Although the Georgia Aquarium is a 580,000 square-foot facility, from the groundbreaking to the opening, the construction process took only 27 months. The Georgia Aquarium is adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park and the new World of Coca-Cola in downtown Atlanta and sits on 9.5 acres of land, which was donated by the Coca-Cola Company. The exterior of the building was designed to look like a giant ship breaking through a wave. As guests enter the huge atrium inside the building, they are led into the facility by a “wall of fish.” They then have the choice of entering five galleries. Each gallery is easily identified by an icon and signage at the entrance: Georgia Explorer has a lighthouse; River Scout displays a cascading waterfall; Cold Water Quest has an ice-covered cliff; Ocean Voyager offers a window into the huge habitat; and Tropical Diver has two video screens displaying the perspective of a fish on a reef. After traveling through one gallery, guests return to the main atrium before entering the next gallery.
Aside from being the biggest aquarium in the world, Georgia Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world to have four whale sharks in their exhibit , whale sharks are the biggest fish in the world , the whale sharks are kept in a fish tank thats the size of a football field.