ATLANTA (April 19, 2016) - During the month of April, Georgia Aquarium participates in Light it Up Blue in support of Autism Awareness Month, in conjunction with Autism Speaks and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Aquarium’s exterior areas and interior atrium walls of the Aquarium are lit up blue this month to help shine a light on autism. Georgia Aquarium donated admission tickets to Marcus Autism Center, Autism Speaks, and Georgia Aquarium Special Needs Camp as part of Autism Awareness Month.

On Sunday, April 17, Georgia Aquarium welcomed families with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities to experience the Aquarium.  Families enjoyed the Aquarium with lower lights and music, as well as special Autism Awareness Day activities. Activities included animal trainer talks, dive presentation, animal spotlight, and a showing of “Happy Feet” in The 4D Funbelievable Theater with no special effects.

Georgia Aquarium’s Ballroom was open for families to enjoy as a quiet space, if and when they needed a break. 



Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit