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It took years for Georgia to get it’s own aquarium. But since opening its doors in 2005, the Georgia Aquarium has become the largest aquarium in the world. And, through its Journey with Gentle Giants program, we couldn’t wait to swim with the sharks.

This is the only opportunity in the world where you are guaranteed to swim or SCUBA dive with the largest fish in the world--the whale shark. In addition to sharks, the 6.3 million gallon exhibit, The Home Depot's Ocean Voyager, immersed us with thousands of fish including manta rays, zebra sharks, sawfish, leopard whiprays, bowmouth guitarfish, and schools of tarpon, pompano and cownose rays. The Journey with Gentle Giants program also includes a mini behind-the-scenes tour for diver family members which really enhances the experience for divers and landlubbers alike.

Once our underwater experience was over, it was time for some dining. Top Chef Richard Blais’s FLIP Burger Boutique made us flip over artisan burgers (beef and otherwise), fries, and creative milkshakes (think Krispy Kreme, Nutella and Burnt Marshmallow, or Foie Gras) completing the traditional trio. If celebrity chefs are your thing, you can’t go wrong with Tom Colichio’s craft Atlanta and, more casual, craftbar Atlanta. And if you’d rather put together your own picnic, be sure to check out the meat, cheese, bakery and, sandwich counters at Star Provisions (a true Atlanta foodie destination).

When the feeding frenzy was over, it was nice to be able to hibernate in the brand new Loews Atlanta in the heart of the burgeoning 12th and Midtown neighborhood. All of the luxurious features that Loews has become famous for--a hip lobby bar, unique amenities, and dining with style in Eleven…..all with a decidedly uptown address.