AAA Editor Notes
Tennessee Aquarium is at 1 Broad St. On the banks of the Tennessee River, the aquarium highlights the voyage of a drop of water from its origin in the Appalachian Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico.
The River Journey building houses what is said to be the world's largest freshwater aquarium. Galleries include a mountain cove forest with river otters; a delta swamp with ducks, snapping turtles and alligators; and a world rivers gallery with piranhas, sturgeon and an electric eel.
The Ocean Journey building contains a stingray touch pool, jellyfish, sharks and a butterfly garden. In the Penguins’ Rock gallery, Macaroni and Gentoo penguins waddle and dive into the water. Lemur Forest houses radiated tortoises and endangered lemurs.
Free shuttle service from around town to the aquarium is available daily on CARTA.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 2 hours, 30 minutes minimum.