ATLANTA, GA (July 15, 2015) – Georgia Aquarium announced today it has been recognized as the number one aquarium in the U.S. and the second most popular aquarium in the world by the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards.

Travel web site TripAdvisor has sliced and diced millions of user reviews to select its 2015 Travelers’ Choice award winners. Winners were selected using an algorithm that factors in quality and quantity of user reviews and ratings for attractions, hotels and destinations across the globe over a 12-month period. The annual list is considered the very best of travel as indicated by millions of travelers.

Since opening its doors in 2005, Georgia Aquarium has welcomed more than 22 million visitors and, over the past eight years, has consistently maintained an attendance of more than two million guests each year. In addition to contributing a portion of every ticket sale to research and conservation efforts, the Aquarium’s mission is for each visit to inspire visitors to care for marine animals and their habitats.

To continue its commitment to entertain and educate its guests, Georgia Aquarium opened a new interactive gallery in 2014, dubbed Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone. The educational journey gives families a series of challenges to complete together that help expand their knowledge of aquatic life. Interactive technology guides participants through the experience, and challenges are customized to suit the ages of each guest.

“Our commitment to providing an unparalleled, fresh and exciting entertainment experience for our guests is stronger than it has ever been,” said Mike Leven, Georgia Aquarium chairman and chief executive officer. “Whether adding a new gallery, welcoming new animals or inspiring our millions of guests, offering a state-of-the-art experience that delights and informs every single guest is a priority.”

This designation marks one of several accolades Georgia Aquarium has received. The Aquarium was recently named the Best North American Aquarium by USA Today and a Top 5 Animal Attraction by FamilyFun Magazine.

For a full list of the 2015 Travelers’ Choice award-winning attractions, go to Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #travelerschoice and #georgiaaquarium.



Georgia Aquarium, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that encompasses Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Marineland Dolphin Adventure and Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station in Marineland, Fla.  The mission of Georgia Aquarium, Inc. is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific organization featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offering engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. For additional information, visit


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