great weather ahead for the Chattanooga area. Passengers aboard the Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer have been enjoying the sunshine on the new Seven Bridges Cruise. The area upstream from downtown Chattanooga isn't known for wildlife sightings, but many people are surprised by the creatures being pointed out by Aquarium naturalists on these new excursions.
Bird sightings are
exceeding expectations on the New Seven Bridges Tour," said Dever. "Cliff swallows, red tail
hawks, bald eagles, osprey, green herons, kingfishers and vultures have been conspicuous between the Chattanooga Pier and the Chickamauga Dam." According to Dever, guests are able to get close views of active osprey nests on this cruise as well as the downstream Gorge Cruise.
The Chickamauga Lock is also fun to see up close. The captains are able to communicate with the lock master, and occasionally the Explorer is allowed to enter the lower lock doors giving passengers an opportunity to see what it's like inside this massive structure.
Hunter Museum of American Art has revealed some interesting surprises from time to time. "We've seen climbers, herons, swallows, vultures and even a raccoon inhabiting the cliff," said Dever. "I enjoy pointing out the layers of Mississippian time that's locked within the limestone as we pass the rocky face up close. People spot metal rings and are fascinated by the history of this location."
So we invite you to take advantage of the great summer weather and come cruising with us! View the cruise schedule and book tickets online.