Tickets

  Adult Child (3-12) Under 3  
Tennessee Aquarium $26.95 $16.95 Free Buy Online
Combine your Aquarium ticket with our other options and get the COMBO price:  
  • Add an IMAX movie for just $6 per person.
  • Add a River Gorge Explorer cruise for $27 per adult, $21 for 12 and under.
  • Add a Backstage Pass for $15. (Ages 6+)
IMAX 3D Theater $9.95 $8.50 Free Buy Online
River Gorge Explorer $32 $24.50 $18 Buy Online

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Aquarium Family Membership - $115

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

Backstage Pass - $15 

Get VIP access to feed and touch Aquarium animals. Two tours daily -- River Journey at 11 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. 

A 10% Military Discount is available. Show military I.D. to get a discount on Aquarium admission. Also applies to military retirees who show their I.D. cards.  Available at Aquarium ticketing center only.

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.

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.