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GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
APRIL 29 - MAY 1

When the Tennessee Aquarium opens its new Ocean Journey building, you'll flip your fins during a weekend full of fun and fishy festivities. Here's how to go with the flow:

Join the Grand Opening Celebration
Friday, April 29, Tennessee Aquarium Plaza --

9:15 a.m. – "Parade of Fishes" — See adorable children in their hand-made costumes, giant sea creature puppets, samba musicians and dancers, street performers and more in this celebration of the sea and the new Ocean Journey experience.

9:45 a.m. – Choral performances by the renowned Chattanooga Boys Choir and Chattanooga Girls Choir will lead into a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

11 a.m. – Ocean Journey opens to the public. Meet your favorite radio personalities on the plaza and register to win Aquarium prizes.

Noon – Lunch on the Landing — Bring your lunch or purchase one from a vendor and enjoy special entertainment on the new waterfront surrounding the Aquarium.

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tour Ocean Journey — Dive beneath the waves on an awesome saltwater adventure through a coral reef teeming with fascinating sea life like 10-foot-long sharks, fierce barracuda and graceful stingrays. You’ll enter a lush tropical cove, where 100 feet of shoreline beckons you to a touch pool where you’ll have hands-on encounters with tiny bamboo sharks and stingrays.

In the Undersea Cavern you’ll feel like a diver as you meander through an underwater cave where more than a dozen dramatic views and beautiful reef creatures are hidden in the rockwork. Then you’ll discover a serene rainforest fluttering with hundreds of jewel-colored butterflies. Other enchanting exhibits will showcase amazing creatures like octopus, jellyfish and giant crabs.

Friday through Sunday --

Enjoy special entertainment on the plaza throughout grand opening weekend. Enjoy world fusion music by Earthshaking Samba Band, Paul Vogler and Mawuko and Animal Nation. Thrill to the dynamic Skyjumper and Stiltwalker, regular performers at Disney World and Universal Studios. Participate in Flumpa’s World: Water, Water Everywhere,


Sky Jumper


Samba Band

   

Stilt Walker

Flumpa
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