Family Sleepovers

Sleep in the Deep family sleepovers are offered quarterly throughout the year.

All overnights include guided tours of River Journey and Ocean Journey, mini Behind-the-Scenes tour, evening snack, critter encounter and quick breakfast. These events are geared toward family groups and allow them to experience the Aquarium in a fun and different way. 

Starts: Friday, February 16 at 5:30 pm
Ends:  Saturday, February 17 at 8:30 am


Reservations for these events begin online approximately two months before the event date. A link to the full description of the event and directions for reserving spots can be found on the Calendar of Events page once the event has been made available for reservations.

Rates for a specific date will be found on the Calendar of Events page once the event has been made available for reservations. Members of the Tennessee Aquarium receive a lower rate for family sleepovers.

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To inquire about dates or for more information about the family sleepover program, please email us at or call (423) 267-3474 or (800) 262-0695, ext. 3400.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What happens during the overnight?
A typical schedule includes: brief tour of Ocean Journey with Behind the Scenes stop, dinner (if included), IMAX film (if included), tour of River Journey with Behind the Scenes stops, snack, critter encounter, continue tour of Ocean Journey, bed down around 11:30 pm, lights out at midnight, breakfast at 7:30 am, final touring in River Journey, leave at 8:30 am.

Will we see the whole facility?
A complete tour is planned. Provided your group follows our plan, all exhibits will be seen.

Where and when will we sleep?
We plan for groups to bed down at 11:30 pm as the lighting turns off by midnight. Small groups will sleep beside River Journey’s River Giants exhibit. All sleeping areas have a carpeted surface.

What time should we arrive?
The program begins at 6:00 pm Eastern Time, so we need your entire group at the Aquarium site between 5:30 and 5:45. If you are coming from the Central Time Zone, keep in mind that we are an hour ahead of you. 

Where should we park? Is parking provided?
There are six public parking faculties within easy walking distance of the Aquarium. The closest and easiest to use is directly in front of our River Journey building and is paid at a flat rate. Unfortunately we are unable to provide parking for your group. If arriving by bus, bus parking is available by the IMAX Center but you must arrive prior to 6:00 pm to secure that parking. 

After we arrive, where should we meet?
The overnight staff will meet you near the River Journey Member’s Reception entrance at the large white tent. This is located between the two Aquarium Buildings. 

What is included in the meals?
Dinner - includes at least two slices of pepperoni or cheese pizza, carrots, a cookie, lemonade or water.

Snacks - water along with bags of Chex Mix, Cheez Its, pretzels or similar items.

Breakfast - includes mini bagels and spreads with a selection of fruit juices. (Coffee will be available for adults.)

What IMAX film will my group view?
Overnight groups typically see the 8:00 pm movie. The IMAX schedule changes often, so check about a month before your date.

If we choose a night without the IMAX film option, how will we spend the extra time?
You will have more time to tour the exhibits and take things at a slower pace or we my have a special activity for the small groups.

What is the minimum age for participating in an overnight?
Only attendees six years or older will be allowed to participate in the overnight.

How many adults are required?
For every group of ten children attending, one adult is required. For example, if you bring 17 children you need two adults.

Can we have more than 20 participants?
If your group will be larger then 20, you will need to reserve a date for a large group overnight (30 – 80 participants)

Do all adults have to sleep at the aquarium?
Generally yes. If your group has more than the required number of chaperones some may be able to leave provided the 1:10 ratio is maintained. 

When is the program over?
The program is schedule to end by 8:30 am Eastern Time.

Are there showers available during our overnight?
Showers are not available, but there will be restrooms with sinks if people care to wash faces, brush teeth, etc.

After the program ends, will we get to tour on our own?
Reentry to the Tennessee Aquarium is not an option as our staff needs this time to prepare the building for guests.

Will there be time to look in the Gift Shops?
The gift shops at River Journey and Ocean Journey close at 6:00 pm and do not reopen until 10:00 am the following morning. If you care to look in the shops, please plan to arrive by 5:00 pm.

When can we get Tennessee Aquarium Sleep in the Deep Patches?
Patches may be purchased before or after your overnight. Please contact Christine Young by e-mail for purchases or additional questions.