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Tennessee Aquarium

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Please note: As part of the Aquarium's phased reopening plan, timed-entry tickets are required. Visit for everything you need to plan and safely enjoy your next Aquarium visit. 

About the Aquarium:

Dive into two worlds of wonder and excitement at the top-rated aquarium in America. Begin with the freshwater exhibits in the River Journey building. The adventure continues with the Ocean Journey building. Experience two aquariums in one great city — Chattanooga.

Along the way, you'll have opportunities to come face-to-face with feisty otters, enormous Arapaima giant catfish, and tons of turtles. You can also touch a sturgeon. Enjoy playful penguins, touch a stingray, and marvel at toothy sharks, lemurs, and butterflies. Plan on spending at least three hours to enjoy observing and learning about all of the Aquarium's diverse gathering of animals.

Come see our latest exhibit, Ridges to Rivers! Dip beneath the surface to explore the life-filled waters of Southern Appalachian streams and rivers (no fins or dive mask required). See how a single stream can provide homes for an astonishing array of colorful fish and reptiles as it descends from mountain headwaters through stony rapids, wide runs and placid pools. Pop up inside an exhibit for a snorkeler’s perspective on life at the bottom of a river before laying fingers on bona fide living fossils in a newly expanded Lake Sturgeon touch experience.

Celebrate Pollinator Week with us! A new self-guided “Pollinator Pathway” experience has landed on the Tennessee Aquarium campus just in time for Pollinator Week! As visitors enjoy gardens on the Aquarium plaza and across the street at the IMAX Theater, they will discover the importance of the world’s many species of pollinators and the ways we all can help protect them and their natural habitats. Our friends from TDOT will be on site Saturday, June 24 with fun activities like pollinator bingo. McKee Foods will also be at the Aquarium June 22, 23 and 25 with samples of Sunbelt granola bars.

Plus – don’t miss the return of Flight of the Butterflies 3D at IMAX June 16-22!

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Tennessee Aquarium guests watching clownfish and anemone in Ocean Journey.
Clownfish, anemone, and more can be found in Ocean Journey.
Tennessee Aquarium guests enjoying the touch tank.
Experience touching stingrays and more in our touch tank!
Tennessee Aquarium guests viewing fish in River Journey.
See freshwater fish in River Journey.
Tennessee Aquarium guests pointing at turtles in the turtle nursery.
Baby turtles abound in the turtle nursery!
Children at the new and improved Sturgeon Touch Tank.
Experience the new and improved sturgeon touch tank in our new Ridges to Rivers exhibit.
Signs on the Tennessee Aquarium's plaza inform visitors about the importance of native pollinators and the plants that support their life cycles.
Signs on the Tennessee Aquarium's plaza inform visitors about the importance of native pollinators and the plants that support their life cycles.
Tennessee Aquarium
Sunday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Tennessee Aquarium is located in the Eastern time zone. Check website for special holiday hours.

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