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Get VIP access to get up-close, feed, and touch Aquarium animals.



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

Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari

Ranger Rick's Geocache Trails


Be Out There! Ranger Rick and his pals have gone high-tech, establishing a special game of hide and seek. Geocaching is a treasure hunting game, played around the world, using a GPS device or smartphone app. The Tennessee Aquarium will have five official locations on Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trails. Follow the clues, find the treasure and stamp your downloadable passport with your paw stamp after you discover which one of Ranger Rick’s animal friends found it first. Learn more about geocaching.

You'll search for the GPS coordinates that will lead you to the special prizes at each location. Ranger Rick clue cards will be stored in each geocache along the trail. Families will learn about nature and wildlife along Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trail in Chattanooga and across the country.

Finally, families can share their experiences online with fellow geocachers through the National Wildlife Federation and sites.


Location & Schedule

Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari is located in the lower level of the River Journey building next to the Seahorse Gallery. Animal presentations will be offered daily from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Meet the Safari Animals

The animals are the stars of Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari. Some will make you laugh, others may make you shiver. Some you can touch. Some you won't want to.

Fun Activities

Solve a puzzle, create a bird feeder or play a game! Ranger Rick invites all explorers to discover these fun activities before or after you visit the Tennessee Aquarium.

Your Backyard Habitat

After visiting Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari, you’re ready to explore your own backyard with new eyes. What creatures are living there now and how can you make it a better place for more animals?

Bug Club

Curious young naturalists will love learning about fascinating multi-legged creatures. Membership includes a monthly newsletter (the Monthly Moult), fun meetings and a Bug Club t-shirt.

Safari Links

Fun and educational links about wildlife and nature
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