Exploring Atlanta

Sunday, July 28, 2013

This weekend I was able to check a few things off my Georgia Tourist Bucket List, that I had posted previously. You can follow my progress on this list through the original post. But anyway, now on to the fun stuff. This morning, we kicked things off at the Georgia Aquarium. Oh.My.Goodness, this place was amazing. It is one of (the) largest aquariums in the world, and it was truly impressive. They had everything from clown fish to sting rays to whale sharks to otters to dolphins and beluga whales! I love aquariums so I was in heaven. The exhibits were really amazing. 

I was, of course, fully prepared for the occasion with my fish bracelet and nautical Lilly dress. 

These are called Moon Jellies. They reminded me of Finding Nemo. 
This ugly guy is a Piranha. Boy did he have some teeth. 
They were doing a feeding in their big reef tank...it was really cool to see how all the fish flocked to the diver. 
This is me and a really really big grouper. This exhibit was a tunnel that went through one of the big tanks.
This is a whale shark that was swimming above me in the tunnel. The photo really does not do justice to how large this guy was.  
The otters are one of my favorites. They are so cute and playful. Before the Traverse City Zoo closed, they had a big otter exhibit, it was always my favorite. 
I was excited to find they had four beluga whales! These guys are another one of my favorites. 
They are so massive, but so playful. 
And of course, the dolphins. Another one of my favorites. 
There were six, and you could hear them chirping at each other inside the tank! 
After the aquarium we went into the park to have lunch. The lines to get inside the aquarium at this point were unbelievable. I am glad we got there early. We had planned to go tour the World of Coca Cola which is just across the park from the aquarium, but the lines there were also insane so we decided to save that for another time. After lunch we walked over towards the Olympic Park. This park had several fountains and statues that commemorate the 1996 Olympics that were hosted in Atlanta. 

A statue with the Olympic rings. 

The founder of the modern olympic games. 
A really pretty fountain. 
This was the coolest part, on the ground it was just a water fountain but from up above you could see it was the Olympic Rings! Oh yea...how did I get this ariel view?? 
We rode this HUGE ferris wheel. It was amazing, there were 43 cars AND they each had air conditioning! 
It was super cool to see the city from up above! 
I was glad to be able to take a break from the unpacking and organizing to explore a little bit of Atlanta. After we rode the ferris wheel, we made a trip to IKEA to pick up a few things. Wow, this IKEA was big and crowded...it was super stressful because there were so many people there. Luckily, I think I got everything I needed so I won't have to go back any time soon! 
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