May 24

Tennessee Aquarium

JellyfishThe Tennessee Aquarium offers a top notch aquarium experience that should not be missed if you ever find yourself in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  My wife and I were a little hesitant about visiting the Tennessee Aquarium because we had just shelled out so much money to see the very well done Georgia Aquarium.  After discussing and wondering about when it would be our next opportunity to see the Tennessee Aquarium we came to the conclusion that we should go. Karen and I came to the conclusion that dollar for dollar the Tennessee Aquarium beats out the Georgia Aquarium.  For twenty dollars less for two adult tickets you get nearly the same experience.orange butterflyOur particular visit to the Tennessee Aquarium took place during the middle of the week in spring so we knew we would probably have to share the aquarium with a variety of school groups, and we were correct in our assumption.  However due to the unique two building approach the Tennessee aquarium did not seem all that crowded.  The exhibits for the Tennessee Aquarium are divided up into their River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings.  Both of those buildings together house a diverse collection of more than 12,000 animals including, river otters, a variety of frogs, turtles, and fish as well as a butterfly house and many different types of jellyfish.frog with leafThe River Journey Building has close to half a million gallons of water and is themed around the central idea of following the path of raindrop from the mountaintop to the ocean.  There are several interesting exhibit areas including a forest area with free flying birds with a variety of reptile and amphibians to look at.  There is a also a group of river otters that are highly entertaining.  The River Journey also gives you the opportunity to see some of the largest freshwater fish you will ever see in their River Giants exhibit.  The Tennessee Aquarium really did a great thing with making this entire building centered on a theme.  Instead of just looking at a series of different aquarium tanks filled with different animals these tells a story which makes it more educational and in the long run memorable.swimming penguin
The Ocean Journey Building is probably always going to be the general public choice as the better exhibit because this is where you going to see the colorful reef fish, sharks, and penguins that typically make up the bulk of an aquarium experience.  Like the River Journey the Ocean Journey has several exhibit areas of note.  Including several touch tanks where we got the chance to touch anemones, sharks, rays, and several crustaceans.  At the top of the Ocean Journey Building you will find a small butterfly garden which was a little nice bonus for us because our daughter loves butterflies.  Their Secret Reef which is the largest tank at the Tennessee Aquarium at a half a million gallons houses a variety of sharks as well as sea turtles, tropical fish, and rays.  We also enjoyed their variety of jellyfish which is always one of my favorite things to see at an aquarium, and my wife enjoyed their penguin exhibit which is always on of her favorites.TurtleThe Tennessee Aquarium is a great aquarium to visit and in our opinion should not be bypassed even if, like us, you just got done seeing the Georgia, Aquarium which is only a few hours away.  Like I mentioned before we really enjoyed the fact that aquarium used a running theme throughout its exhibits which really tied their habitat areas together.  My wife also enjoyed their variety of different types of animals as well as their number of different types of species.  It is a great visit and we are glad that made the choice to visit.

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Little GatorTennessee Aquarium
Located at 1 Broad Street, Aquarium Plaza, Chattanooga, TN
Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cost as of this Posting: Adult 13 and over $26.95 and Children 3 to 12 $16.95
For more information visit their website at http://www.tnaqua.org/Home.aspx

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