The Georgia Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions in Atlanta, whether you're a tourist or a local. Every weekend this much-loved underwater wonderland is packed with families, couples, and friends who've traveled from around the world to marvel at life under the sea (and the river!).
With the Georgia Aquarium's new Total Ticket, all of the activities at the aquarium are included in the basic ticket price, including the two attractions that previously required a small additional fee. These add-on attractions were the 4-D Depot show and AT&T Dolphin Tales, a live action dolphin show. Now you'll be able to reserve your seat to Dolphin Tales when you purchase your ticket online.
I had a chance to personally check out the dolphin show on a busy Saturday afternoon. The very popular show takes place just a few times a day, so be sure to plan your visit accordingly. I climbed the bleacher steps and found a seat amongst what I estimated to be around 500 excited aquarium guests. Bypass the first few rows unless you want to get wet - these "splash zone" seats are marked to let you know that you'll want to break out your umbrella. Though I was seated far from the front - about two-thirds of the way up on the far right side - I still had an excellent view of the show.
So, what can you expect from the actual show? Well, the first thing to know is that it's not just about the dolphins. It's actually a musical with a little story, led by a magical sea captain who calls upon the dolphins to help save his ship. That means you'll have to swallow some, well, cheesy theatrics with your dolphin tricks. If you're prepared for that, the production value and the dolphins themselves are actually quite spectacular. High-flying flips, fun tricks, and kindly human trainers put on an impressive water ballet lasting around 30 minutes.
Parents should take note that the show does contain some scenes that may seem scary to young children. There's an evil sea monster which is represented with quite a bit of loud noise, darkness, and strobe lights. Of the children sitting around this guide, only a few seemed spooked.
AT&T Dolphin Tales is definitely a must-do for families with young children. The kids will love the sing-along portion, the colorful show and the amazing dolphins themselves. Adults without children may still want to attend now the the show is included in the Total Ticket, but brace yourself for some silly showmanship.
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