River Gorge Explorer | Tennessee Vacation

River Gorge Explorer

Travel swiftly and smoothly downstream from the Chattanooga Pier into the scenic Tennessee River Gorge aboard this high-tech vessel.
1 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
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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. 

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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