Tennessee Aquarium Sharks and Birds and Otters, oh my! The Tennessee Aquarium, which is handicapped accessible, has a multitude of freshwater and saltwater fish and animals to see and touch. Right along the riverfront in Chattanooga, expect a beautiful setting outside and inside the Aquarium.


Two buildings make up the Aquarium: the River Journey and the Ocean Journey, both included in your admission price. Each building is easily accessible for people using mobility devices. Use the elevator, which has a short wait, even with a large crowd. Each floor is made up of carpeted ramps. Wheelchairs are available for rental.

Although you are among the attendees, there is a great deal of space to maneuver. Helpful staff and volunteers will part the crowds or open an area for a better view of a display when Tennessee Aquarium Nemo needed. Many of the doors to exhibits are accessible with a push button.

There are a number of restrooms, but they do get congested easily. The accessible stall is usually the first one and can be difficult to get inside when women are lined up for other stalls. Strangers were helpful, but it is recommended to bring along someone to assist you.

The Aquarium

River Journey is made up of freshwater fish and animals including otters, turtles, all sorts of catfish, and macaws. The Butterfly Garden is one a popular area. You’ll be checked for “hijackers” before you leave. Ocean Journey contains Tennessee Aquarium Penguinsaltwater fish and other animals including stingrays (which are located in a touch pool), octopus and penguins.


Purchase tickets to the Aquarium, to an IMAX 3D movie (one movie only), to the River George Explorer Cruise or purchase them as a package online or at the ticket center. Look for hotel packages and discounts. Active and retired military get a 10% discount.