Friday, July 24, 2015

Coming To Chattanooga? Visit the Tennessee Aquarium!

We live just a little over an hour from Chattanooga! I was super stoked when we were given the opportunity to visit the Tennessee Aquarium! I have been once before, however Lydia hasn't! When you visit, you can go to the ticket booth and purchase your tickets. You can choose to go in the River Journey Building first, or the Ocean Journey. It doesn't matter, however when you visit you still have to go in both to see everything. Inside the River Journey building, visitors are delighted by feisty river otters, colorful frogs, amazing turtles and freshwater fish species such as beautiful trout, giant catfish and prehistoric-looking sturgeon. While exploring Ocean Journey, guests come face to face with big, toothy sharks, beautiful butterflies, playful penguins, mesmerizing jellyfish and thousands of colorful reef fish.
You will see all kinds of exotic plants and animals! You can check out more about the Exhibits here
 My favorite are the different kinds of Jelly Fish! They are so fascinating!
The Penguins are SO fascinating as well! They are SUPER cute! Check this out- There was a Macaroni Penguin that was the first to hatch in 2015, now there are a trio of babies! 
Check out this from the press release:  Two of the chicks are actually siblings, but are being raised by different penguin mothers. “When Bug and Big T’s first egg hatched, they were having a tough time keeping both the second egg and the chick underneath them,” said senior aviculturist Loribeth Lee. “Biscuit and Blue did not have a viable egg this year, so we were able to move the second egg into their nest. It hatched a couple of days later and they have done a beautiful job caring for their adopted chick.” This is the first time a baby penguin has been raised at the Aquarium by surrogate parents. In the past, aviculturists have supplemented feedings for any chicks that were not receiving enough nourishment from their parents. “We always prefer to let the parents raise their chicks, but we’ll intervene whenever necessary,” said Lee. “Since Biscuit and Blue have been diligent parents in the past, we believed they would do a great job caring for Bug and Big T’s chick and they have.”
Our family had such an amazing time at the Tennessee Aquarium! It took about 2 1/2 hours to go through it because we took our sweet time. If you want to visit, Admission is $29.95 per adult and $18.95 per child, ages 3-12. Each ticket purchased helps support Aquarium conservation programs. The IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium. Ticket prices are $9.95 per adult and $8.50 per child. Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $35.95 for adults and $24.95 for children. Excursions aboard the new River Gorge Explorer depart daily into “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon.” Cruise tickets are $32.00 per adult and $24.50 per child (3-12). Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit organization. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aquarium and IMAX are accessible to people with disabilities. 
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Have you visited the Tennessee Aquarium before? It is such a blast! Tell me about it: 
*This post is sponsored by The Tennessee Aquarium. We received tickets to facilitate our post. All opinions are my own*

2 comments:

  1. I have never visited since I live so far away, but that is one neat aquarium and I'm glad your family got to enjoy it. I have to agree those jelly fish are very cool! Thanks for sharing the photos if I am ever out that way it looks like one place I'd love to visit.

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  2. It is astonishing to see all the unique and bizarre creatures that are found in the oceans.

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