Our gentoo and macaroni penguins spend the warmer months nesting, laying eggs and hatching baby penguins! Right now, we have a new baby macaroni chick on exhibit with his parents inside a special acrylic “playpen”. Our gentoo penguins have five more eggs, so we could see more chicks later this summer. Tip: Get the best view of our nesting penguins by adding the afternoon Backstage Pass to your aquarium visit.
It’s no fisherman’s tale! One tank at the Tennessee Aquarium contains some of largest freshwater fish from around the world. Dr. Zeb Hogan recently swam with them for an episode of Monster Fish, in which he searches for legendary Volkswagen-sized catfish in Tennessee. Come see for yourself why we call these fish River Giants! Tip: Watch volunteer divers hand feed wallago, redtail catfish and Australian whiptail rays in this exhibit every Monday Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2 pm!
There’s more to the Tennessee Aquarium than you can see in a simple walk-through. Make sure you check our dive show and feeding schedule to fit more excitement into your day! Then, meet a talking bird, a legless lizard a friendly possum and other new friends in Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari! Tip: Different animals are rotated in Ranger Rick time slots throughout the day, so hang out for back to back shows.
4. Summer River Cruise
Summer adventure awaits you aboard the River Gorge Explorer! Recently awarded a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, this 70-passenger catamaran takes guests downstream into “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon”. Naturalist guides point out wildlife, landmarks and other points of interest along the way. Summer is a great time to cruise with us as the sunny season is a particularly active time for river wildlife. Tip: Our boat can fill up fast on pretty days! Check the schedule and get tickets ahead of time.
We’re calling it the Summer of the Shark! Discover “jaw-some” facts during special shark presentations, take a picture in a real shark cage and jump into Great White Shark 3D at the IMAX Theater. Then on August 2, we’re planning a frenzy of fun for Shark Fest! Meet baby sharks, see giant prehistoric shark teeth, get a FIN-tastic new hairdo and catch Dr. Bernie’s Travelin’ Shark Show of marvelous museum specimens! Tip: Watch our sandbar and sand tiger sharks during meal time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday at 3:15 p.m.