A rendering of the new shark habitat (Courtesy Georgia Aquarium)

A new visitor entry and state-of-the-art shark habitat is now under construction at Georgia Aquarium in Downtown following a groundbreaking ceremony this week.

Known as Expansion 2020, Georgia Aquarium’s  new addition will add tens of thousands of square feet to this popular destination, by extending the main entrance into the plaza and featuring brand new digital signage. The redesigned entryway will provide a  covered queue area for guests, while also introducing a separate entrance for field trips and classes via Baker Street.

A rendering of the exterior of the Georgia Aquarium after expansion.

“This will be one of our largest exhibits and one of the largest expansions we’ve done in our history,” said Georgia Aquarium president and COO Joe Handy in a media statement. “We’re thrilled to be offering a grand new entrance that introduces our visitors to the wonder and awe of the Aquarium, and to bring them closer to one of the most important species of the world’s oceans.”

Once inside, guests will be able to explore a massive new shark habitat, potentially home to great hammerhead sharks, sand tiger sharks, tiger sharks, and sandbar sharks.  The gallery will feature floor-to-ceiling acrylic windows, giving guests expansive and immersive views of sharks.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.