Entrance to the RiverQuarium
|Date opened||2004 |
|Land area||35,000 sq ft (3,300 m2) indoors and 19,000 sq ft (1,800 m2) outdoors |
|Number of species||>100 |
|Volume of largest tank||175,000-US-gallon (660,000 l)|
The aquarium follows the journey of the Flint River, and highlights the ecosystems of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River basins.
Blue Hole Spring is an open-air, 175,000-US-gallon (660,000 l), 22 ft (6.7 m) deep tank filled by a natural spring below. It exhibits the diverse life forms of the Flint River, which runs through Southwest Georgia.
The Flint River Gallery includes both freshwater and saltwater fish, and includes a live fish hatchery. In this exhibit, visitors can follow the 350-mile (560 km) journey of the Flint River to the ocean.
Discovery Caverns includes interactive displays and an underground cave exhibiting subterranean creatures.
The World of Water shows visitors other rivers around the world that share features and challenges with the Flint.
Spring Run Creek is home to the aquarium's alligators.
Cypress Pond Aviary is a 35-foot (11 m) high enclosure featuring birds indigenous to the Flint River basin, as well as several migratory birds that pass through the area. Although the first inhabitants of this exhibit are commercially available birds such as quail and ducks, the RiverQuarium is working with various groups to obtain non-releasable birds native to the area.
The Adventure Center is across the plaza from the RiverQuarium, and is designed to house traveling exhibits at the Aquarium.
Imagination Theater is the facility's IMAX theater and often shows 3D versions of the movies.
The RiverQuarium was designed by architect Antoine Predock in association with Executive Architect Robbins Bell Kreher, and was completed in 2004. Predock was "inspired by the biology, geology and hydrology of Southwest Georgia" in creating this facility. The facility is part of the Downtown Albany RiverFront Master Plan. Located on the banks of the Flint River at Pine Avenue and Front Street, it received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) award in 2005. It is one of the city's projects to reconnect the downtown to the river and a walkway along its banks.
The building wraps around the primary exhibit, which is the 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) naturally landscaped Blue Hole and Cypress Creek. The building is designed to allude to the "complex Ocala limestone terrain of sinks, aquifers, caves and streams that exist below the surface." The Exhibits were designed by Lyons/Zaremba Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts
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