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The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga

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The Tennessee Aquarium is one of Chattanooga’s top tourist attractions, and for good reason.  It’s a great place to visit.  There are two buildings housing aquariums – one for River Journey and one for Ocean Journey.  (This post features a couple of the exhibits at the Ocean Journey.)The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga

At the Ocean Journey

Birds at The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga
Once inside, visitors are greeted by a few beautiful feathered creatures.  Don’t miss the freshwater stingrays that swim by the path.

There are nine exhibits inside the Ocean Journey:  Tropical Cove, Lemur Forest, Stingray Bay, Butterfly Garden, Penguins’ Rock, Secret Reef, Boneless Beauties, Jellies:  Living Art, and Undersea Cavern.

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There is a “petting” area where visitors can actually touch small sharks and stingrays.  (Note:  hand sanitizer stations are located nearby.)

Orchid at The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga

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Butterfly at The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga
Be careful not to pick up any hitchhikers while visiting the Butterfly Garden.

The penguins are a joy to watch at the Tennessee Aquarium.  They seem to enjoy watching visitors and might put on a little bit of a performance for you.

Guides to the different species of fish in the tanks are posted by the various aquariums.

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Upside Down Jellyfish

The Tennesse Aquarium Gift Shop


I love this sign that was posted at the entrance to the gift shop.


One of the many items available for sale to commemorate your visit.


The Tennessee Aquarium is located at One Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402, and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.  The Tennessee Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

You can connect with the Tennessee Aquarium – Web | Facebook | Twitter.


Hungry to read more about Chattanooga?  Why not start with Good Eats in Chattanooga? There you will learn about three places near the aquarium where you can enjoy some good food.  If you have a limited amount of time in Chattanooga, read Quick Getaway to Chattanooga.

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