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“Worth twice the price . . .”
Review of Tennessee Aquarium

Tennessee Aquarium
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Owner description: More than 9,000 animals swim, fly and crawl through this aquarium dedicated to educating visitors about freshwater ecosystems.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Worth twice the price . . .”
Reviewed March 29, 2008

This is a great aquarium. The ticketing process was a little maddening if you didn't get will call tickets. If you did, you just walked up, picked the up, and went. If you didn't you waited in a long line (This was a Saturday in late March, so I can't begin to imagine the summer weekend and holiday line). Despite the wait, the price was reasonable, and everything after the ticket line was smooth as silk.

The aquarium designers put a great deal of though into the traffic pattern for the exhibits, and it shows. You move easily from one vinette to the next, or you can linger as long as you want, or even go back to look at things you might have missed.

I can't say more about this attraction than the others on this review forum have said. It's worth twice the price, and if I lived here, I'd have the annual family pass in a heartbeat.

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Reviewed February 20, 2008

Visited 11/07. It is possibly the best aquarium, or certainly among the best with Baltimore, Monterey, and Myrtle Beach. It is two buildings, one fresh water and one salt water. The fresh water is more unique because it is less common, and it is the largest of its kind. The buildings are nice amd family friendly. Lots of informative exhibits. The sea horses were very interesting.

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Clearwater, Florida
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“Loved It”
Reviewed January 30, 2008

Visited January 26, 2008. I was surprized how nice this place was. The butterfly exhibit is AWESOME. They have touch tanks in 2 locations. The staff was extremely pleasant, friendly, and knowledgable! My partner and I really enjoyed our weekend in Chattanooga and look forward to going back. The main Aquarium is VERY nice.

4 Thank yankee-peddler
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Florence Al
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“Good Place”
Reviewed January 15, 2008

Went there on 1-8-2008 and it was good. A little prict but good. Took about 1 and 1/2 hours to go through but the Penguins and the butterfly room were well worth it. I was somewhat disipointed in the exhibits. Ripleys Aquarium in Gatlinburg is much better and the same price if I remember correctly. On a scale of 1-10 it was a 6.5.

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“Excellent - A must for Visitors”
Reviewed December 18, 2007

The Tennessee Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the country. It has a wide variety of exhibits ranging from River Otters to Penguins. There is also a butterfly garden and a number of exhibits the river animals of America. There is ample parking on site in an attended lot. The cost for parking was $8.00 and does not include admission to the aquarium or IMAX. We chose to bypass the IMAX Theater and purchased the $19.95 Aquarium Only Ticket. While the Aquarium is excellent our visit was less than enjoyable because of a large number of rude and unruly elementary/middle school age children. I have been to a number of other attractions where a large number of children were present on a school trip but I have never so many rude and unruly children as were present during my visit. Several times myself and other visitors were physically pushed out of the way by rude children who either side nothing or “Move Please.” Myself and a few of other guests did approach a member of the aquarium staff to express our concerns. To her credit did approach a school chaperon and politely ask her to have the children be more respectful to other guest. The chaperone’s only reply was “this is a big event for the kids and they are having fun.” Nothing was ever done and the rude behavior continued. I would recommend the Tennessee Aquarium for any visitor to the Chattanooga Area. The Aquarium is worth the price of admission.

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