Address: 1 Broad St. One Broad Street Chattanooga, TN 37402 Contact Email: webmaster@tnaqua.org Toll-free: 800-262-0695
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Directions: I-24 to Downtown Chattanooga-27 N. Take Exit 1C, right on 4th St., left on Chestnut St. Go 2 blocks to Chattanooga Pier - across from the Tennessee Aquarium. Locating the River Gorge Explorer is easy. 1) From either the Tennessee Aquarium or IMAX 3D Theater, simply walk toward the Tennessee River on Chestnut Street. 2) Turn left on Riverfront Parkway and continue to the Chattanooga Pier, located at the corner of Riverfront Parkway and Power Alley. *If you need additional tickets, you may purchase them on the Chattanooga Pier at the ticketing kiosk. 3) Proceed under the arch displaying the nautical flags and continue down the ramp to board the River Gorge Explorer.


Welcome aboard the Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer! This 70 passenger high-speed catamaran is the first of its kind in the Southeast. Aquarium visitors can extend their “mountains to the sea” learning adventure by cruising into the Tennessee River Gorge aboard this sleek vessel. An Aquarium naturalist will lead you into this protected habitat, pointing out wildlife and historic points of interest along the way. 

Each 2-hour cruise will begin as passengers board the River Gorge Explorer at the Chattanooga Pier next to the Tennessee Aquarium. Four water jets propel the catamaran-style watercraft smoothly and swiftly downstream. Angled seating allows each guest to relax in the climate-controlled cabin and enjoy the scenic beauty and wildlife through oversized windows and overhead sky panes. Climb aboard the River Gorge Explorer and experience “Tennessee's Grand Canyon” as it was meant to be seen—from the water. 

River GORGEous Fall Color Cruises

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Sunday, Oct. 25    1 - 5:30 pm 
Sunday, Nov. 1    10 am - 3 pm
Sunday, Nov. 1    1 - 5:30 pm

Enjoy a 3 ½ hour fall foliage (downstream) cruise through the entire 34 mile Tennessee River Gorge during color peak season. Take a commemorative look at the site of historic Hale's Bar Lock and Dam, the first dam ever built on the Tennessee River. Lunch and return bus transportation provided. For your convenience, wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at our cash bar. All ages are welcome aboard, but the cruise is limited to 55 participants.

The Tennessee Aquarium is just across the street from the River Gorge Explorer. One block over is the massive six-story-high IMAX 3D Theater which combines breathtaking crystal-clear 3D images with state-of-the-art six channel IMAX digital sound. Purchase an Aquarium & River Gorge Explorer combo ticket to save money.

Download the FREE Tennessee Aquarium app from the iTunes Store or Google Play to maximize your adventure. Use the app to plan your visit, check IMAX showtimes, boat schedules and to see the complete schedule of more than two dozen animal programs offered free with Aquarium admission each day.

Learn more at www.tnaqua.org.

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City: Chattanooga, TN
Region: East Tennessee
Subregion: Chattanooga & Southeast

Admission Rates:
Adult $32 / Child $24.50 (ages 3 -12) / Toddler $18 (under 3)

Group Discount, Active Military

Payment Types Accepted:
Visa, Cash, MasterCard

Hours Open:
Check the boat schedule at www.tnaqua.org/RiverGorgeExplorer/BoatSchedule.aspx

Dates Closed:
Christmas and Thanksgiving Day

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