Georgia Aquarium Reopens with New Protocols to Support Guest Safety

July 17, 2020

Category Blog

Many Centennial Park District attractions are reopening with enhanced protocols in place to protect both staff and guests and foster a safe experience. Our team recently had the opportunity to visit Georgia Aquarium and experience their changes firsthand. Follow along to see what we learned.


Georgia Aquarium is limiting the number of guests allowed in the building at one time according to CDC guidelines. They have also implemented timed ticketing to create a seamless entry process. Click here to make your timed reservation, and click here to purchase tickets.


Georgia Aquarium is now utilizing Oceans Ballroom the attraction’s main entrance. This helps guests maintain social distancing during the entry process. The entrance on Baker Street is currently closed.

For those who drive, guests should enter the parking garage at the Luckie Street entrance. The Ivan Allen entrance is blocked and not accessible for vehicles or pedestrians.


In the parking garage and prior to entering the building, Georgia Aquarium requires all guests to first participate in contactless temperature scans. Any person exhibiting a fever (temperature of 100.4°F or higher) will be asked to visit another day. From there, all guests pass through security checkpoint screenings. Prohibited items include guns, knives, weapons of any kind, chewing gum, and outside food and drinks.

Additionally, all guests age three (3) and above are required to wear face coverings during their visit. Be sure to bring your mask!


As you continue into the building, through guest services, and on to the galleries and animal exhibits, Georgia Aquarium’s safety standards are evident and easy to follow.

You’ll notice staff regularly cleaning high touch surfaces in guest areas, and wall and floor signs have been installed throughout the building to remind you to maintain proper distance from fellow guests.

In places where you might want to get close to the tanks to take in the wildlife, stanchions and floor decals serve as helpful reminders of ways we can all enjoy the experience – 6 ft. apart!


Because Georgia Aquarium is embarking on a phased reopening, Behind the Seas tours are currently unavailable, and the 4D theater and sea lion presentations are currently closed. That being said, guests can still enjoy Sea Lions Up Close and Dolphins in Depth, both of which are more conducive to social distancing. Click here to purchase tickets to Sea Lions Up Close.

Gift shops and the café, with limited “grab and go” options, remain open.


We had so much fun returning to Georgia Aquarium for the experiences and animal encounters we love, all in an environment that prioritizes guest safety. It was so special to see the newest member of the family, too: Shila, the baby beluga! 

We encourage you to share your Aquarium and Centennial Park District memories with us online by tagging @GeorgiaAquarium and @CentennialParkDistrict on Instagram.

For a full list of FAQs about visiting Georgia Aquarium, click here.