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The Tennessee Aquarium

One Broad Street

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Located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga and surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains, the Tennessee Aquarium tells the story of the river – following the path of a raindrop from the streams of an Appalachian Forest to the Gulf of Mexico – from the mountains to the sea.  Although the Aquarium has grown in size and in animal population since it’s opening in 1992, its story and its mission as a private, non-profit institution have remained the same; ‘to inspire wonder, appreciation and protection of water and all life that it sustains.’

The Tennessee Aquarium also operates the IMAX 3D Theater and the River Gorge Explorer.  Just a block away from the Tennessee Aquarium, IMAX lets you plunge into an amazing underwater adventure or travel to the farthest reaches of the universe at Chattanooga's premiere movie theatre. Located at the Chattanooga Pier, the River Gorge Explorer is the Southeast’s only high-speed catamaran and allows you to travel at speeds of up to 50 mph with an Aquarium naturalist down the Tennessee River. 

The Tennessee Aquarium envisions a world that values all aquatic environments

The Tennessee Aquarium inspires wonder, appreciation and protection of water and all life that it sustains.


James Bristol

Saturday, May 26, 2018
This is a fantastic aquarium; it's clean, large and diverse. One building is the ocean exhibit and the other is fresh water. I found the ocean exhibits to be amazing, lots of jelly fish and sharks. The very top of the building has some lemurs, a shallow tank to pet sting rays and a butterfly garden. The fresh water side has many different kinds of ecosystems and a large variety of fish and turtles. If you find yourself in the Chattanooga area please do yourself a favor and stop by this amazing attraction.

Bethaney Smith

Friday, June 1, 2018
Love this aquarium! I've been visiting since I was 4, and we make sure to stop by whenever we're in the city. The walk through takes about 2-3 hours (depending on how much you're reading and how many are with you) and is very interactive. All the animals are active. Staff is helpful, friendly, and informative. Got to see a dive show in the ocean reef exhibit-make sure you work one in if you're there around the scheduled times. Definitely a great place for kids. Had fun browsing the gift shops too.

Jennifer Sanders

Thursday, June 14, 2018
I love this aquarium. It's my favorite of all the ones I've visited. Great place for kids and Grand parents. The design is wonderful. There are 2 buildings which allows you time to take a break between the River and the Ocean. We went back to our hotel and lunch and waited on a small storm to pass. As long as you've entered the building by 6:00pm, you can still use your ticket.we spend a total of 4 and a half hours leisurely viewing. Plenty of parking. ❤❤❤


Wednesday, May 30, 2018
I've been to a number of different aquariums around the country, and this one is my all time favorite. Excellent diversity of animal and plant life - and so educational. I've been dozens of times and still find new things to experience and enjoy. There is so much for kids to learn and have fun with - but adults will have a great time too. The grounds outside are so much fun to walk around in as well.

Wifey Poo

Thursday, June 21, 2018
So glad we decided to visit the aquarium. They are separated into two buildings. Salt water and fresh water. They also had a butterfly house which was really cool. It's also within walking distance of many restaurants and other fun things to do. We spent the entire day there and had a blast.

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