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Sleep in the Deep
Ever dream of sleeping under the peaks alongside sharks, stingrays and more? Now is your chance. Come ‘sleep in the deep’ and wake up to a whole new world.

Your fast paced adventure takes you on a whirlwind tour around our world as you tour both River Journey and Ocean Journey. We will make stops along the way to take you where the aquarists and divers go and give you some idea of what it’s like to be part of the Aquarium team.  We round off the night with time for a snack and meet with some of our critters up close as we see what it’s like in the Aquarium after the lights go down. Just when your eyes can’t stay open any longer, we’ll bed down alongside our largest exhibits where you can dream about all the magnificent creatures found in the Tennessee Aquarium.

Prices listed below are per person and are only available for groups. If you are not part of a large group, family overnights are also available. Please check the calendar of events for upcoming dates.

Days
Options
Price
Sunday through Thursday Overnight* ONLY
$40
Overnight* and Dinner
$45
Friday or Saturday Overnight* and Dinner
$45
Overnight* and IMAX film
$45
Overnight*, Dinner & IMAX film
$50
*Overnight includes guided tours of River Journey and Ocean Journey, mini Behind-the-Scenes tour, evening snack, and continental breakfast.

Reservation Dates
The Sleep in the Deep Program is offered any day that the Aquarium is open except for the months of June and July or when the facilities are booked for other events (dates and overnight options are limited during December). Overnights are limited to a maximum of 80 participants and require a minimum of 30 to reserve a date. If your group is interested in reserving a date, please put a plan together soon as weekends fill quickly.

Children must be at least six years of age and must be accompanied by chaperones in a ratio of at least one chaperone to ten children. Additional chaperones are welcome if space permits.

To inquire about dates or for more information about the overnight program, please email us at overnight@tnaqua.org or leave a message at (423) 785-4114 or (800) 262-0695, ext. 4114. Please include the date(s) you are interested in, your name, contact information, group name and estimated group size.

Reservation
If your group is interested in a date, please put a plan together soon, as some dates fill up quickly. A minimum of one month’s notice is required to reserve a date. The overnight is limited to 80 participants with a minimum of 30.Children must be at least six years of age and must be accompanied by chaperones in a ratio of one chaperone to ten children. Additional chaperones are welcome if space permits.

Deposit
Your reservation is not confirmed until your deposit has been received. Deposits are due two weeks after you have booked your date. All deposits are $500.00 and nonrefundable. Deposits can be paid with organization checks, cashiers checks (no personal checks) or over the phone with a credit card. Nonpayment of deposit will be viewed as cancelling the reservation and the date will be open to other groups.

Final Payment
You must be paid in full for all of your confirmed attendees two weeks before your scheduled event. Payments will be used to determine your final number which we use for ordering food and staffing. Additional attendees may be added to your reservation after this point provided that payment accompanies these additions. You have up to two days before the event to increase your number.

Cancellation
If you need to cancel a reservation, your deposit can be applied to a new date provided that you give us at least two week’s notice. There is no refund for individual members of your group who cancel after your final numbers are determined.

Sleep in the Deep patch

The “Sleep in the Deep” patches are here!  They’re a great souvenir of your overnight experience at the Tennessee Aquarium.  The patches cost $3.50 each and you can order them before or after your trip.

To order the patches, just send a check (payable to the Tennessee Aquarium) for the total amount (# of patches @ $3.50) to the following address:

  George Bartnik
  Tennessee Aquarium
  201 Broad Street, Suite 200
  Chattanooga, TN  37402

Indicate “SITD patches” on the check.  Be sure to include a name/address we can use to mail the patches.  Please note that patch purchases are separate from the overnight fee and the check must be sent to a different Aquarium address.  Call George at (423) 785-4049 or e-mail him at gpb@tnaqua.org if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during the overnight?
A typical schedule includes: brief tour of Ocean Journey, dinner, IMAX film, tour of River Journey with mini Behind the Scenes tour, snack, critter encounter, tour Ocean Journey with mini Behind the Scenes, bed down around 11:30 pm, lights out at midnight, breakfast at 7:30 am, final touring in River Journey, leave at 8:30.

Will we see the whole facility?
A complete tour is planned. Provided your group follows our plan, all exhibits will be seen.

Where and when will we sleep?
We plan for groups to bed down at 11:30 pm as the lighting turns off by midnight. Groups sleep in two locations depending on size. All sleeping areas have a carpeted surface.

What time should we arrive?
The program begins at 6:00 pm Eastern Time, so we need your entire group at the Aquarium site by 5:30. If you are coming from the Central Time Zone, keep in mind that we are an hour ahead of you.

Where should we park? Is parking provided?
There are six public parking faculties within easy walking distance of the Aquarium. The closest and easiest to use is directly in front of our River Journey building and is paid at a flat rate. Unfortunately we are unable to provide parking for your group. If arriving by bus, bus parking is available by the IMAX Center but you must arrive prior to 6:00 pm to secure that parking.

After we arrive, where should we meet?
The overnight staff will meet you near the River Journey Memberís Reception entrance at the large white tent. This is located between the two Aquarium Buildings.

What is included in the meals?
Dinner includes at least two slices of pepperoni or cheese pizza, carrots, a cookie and a selection of juices or water.

Snack has the same beverages served at dinner along with bags of Chex Mix, Cheese Its, and Pretzels

Breakfast includes packs of muffins with a selection of fruit juices. (Instant coffee will be available for adults.)

What IMAX film will my group view?
Overnight groups typically see the 8:00 pm movie. The IMAX schedule changes often, so check about a month before your date.

If we choose the option without the IMAX film, how will we spend the extra time?
You will have more time to tour the exhibits and take things at a slower pace.

What is the minimum age for participating in an overnight?
Only attendees six years or older will be allowed to participate in the overnight.

Is this only for children’s groups?
While most of our groups are schools, scouts and youth groups, we can take groups of any age.

How many adults are required?
For every group of ten children attending, one adult is required. For example, if you bring 27 children you need at least three adults.

What if we don’t have 30 people interested?
You can bring a group that is smaller than 30 provided you pay for 30. You best choice is to see if you can bring another group with you, or perhaps friends or siblings.

Can we have more than 80 participants?
At this time we can not comfortably accommodate more than 80 people. If we went over this number we could not guarantee the quality of the experience.

Do all adults have to sleep at the aquarium?
If there are adults with your group that cannot stay the night, they may be able to leave around 11:30 pm. But you must still maintain the 1 to 10 ratio and adults not spending the night will still pay the same amount.

When is the program over?
The program is schedule to end by 8:30 am Eastern Time.

Are there showers available during our overnight?
Showers are not available, but there will be restrooms with sinks if people care to wash faces, brush teeth, etc.

After the program ends, will we get to tour on our own?
At this time reentry to the Tennessee Aquarium is not an option as our staff needs this time to prepare the building for guests.

Will there be time to look in the Gift Shops?
The gift shops at River Journey and Ocean Journey close at 6:00 pm and do not reopen until 10:00 am the following morning. If you care to look in the shops, please plan to arrive around 5:00 pm.

When can we get Tennessee Aquarium Sleep in the Deep Patches?
Patches may be purchased before or after your overnight. Please contact George Bartnik at (423) 785-4049 or e-mail him at gpb@tnaqua.org with additional questions.

How much is our deposit and when is it due?
All deposits are $500.00. Deposits are due two weeks after you book your event. This information will be sent to you in a confirmation letter shortly after your tentative reservation is made.

When should our final payment be made?
You must be paid in full for all of your confirmed attendees two weeks before your scheduled event. Payments will be used to determine your final number which we use for ordering food and staffing. Additional attendees may be added to your reservation after this point provided that payment accompanies these additions. You have up to two days before the event to increase your number. This information will be sent to you in a confirmation letter shortly after your reservation is made.