• If you think your sweetie brings out the animal
in you, check out the critters at the Tennessee Aquarium. Stroll through
the beautiful forests under glass and learn more about
animal courtship. With thousands of animals that swim,
fly and crawl there's always something new. Begin your
Aquarium adventure in the River Journey building and follow
a drop of water from streams high in the Appalachian Mountains
to the Gulf of Mexico
- and all the places in-between. Check out
the river otters, marvel at the enormous catfish and
maybe even get "hands-on" with a lake sturgeon
in Discovery Hall.
Then cross the Plaza and visit Ocean
Journey, the Aquarium’s new $30 million expansion.
You’ll enter a Tropical Cove, island hop and
touch harmless sharks and stingrays and visit a garden
with hundreds of free-flying butterflies. Don’t
miss the new exhibition,
“Penguins Rock.” You’ll
also discover a Secret Reef with 10-foot sharks, dramatic
coral formations and thousands of colorful reef fish.
Complete your visit by exploring the Undersea Cavern,
where sharks swim overhead and amazing reef creatures
surround you. And you might want to check out our behind-the-scenes tour to learn
more about how the Aquarium staff cares for the animals.
• After your Aquarium
visit, cross the street to the IMAX 3D Theater. With its six-story screen and digital surround
sound, you don't just watch the movie — you feel
as if you're in it! It's so real, it's
• It's time to have lunch at Big River Grille, located just one
block from the Aquarium & IMAX. Indulge your sweet
tooth and split a slice of their signature carrot cake
or another selection from the dessert menu!
• If the weather
allows, don't miss the hiking
trails and scenic overlooks on Lookout
The trails are a great way to experience Chattanooga's
• Catch a ride in
a horse-drawn carriage in front of the Aquarium. Enjoy
the lights and sounds of the city as you ride in style
through downtown Chattanooga.
• Sign up for a sightseeing
cruise and lunch on the Southern Belle Riverboat. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of
the Tennessee River Gorge, “the Grand
Canyon of the South,” and keep your
eyes open for great blue herons and other wildlife.