SeaQuest at Stonecrest will let people who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 enjoy a free day interacting with fish, turtles and other animals.

The land-and-sea aquarium, which is located in the Mall at Stonecrest, is offering free admission Thursday to anyone who shows proof of having been vaccinated. The aquarium is also offering free COVID-19 vaccine doses Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m., which can count toward free admission to SeaQuest.

Anyone who gets there shot at the aquarium will also receive a $100 gift card, DeKalb County commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson said.

“I’m happy to present an event that rewards those who are vaccinated with a wholesome experience and provides joy and financial assistance through our $100 gift card incentive,” she said in a news release.

The aquarium, which used to be the Sears building at the mall, opened last month. The company advertises itself as an “educational land and sea adventure” with hands-on attractions and exhibits. There are 10 SeaQuest locations across the country, with Stonecrest touting the largest one.

The mall’s vaccine event joins several efforts in DeKalb County to get more residents fully vaccinated. DeKalb’s vaccination rate of 54% is slightly ahead of the statewide rate, but it lags behind the national average of 63%.

Admission starts at $12.99 for children and $18.99 for adults. Annual passports cost $49.99. Patrons can also purchase tokens to use for specific interactive exhibits or to purchase food to feed animals. For more information, visit