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Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee TN

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Visiting Tennessee Aquarium is a joy! It is housed in two large buildings, one dedicated to the ocean and the other to rivers. You start at the top of each building and walk down a zig zagging walkway checking out the tanks as you go. Allow plenty of time (I was kind of wishing we hadn't bought tickets for the IMAX show so we could have stayed longer viewing the tanks).
See macaroni penguins, pig-nosed turtles, dwarf crocodiles, blue poison dart frogs, sand tiger sharks, paddlefish, lemurs, possums, spotted jellyfish, owls, spiny lobster, giant Japanese spider crab, river otters, butterflies, snapping turtles, alligator gar fish, pythons, electric eel, elephant nose fish, corn snake, woodchucks, snake-necked turtle, giant Pacific octopus, starfish, stingrays, tarantulas and more! There are also beautiful flowers under indoor forest conservatories.
There is a gift shop in each building. You can buy an unusual sting ray stuffed animal! 
Walk outside to a terraced fountain alongside the aquarium that leads down to the river. Here you can sit on the edge of the river and enjoy the breeze. The wall alongside the fountain is decorated with interesting Native American designs. There is a fun stripey brown sculpture along Market Street that kids like to climb inside. Walk up to Walnut Street Bridge and the Bluff View Art District, my favorite part of Chattanooga.
Drive across the bridge and ride the carousel at Coolidge Park.

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Planted bridge to walk under, outside the aquarium between the two buildings.
Planted bridge to walk under, outside the aquarium between the two buildings.
Views of the river from outside the aquarium.
Views of the river from outside the aquarium.
Rocking chairs in the aquarium, with views of the river.
Rocking chairs in the aquarium, with views of the river.
White-Blotched River Ray from South America.
White-Blotched River Ray from South America.
Ginger plants in the upstairs conservatory.
Ginger plants in the upstairs conservatory.
Yellow fish and rays.
Yellow fish and rays.
A little boy checks out a shark.
A little boy checks out a shark.
A man goes inside a tube to appear to be in the tank with the Giant Spider Crab.
A man goes inside a tube to appear to be in the tank with the Giant Spider Crab.
Jellyfish in cylinder tanks.
Jellyfish in cylinder tanks.
A family checks out a tank.
A family checks out a tank.
Queen Triggerfish.
Queen Triggerfish.
Upside-down Jellyfish.
Upside-down Jellyfish.
A boy inspired by the jellies.
A boy inspired by the jellies.
Australian Spotted Jellyfish.
Australian Spotted Jellyfish.
An Australian Spotted Jellyfish swimming.
An Australian Spotted Jellyfish swimming.
Sea Walnut, a type of comb jelly.
Sea Walnut, a type of comb jelly.
Tanks in caves.
Tanks in caves.
An exhibit about where rivers begin.
An exhibit about where rivers begin.
A couple walks between rocks in an exhibit.
A couple walks between rocks in an exhibit.
Waterfall in the conservatory area.
Waterfall in the conservatory area.
River otter!
River otter!
Baby alligator!
Baby alligator!
Frog!
Frog!
Yellow-banded Poison Dart Frog.
Yellow-banded Poison Dart Frog.
Alligator in a swamp.
Alligator in a swamp.
Asian Bonytongue, a river giant.
Asian Bonytongue, a river giant.
A boy smiles at the sight of a turtle.
A boy smiles at the sight of a turtle.
Mossy Frog, from Northern Vietnam.
Mossy Frog, from Northern Vietnam.
Giant Snake-necked Turtle from Australia.
Giant Snake-necked Turtle from Australia.
Rainbow Cichlid from Central America, Honduras to Costa Rica.
Rainbow Cichlid from Central America, Honduras to Costa Rica.
Outside the aquarium there are nice public spaces.
Outside the aquarium there are nice public spaces.
   

Directions

Tennessee Aquarium is located at 1 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402. 
Open daily 10-6. 
Admission is $30 for adults, $19 for kids, and free for children under age 3. You can add the IMAX show for another $8. Annual family membership is $175. 

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