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Dive Into Winter

It's a feeding frenzy at the Tennessee Aquarium and now everyone can catch the action. The Aquarium offers visitors a special treat with "Dive Into Winter," Nov. 23-Feb. 23.

You'll see comical diving ducks, magical seahorses, ravenous sharks and watch the river otters dine from divers' hands at scheduled times.

"Dive Into Winter" daily schedule -- Nov. 23 - Feb. 23:
(The Aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas)
  • 10:30 a.m. - Cove Forest - How does a river otter dine? While floating on its back, of course! Visitors can see the Aquarium's river otters frolic for food.
  • 11 a.m. - Gulf of Mexico - It’s a feeding frenzy as sharks, stingrays and other saltwater fish surround food-toting divers in the Gulf of Mexico tank, each vying for their share of the day’s buffet.
  • 12 Noon - Discovery Hall exhibit - Aquarium guests might get a glimpse of the baby paddlefish or baby alligators as they eat. Then, get a firsthand feel for the bony plates on our lake sturgeon. You'll learn about the sturgeon's diet, find out where they keep their teeth and how the Aquarium is helping bring the "king of fishes" back to our rivers and lakes.
  • 2 p.m. - Nickajack Lake exhibit - Comical diving ducks steal the show (as well as food from the divers' hands) during the dive in the 145,000-gallon Nickajack Lake tank. Visitors will be thrilled at the sight of giant catfish and bass sampling shrimp, squid and smelt from divers' hands.
  • 3:00 p.m. - Member's Entrance - For everyone who wonders how the Aquarium makes sea water out of tap water or how many pounds of crickets, worms and squid are on the daily menu, the Aquarium now offers a behind-the-scenes tour. The guided tour takes visitors above the tanks, behind the exhibits, into the food preparation kitchen and down into the basement where holding basins the size of tractor-trailers are stored. Tickets may be purchased with an Aquarium admission ticket. Prices are $7 per adult and $5 per child. Member tickets can be purchased at $5 per adult and $3 per child. Children must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult. Tour participants meet at the Members Entrance at 3 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m. - Seahorse gallery - Learn more about the feeding habits of our amazing seahorses and watch as they slurp up their favorite food - baby brine shrimp. You'll find out what makes these "steeds of the deep" such great predators.
Both dives and the feedings will be narrated by Aquarium experts who will explain the importance of feeding animals by hand and pass along some interesting facts about the food, animals and exhibits at the Aquarium.

After your Aquarium visit, dive into the holidays a little deeper at the IMAX Theater, located across the street. Enjoy a holiday classic as the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® 3D Theater presents "The Nutcracker," the story of a young girl who stumbles into an enchanted kingdom ruled by a wooden prince. This classic holiday fairytale comes back to Chattanooga just in time for the holidays. The film presents E.T.A. Hoffman's story in a way that it's never been seen before - as a contemporary, non-ballet adaptation of one of the world's most beloved fairytales. Filmed using award-winning 3D technology, the story is transformed into a colorful extravaganza of sight and sound. "The Nutcracker" is showing Nov. 23 - Jan. 5.

Also at the IMAX, dive "Into the Deep," our signature 3D IMAX film, or soar above the clouds in "Space Station 3D." Click here for a complete movie schedule.

Dive Into Winter is sponsored by:

Order from Big River Grille's lunch or dinner menu and receive $2 off when you present your Aquarium admission ticket. Offer does not include starters or children's menu. One entree per ticket. Not good with any other discounts. Big River Grille is located across from the Aquarium. Valid November 23 - February 23, 2003.

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