With two aquariums and an IMAX theater, the Tennessee Aquarium is not only one of Chattanooga's top tourist attractions, but also one of the top-rated aquariums in the United States.
There are two buildings housing aquariums - one for River Journey and one for Ocean Journey. (This post features a couple of the exhibits at the Ocean Journey.)
At the Ocean Journey
Once inside, visitors are greeted by a few beautiful feathered creatures. Don't miss the freshwater stingrays that swim by the path.
There are nine exhibits inside the Ocean Journey: Tropical Cove, Lemur Forest, Stingray Bay, Butterfly Garden, Penguins' Rock, Secret Reef, Boneless Beauties, Jellies: Living Art, and Undersea Cavern.
There is a "petting" area where visitors can actually touch small sharks and stingrays. (Note: hand sanitizer stations are located nearby.)
Be careful not to pick up any hitchhikers while visiting the Butterfly Garden.
The penguins are a joy to watch at the Tennessee Aquarium. They seem to enjoy watching visitors and might put on a little bit of a performance for you.
Guides to the different species of fish in the tanks are posted by the various aquariums.
Upside Down Jellyfish
The Tennesse Aquarium Gift Shop
I love this sign that was posted at the entrance to the gift shop.
One of the many items available for sale to commemorate your visit.
Tennessee Aquarium Location
The Tennessee Aquarium is along the banks of the Tennessee River and is located at One Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402, and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The Tennessee Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Aquarium Tickets and Hours
Tickets cost $34.95 for adults and $21.95 for children (ages 3-12). IMAX tickets are $8 per person.
The aquairum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. (Chattanooga is in the Eastern Time zone.) The Tennessee Aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Hungry to read more about Chattanooga? Why not start with Good Eats in Chattanooga? There you will learn about three places near the aquarium where you can enjoy some good food. If you have a limited amount of time in Chattanooga, read Quick Getaway to Chattanooga.