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Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga

Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
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. To visit Tennessee Aquarium on your trip to Chattanooga, use our Chattanooga trip maker site.
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  • This was our first family gathering in about 17 months (due to COVID-19) and we wanted an experience that would be fun for the adults and kids in the group. Everyone found plenty to enjoy and the...  more »
  • Our favorite part was the otters. They were just adorable. Everyone was very friendly, and we can't wait to go back.  more »
  • This place is huge! Had a great time looking and reading about all the different creatures. My 9 year old niece had a blast. This was her second time visiting.  more »
  • Living in this area, you hear everyone raving about the aquarium. Yes it is a good, fun place to take the kids. It has a great location and does provide a great educational opportunity. And in reading other reviews, maybe I'm missing something. I remember taking my kids when they were young and even buying memberships, but as someone else said, its missing something. I think maybe, it has something to do with the way none of the staff really says much. I think maybe if there was more interaction with some kind of knowledgeable staff would be nice. I also understand there is a huge cost involved in this place, but I know a lot of people who live locally who have never been because they simply cannot afford to go. I think that's kind of the problem for me, I don't feel as though you get what you pay for. 3 adults and a toddler was $104 (the toddler was free) is, in my opinion, a lot to pay for a couple of hours. Definitely more than many people can budget for. Is it good? Yes. But it is definitely missing something. I would like to have more of an experience than just a visit for the price.
  • A spectacular aquarium experience! Huge aquarium exhibits, up close wildlife displays, and intimate presentations, they have all this and more. Both sections, ocean and river, have distinct feels and are both worthy of equal attention. There are also plenty of benches and places to sit and just gaze at the beautiful fish and relax. The staff were exceptional, of the half dozen tourist attractions my wife and I have visited here in Chattanooga these have been the nicest and most genuine hosts. Mark the Tennessee Aquarium as a must see destination.
  • This Aquarium is amazing. I want to say why but like a great movie it's something you Have to see for yourself. There are 2 aquariums one river and one ocean. I loved the River one because it shows exactly all the aquatic life that lives in the Tennessee and Mississippi River. Especially it educates the importance of protecting our beloved rivers, species, and ocean. It's a must see and especially great for the family or a Date.
  • Overall, our experience was pretty good. The animals were great and the exhibits were educational. However, something was missing for me and I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it was just a different type of aquarium. Nonetheless a fun attraction to see and check out. I loved the splash areas for kids outside! That was very unique.
  • This Aquarium is a must see. There are two well defined buildings full of exhibits, animals and touch tanks. Most aquariums charge for touch tanks or feeding animals, this one doesn't. And there are washing stations near each interactive exhibit. My 6 year old loved it. The exhibits very large for the animals and have a excellent amount of viewing area and visibility. The cost is very little in comparison to the amazing opportunity to interact and learn. This is one of my favorite aquariums.

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