The Tennessee Aquarium, located in Chattanooga, TN is a fantastic place to visit. My family and I traveled to Chattanooga yesterday, May 2, 2010, for a quick one day visit. We were primarily going because my four year old daughter wanted to see their Penguin exhibit- Penguin Rock. She is fascinated by Penguins- so we thought that that would make a great trip for her.
According to the Trip Advisor ratings, the Tennessee Aquarium is the highest rated aquarium in the United States. I have been to a few other great aquariums- and I would certainly label it as one of the best. The aquarium is split into two separate buildings, one building for freshwater and one building for saltwater. The freshwater aquarium is referred to as the River Journey. The saltwater aquarium is named Ocean Journey. According to Wikipedia, these two tanks and building hold an outstanding collection of over 12,000 animals.
The buildings are aptly named "Journeys". A long escalator transports visitors to the top floor of each building. A path then winds down for several floors along the sides of the large tanks. The path leads through several different rooms and environments such as rain forests, swamps, special species specific exhibits like turtles, jellyfish, etc. There are also interactive areas such as an area whereby kids (and adults) can touch stingrays, sturgeon, etc. There is also a large butterfly room that provides great photo opportunities. This trip presented more photo opportunities then quite a few trips that I have been on in awhile. The kids and I had a blast!
The following are some of my favorite photos from the trip. (The high res photo gallery is at http://danielspurgeon.zenfolio.com/p24349126)