelmed and in fact irritated at how glitzy the presentation was. It was very Disneyesque.
The post I responded to didn't talk about "better." It stated, "It was a nice try Bernie- but it doesn't work." My point is that it clearly does work for a gazillion folks (and Bernie, too!).
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:49 PM
 
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IMHO both are good to go to and kids will like either. Both are worth the money. I would agree however that the corporate stuff is way too "in you face" in the Georgia Aquarium, the kids won't notice but it annoyed me.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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The post I responded to didn't talk about "better." It stated, "It was a nice try Bernie- but it doesn't work." My point is that it clearly does work for a gazillion folks (and Bernie, too!).
In my statement that you quoted, I was speaking from a design standpoint- as compared to the TN aquarium.
The GA aquarium is just sections (like 3 or 4) connected to a large open area- people have to traverse the open area to get from one to the other.
The TN aquarium has flow- you're guided in one direction and you see every exhibit along the way, and generally you see each one twice.
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:17 PM
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The GA aquarium is just sections (like 3 or 4) connected to a large open area- people have to traverse the open area to get from one to the other.
That's one thing that I think makes GA Aquarium better than Tennessee Aquarium. It's easier to go back and see things again (or avoid certain exhibits if they don't interest you) in the GA Aquarium since there's a central hub.

Monterey Bay aquarium is widely considered one of the world's best aquariums, and it's setup is much more similar to that of GA Aquarium than TN Aquarium.

I like the Tennessee Aquarium, but I don't like being forced to walk in one direction. Flow is not important. I don't want my hand to be held, and I don't want to be stuck behind a big smelly slob who just ate three burrito grandes and keeps farting.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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HOW SELFISH CAN YOU PEOPLE BE? Bernie Marcus spent HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF HIS OWN DOLLARS on this aquairium as a GIFT TO THE CITY! It didn't cost taxpayers ONE RED CENT! If you don't want to pay the admission price, if you think it's too "commercial" or "Disney-esque" ... FINE! DO NOT GO! But your opinions don't deminish the fact that this aquairium is an incredible complement to the city and has transformed downtown. Atlanta is a far better place because of it.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:28 PM
 
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HOW SELFISH CAN YOU PEOPLE BE? Bernie Marcus spent HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF HIS OWN DOLLARS on this aquairium as a GIFT TO THE CITY! It didn't cost taxpayers ONE RED CENT! If you don't want to pay the admission price, if you think it's too "commercial" or "Disney-esque" ... FINE! DO NOT GO! But your opinions don't deminish the fact that this aquairium is an incredible complement to the city and has transformed downtown. Atlanta is a far better place because of it.
The Aquarium is a one time visit venue. Very commercial, not educational at all. They changed the 'biggest' this and that so many times... First it was the largest and after it was the most water volume and then some of the animals (orcas, sharks, dolphins) died... As they are challenged by their claims, they change their advertisement strategy. I suppose it yields good revenue for the city when people are visiting, parents or those who know no better. No disrespect to the founder.
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