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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.


Matthew Curvin

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
There's not enough space to explain how great this aquarium is. The River Journey is the older of the two attractions, but it is not lacking in the least. The size and depth of their Aquarium is best bar none. It may be older and low less flashy than other nearby aquariums, but it host far better exhibits, with much larger swimming area for the animals. It was built with the animals in mind and not the people visiting the animals. This makes it more of a welcome attraction. The ocean Journey is the newer of the two buildings, and it's interactive exhibits along with his butterfly gardens will have you coming back over and over again.


Sunday, July 8, 2018
This aquarium is more fun that the Georgia Aquarium. Instead of just a few large tanks, this aquarium has several smaller ones and more exhibits. The tanks are easier to view because you don't have two hundred people crowding in front of ONE tank. The multi-floor design gives the aquarium more points on the "easy viewing" scoreboard. You take an escalator or elevator up and walk down gentle ramps back towards the bottom. There's an amazing view of the Tennessee river from the top, as well as a room full of butterflies. Their jellyfish exhibit was my favorite; it was haunting to be in a dark room where only the jellyfish glowed.

Olivia Purcell

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
A great place to spend the day! There are two buildings, River & Ocean, and your tickets are good for all day so you can take a lunch break and return at your leisure. The layout was simple and it made sure you didn't miss a thing! All the shows are entertaining and informative and the staff and volunteers are so friendly! Highly recommend this for couples and families!

jim mcdonell

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
A fabulous aquarium in two parts, modeled on the National Aquarium in Baltimore. It sits on the banks of the Tennessee River near a walking trail and not far from the historic walking bridge. Lots of restaurants in the area with ample public parking nearby. You can package tickets with other area attractions such as Ruby Falls and Rock City. Chattanooga is a lovely city and the aquarium is well worth a visit.

Sarah Murray

Sunday, July 15, 2018
I love the aquarium, and my family are members, so we are huge fans and are passionate about supporting the animals and efforts of the aquarium. Some people may say that it's expensive, which I suppose it can be when you're just looking at numbers and especially if you have a large family, but it's cheaper than the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, and I honestly feel it's still a good price for what you see and do. Plus, the money does go to maintaining the animals. That's how I try to look at it. The aquarium admission spans 2 buildings of saltwater and freshwater animals, including a butterfly room, and the IMAX is extra. Volume-wise it's smaller than Atlanta and we don't have the huge whales, and while I do love that one, too, I believe this one allows you to see more and interact more. If that makes sense. It's an easy journey through each building, stroller and wheelchair friendly with large ramps that everyone walks and elevators. All of the exhibits let's you see as much as you can and a huge variety of animals. You learn a lot about their environments and habitats, and even feel like you're there aesthetically. My 2.5 year old son has loved coming here since he was a baby. He has so much fun walking and looking, and really enjoys the interactive exhibits. The butterfly room is so neat, a great size and lots of beautiful butterflies. This room is not stroller friendly. There isn't a place to eat inside the aquarium, but there are plenty of restaurants within easy walking distance. Go at least once!

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