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Nestled between the mountains and the river, Chattanooga provides the perfect atmosphere for romance.

• 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 unreal!

• 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 Mountain. The trails are a great way to experience Chattanooga's "wild side."

• 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.

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