Aquariums were always one of my favorite attractions as a kid. Who wouldn't love a chance to see nature's marine life—the beautiful, the odd, and the frightening—up-close? I don't think the wonder of the underwater world diminishes as we get older, which is why adults and children alike find an afternoon at the aquarium exciting.
For meeting planners, the aquarium's unique allure makes it a great event venue. You'll not only elicit excitement from attendees who'll jump at the chance to visit, but you'll also find an unmatched backdrop of corals, jelly fish, sting rays and more that you just can't find at your average venue.
Here are a few great aquariums that can serve as event venues:
With over eight million gallons of fresh and marine water, the Georgia Aquarium is home to a massive collection of marine life. The two full-grown whale sharks, the largest fish species in the world, are popular with guests, as is Nandi, the only Manta ray to be displayed in a U.S. aquarium ever.
The aquarium has several spaces available for corporate events in Atlanta. From the 16,400-square-foot Oceans Ballroom to a full aquarium buyout for 5,000 people, the venue is perfect for receptions, galas, banquets and more.
Located in Baltimore, the National Aquarium is home to about 16,500 animals within its uniquely designed glass pyramid building. In addition to its underwater life, the aquarium also houses a range of interesting exhibits on reptiles such as the Giant Amazon river turtle and amphibians such as the Blue poison dart frog.
The National Aquarium can accommodate groups as small as 10 people or as large as 2,500 people. Catering is provided by Baltimore's premier catering company, the Classic Catering People.
Aquarium of the Pacific
This Southern California venue has over 12,500 ocean animals representing about 500 species that call the Pacific Ocean home. With 19 major habitats, the aquarium takes guests on a journey through the waters of Southern California and Baja, the Northern Pacific, and the Tropical Pacific.
The Aquarium of the Pacific can accommodate private functions in spaces such as the captivating Great Hall and outdoor Harbor Terrace. It also offers two special event package pricing and menus: the Scuba Package for 50 to 150 guests features three food stations or custom plated meals on the second level of the aquarium; and the Coral Reef Package offers access to the first floor for up to 3,000 guests.
To find an aquarium venue in your city, make sure to check the Cvent Supplier Network.