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Plan Your Visit

The Tennessee Aquarium is rated by locals and visitors alike as Chattanooga's top attraction. For the best experience and value, purchase combination tickets to the Aquarium, River Gorge Explorer and IMAX 3D theater.

Please note: On Thursday, September 4th, the IMAX Theater will be closed all day and the last ticket to the Aquarium will be sold at 3 p.m. in preparation for the Aquarium's annual Serve and Protect fundraising event.

Located on Chattanooga's beautiful downtown riverfront, River Journey sets the stage for a fascinating adventure tracing the path of freshwater from the mountains to the sea. Did you know 25% of North America's freshwater species live in our region? You'll meet feisty otters, colorful trout, giant catfish, tons of turtles and more freshwater animals from this global biodiversity hotspot. Become immersed in saltwater habitats as you explore our second building, Ocean Journey. You'll be surrounded by playful penguins, touchable stingrays, beautiful butterflies and a spectacular coral reef with big sharks and schools of fish.

Plan to enjoy at least two hours during your Aquarium visit, but feel free to take a break at any time. Your Aquarium admission is good for both buildings the date of purchase. Leave plenty of time to explore downtown Chattanooga where you'll discover outstanding restaurants, eclectic shops, hotels, an arts district, parks and world-class museums within a few blocks of the Aquarium.

IMAX® 3D Theater

From the blue ocean depths to enchanting islands, IMAX takes you to places you've only imagined. Crystal clear 3D images leap off of Chattanooga's largest screen, providing the ultimate theater experience. Add an IMAX film to your aquarium visit for only $6. Plan on 45 minutes viewing time for most of the nature films showing.  Check movie showtimes.

River Gorge Explorer

Travel swiftly and smoothly downstream from the Chattanooga Pier into the scenic Tennessee River Gorge aboard this high-tech vessel. Each two-hour excursion is guided by an Aquarium naturalist who brings local history to life while helping you spot wildlife. Relax in the climate-controlled cabin and soak in the scenery from the observation deck. Riverboat Schedule.

Go Behind the Scenes

Put yourself in the boots of an Aquarium animal caretaker by adding a Backstage Pass Tour to your experience. You'll get VIP access to be up close, touch and even feed some animals during each 45-minute foray behind the scenes. Call 800-262-0695 to reserve your Backstage Pass today.

Chattanooga Hotel Packages

Save time and money by booking a hotel package that includes Aquarium tickets. Some bundles also include tickets to other Chattanooga family attractions.


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Accessibility

  • The Tennessee Aquarium is handicap accessible. handicap-accessibility-icons
  • All exhibit galleries are fully accessible. The Aquarium has a limited number of wheelchairs which are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis (No Reservations). The rental fee is $7. A driver's license is required to hold until the unit is returned. The wheelchair rentals are located at the Guest Services Information Desk near the River Journey Gift Shop.
  • Strollers are permitted in the Aquarium buildings. For your safety, strollers and crocs (or similar soft shoes) are not allowed on escalators; however, elevators are available in all buildings. 
  • No weapons, smoking, electronic cigarettes, refreshments or pets are permitted in the Aquarium.

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Campus Map

Campus Map

Click here to see the map of the Aquarium, IMAX Theater and River Gorge Explorer.


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Backstage Pass

Get VIP access to get up-close, feed, and touch Aquarium animals.

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Otters

Scamper, play, splash, repeat. You'll fall in love with our adorable river otters when you meet them face-to-furry-face.

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Blog

Find all kinds of behind-the-scenes pictures and information about your favorite aquatic getaway located in the heart of downtown.

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Calendar of Events

We offers a variety of special events each month. Explore this calendar for fun outings that match your family's interests and age ranges.

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