We had a great time at the Chattanooga Aquarium. I'll be honest we normally don't go to ones that aren't part of our reciprocal museum programs because of the cost but it was so hot in Chattanooga during our visit that hiking was out so we did this one as a special treat.
It was a really cool aquarium that spans 2 buildings, one is a fresh water and rivers and the 2nd has salt water. They are both 3 stories high with a massive aquariums spanning the multiple levels housing some incredibly large aquatic life.
The kids really loved the butterfly garden, stingray petting and seeing the penguins. They had informative sessions where they got to learn about Lemurs, Otters, Penguins and see a diver in the main tank and ask questions.
They were also running a special jelly fish exhibit while we were there that our kids loved. They had jellies we had never seen before, which is saying something for our aquarium loving kiddos.
Admission was pricey but we felt it was worth it for our family....Adults were $29.95 and children 3-12 were $18.95, under 3 were free. They also offer packages which include IMAX movies. Your tickets are good the whole day so you could go do one of the building and then go have lunch at one of the downtown restaurants and go back to do the 2nd. There are several open air parking lots with in walking distance and it is open daily from 10am-6pm.
They also have a fun water play area that would be great for little ones, so if its a hot day like it was when we were there pack a change of clothes and enjoy splashing in the mini "river" play area that runs next to the aquarium.
Things to know before you go
Admission: $29.95 13 and up
$18.95 3-12 years
Free under 3
Hours: 10am-6pm It took us roughly 2 hours to complete both buildings
Food: Water and beverages with screw tops are permitted in the aquarium. Outside food and coolers are not permitted. They do offer a small refreshment center that offers snack foods and drinks. There are many restaurants with in walking distance of the aquarium.
Stroller and Wheelchairs: Stroller rental is not available but they are permitted in the aquarium. Wheelchair rental is available for $7, you will need a photo id to rent, which they hold until it is returned. The aquarium is wheelchair accessible.
Parking: There are several open air paid lots in walking distance and metered street parking