Atlanta Things to Do Tips by balfor
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I'd say that 3-4 hours for the aquarium is enough time to take it in in a leisurely fashion. Add another hour or so for the titanic exhibit and you should be fine. As Moira stated, strollers should not be a problem anywhere. Where they have stairs, they also have ramps or elevators. I know that they do have some interaction with scout organizations but I don't know the extent that they actively work with them on badges. They also have several behind the scenes types of tours available as well as overnight programs. Several of the overnight programs mention scouting badges. Here is an excerpt from their overnight descriptions:
This program is designed for grades 2-5. Let the Georgia Aquarium staff take your group on a cruise aboard the “SS Star” through the deep waters of the ocean and its coral reefs. The program focuses on the aquatic animals and habitats including sharks and whales and what you can do to help preserve these wonderful resources. Get ready to explore the Aquarium through a variety of special activities, tours, animal encounters and more!
Special programs for Brownies, Junior Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are also available.
This interactive program designed for middle school students, grades 6-8, takes your students on a scientific journey exploring geological oceanography, which focuses on the topographic features and physical makeup of the ocean floor; meteorological oceanography, which pertains to the study of the ocean’s interaction with the atmosphere and the effect on weather and climate; and biological oceanography, which concentrates on deep ocean animal life. This program is also perfect for Boy Scouts earning their Oceanography badge.
The URL is: http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/visitUs/sleepover.aspx#adult
Here are a couple more links for city or multi-passes involving the aquarium:
Hope this helps you some. :-)
(as for world of Coke? That is about a 1-2 hour thing unless you want to explore every nook and cranny in the place. If you do that, then you will want to plan a full day between it and the Aquarium. They are literally right next to each other so if you're interested in it at all, I'd recommend planning on both at the same time. It is also very close to the CNN building so you could make a full day of the three locations.)
The Georgia Aquarium is not just about the huge tanks and monster reefs.... They also have some critters from freshwater systems that aren't all fish. :-) They are also building a new Dolphin exhibit that should be open in late 2010 (so I don't have any pictures of it yet. I'm good, but not THAT good! *LOL*)
also, for those who wish to come back more than once, it is cheaper to buy an annual membership than to pay full price two times. And then you get a discount on parking, the gift shop and purchasing passes for other people. :-)
Directions: Right beside the new World of Coke, the CNN building and Centennial Park.
The Georgia Aquarium is the only aquarium in the US to have whale shark. Unfortunately, they only have 3 of them right now as one just died on 11JAN2007. :-(
Update: 3 of the 4 have died, but we ordered a few more so we're back up to 3. :-) (and yes, it was special delivery as whale sharks are bigger than the UPS trucks.... <grin>)
Updated update: We're back up to 4 of the giant rascals! We also have a manta ray which is the only one in an aquarium in North America! I shall have to see about getting pictures of her to upload for ya!
Address: 225 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313
Directions: Downtown near the new World of Coke and across from Centennial Park.
My dad at the concert
Here is a picture of some of my family at a Jimmy Buffett concert at Lakewood Amphitheater.
David Carradine/Chick Corea
Imagine my surprise when having just seen Kill Bill 1 and 2 the week before I see David Carradine and Chick Corea, one of the first Jazz musicians I have ever heard, paired up for a panel in a Science Fiction convention.
Turns out that David Carradine was reading a science fiction book and Chick Corea was playing the soundtrack for it. A rather odd combination, if I must say so.
Address: Dragon Con
Directions: The Smallest conference room they could find!
Here is someone dressed as Go Go from the movie Kill Bill.
Dragon Con is one of (if not THE) biggest Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Comic Book/etc conventions in the world. The attendance for the last several years has been over 20,000 people. (for a history of the Con and attendences to them, see DragonCon History.
You will see freaks, geeks, goths and just about any other type of costume imaginable.
Address: PO Box 16459 Atlanta, GA 30321-0459
Directions: It is (and will be for the next 5 years or so) held at the Hyatt Regency and the Marriott in downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Road.
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