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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  • Loved this aquarium. What I liked most was that you actually have more to than fish. There weee all sorts of animals.  more »
  • Great deal! Saltwater and Fresh water aquariums. The butterfly display is always my favorite and the string rays! Hands on!  more »
  • Amazing family fun.It is an amazing place for kids to learn about marine life while having fun with your family in two totally different aquariums.  more »
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  • Awesome aquarium, worth a visit. They have the usual creatures but so much more. The aquarium is split into two buildings, saltwater and freshwater. My favorite part is how they have a large central tank in each building, and as you walk through the exhibits you keep coming back to the same tank, but at different levels. This offers a chance to see the animals that live at different water levels, a super cool concept. All the volunteers were knowledgeable and happy to answer all my questions. I loved the touch tank; I've been to many aquariums but never touched a sturgeon before! Overall, some of the best animal variety and excellent design I've seen in an aquarium. Looking forward to visiting again someday.
  • I love that there are two separate buildings for fresh water and salt water. This allows you to explore at your own pace, seemed to limit crowding and gives visitors the opportunity to eat lunch at a nearby restaurants (rather than force you to choose from overpriced, limited selections like most zoos/aquariums). The kids loved the butterfly exhibit and the ray touch tank. I'll admit that a beautiful, large blue butterfly landing on my shoulder was pretty magical! That being said, the jellyfish, octopus and electric eels were some of my favorites.
  • Very nice aquarium. My kids love it. There are two sides: river/fresh water and ocean/salt water. The river side is much larger and should be done first. Kids can touch fish and watch butterflies "hatch". The ocean side has one large tank in the middle that has sharks in it. The jelly fish tanks are really neat. Kids can touch sting rays and watch penguin swim. They say you can do the whole thing in 2 hours, but I don't know how. It's a 4 hour event for us.
  • Just took the grand children through the aquarium they had a great time. The adults liked it to. Everyone thought it was excellent! They have two buildings one houses a fresh water aquarium. You go up an escalator and become a drop of rain falling in Great Smokey Mountains. You then trace your path to the gulf of Mexico. There are side halls with info about all the great river's of the world. The salt water aquarium is also great lots of different fish and they have penguin and a butterfly room. Both were great.
  • Love the Tennessee Aquarium. I live near Atlanta and I think the Tennessee Aquarium is better than the Georgia Aquarium in a lot of ways. My favourite thing is the butterfly exhibit. Very friendly staff. Beautiful fish and displays. Animals all look healthy and well cared for. Facility is clean and well maintained. Over all experience is great.

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