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Atlanta Lands a Big One | T+ L Family

It may be a landlocked city, but with the recent opening of the Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta is now awash in more than 100,000 fish swimming in 8 million gallons of water. The aquarium—the world's largest—has state-of-the-art galleries, with themes such as Cold Water Quest and Ocean Voyager, housed in a building that resembles a ship. Despite the presence of five rare beluga whales, two other giants have become fan favorites: Ralph and Norton, the only whale sharks in this hemisphere. They were flown from Taiwan to their new home, where visitors can watch them from inside an acrylic tunnel that cuts through their vast habitat. Though these 18-foot-long sharks might seem dangerous, don't worry—they eat only plankton. Georgia Aquarium, 404/581-4444; www.georgiaaquarium.org; tickets $22.75 for adults, $17 for children 3–12.

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