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Tennessee Aquarium

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Opens in 24 min: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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More than 9,000 animals swim, fly and crawl through this aquarium dedicated to educating visitors about freshwater ecosystems.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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1 Broad St, Aquarium Plaza, Chattanooga, TN 37402-1023
+1 800-262-0695
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Came from ATL area with scout group for overnighter in the aquarium. Parked on street (paid for final two hours of Sat afternoon metered rate) and everything was fine when I returned Sun morning. Met group at 4:30, started with IMAX, then pizza dinner, then...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Bought the family membership and we’ve been two times his month already! I love that they have a toddler time in the mornings and how interactive the scuba divers are with the kids! Definitely a good investment!

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very extensive aquarium with a focus on the surrounding area. It was a bit heavy on the wallet for what there was but a nice way to kill a few hours none the less.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just outside of north Georgia is Chattanooga and the Tennessee river which has the Aquarium long the highway. It’s a good stop along the way.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JimDeBerry
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great visit at the aquarium! Both buildings start at the top and you work your way down, seeing many different ocean and river creatures. It wasn't too crowded and it was easy to see whatever exhibit you wanted to see. It was...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I think the Atlanta aquarium is much better than Chattanooga’s. The butterfly exbit was neat and well worth the visit just for that. In my opinion.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Anna F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Tennessee Aquarium lives up to the hype! I have enjoyed my share of visits to aquariums, but this one is really special. I have never seen so much space dedicated to fresh water exhibits, and it is truly informative and enjoyable. An especially big...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank anarL4352BY
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The aquarium has 2 buildings, the ocean journey and the river journey, each take about 1 hour to complete, longer if you linger at each exibit. It's very well maintained and clean. Very nice way to spend an afternoon.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TNCyndi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Attended a dessert reception for a higher ed conference. Was surprised at the size and number of exhibits.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Ben L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Tennessee Aquarium may not be the biggest, but it was a pleasant visit. It is way more educational than many of the aquariums that I have been to. With the abundant amount of staff, we were able to get fed a ton of information...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Debby C
August 30, 2018|
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Response from Nettie R | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Debby, I do need t recall the cost. I know that we paid an extra $8 to see the IMAX show which was well worth it
June 24, 2018|
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Response from randyh413 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry not really sure. But they do a good job of moving people along
May 31, 2018|
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Response from ThomasB10780 | Property representative |
Good morning! - A special rate is available to all active military and veterans (with military ID/DDT card) at $25.50 for ages 13 and up and $16.00 for kids ages 3-12. College students (with school ID) can visit for $23.95... More
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Atlanta, Georgia
How's the Aquarium Doing (20 Replies)
How is business at the Tennessee Aquarium and Ocean Journey? Has there been a marked difference in the visitors in the time that the GA Aquarium opened or not?
April 24, 2006|
Response fromlarry E|
Well I am not to sure if it has affected teh awuarium but I do know that my Girlfriend works at another attraction here in chattanooga and she says their number of visitors has dropped more than double than last year. Of course theres no proof that the new aquarium in atlanta is to blame for other type of attractions loosing visitors.
Kristian C
Boston, Massachusetts
From the penguin neighbors a couple hours north... (0 Replies)
I know there are several users on this forum that have visited or are thinking about visiting the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga and I thought there might be interest in the special news the happened last week. Besides the new galley, one of the Macaroni penguin pairs has laid an egg. Here's a link to the thread over in the Chattanooga forum that's got more links & info: tripadvisor.com/…18429270
May 28, 2009|