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Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga

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To see how one of the largest aquariums in the world works, take a behind-the-scenes tour of Tennessee Aquarium. Tours offer a rare look at the filtering and food-preparation areas, with an additional stop at the aquarium's biggest habitat, a large tank filled with sand tiger and bonnethead sharks. Other highlights include an invertebrate gallery where you can see jellyfish, cuttlefish, giant octopuses, and spider crabs. Save some time for the "river journey" exhibit, which follows the path of a single raindrop from the Appalachian Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. The aquarium also offers self-guided tours of three living forest exhibits teeming with wildlife that can be viewed from above and below the water's surface. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Chattanooga holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Tennessee Aquarium and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We didn't have time to do the Aquarium justice last time we were in Chattanooga three years ago, so made time in our itinerary this time. Excellent day. Spent about 3 hours in the oceans building, the...  more »
  • Worth the visit, better if not crowded, arrive an hour before closing and have a relatively empty aquarium...gift shop may be closed when done but no crowds.  more »
  • I've visited several aquariums...But, the aquarium in downtown Chattanooga is my favorite. A freshwater, and saltwater experience...Lots of different views, not just standing in front of glass. The pe...  more »
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  • For families I like that there are two buildings so we can do one building each visit and it is not overwhelming. There are family restrooms and nursing rooms available for family needs. The animals can be viewed from a stroller in many areas and the exhibits allow for little hands. There are some areas that are hands on and there are some basic animal encounters. Not amazing demonstrations but it gets attention of the visitors. My son is two and loves seeing the scuba divers. They do interact with the kids through the glass which is great customer service. The best area is the top floor of the Ocean building. It features sting rays and you can touch them, which is fun for all ages. The butterfly garden is beautiful and has many butterflies, and you are encouraged to have them land on you. Afterwards we love playing outside between the aquarium buildings in the river water feature. There are benches and space for kids to play and splash around. Street parking is only $1 an hour if you stay 2 hours or less. We have an annual pass and take advantage of this!
  • The aquarium is super rad and a great place to hang out. The otters are my absolute favorite and you cannot miss the butterfly room. The rivers of the world is a really neat exhibit too! They keep adding new exhibits and creatures so be sure to visit them again!
  • Touring this aquarium was a wonderful experience! The animals on display and provided information was educational and exhilarating. There's a great variety, but a visitor can also spend a lot of time at a single location within the vast aquarium. The layout is an enjoyable walk as well, as visitors wind their way through a maze of informative areas teaching of the amazing animals at the location. There are two "touch tanks" on the property, both of which grabbed my attention for a long time. Sting rays fill the first touch tank visitors encounter, and it was joyous to literally see the pleasure of the rays as people were petting them as they would swim passed. The second tank had several lake sturgeon, which like the rays obviously enjoyed the physical attention. My wife and I loved this aspect of the aquarium. There's one large tank with many sea animals swimming about, and our group as well as many others spent a lot of time watching massive turtles and ferocious looking sharks swimming amongst many beautiful fish. The penguin exhibit boasted an interaction feature for visitors to experience the frigid water temperatures inhabited by the penguins. Careful though, as with our group this can turn into a game of "who can keep her/his hand in the freezing cold water the longest!" Despite the $30 price tag, this is a Chattanooga attraction I highly recommend. It is fully worth the cost and should be on everyone's itinerary when visiting Chattanooga.
  • Visited from Florida and enjoyed the Aquarium the most of our stops in town. It was clean and had plenty to do. The employees were friendly and very educated on the animals they were around. We enjoyed both sections and had fun exploring on out own
  • The Tennessee Aquarium has been around for ages. I used to come here as a child on school trips, and I'm glad to see it is still awesome. It has a very nice flow to it, going from exhibit to exhibit, unlike the Georgia aquarium. I loved the butterfly gardens and the stingray bay. The jelly fish were very nice also, they practically glowed by themselves. It's a little pricey, but the combo ticket options are nice. It's not an every month thing, but nice to go to once in a while.