Georgia Aquarium & Restaurant Eugene

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
Trip End Jun 18, 2012

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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I went to the Georgia Aquarium today. It's the largest aquarium in the world with around 10 million gallons of water.

The aquarium features six major exhibits. I started off going to the Tropical Diver exhibit, which features one of the largest living reef exhibits of any aquarium in the world.  It also has nice sea horse and jellyfish exhibits.

Next was the Ocean Voyager exhibit, which features an acrylic tunnel going under the tank and a huge acrylic viewing window that let you watch their four Whale Sharks, four Manta Rays and thousands of other fish swim around in the 6.3 million gallon tank. The scene though the viewing window is so impressive that most of the people stopped taking pictures of themselves and took pictures of the fish for a change - at least temporarily.

By then it was time to go for the Behind-the-scenes tour I had booked.  Luckily for me, I was the only person on the tour.  The tour lasted over an hour and included many exhibits that cannot be seen from the public areas.  I recommend the tour.

I then went to the Coldwater Quest exhibit, which includes a number of Beluga whales, African penguins and sea otters.  Before I could finish the exhibit I it was time for the Dolphin Tales show.

The dolphin show was a huge disappointment.  The show features actors, a singer and special effects.  Unfortunately, it teaches you nothing about dolphins.  I kept waiting for it to get better but it never did.

After the dolphin show I went to the River Scout exhibit.  The first tank I saw was a huge one of African cichlids from Lake Malawi.  I couldn't tell you why cichlids from a lake are in an exhibit with river in the name but it was an impressive display, at least to me, but then I'm biased since I used to raise African cichlids.

The last section I saw was Georgia Explorer, which features local fish as well as a children's play area.

Overall, the aquarium is very good although I thought they needed more interpretive signs and a new dolphin show.

After the aquarium closed I went to Restaurant Eugene for dinner.  It's one of two Atlanta restaurants on the 101 Best Restaurants in America list compiled by The Daily Meal web site, coming in at number 66.

I got the five-course vegetarian tasting menu plus the optional farm egg course. I had a pleasant meal.  After dinner I headed back to my friend's house for the night.
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