Underwater Pumpkin Carving At The Tennessee Aquarium Is Monday

Costumed SCUBA Divers Will Create Jack-O-Lanterns

Friday, October 12, 2012 - by Thom Benson

One of the Tennessee Aquarium’s largest freshwater exhibits will become Lake Nickajack-o-lantern as costumed SCUBA divers carve pumpkins underwater on Monday at 11 a.m.  Aquarium guests of all ages enjoy watching this friendly competition while monstrous bass, weird-looking paddlefish and gnarly gar swim nearby.

Once the carving is complete, Images of the two pumpkins will be posted online at: http://www.facebook.com/tennesseeaquarium. Facebook fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. 

Enjoy more fun at the Tennessee Aquarium throughout October during “Thrills, Gills and Chills.” Visitors can meet nocturnal creatures and other fascinating animals in Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari throughout the day along with special feeding programs, costumed divers and special themed keeper talks designed to bring visitors closer to some of nature’s most feared creatures.

As an added treat, visitors can mention “Fall Break” during October to save $5 off each child admission. 

The Aqua-Scarium Halloween Party will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, from 6:30–9:30 p.m. It’s a huge night of family fun at the Tennessee Aquarium. Guests are encouraged to come in costume and party with the wild things in the Aquarium’s River Journey building. Visitors will enjoy a continuous stream of costumed divers, games, treats and a dance floor ready for pint-sized pirates, adorable angels and superheroes galore. Pre-register online by Oct. 24: http://www.tnaqua.org/Events.aspx. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Fall fun continues aboard the River Gorge Explorer. Treat your family to a relaxing excursion into “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon” to view fall color. An Aquarium naturalist highlights history and points out wildlife on every cruise. The winding nature of the Gorge, with slopes right down to the water’s edge, makes this stretch of river one of the most scenic in the nation. Reserve your seats today by going to: http://www.tnaqua.org/RiverGorgeExplorer.aspx

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