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Spring Break

March 13 - April 19, 2020

Year of the Turtle logoThis Spring Break, celebrate the Year of the Turtle! This yearlong turtle bonanza includes a wide range of turtle-y awesome updates and additions to the Aquarium visitor experience and will train a bigger spotlight on the work being done by conservation groups to study and safeguard turtles around the world. 

NEW Turtles of the World Gallery

Through a series of four, large exhibits, guests will encounter turtles from two of the world’s biodiversity hotspots: Southeast U.S. and Southeast Asia. After exploring these dynamic habitats, visitors will see a new turtle nursery. For the first time, the Aquarium’s efforts to raise hatchlings of threatened and endangered species will be brought into a public space. Alongside the species Aquarium experts have been rearing will be baby turtles from around the world on loan from the Turtle Survival Alliance.

Roti Island Snake-Necked Turtle

Kids of all ages will enjoy a series of interactive exhibits that introduce some turtle superheroes who are working to save turtles from around the world. And they will also be able to pose for “shell-fies” as turtle hatchlings in an over-sized turtle nest. Turtles of the World opens on March 13, 2020!

The Turtle Trail

As they wind their way from the mountains to the sea in the River Journey building, guests will find a string of themed “trail blazes” that offer interesting insights about many turtle species on display that might otherwise have been overlooked. Download the Turtle Trail Map here.

Turtle Trail map

Special Animal Programs

Natural Neighbors (2:00 pm in the River Journey Lobby) - Meet some creatures found in our region and learn what you can do to help wildlife in your own backyard.

Seahorse Feeding (3:45 pm in Boneless Beauties - Ocean Journey Level 2) 

See our regular daily program schedule 

Spring Break at IMAX

After visiting the Aquarium, venture into the wild with Bunji the Green Sea Turtle or dive into fish-filled waters on a discovery mission beneath the waves!

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Chattanooga's Spring Break Safari

Spring Break Safari logoDuring the Spring Break Safari, Chattanooga becomes a place where kids rule and adventure is everywhere.  All kids (and kids at heart!) receive a free Spring Break Safari Guide that can be picked up at any of the Spring Break Safari attractions and the Chattanooga Visitors Center located at 215 Broad St.