My kids are amazing travelers and I love bringing them on new adventures as often as possibly. This summer we made trip to a place we had been wanting to visit for a few years… the Tennessee Aquarium! We had a really great time visiting this popular attraction and can’t wait to share our adventure with you!
First off, Chattanooga is simply breathtaking and even my three children found themselves taking in the beauty. Once we took a moment to embrace this beautiful view, we began our journey. The aquarium consists of two buildings, River Journey and Ocean Journey where you’ll trace the path of water from the mountains to the sea. You will also have the opportunity to view native animals that live in our backyards and the amazing creatures that thrive in some of the most remote locations on Earth.
An interesting fact about the Tennessee Aquarium:
“Since opening its doors in 1992, the Tennessee Aquarium has played a crucial role in Chattanooga’s economic development efforts and has become a nationally acclaimed attraction. A recent analysis by the University of Tennessee Center for Sustainable Business and Development reveals how our nonprofit organization leads the way to a future that is economically, educationally and environmentally sound.:
Our most favorite attraction was hands down the Stingray Bay! This is the Aquarium’s largest touch station, with more than 100 feet of shoreline. You can actually touch several different shark and stingray species
The smooth and narrow walls of the tank make it easy for guests to step-up along the base of the walls and lay fingers on these gentle swimmers as they glide through the warm waters.
I was simply blown away to discover how much these amazing creatures interacted with us. As you can see from the image down below, they would come right up to you and pop right out of the water.
Adjacent the stingrays was the Butterfly Garden next, where we were greeted by a garden overflowing with exotic flowers and hundreds of jewel-hued, free-flying butterflies! The butterflies flutter among you and some even land on visitors. The butterflies found in the garden include species from Asia, Africa, South and Central America.
There were so many amazing exhibits and animals at the Tennessee Aquarium, I wish I could share every single picture with you, I took almost 600! This is just a few of the over to 10000 animals we encountered during our visit! I am including as much pictures as possible without overwhelming you… hope you enjoy and remember to prepared during your family’s summer travels!
Face to face with some amazing creatures!
They were simple mesmerized by this particular exhibit!
There were hallways full of fish that you could observe in their natural habitat!
We even captured the moment a diver came down and treated all of the fish to dinner.
As if this aquarium wasn’t amazing all on its own… it was surrounded by this amazing water sculpture where children were encouraged to splash and get some relief from the warm southern heat!
The kids spent so much time splashing and exploring, I could not get them to step away from this water attraction!
These steps were great for the older kids!
They finally took the plunge and sat right in the water, hehe! It was so hot that day the kids were dry by the time we got to the car!
How beautiful is this place? This trip has me thinking that our family should be moving to Chattanooga!
We hope you enjoyed learning about our most recent summer travel! Let me know in the comment section below how you stay prepared in case kids get sick during your travels!