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.


Creative Discovery Museum

Creative Discovery Museum

Get discount tickets you can use any time at the Creative Discovery Museum. Pilot a riverboat, dig for dinosaur bones and more at this children’s museum full of family fun.

Tennessee Aquarium

Tennessee Aquarium Tickets | IMAX Tickets | River Boat Tickets



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Combine your Aquarium ticket with our other options and get the COMBO price:    

          ► Add an IMAX movie for just $6 per person.  

          ► Add a River Gorge Explorer cruise - only $27 per adult, $21 for kids age 12 and under.

          ► Add a Backstage Pass for just $15 per person.

Ticket purchases help support education, research and conservation programs.

More to Explore:

Aquarium Family Membership  $115
Join the Tennessee Aquarium today and enjoy unlimited Aquarium visits, exclusive IMAX previews and special discounts.

Backstage Pass  $15 
Get VIP access to feed and touch Aquarium animals. Two tours daily -- River Journey at 11 am and Ocean Journey at 2:30 pm. Each one takes about 45 minutes. Aquarium admission is required. Due to safety concerns, children under age 6 are not permitted. 

A 10% Military Discount is available.  Show military I.D. to get a discount on Aquarium admission. Also applies to military retirees who show their I.D. cards.  Available at Aquarium ticketing center only.

General Information:
Your Tennessee Aquarium experience will take at least two hours, and includes admission to two buildings: River Journey and Ocean Journey. Your tickets are good all day, so feel free to catch a bite or sneak a peek at an IMAX 3D film between buildings. The Aquarium Gift Shops close at 6:30 p.m. When scheduling your visit or IMAX film time, remember Chattanooga is in the Eastern Time Zone. All exhibit galleries are fully accessible and a limited supply of wheelchairs are available to rent. 

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Aquarium tickets are sold at the Aquarium’s ticketing center or at the IMAX box office. Last admission 6 PM. Open daily 10 AM – 7:30 PM ET. You may purchase tickets online anytime. ONLINE TICKETS ARE GENERAL ADMISSION ONLY. Discounted member tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 800-262-0695, 8:30 am - 4:45 pm ET, Monday through Friday. 

Regarding the River Gorge Explorer  Children under 3 are charged $18 because they are considered a passenger according to Coast Guard regulations. 


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