Visitors to the new Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta will see the only whale sharks on display outside of Asia - and at least 99,998 more fish afterwards. The aquarium, funded almost exclusively by a $200 million gift from Home Depot co-founder Bennie Marcus, opens on Nov. 23 and will officially become the world's largest aquarium when it does (easily dwarfing what had been the nation's largest indoor aquarium for decades...the 20,000-fish Shedd Aquarium in Chicago).
The aquarium is shaped like an abstract cruise ship and is expected to attract as many as two million visitors in its first year alone. Located in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park (across the street from CNN Center and the Georgia Dome), it is expected to be the anchor for downtown tourism revival. In 2007, a new World of Coca-Cola Museum will join it next door.
On Nov. 21, the Today show will report live from the Aquarium. Tune in if you want to see it without making the trip to Atlanta.