I think this had to be my favorite day of our staycation! Days with a baby under one are pretty unpredictable, so I have learned to not have very many expectations when we go out to do something. Some days can go insanely smooth, and others can end in massive blowouts, meltdowns and who knows what else. But in this case, Cove’s reaction to the aquarium far surpassed the small expectations I had. He was absolutely mesmerized. We could have sat at each exhibit forever letting him watch the creatures and fish swim around.

The Georgia Aquarium is one of the best aquariums I’ve ever visited, and my family has been to some all across the country and even in Canada. They do such a great job at really capturing every audience and have such a beautiful space. You could spend anywhere from two hours to an entire day soaking it all in.

After looking at our pictures, I realized that I’m “that mom” who points at everything (insert monkey emoji with hands over its face). Oh well. I loved every minute and could have sat there staring as long as the boys would have let me. The ironic thing is that I am only in love with it on the other side of the glass. If you would have asked me to get in the water with the animals and fish, I might have had a meltdown. There is something about looking at the ocean in its vastness that overwhelms me.

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The otters and penguins are some of my favorites. They got so close to the glass and kept doing tricks for us.

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I about died in the pictures below. We were just sitting there looking at the fish and he pulled himself up into my arms and wrapped his little hands around me and just looked up at the giant glass wall between us and the fish. It was the perfect way to end the day.

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Ian and I previously visited the Georgia Aquarium for an event earlier this year. We may look into getting season passes when Cove gets older. If you have never been, I highly suggest going Monday through Thursday either right when it opens or just a few hours before closing. With the CityPASS, you get access to all of the shows including the Dolphins and Sea Lions, but showtimes fill up fast, so it’s important to get there thirty minutes before they start (or even earlier, if it’s busy).

*Thanks to CityPASS for the great passes.

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