Big Tank, Big Fish, Big Dollars

As you may or may not know, the Georgia Aquarium (what, no corporate name?) is scheduled to open on November 23rd. Yesterday they announced the prices for admission.

Annual pass, on sale Oct. 15

  • Adult: $59.50
  • Child (ages 3-12): $43.25
  • Senior (age 55+): $48.75

General admission, on sale Nov. 1

  • Adult: $22.75
  • Child (ages 3-12): $17
  • Senior (age 55+): $19.50

General admission for groups of 15 or more

  • Adult: $20.50
  • Child (ages 3-12): $15.50
  • Senior (age 55+): $17.50

Yikes! Do these prices include a nice fish dinner at the end? What about fishing pole rental?

I am sure that the aquarium will be impressive. Afterall I think that they have spent $70 bazillion dollars (ok, $200 million-plus actually) for construction. Are they trying to get it all back in one year?

Maybe when this opens I can finally make it to Ikea.

15 Comments so far

  1. jehad (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 9:37 am

    wow a whole quarter cheaper than Shedd…though Chicagoans get a discount for being, well, Chicagoans, which wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Georgia Aquarium…to give a price break for us here locals (except those from smyrna or the vinings..or alpharetta…or conyers). I think the Tennessee one is just under 20…but i’d rather hang out in the fish section of pet smart.

  2. Steve Eady (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 10:36 am

    Small correction: “They” = “He”

    —from some article—
    The Aquarium, which is intended to revitalise a run-down area of the city centre has been financed by a $200million donation from Bernie Marcus, owner of the giant retain chain Home Depot.

    Marcus told Diver that he made the endowment so that the children of Atlanta, many of whom have never seen the sea, will learn to appreciate the wonders of the oceans.

    The man donated 200 million bucks. He deserves some credit :)

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 10:40 am

    Good point Steve.

    However, anyone worth that much money must travel with an entourage, right? ;)

  4. Kent (Atl Metblogs) (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 10:56 am

    I wonder if those same kids that can’t afford a trip to the sea will be able to come up with the $15.50 to go on a field trip and learn to appreciate the wonders of the oceans.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 11:07 am

    Some people might get the same “experience” from watching an IMAX movie about underwater life at Fernbank.

  6. jehad (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 11:17 am

    kent, i thought fieldtrips were free or at least paid for by the school, tax dollars. perhaps i don’t remember correctly. it’s been 49 years or something like that since my last field trip.

  7. Panda (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 11:19 am

    Can someone please explain something to me, I was just on the website, and to volunteer ( if you call it that) you have to buy an annual pass just to get through the doors and if you are volunteering for the it staff you will probably never see the fish tank anyways, they must have a lot of volunteers there to want to have them pay for the opportunity to help out. Just doesnt make to much sense to me, but I am just a poor southern boy wanting to help out when I can.

  8. Lori (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 11:20 am

    Schools don’t have enough money to finance field trips, so they either ask students to pay or cut them out entirely.

  9. jehad (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 11:39 am

    ive heard that some schools are cutting back on field trips because of fuel costs but didnt know they had already cut them out entirely if the kids dont pay.

    I guess there are always bake sales…or perhaps they will start a “sponsor a kid to see a squid” program…

  10. jehad (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 12:20 pm

    am i missing where it says you have to pay the annual membership fee?

    Volunteer Prerequisites:

    Volunteer must be 16 years of age or older
    Volunteer must be a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder
    Volunteer must have proof of medical insurance

    Requirements to start:

    Commit to volunteering for one year
    Complete application
    Interview with Aquarium staff
    Pass a background check
    Pass a drug test
    Attend all training as required
    Meet job requirements for a specific position(s)
    Follow policies and procedures of the Georgia Aquarium
    Wear uniform as required

    Be flexible! It is the policy of the Georgia Aquarium that all volunteers will work in more than one area for their department.
    Volunteer jobs will be filled based on ability, skills required, scheduling and seniority. Seniority is obtained by start date with the Georgia Aquarium.

  11. Panda (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 12:47 pm

    when you apply for the volunteer position this is what it says:
    All Georgia Aquarium Associates are required to:
    Submit a Written Application
    Interview with a Georgia Aquarium representative
    Successfully complete a background check and drug screening
    Attend a minimum of 18 hours of training and possible additional training as required
    Purchase an annual pass to the aquarium
    Hold medical insurance
    Be a U.S. Citizen or Alien with the legal right to work in the US
    Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one or a valid DMV ID Card

  12. Lori (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 12:50 pm

    Jehad – it’s a requirement. It says so on the application:

  13. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 12:57 pm

    Holy Shit, it is on the application. Next thing you know they will require volunteers to complete TPS reports.

    Perhaps becoming a “volunteer” means you get a really nifty uniform like those given to the Olympic volunteers in 1996.

  14. Panda (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 1:00 pm

    You know that this would be like going to work for Six Flags over Ga and them telling you to purchase a seasons pass to volunteer there. They cant even get employees to work for a salary much less volunteers to donate their time for the cause. I guess that I will continue to cook for the homeless at the church.

  15. jehad (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 1:24 pm

    that’s weird. it is a requirement.

    they sneak it on that there application and leave out of the first set of ‘requirements.’

    i suppose a lot of these volunteers will no doubt gladly support the aquarium both financially and with their time.

    here’s AJC story on some of the educational efforts of aquarium. may have been posted here in the past. they still don’t outline all the details of how students will access…i.e. via field trips, inner city programs..etc Maybe it does. I dont read well.

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