Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga

4.7
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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  • Absolutely incredible Aquarium. One of the three biggest in the world. Worth going to Chattanooga just to visit the aquarium. Very comfortable temperature inside. Be prepared to spend the whole day. Bring an extra phone battery if you plan on taking a lot of photos. The Electric Eel is pretty amazing. The playful Otters were so cute. Don't miss the butterfly room in the Ocean aquarium.
  • It was fun. My family loves being able to touch the fish. We went on a Sunday it was packed at some spots but nothing to bad. It is double stroller friendly (double jogging stroller) just have to get a bit creative with the carousel door. A good bit of seating to just enjoy the view or rest your feet. Loved the outside public area with the water and cool architecture.
  • There's not enough space to explain how great this aquarium is. The River Journey is the older of the two attractions, but it is not lacking in the least. The size and depth of their Aquarium is best bar none. It may be older and low less flashy than other nearby aquariums, but it host far better exhibits, with much larger swimming area for the animals. It was built with the animals in mind and not the people visiting the animals. This makes it more of a welcome attraction. The ocean Journey is the newer of the two buildings, and it's interactive exhibits along with his butterfly gardens will have you coming back over and over again.
  • We are from the Atlanta area and we have our own aquarium that is newer and closer, but we like this one way more. We've been to the one in Atlanta twice with our children and it's been stressful, rushed, and crowded each time. We prefer the Tennessee Aquarium much more. It's not nearly as crowded and you have a much more relaxed experience as you go through the exhibits, which means you get to see more of the animals, and that's what you came for, right? Staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the layout of the exhibits is really cool. Lots of places to sit and rest while watching the fish. Still very modern feeling even though it's been around for 26 years. Highly recommend visiting if you're in the area.
  • This aquarium is more fun that the Georgia Aquarium. Instead of just a few large tanks, this aquarium has several smaller ones and more exhibits. The tanks are easier to view because you don't have two hundred people crowding in front of ONE tank. The multi-floor design gives the aquarium more points on the "easy viewing" scoreboard. You take an escalator or elevator up and walk down gentle ramps back towards the bottom. There's an amazing view of the Tennessee river from the top, as well as a room full of butterflies. Their jellyfish exhibit was my favorite; it was haunting to be in a dark room where only the jellyfish glowed.

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