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Spring Break

Go WILD in an all new exhibit, special animal programs and MORE!

NEW Lemur Forest 

You’ll fall in love with the furry faces you meet in the new Lemur Forest exhibit. Red-ruffed and Ring-tailed Lemurs will take advantage of the towering heights beneath the Aquarium’s glass peaks as they climb up, down and around a lush rainforest setting. At times, you may be surprised as the lemurs scamper directly overhead while traveling to a small island to sunbathe.

Ring-tailed lemur

Found only on the island of Madagascar, these captivating creatures are agile and have rather amazing acrobatic skills. Twice each day, at 11am and 3pm, you’ll be able to meet one of our lemur experts who will provide some nutritious snacks for the lemurs and answer your questions. 

More Island Fun In Special Spring Break Programs

Along with our daily Extraordinary Experiences programs, our keepers and trainers are offering four all-new opportunities to get up close with Aquarium animals for spring break only.

kids with blue tongued skinkMarch 10 through March 18 – “On the Wild Side of Island Life” - Islands have unique animals — some of which are found nowhere else in the world. You’ll meet an interesting island resident during this special encounter. (1:30 pm, Ocean Journey Level 4 outside Lemur Forest)

March 19 through March 25 – “Seaside with Seahorses” - Shallow reefs and mangrove forests surrounding islands are home to hungry seahorses. Meet a seahorse expert and watch these marvelous creatures getting lunch. (1:30 pm, River Journey Seahorse Gallery)

coconut crabMarch 26 through April 1 – “Island Giants – Coconut Crabs” - Tropical islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans are home to the world’s largest land crabs. See one of these crazy crustaceans up close and learn more about their incredible feats of strength. (1:30 pm, Ocean Journey Level 4 outside Lemur Forest) 

April 2 through April 9 – “Totally Tropical” - The tropics contain an amazing wealth of plants and animals. Meet a living treasure from one of the many tropical regions of the world during this fun program. (1:30 pm, Ocean Journey Level 4 outside Lemur Forest)

Catch NatGeo WILD's Monster Fish Before It Swims Away

Monster Fish exhibitTake a deeper dive into the hidden world of some of the world’s largest freshwater fishes inside “Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants,” a National Geographic exhibition. This special exhibition, which is free with Aquarium membership or general admission is here through April 15. 


Spring Break IMAX Films

Click a film poster to see more info, trailers and showtimes.

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PLUS - Don't miss special screenings of Jerusalem 3D daily at 6 pm February 18 - March 30.


Cruise the Tennessee River Gorge

River Gorge ExplorerExperience Tennessee's Grand Canyon aboard the River Gorge Explorer during a two-hour cruise. Each 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 beautiful scenery from the topside observation deck. Check the boat schedule here.

Special Spring Break Cruise

Girl on River Gorge ExplorerCalling all Nature Nuts! Come experience Nature from the surface of the Tennessee River aboard the Aquarium’s River Gorge Explorer. With the help of our naturalists on board, passengers on this 90-minute cruise routinely see great blue herons, deer, osprey and maybe even the last of the winter’s eagles. REGISTER


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