Call the Reservations Department: at (423) 265-0698 or (800) 262-0695 ext. 3600 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Reservations will be accepted up to 10 working days prior to your visit. 

Don’t forget to book a FREE education program for your school group! Ask the reservationists for more information.


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




Ever dream of sleeping under the peaks alongside sharks, stingrays and more?

School groups

School Groups

Think of the Tennessee Aquarium not just as a field trip, but as an extension of your classroom with world class exhibits and standards-based educational opportunities. To qualify for School Group prices and programs, the group must be from a public or private school and consist of at least 10 students from grades pre-K - 12.



Students in grades K - 12 participating in the National School Lunch Program receive complimentary admission to the Aquarium and IMAX Theater from September through March. Ask your reservationist for more details at (423) 265-0698 or (800) 262-0695 ext 3600 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
(Aquarium pricing includes both River Journey AND Ocean Journey buildings)
(2.5 hours)
(45 min.)
(Aquarium & 1 IMAX movie)
River Gorge Explorer
(90 min. cruise)
Student $6.50 $5.00 $10.50 $18.00
Required Chaperones
(includes teachers)
Free Free Free $20.50
Grades PreK-2nd ~ 1 chaperone per 5 students
Grades 3rd-12th ~ 1 chaperone per 10 students

Additional Adults $22.50
(FREE to Aquarium Members)
($6 for Aquarium Members)
($6 for Aquarium Members)
Additional Children
(Ages 3-12 not included  w/group)
(FREE to Aquarium Members)
($6 for Aquarium Members)
($6 for Aquarium Members)
IMAX Snack Packs
(Box of popcorn and drink)
N/A $2.50 $2.50 N/A
Box Lunches
(Turkey sandwich, fruit, cookie & drink)
 $6  $6  $6  N/A
Fun Packs for School Groups:
To purchase, contact Gift Shop Manager Laura Kroeger at 423-785-4039 or e-mail
 Shark-in-a-Cup        $5.00   shark in a cup  
Otter-in-a-Cup        $5.00   Otter cups  
Penguin-in-a-Cup        $5.00   Penguin in a Cup  


Support from Business Partners, such as Unum, Contributing Members and other generous donors make this program possible.  Click here to make a donation to support this important program.
School Group Programs

The Tennessee Aquarium provides an unforgettable learning experience for children at all grade levels. Not only does the Aquarium exceed the science standards for Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama; we are also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a supplementary education school.

Field Trip Survival Guide

Here are some helpful guidelines to prepare your group for a successful field trip to the Tennessee Aquarium, IMAX Theater and/or River Gorge Explorer.

Field Trip Itineraries

There are many ways to arrange your field trip depending on the time you have available. Itineraries can be adjusted to fit your schedule.

Teacher Tools

Fun educational supplements such as AquaGuide, AquaQuests, scavenger hunts, and more are available to make your field trip a learning expedition.


Have the Tennessee Aquarium come to you for an exciting educational program!

Direction and Bus Parking

Whether you have a question about animals, educational opportunities or just want to make your Aquarium or IMAX trip the best experience ever, we want to hear from you. Our education staff is happy to help you.

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.

Campus Map
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Teachers E-newsletter

Introducing the new Educator's e-newsletter. Please enter your e-mail address to receive important teacher resource information, IMAX updates and special offers from the Tennessee Aquarium.