Did you know butterflies taste with their feet, Hellbender salamanders breathe through their skin and some fish build nests out of bubbles?

Tennessee Aquarium visitors will discover fun facts about the kooky behaviors and strange adaptations of creatures from around the world during “ODDtober.” Throughout the month, guests will get up close to cool critters during special programs that showcase the weird and wonderful side of nature. Dial into the Aquarium’s ODDtober cell phone audio tour to get the 4-1-1 about what’s O-D-D about many of the creatures you see. Then, take a walk on the wild side behind the scenes by adding a Backstage Pass tour to get even closer to toothy sharks or the freshwater megafish in the River Giants exhibit. Costumed divers in the River Journey building add to the fun each day!

ODDtober Program Schedule for October:
FREE with Aquarium admission


10:15 AM – Surprising Seahorses
Seahorse Gallery

11 AM – Decked Out Divers
Costumed divers in River Giants (odd days) or Nickajack (even days)

11:30 AM – Turtle Program
Delta Swamp

11:45 AM – Strange Screech Owls
Cove Forest

12 Noon – River ODDers
River Otter Falls

12:45 PM - Awesome Possum
Cove Forest

2 PM – River ODDers
River Otter Falls

2 PM – Decked Out Divers
Costumed divers in River Giants (odd days) or Nickajack (even days)

2:30 PM – Turtle Program
Delta Swamp

3 PM - Around the World in Seven Rivers
Rivers of the World

4:45 PM – River ODDers
River Otter Falls


10:15 AM - Mysterious Macaws
Tropical Cove

10:30 AM – Peculiar Penguins 
Keeper talk in Penguins’ Rock

11 AM - Hidden Treasures of the Forest Floor
Butterfly Exhibit

11 AM – Ocean Oddities
Secret Reef dive show

11:30 AM – Ocean Oddities
Secret Reef dive show

12:15 PM - Creature Spotlight
Tropical Cove

1:15 PM - Creature Spotlight
Tropical Cove

1:30 PM - Peculiar Penguins 
Keeper talk in Penguins’ Rock

2 PM - Mysterious Macaws
Tropical Cove

2 PM – Ocean Oddities
Secret Reef dive show

2:30 PM – Ocean Oddities
Secret Reef dive show

3:15 - Secret Lives of Cephlapods
Boneless Beauties 

4 PM - Mysterious Macaws
Tropical Cove

AquaScarium Halloween Party

Friday, October 24,   6 - 9 p.m.
Come in costume with your favorite treat bag and celebrate a safe and spirited Halloween at the Tennessee Aquarium. You might even win a trophy for best costume!  This is your chance to “let it go” and meet a snowy queen — she’s sure to add a chill to the air!  Enjoy the "wild" antics of our costumed divers. Dance with Aquarium Mascots at the Monster Mash Dance Party, and then take a break and have a snack on the plaza. Trick or treat for loads of loot in our haunted galleries, and win a treasure when you complete the hidden word puzzle. Pre-register by 10/22. Tickets will be available on 10/24 at the door.   >> Click here to register

Awesome Autumn Fall Leaf Cruises aboard the River Gorge Explorer

Treat your family to one of the best fall color cruises in the Southeast. Naturalists on the Tennessee Aquarium’s River Gorge Explorer highlight history and wildlife on every trip. >> Cruise Schedule

IMAX 3D Theater

Now showing: 

Galapagos 3D - Travel deep into the heart of the Pacific Ocean to a volcanic setting filled with stunning biological marvels – a universe of remarkable and unique creatures that learned to survive against all odds on this volcanic archipelago in constant evolution.

Journey to the South Pacific 3D -  Go on a breathtaking IMAX® 3D adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. 

Titans of the Ice Age 3D (Opens Oct. 3rd) - Travel to the beautiful and otherworldy frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization. Peer through the 3D canvas to an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our species, a time when man shared the tundra with majestic woolly beasts.

Thrilling Adventure Awaits You in Chattanooga

When ChattaBOOga transforms itself from Chattanooga in October, it’s not the typical haunted venue. There’s a haunted cavern; a corn maze that’s friendly by day, but a heart-stopping labyrinth by night; screaming thrills in a decaying laboratory; hair-raising atmosfear of haunted rides; and a more mild experience trick-or-treating.  

Sponsor Hotel Packages

Choose from several Aquarium hotel packages including the Sheraton Read House Hotel. Shadows of the past linger at this hotel which is listed on the national register of historic places.

Aquarium Memberships

If the thought of not being a member of the Tennessee Aquarium scares you, click here to join or renew today.

Pumpkin Carving

You can catch underwater pumpkin carving every Saturday in October at 11:00 am.


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