ATLANTA (April 26, 2013)Georgia Aquarium now gives guests the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to meet, touch and feed one of the stars of the AT&T Dolphin Tales show with the launch of its newest interactive program, Dolphin Encounter. While bringing people up close with these charismatic animals, this program will serve as a way to build unforgettable connections and educate guests on the importance of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. 

“We are thrilled to offer a new, hands-on experience to inspire guests through our dolphin ambassadors here at Georgia Aquarium,” said David Kimmel, Georgia Aquarium president and COO. “The Aquarium is committed to providing opportunities to increase knowledge, change attitudes, create emotional connections and ultimately transform behaviors, which can result in positive impact to conservation.”

Through this encounter, Georgia Aquarium seeks to educate audiences on the importance of embracing aquatic animals, motivating participants to care about them and inspiring them to make positive environmental choices.

Participants will spend some time with one or more of the delightfully charismatic dolphins in the Aquarium’s care, and they will quickly understand what makes these athletic marine mammals some of Georgia Aquarium’s most popular animals. The encounter includes receiving an up-close look at the many ways the Aquarium’s trainers care for the dolphins, participating in a training session and touching a dolphin during this hands-on poolside encounter.  As participants make the acquaintance of their new dolphin friends, they will even learn a few important things about these extraordinary animals.   

Dolphin Encounter at Georgia Aquarium

All guests participating in the encounter will receive a souvenir Georgia Aquarium photograph to commemorate their awe-inspiring experience. Please note that Dolphin Encounter is an add-on experience and is not included with the Total Ticket; Dolphin Encounter does not include general admission access to the Aquarium or to the AT&T Dolphin Tales show.

Sessions will be available per day based on the dolphin show schedule. The cost for the program is $59.95 plus tax. Participants under 16 years of age must each be accompanied by a participating adult responsible for the minor, and guests must be at least 7 years old to participate.

For more information on Georgia Aquarium’s new Dolphin Encounter or to book an experience visit or call 404-581-4000.



Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting 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