Otter exhibit

Plan Your Visit

Out of an abundance of caution, the Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX theater will remain temporarily closed until further notice.

Located on Chattanooga's beautiful downtown riverfront, our River Journey building sets the stage for a fascinating adventure tracing the path of freshwater from the mountains to the sea. You'll meet feisty otters, colorful trout, alligators, 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 across two buildings during your Aquarium visit.  

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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  • The Tennessee Aquarium is handicap accessible. Learn more about Accessibility & Inclusion at the Tennessee Aquarium.
  • All exhibit galleries are wheelchair 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 photo ID 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 and backpacks 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. Please visit our Aquarium Policies page for more info.

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Click here to see the map of the Aquarium and IMAX Theater.

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