Tennessee Aquarium

PLEASE NOTE: The Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater will be closed on Thursday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. 


When nature is stranger than fiction

Celebrate the weird and wonderful side of nature all month long in ODDtober! Our experts are ready to entertain and educate guests about Aquarium animals with features, abilities, and behaviors even stranger than any legend or myth surrounding them. Alongside our daily Extraordinary Experiences, eight new programs will get guests up close to some not-so-creepy creatures that are way too cool to be scary. 

Weekly ODDtober Schedule

October 1-7
Skin & Scales: 12:30 pm – Ocean Journey Level 2
Opossum Oddities: 1:30 pm –  River Journey Upper Lobby

October 8-14
Touchable Sharks: 11:00 am – Stingray Bay (Ocean Journey)
Colorful Chameleons: 2:00 pm – River Journey A Level

October 15-21
Not-so-Creepy Crawlies: 12:30 pm – River Journey Upper Lobby
Bizarre Butterflies: 2:00 pm – Butterfly Garden (Ocean Journey) 

October 22-31
Peculiar Pufferfish: 11:00 am – Rivers of the World (River Journey)
Curious Crows: 2:30 pm – River Journey A Level

Underwater Pumpkin Carving

Every Saturday at 11:00 am in October, our SCUBA divers will be celebrating the spooky season by showing off their pumpkin carving skills as fish and turtles swim by. 

Young Scientist Programs

On Sundays, kids will love spending time up close with cool creatures during Young Scientist programs. Aquarium educators have designed this series of new interactive sessions for school-age children in the hopes of sparking waves of curiosity about creatures they might encounter, at home and around the world. Young Scientists can pop into the special program gallery on the A-level of the River Journey building (next to Seahorses), between 1:15 and 2 p.m., to get in touch with their inner biologist. 
Each week features a different theme:
• Oct.  8 — Tide Pools
• Oct. 15 — Turtles
• Oct. 22 — Spiders
• Oct. 29 — Insects

AquaScarium Halloween Party

girl with otter at AquaScarium Friday, October 27 4:30 - 8:30 pm

Come in costume and celebrate a family-friendly night of spooky critters and yummy treats. Make friends with mermaids, lounge with lemurs and beware of pirates. Don’t miss an unforgettable photo op with one of your favorite characters as they SCUBA dive with hundreds of fish. Get your groove on at the Monster Mash dance party with some of the Aquarium’s lovable mascots and enjoy candy stations throughout both buildings.

Info & Registration

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