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Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga

(4.6/5 based on 4,800+ 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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  • My wife and I enjoyed our experience very much, purchasing the museum and IMax option. We spent a full 5 plus hours and were enthralled the entire time, but we really like to read about what we are se...  more »
  • A very nice aquarium with lots of exciting exhibits. Fun for everyone with a vast array of ocean creatures to explore. One of the better aquariums. 
  • This aquarium is okay. It has two buildings, but it lacks punch. There is nothing special about it. We moved here from Denver and their aquarium is much smaller, but much better. The layout isn't good...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Easily the best aquarium I've been to, and that includes Atlanta's much newer one. From spacial arrangement of the displays, to interactive content, to helpfulness of the staff, you will not be disappointed. My daughter actually fell partially into one of the interactive water features. Rather than get mad at her, they offered to dry her wet coat and have it waiting for us when we got back to the ground floor of the aquarium. Awesome!
  • 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 had a great time! ! Lots of walking. Self guided tour. Fish were awesome. Staff very knowledgeable. Will Visit Again.