Excursions in Chattanooga - TN: Come and discover one of the top-rated aquariums In the US in this visit to the state of the art Tennessee Aquarium at Chattanooga. Beneath the magnificent vaulted glass roof you’ll be able to explore three living forests and meet all kinds of amazing creatures in their natural habitats. Discover giant catfish, cute otters, enormous snapping turtles, fierce sharks, stealthy sting rays, playful penguins, mysterious jellyfish, free flying butterflies and more.
The Tennessee Aquarium features two buildings, Ocean Journey and River Journey. The River Journey exhibition focuses on freshwater environments, carrying you through mountain, forests, swamps, valley and lakes, both in the Tennessee Valley and throughout the world. Follow the path of a raindrop from high in the Appalachian Mountains down to the Gulf of Mexico through three living forest exhibits that teem with life above and below the water’s surface. Along the way, you’ll come face to face with thousands of animals including song birds, snapping turtles, sandbar and tiger sharks, stingrays, river otters, moray eels and colourful reef fish.
In the Ocean Journey, you’ll find many hands on displays, including a large shark tank and ray touch tank, large macaws, a butterfly garden with South American species on constant display, as well as the very large ocean tank itself. Other favourites include the Boneless Beauties gallery, where you can meet invertebrates including jellyfish, cuttlefish, octopus and spider crabs as well as Macaroni and Gentoo penguins.
Allow at least two and half hours to see all exhibits (more in summer).
Meeting/pick-up point: 1 Broad Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Start/opening time: 10am.
End/closing time: 6pm.