Chattanooga, Tenn. (April 18, 2018) – Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors experience the teeming galleries of the Tennessee Aquarium like stones skipping across a lake. In their rush to see dozens of exhibits and thousands of animals, they cover a lot of ground in a hurry, but they rarely dip too far below the surface.
Experienced at such a drive-by pace, it’s easy to miss some of the natural behaviors and amazing interactions that make the Aquarium such a beloved destination for repeat visits.
This summer, the return of the Summer Family Pass will let parents and grandparents slow down and peer deeper into these lively exhibits, safe in the knowledge that they can come back as often as they want. Guests will be able to pause and marvel at details like the powerful grip of a Red-ruffed Lemur’s hind feet as it dangles from a branch, the gaping jaws of a filter-feeding Paddlefish or the vibrant colors and busy bustle of the Live Coral tank.
The $90 pass will be available May 1 at Chattanooga, Cleveland and Dalton-area Food City locations and will be sold through May 31. Pass holders enjoy unlimited daily admission to the Aquarium for two adults and up to five children (ages 18 or younger) through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.
Parents often take on the role of first teachers for their children, and the Aquarium serves as a kind of living classroom with countless lessons to impart. With so many animals to see, Summer Family Pass holders can ensure their kids see new behaviors, take in special programs and experience the kinds of memorable moments that will spark a lifelong curiosity and love for nature.
Being able to have those kinds of up-close, deep-dive experiences can help offset the “nature deficit disorder” that’s so common in screen-obsessed generation, says Dr. Brooke Gorman, the Aquarium’s Director of Science Education
“The more people can connect with nature, both in the Aquarium and at home, the more they really care about it and the more they’ll want to take conservation actions,” Gorman says. “Seeing these animals up close and learning about where they live can inspire kids to want to protect them because ‘I love the river and want to take care of it’ or ‘I love this animal and want to make sure it survives for my children and grandchildren to see.’”
The Aquarium’s Summer Family Pass also includes the following benefits:
- Save $4 per person for each 45-minute IMAX with Laser film
- Additional discounts on Backstage Pass tours and guest tickets
- Save 10 percent at Aquarium gift shops and on concessions
To purchase the Tennessee Aquarium Summer Family Pass, present your ValuCard at the register of any local Food City store.
For questions, call the Tennessee Aquarium’s membership department at 423-267-FISH (3474). For more information, visit http://www.tnaqua.org/summer-family-pass