Visitors wave to dolphins in the dolphin viewing window at the lobby to AT&T Dolphin Tales during opening day of the new exhibit to the Georgia Aquarium Saturday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga., April 2, 2011.
By Melissa Ruggieri
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Georgia Aquarium has unveiled a new “Total Ticket,” which allows visitors a one-price option for admission to the aquarium and its “AT&T Dolphin Tales” show.
The all-inclusive ticket is $29.95 at off-peak times (usually Monday-Thursday) or $34.95 (weekends and holidays). Previously, a combination ticket for adult general admission and the dolphin show, access to the aquarium’s traveling exhibits and Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wondershow was $48.45 and general admission excluding add-ons cost $25.95.
The aquarium has also lowered its “Beluga & Friends Interactive Program” about 25 percent. The cost to indulge in a hands-on experience with the belugas is $169.95 or $152.95 for aquarium members.
To the casual observer, it’s a lovable freak show. But for those who live by its creed — and spend the year preparing for Labor Day weekend, when painstakingly designed costumes can be displayed and new friendships formed among the faithful — it’s a religion.