TN Aquarium Events For June, July And August

Friday, June 3, 2016

Here are upcoming events at the Tennessee Aquarium:

Happy Father’s Day Cruise

Sunday, June 19

4:30 – 6:30 PM ET 
Celebrate with your father or grandfather aboard the River Gorge Explorer.

Enjoy the live music of Bluegrass picker Matt Downer as you cruise down the river, and take in nature outside on the top deck. Catered food provided by HoneyBaked Ham. Cash bar with wine, beer, soft drinks and water available during the cruise.


All Ages

Limited to 68

Register Online:

$48/Adult; $40/Child (0-12) 


Special Screenings of Wild Africa 3D at IMAX

Friday, June 24th – 4, 6, and 8pm

Saturday, June 25th – 4, 6, and 8pm

Sunday, June 26th – 4 & 6pm


Wild Africa 3D takes audiences on a spectacular journey across, over, and through the magical realms of the wildest continent on earth.  Water, the interconnecting force of this enchanted kingdom, serves as a guide, shaping wild Africa and conjuring up life wherever it journeys… travelling above the plains on seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers or sheltering coral cities.  Audiences will be plunged into fantastic places and meet amazing creatures, discovering the fascinating secrets of this incredible world.  It’s an adventure where you will truly believe the real world is more extraordinary and awe-inspiring than any fiction.


All Ages


Non-member: $11.95 adults; $9.95 children (3-12)

Aquarium Member: $8.00 adults; $8.00 children (3-12)

IMAX Club passholders: Free


Purchase tickets online:   

Or, purchase the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Club Pass to see unlimited 45-minute films for one year and enjoy additional passholder benefits:


Independence Cruise

Sunday, July 3

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Celebrate our country’s independence aboard the River Gorge Explorer in the "Grand Canyon of Tennessee." An Aquarium Naturalist will talk about the All-American animals found on the river. Deep in the river gorge, step outside onto viewing decks and into the scenic panorama as the sun begins its descent. Cash bar with wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks available during the cruise.


All Ages

Limited to 68

Register online:

$32/Adult; $24.50/Child(age 0-12) 


Shark Fest!

Friday, August 5

6:00-8:30 PM

Gather your chums for an evening of shark-tacular fun! Dare to enter our diver’s shark cage. Get a tough-lookin’ shark tattoo. Transform yourself with special shark hairdos. But wait, that’s not all! Dr. Bernie’s Travelin’ Shark Show is back in town with bizarre museum specimens for all to marvel. Amaze yourself with displays of prehistoric shark teeth. Feast on shark facts during dive shows and a special feeding. But there’s more! Enjoy a special treat at the end of your adventure with awesome shark-tivities for all.


All Ages

Register online:

Adults: $14.50; Children (3-12) $9.50



Wildlife Cruise: Hooray for Ospreys

Sunday, August 7

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Join us onboard the River Gorge Explorer for a 3-hour Osprey sighting trip. As you cruise into the heart of the Tennessee River Gorge, you’ll get special insights into the history of this gorgeous bird of prey. Views of the extraordinary Tennessee Wall and Raccoon Mountain pumpworks will be sights during this sunset trip.

Cash bar with wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks available during the cruise.


All Ages

Limited to 68

Register online:

$38 Adult; $28 Child(age 0-12) 


Sleep in the Deep: Family Sleepover

Friday-Saturday, August 12-13

Begins Friday 5:30 PM –  Saturday 8:30 AM

Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep under the peaks alongside sharks, stingrays, and more? Join us for an overnight adventure complete with a guided tour of both Aquarium buildings, an IMAX film, and pizza dinner. Go behind-the-scenes with an Aquarium expert to get some idea of what it takes to care for more than 10,000 animals. Just when your eyes can’t stay open any longer, we’ll bed down alongside our largest exhibit.


Families with children age 6 and older accompanied by an adult

$80 per person


Meet the Trainer

Saturday, August 27

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Here’s your chance to meet the Aquarium’s animal training team and get insider knowledge. We train otters, birds, alligators, turtles and even fish! It’s skilled, careful work for our trainers. However, for the animals each training session is a chance to learn, play and enjoy treats. Learn about positive reinforcement training and how Aquarium experts use it to help animals be willing, comfortable participants in their own care.


Free with Aquarium Admission.

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