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Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 4,600+ reviews on the web
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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  • Last visit was in 2010. Many improvements on the exterior making a great family visit. Exhibits have been updated, and the messages have also been updated. Buy your tickets online and print them or pi...  read more »
  • This is an okay aquarium. I wish going close to closing time was cheaper, but that's okay. It is broken up into 3 buildings, which makes it all seem a little small. They told us to go to the "monster ...  read more »
  • Aquarium is our favorite thing about Chattanooga. Kids, adults, teens, or anyone that is breathing will enjoy this. You take a escalator to the top then walk down so it's an easy tour but I suggest te...  read more »
  • Great aquarium with a lot to see. I would recommend getting here early in the day as the crowd grows quickly. We started out the day watching the imax movie about national parks. I found it rather interesting but not informative. in short it was following a family and their travels to national parks. Both the river and ocean exhibits were interesting and informative. Each tank is clearly marked as to what animal is within. There is a lot of walking so be prepared. In short I would definitely recommend the aquarium!
  • Went here with the family (kids ages 11, 13, and 16) and while the otters were certainly the star of the visit this aquarium is well worth the visit. It is so well laid out and has such great staff with so many opportunities for kids to put their hands on the animals and learn while doing so...and I love their huge seahorse and jellyfish displays! Something for everyone, you won't be disappointed...go explore and enjoy!
  • My family and I love this aquarium. We've been going for years. I'm a member of both this and the GA Aquarium in Atlanta. I prefer the layout of the Tennessee Aquarium, the crowds moved in a more linear fashion meaning you get a lot less cross traffic and confusion. There are a few areas in which some renovations are needed, but it's still a wonderful experience. The way the various area's blend are nice, we love the River building and the way you walk down through progressive aquariums. The little splash river is a hit with younger kids, and if you look around the grounds, there are some really interesting observation points. It also wears the kids out nicely ;)
  • We didn't have a lot of time to really enjoy this, but what we saw was very neat. My son was taken in by the otters and their lively nature. We enjoyed seeing a lot of freshwater aquatic life. The touch pool was neat. I know they're popular but I noticed they asked you to wash your hands after touching the rays, but not before. I'll also add that the butterflies were great.
  • Very impressed. Liked it better then Gatlinburg and many others. Both buildings seemed to have great programs. Very clean. Great displays. Loved the 3:15 feeding time in the saltwater side. The staff gave informative talks and happy to answer questions.
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