Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise
A Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise on the River Gorge Explorer is part thrill ride and part nature tour.



Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari

Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari is bringing together kids, nature and fun. Come with a sense of adventure. Leave inspired to care for the wildlife in your own backyard!

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World Oceans Day

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Join the Tennessee Aquarium’s World Oceans Day Celebration on Friday, June 8th. Enjoy the beauty of pulsing jellies, colorful reef fish and cool sea creatures like cuttlefish and octopus. Touch a stingray or get up close to fascinating marine animals in Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari. We have special programs, games and surprises for our guests as we increase awareness of the 70% of the world that helps make life on land possible.

Discover how we are vitally linked to the world ocean by the river that runs through our backyard while touring River Journey. Then meet playful penguins from the Southern Ocean in Ocean Journey. Learn about the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary while SCUBA divers float among toothy sharks in the Secret Reef exhibit.

Take a virtual trip to the North Pole at IMAX while watching “To The Arctic 3D.” See how a mother polar bear and her twin cubs navigate the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. Or, bask in the tropics while visiting ‘Cities Beneath the Sea’ as you soak in the beautiful sea creatures shown in “The Last Reef 3D.”

From Pole to Pole, and all points in-between, the Tennessee Aquarium is a great place to celebrate World Oceans Day.

Other activities include:

  • Dr.Seuss Scavenger hunt (pdf)

  • After the afternoon Dive Shows in Ocean Journey, children can try on marine costumes with Aquarium educators. 

  • The Aquarium Marine Outreach Coordinator will give short programs using marine invertebrates and artifacts 

  • On World Oceans Day, celebrate the diversity of life in our world ocean featured in “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss. Children can celebrate by wearing a fun Dr. Seuss temporary tattoo and Dr. Seuss crowns!

  • Play a fun game to learn about sustainable seafood and the Aquarium’s Serve and Protect program in Ocean Journey.

  • Scheduled Animal Encounters in Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari.

  • And much more . . .