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Georgia Aquarium America's New Hot Spot!

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Georgia Aquarium America’s New Hot Spot!
By Treci Cauthen

Have you made your 2006 vacation plans? You may want to add Atlanta, Georgia to your list of places to see.

The incredible Georgia Aquarium said to be the largest in the world debut November 23, 2005. The aquarium was crafted to contain 8 million gallons of water and 100,000 fish as compared to Chicago’s Shed Aquarium which has 5 million gallons and approximately 20,000 fish.

The aquarium claims to have the only whale shark display in North America. It is home to world’s largest fish which are a pair of juvenile whale sharks and 5 beluga whales that were rescued from an amusement park in Mexico.

This project has done wonders in boosting Atlanta morale. They managed to draw more that 1 million visitors in the first 98 days and are looking forward to 3 million visitors for the year. Commenting on the success was Spurgeon Richardson, President and CEO of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “The product is unbelievable. It’s drawing many people downtown.” “When those people come downtown, they see the CNN Center and take that tour, they have dinner downtown, they walk around Centennial Olympic Park and see the Children’s Museum. All the numbers are up as it relates to downtown.” (MSNBC)

Some are still skeptical over the achievement of the new aquarium, not quite sure if it can maintain these statistics. Is this just beginners luck? Executive Vice President of Shed Aquarium said, “good marketing also helped bring in visitors to the Georgia Aquarium.” “Only time will tell whether the Georgia Aquarium will be able to maintain those high attendance numbers and stay in the same league as Shedd and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, which typically draw up to 2 million people each year.” (MSNBC)

Other major Atlanta attractions to see are:

  • High Museum of Art - redesigned November 2005, originally the Atlanta Art Association founded in 1905. Possesses over 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection. Consists of a comprehensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American art, chief holdings of European paintings and decorative art, an elaborate collection of African American art, a blooming collection of modern and contemporary art and photography. Special events include Friday Jazz, Toddler Tuesdays and Thursdays to Lectures

  • “Inside CNN” studio tour - A 45-minute guided walking experience. They invite you to Take a journey through the history of journalism, uncover secrets about the news gathering process, discover exciting facts about CNN journalists and the coverage of events, and see actual CNN studios and newsrooms.

  • World of Coca Cola - A self guided tour of 4 galleries consisting of memorabilia and interactive video stations, Barnes Soda Fountain - demonstrating how early coca cola was prepared and served, original songs about Coca Cola, rebroadcasts of radio programs sponsored by the Company played on a original 1930's jukebox, musical film and international character of Coca-Cola in Stereo Surround sound and fifty years of commercials for Coca-Cola.

  • Whether or not Atlanta can continue to draw this massive crowd only time can tell. But one thing for sure while it lasts they will enjoy basking in the celebrity.

    Copyright © 2006 Affiliated Publishing
    Published: 2006-04-03
    Author: Treci Cauthen

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