The Georgia Aquarium is the aquarium to visit in The South. However, there's a lesser-known counterpart that's also a haven for under-the-sea life. This hidden spot in Georgia is home to hundreds of sea creatures and it's only $9 to experience it.
The Flint RiverQuarium is three hours outside of Atlanta but it's magical in its own right.
It houses everything with scales and fins that come from the Flint River, along with a few other marine brethren.
There's a surprising number of exhibits in this seemingly inconspicuous space. You can wander through any of the eight exhibits, ranging from a hatchery full of baby animals to a "creek" where dozens of alligators live.
The main attraction is the 75,000-gallon, 22-foot-deep blue hole spring. From behind the glass, you can witness 120 types of fish, snapping turtles and more.
The exhibits even span outside. The aviary is a 35-foot high enclosure that houses birds that are native to the Flint River. It resembles their home with several local plants and a body of water.
Much like the aquarium in Atlanta, your experience doesn't have to end with a simple one-time visit.
There's always something going on, whether that be an alligator feeding or up-close-and-personal animal encounters.
Involvement is encouraged — the public is always invited to volunteer (you can even be a diver to feed the fish).
The aquarium is just one of the attractions that draw native Atlantans to Albany.
Address: 117 Pine Ave., Albany, GA
Why You Need To Go: It's unbelievably cheap to explore this highly interactive space that's on par with the Georgia Aquarium.