Flint RiverQuarium | Albany, Georgia
Located on the banks of the Flint River in Albany, the Flint RiverQuariun tells the story of the Flint River and the blue hole springs that helped create it. Visitors can experience the unique ecosystems of the Flint River watershed through a variety of interactive exhibits, featuring more than 100 species of native aquatic life.
Blue Hole Spring
This amazing 175,000-gallon, 22-feet deep RiverQuarium showcases Southwest Georgia’s unique underwater world. You will see more than 120 kinds of fish, turtles, alligators, snapping turtles, and other creatures that make the RiverQuarium Blue Hole their home.
Flint River Gallery
In the Flint River Gallery, freshwater and saltwater tanks, as well as a live fish hatchery, give you a first-hand look at life along the river’s path. Follow the Flint River’s amazing 350-mile journey and learn about the vital role the river plays in sustaining life for thousands of curious creatures as you follow the Flint River’s 350-mile journey from its headwaters in south Atlanta to where it joins the Chattahoochee River at Lake Seminole to form the Apalachicola River.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to control the weather? Or change the way a river flows? Or explore an underground cave to uncover mysterious subterranean creatures? In the Discovery Caverns, there are fun games and eye-opening exhibits where you can do just that!
World of Water
See what other rivers around the world are like and discover how they share similar features and challenges with the Flint in the World of Water exhibit.
Spring Run Creek
Alligators lurk in this all-glass aquarium, known as Spring Run Creek, where you can explore the habitat of these ancient reptiles.
Cypress Pond Aviary
Recently opened, the aviary features birds of the Flint River watershed. This 35-foot-high enclosure houses passerine and wading birds indigenous to the Flint River basin, including Northern Bobwhite quail, Mallards, and Hooded Mergansers. Since the Albany area is in a major flyway, you will also see several migratory birds in the aviary. The aviary is planted with bald cypress, Southern magnolia, sweetbay, wax myrtle, bluestem palmetto, cinnamon fern, Carolina jasmine, and trumpet honeysuckle to create the native environment.
The Adventure Center
Across the plaza from the RiverQuarium, The Adventure Center houses the Jane and Harry Wilson Changing Exhibit Hall, which features traveling exhibits. The current exhibit is “Alien Attack: Target Everglades,” which presents the top-ten most dangerous alien plants and animals that have entered the Florida Everglades and discusses their threat to the area’s fragile ecosystems.
It’s three stories high, 40-feet wide and seats 103 people, and it’s Georgia’s only Iwerks Entertainment Imagination Theater. The giant screen allows you to witness nature and adventure like you’ve never seen it before. Now showing at the theater is “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure.” The movie uses ultra-realistic computer animation to travel back in time to the Late Cretaceous when giant marine reptiles, some as large as present-day whales, dominated the sea.
The Flint RiverQuarium offers numerous educational activities and programs, including summer camps for kids and “Sleep with the Fishes,” an opportunity for an evening of fun and educational activities topped off by a sleepover by the Blue Hole! Other ongoing programs, such as dive shows, alligator feedings and animal presentations, ensure that every visit has something new to offer.
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From the Flint River to the Chattahoochee River is a land that is tightly intertwined with the history of Georgia and America.
When Claude Terry wrote this story for Brown's Guide to Georgia Magazine in 1973, he was a professor of microbiology at Emory University. A scientist by training and an expert outdoorsman by nature, Claude was among a small number of pioneering Georgia environmentalists who helped Jimmy Carter and other state and federal government officials see and appreciate the Flint as well as other Georgia rivers.
“President Carter, I said, “ I want to thank you for saving the Flint River years ago. I was canoeing editor for Brown’s Guide for years, and everyone was afraid we were about to lose the Flint.” “Thank you,” he replied graciously, “for those articles and for what y’all did to keep the environmental issues of out state before everybody.”
In terms of wilderness beauty and spectacular vistas of varied terrain, the Flint is rivaled by no other large river in Georgia.
The Flint River is only a 20-foot wide, winding stream between Fayette and Clayton counties, but this portion of it has played an integral part in literary history—it bordered the fictional Tara in Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind.