Tickets

  Adult Child (3-12) Under 3  
Tennessee Aquarium $29.95 $18.95 Free Buy Tickets
Combine your Aquarium ticket with our other options and get the COMBO price:  
  • Add a River Gorge Explorer cruise for $27 per adult, $21 for 12 and under.
  • Add a Backstage Pass for $17. (Ages 6+)
IMAX       IMAX temporarily closed until February 2016. 
River Gorge Explorer $32 $24.50 $18  Cruises resume in February.

Your Aquarium ticket is good for the whole day of purchase. Ticket purchases help support education, research and conservation programs.

A special discount is available to all active military and veterans.  Please show your military ID/DDT card at the Aquarium ticketing center to receive a discount on admission for you and everyone in your paying party. Available at Aquarium ticketing center only.

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Aquarium Family Membership - $145

Join the Tennessee Aquarium today and enjoy unlimited Aquarium visits, exclusive IMAX previews and special discounts.

Backstage Pass - $17 

Get VIP access to feed and touch Aquarium animals. Two tours daily -- River Journey at 11:15 am and Ocean Journey at 2:30 pm. Each one takes about 45 minutes. Aquarium admission is required. Due to safety concerns, children under age 6 are not permitted. 

General Information

Your Tennessee Aquarium experience will take at least two hours, and includes admission to two buildings: River Journey and Ocean Journey. Your tickets are good all day, so feel free to catch a bite or sneak a peek at an IMAX 3D film between buildings. When scheduling your visit or IMAX film time, remember Chattanooga is in the Eastern Time Zone. 

Aquarium tickets are sold online, at the Aquariumís ticketing center or at the IMAX box office. 

First admittance to the Aquarium is at 10 a.m. with last admittance at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Buildings close at 7:30.  The Gift Shops closes at 6:30 p.m. The Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater are open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Check the River Gorge Explorer schedule for cruise times. Check the IMAX Showtimes page for the movie schedule. (Note: IMAX is closed in early 2016 for the installation of new laser technology.)

You may purchase tickets online anytime. ONLINE TICKETS ARE GENERAL ADMISSION ONLY. Discounted member tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 800-262-0695, 8:30 am - 4:45 pm ET, Monday through Friday. 

All exhibit galleries are fully accessible and a limited supply of wheelchairs are available to rent. 

Regarding the River Gorge Explorer - Children under 3 are charged $18 because they are considered a passenger according to Coast Guard regulations.