Redux: overpriced fishbowl
Along with being the world's largest aquarium, it also comes with the highest ticket prices in the country. I wrote about this in September, see Really Expensive Georgia Aquarium. Here's an excerpt comparing a visit to the Tennessee aquarium, less than two hours from downtown Atlanta:
Let’s compare Tennessee versus Georgia with two adults and two teenagers. Both charge children thirteen and older at the adult price.
Tennessee aquarium would cost $71.80 (17.95 x 4) for a day visit.
Georgia aquarium would cost $91.00 (22.75 x 4) for a day visit.
Now, according to the article, the Georgia aquarium does offer annual passes. That’s $59.50 a person ($43.25 if under 12), so the same family of four could pay $238 for annual passes. That would require three visits before you started saving money.
Now take a look at the Tennessee aquarium, they have a family pass for $85. That’s unlimited visits for two adults and two children under eighteen. You’ve paid for the membership less than halfway through your second visit.
In other words, with the family/annual pass the Tennessee aquarium will cost you $85 for three visits, while the Georgia aquarium will cost you $238.
As it is, the cost for a family of four to attend the Georgia Aqurium is more than $19 above the average of the other major aquariums.
|Aquarium||adult||child||Family of 4 per day||Family membership|
|Mote, Sarasota FL||15||10||50||none|
|SC Aq, Charleston SC||15||8||46||$80|
|Adventure, Camden NJ||16.95||13.95||61.80||none|
|Ripley's, Myrtle Beach||16.95||9.95||53.80||none|
|Mystic Aq, Mystic CT||17.5||12.5||60||$110|
|Tennessee Aq, Chattanooga||17.95||9.5||54.90||$85|
|Aq of the Pacific, Long Beach CA||18.95||10.95||59.80||$109|
|National Aq, Baltimore MD||19.5||13.5||66||$109|