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Folks love to see the fish-- and other critters

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

August 12, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Flint Riverquarium is now Albany's number one tourist attraction.

Since the aquarium opened its doors in September of 2004, more than 364,000 people have visited, many from out of town.

CEO Scott Loehr says although there was a big drop off in attendance in the second year of operation, the amount of visitors has now stabilized and even increased one percent over last year.

He believes with the rise in gas prices and a new cultural infrastructure being built in Albany, more people will stay in South Georgia rather than traveling for their entertainment.

"Thronateeska, the improvements there, the Civil Rights Museum, The aviary here, Chehaw. We've got a wonderful collection of cultural resources to bring people in for the day or the weekend," said Loehr.

With the addition of the Aviary, which is expected to open in the next couple of months, Loehr expects visitation to increase at the Riverquarium by five to seven percent this year.

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