There is a reason visitors have rated the Tennessee Aquarium the #1 aquarium in the country for guest satisfaction and that's because they take you on a remarkable and educational journey from the mountains to the sea and everywhere in between to meet amazing animals up close and in person.

Click here to begin planning your visit to Chattanooga's #1 attraction, the Tennessee Aquarium.

Lemur Forest

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Found only on the island of Madagascar, these captivating creatures are one of the most endangered groups of mammals on the planet. Lemur Forest provides guests an opportunity to better understand their story of survival and what's being done to save them from extinction.

IMAX Theater

No visit to Chattanooga would be completed without experiencing the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater, featuring a new Laser Projection System. IMAX® with laser provides viewers with the sharpest, brightest, clearest and most vivid digital images ever seen.

Check movie times here.

Enjoy education and relaxation on the same cruise aboard the Tennessee Aquarium's River Gorge Explorer. The four water jets propel this high-tech catamaran downstream at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Once downstream enjoy and leisurely cruise back to downtown and the Aquarium's naturalist points out wildlife and historic points of interest.

Click here to plan your cruise injunction with a day at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Ruby Falls is rich in history, dating back to 1905, when the Lookout Mountain Cave was closed during the construction of a railway tunnel through it. A chemist and cave enthusiast name Leo Lambert bought land above the cave to make it a tourist attraction and while digging the cave came upon a beautiful waterfall in the middle of the mountain. As the saying goes, the rest is history!

Click here to learn more about Ruby Falls and to plan your Lookout Mountain experience.

During the 1880's railroad boom, a luxury hotel resort was built on top of Lookout Mountain. Guests did not enjoy the two-dollar, four-hour buggy ride up the mountain so in 1895, John Crass and the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway Company built the incline to whisk people up and down the mountain.

Click here to learn more about the Incline Railway and how to build a day package on Lookout Mountain.

Join the crew of the Southern Belle Riverboat for Sightseeing, Lunch or Evening Dinner Cruise as they set sail down the Tennessee River. Sightseeing and lunch cruises are fully narrated to introduce you to Chattanooga's rich history and the dinner cruises offer live music.

Click here to book your cruise aboard the Southern Belle.

Chattanooga's strategic location, along with vast river and rail systems made it one of the most sought after cities during the Civil War and some of the hardest fought and most complex battles took place here is the Fall of 1863 between the areas of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. Chattanooga was considered the gateway to the Deep South, thus an important location for both the Union and the Confederate armies.

Click here to learn more about the Battles for Chattanooga .

Still today, the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park is the oldest and largest military park in the nation.

Click here to learn more about the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park .



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