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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. To visit Tennessee Aquarium on your trip to Chattanooga, use our Chattanooga trip maker site.
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  • We took our “adopted “ church grandson . He had been there before and loved it . 2 different buildings , the rivers was cool , rivers from different countries . Between the buildings , they had... 
    We took our “adopted “ church grandson . He had been there before and loved it . 2 different buildings , the rivers was cool , rivers from different countries . Between the buildings , they had...  more »
  • Really cool aquarium! Def worth the price. A few interactive exhibits that most aquariums would charge extra for. I don’t have kids but the kids there seemed to be having a blast. Areas of Multi... 
    Really cool aquarium! Def worth the price. A few interactive exhibits that most aquariums would charge extra for. I don’t have kids but the kids there seemed to be having a blast. Areas of Multi...  more »
  • Great place, if you ever in Tennessee do not miss it. I wish we had equally awsome aquarium in NYC. The exhibits are wonderful, the 3 stories tanks where you can observe vast number of fish not only.....  more
    Great place, if you ever in Tennessee do not miss it. I wish we had equally awsome aquarium in NYC. The exhibits are wonderful, the 3 stories tanks where you can observe vast number of fish not only.....  more »
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  • Excellent aquarium. Perfect place to take the family. Definitely plan on eating before you get there or after you leave. The food and drink prices are pricey... but that aside. Everything was super nice. The layout was amazing. If you take the time to read the plaques it's fun and educational as well.
  • This place is awesome!! My husband and I spent about 4 hours total between the two exhibits (river and ocean) and had a great time. It is a well designed aquarium full of life and very informational. We arrived early on a weekday with our timed entry passes, no trouble parking and not too busy. Ate lunch between exhibits at an local restaurant within walking distance. Would recommend visiting here if you're in Chattanooga for sure!
  • The aquarium was a wonderful place to visit. We're were told 2 hours was the average time spent there. We loved the way each section followed through to the next. The river otters were a delight to watch. The only downside was we wish there were more accessible restrooms. But overall, our group could have easily spent more than 2 hours there.
  • I Love Chattanooga and one of the best places to go is this Aquarium. We have visited several times, been members and gifted memberships. It is always clean and the employees are always nice and helpful. We love the animals, the views of the river, and the gift shop. The butterfly exhibit is just one of the awesome features. This is a very educational place and it's great to see the kids light up here! It's awesome to see fish and other wild life that could not survive in nature being taken care of at the Aquarium. Best part is, it's not as crowded as Atlanta! Also, don’t forget about the water steps, extra fun on a hot day! Update: They’ve changed somethings around and now it’s more interactive, grand baby loves it!!
  • I love aquariums, this one takes you on a journey from river to ocean, split between two buildings. The river journey was really enjoyable, you start from the top and wind your way down. Lots of tanks with some very large fish. Then once you get down you head to the ocean building. There you can touch sting rays, see penguins and then go under a reef style tank. I enjoyed the river journey more then the ocean. Recommend checking this place out!

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