Chattanooga Things to Do

First admittance to the Aquarium is at 10 a.m. with last admittance at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. The Gift Shops close 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. The Aquarium ticketing center opens at 9:30 a.m. daily.


Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise
A Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise on the River Gorge Explorer is part thrill ride and part nature tour.


IMAX Theater

So real, It's unreal
The huge, six-story screen at the IMAX 3D Theater puts YOU in the action. Travel to undersea reefs filled with colorful creatures, or visit exotic locations from around the world.

Children touching stingrays

Directions & Parking

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, the Tennessee Aquarium is easily accessible from I-24

From Atlanta: drive I-75 North to I-24 West, then follow directions below.
From Knoxville: drive I-75 South to I-24 West, then follow directions below
From Nashville: I-24 East, then follow directions below.
From Birmingham: follow I-59 to I-24 East, then follow directions below.
From Huntsville: follow Hwy 72 to I-24 East, then follow directions below.

From I-24:
I-24 to downtown Chattanooga.
U.S. Highway 27 North
Take exit 1C right on 4th Street
Left on Broad Street (second stoplight)
Go two blocks and you’ll see the Aquarium.

There are several paid parking lots near the Aquarium and IMAX Theater and a free shuttle runs daily in downtown Chattanooga.


A bus turn-around is available for loading and unloading where Broad Street ends directly in front of the Aquarium. Off-site extended parking is located within a few blocks of the Aquarium. Approximately 20 buses can park and unload on Power Alley, directly behind the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater. Additional Motorcoach parking is available adjacent to IMAX on Aquarium Way between Power Alley and Chestnut Street. Overflow parking is located one block North of the IMAX Theater near the Tennessee River on Riverfront Parkway. This parking lot is located West of Power Alley and under the Olgiati Bridge.

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Yellow Pages

Campus Map
Aquarium campus map
Downloadable PDF Brochure
2011 Tennessee Aquarium brochure 
Backstage Pass

NEW Backstage Passes will give you VIP access to get up-close, feed, and actually touch Aquarium animals.
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Sleepovers at the Aquarium

Ever dream of sleeping under the peaks alongside sharks, stingrays and more? Now is your chance.

Traveling with Kids

Chattanooga's fun museum for kids! Visit the Creative Discovery Museum. Pilot a riverboat, dig for dinosaur bones, make sculptures and build a car at this hands-on children’s museum full of family fun.

Traveling with your Pet

Planning a trip to Chattanooga? Bring your pet! We've got tips and links to pet-friendly hotels and boarding facilities.

Fun Stuff

Check out this fun-filled page with links to interactive games and other activities. Enjoy some of these items at home or download maps to help you "dive deeper" into your next Aquarium visit.

Chatter Magazine

Check out the digital version of Chattanooga's Chatter Magazine.

Live, Local Weather Report

Thanks to a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Tennessee Aquarium has a new weather station with live webcam. Get instant access to current weather conditions in downtown Chattanooga.
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