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Catch a wave of fun at the Tennessee Aquarium

Tropically clad "Santa" divers will lead visitors on an adventure through a spectacular coral reef filled with big, toothy sharks and a multitude of colorful fish.  Move into the shallows at Shark Island where keepers will be feeding guitarfish, stingrays and bamboo sharks. Relax and reach out.  All of the aquatic residents at Shark Island are friendly and welcome the human touch.

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The fun extends throughout both buildings at the Tennessee Aquarium. Recharge while enjoying the exotic animals that dwell in the tropical habitats in the Rivers of the World gallery in River Journey. Or check out the high energy antics of the river otters during “enrichment” time. See what happens when treats like ice and toys mix with the Aquarium’s wacky otters. No passports are required to hopscotch the world to see seahorses and seadragons. Enjoy watching these animals from Tasmania to Southeast Asia during an afternoon feeding show.
HO HO H2O Daily Schedule
Nov. 21, 2008 - Jan. 4, 2009

The Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Ocean Journey
10:15 a.m. See keepers surface feed stingrays & bamboo sharks -- Ocean Journey – Tropical Cove, Shark Island, Level 4
10:30 a.m. Delight in the first flight of butterflies when they are released into a lush tropical garden – Ocean Journey – Butterfly Garden, Level 4
11 a.m. Talk to tropical “Santa” divers as they take you on a shark-filled journey through spectacular coral formations – Ocean Journey -- Secret Reef, Level 2
11:30 a.m. Talk to tropical “Santa” divers as they take you on a shark-filled journey through spectacular coral formations – Ocean Journey -- Secret Reef, Level 2
1 p.m. Take a gander at one of the real “Parrot Heads,” the highly social hyacinth macaw, during this program that explores the bold behaviors and adaptations of the largest member of the parrot family – Ocean Journey – Tropical Cove, Level 4
2 p.m. Talk to tropical “Santa” divers as they take you on a shark-filled journey through spectacular coral formations – Ocean Journey -- Secret Reef, Level 2
2:30 p.m. Talk to tropical “Santa” divers as they take you on a shark-filled journey through spectacular coral formations – Ocean Journey -- Secret Reef, Level 2
4 p.m. Surround yourself with butterflies and meet their perfect compliment, two partridges living near the trees - Ocean Journey – Butterfly Garden, Level 4
River Journey
11:15 a.m. You otter chill out with the river otters during “enrichment” time. See what happens when treats, ice and toys mix with two playful otters – River Journey – Cove Forest, Level 4
3:30 p.m. Join the seahorses for their version of “Slurpin’ a Cheeseburger in Paradise” and discover what these steeds of the deep really eat – River Journey, Level A
  • After island hopping at the Aquarium, Relax and enjoy the holiday magic of The Light Before Christmas or The Polar Express 3D at the IMAX Theater. The Light Before Christmas leads audiences on an adventure into the classic tale, “The Night Before Christmas.” The animation style is reminiscent of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and fills the giant IMAX screen with lavishly detailed sets. The Polar Express 3D has become a family tradition for many. This heart-warming film starring Tom Hanks tells of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole.


The Polar Express 3D
Create a holiday memory when you boarda beautiful thrill ride in IMAX 3D. You'll grasp at falling snowflakes and duck as the train screeches into your lap in this magical holiday film. Special pricing for this full-length (one hour and 40 minute) IMAX 3D feature film, “The Polar Express”: Adults 12 and older – $9.95; Children – $7.50.



Light Before Christmas


The Light Before Christmas 2D
Be magically transported into the poem ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and experience the wonder and delight of Santa’s visit complete with Hob the Elf and a full team of reindeer. Charming animation and lavish sets fill the giant IMAX screen with endearing seasonal fun. 31 minutes


Dolphins & Whales


Dolphins and Whales 3D
Your 3D glasses become a diving mask as you come eye-to-eye with mighty orcas, playful dolphins, singing whales and gentle manatees.  This underwater journey around the world helps you understand and appreciate these majestic, yet endangered creatures. 40 minutes


  • Enjoy some holiday family time together on a scenic cruise aboard the River Gorge Explorer.
    Many people think the best river cruising weather is over, but if you ask Captain Mike or Captain Pete, they will tell you the best is yet to come. Winter is their favorite time on the river. “You can see more in the winter,” says Captain Pete. Fear not, fair-weather fans. The River Gorge Explorer is climate-controlled, so the weather inside is always comfortable. Escape the seasonal hustle and bustle with a relaxing trip into Tennessee’s Grand Canyon. Excursions depart daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

  • Fishing for that perfect present?
    A Tennessee Aquarium gift membership or tickets will light up faces of family or friends throughout the New Year. Not only will they experience some of the most amazing creatures in the world, your friends will treasure the gift of time spent together at the Aquarium. Members also get the inside scoop on new exhibits and events as well as discounts at the IMAX 3D Theater and Aquarium gift shops. Buy your loved ones a Family and Guest Membership and remind them they can take someone along each time they visit. (After all, sometimes it’s just as good to give AND receive.)

  • You Otter Check Out The Aquarium Gift Shop online!
    Savvy holiday shoppers find great gifts where the cool critters hang out. Spoil the youngsters just a bit with some huggable plush penguins or super soft fuzzy otters. Our new behind the scenes DVD takes viewers on an adventure to places like Penguins’ Rock.  “Beyond the Looking Glass” is your video all-access pass to the Tennessee Aquarium. Have a really wild time this season shopping for unique jewelry and other gifts offered at the Aquarium Gift Shop.

  • Subscribe to the Aquarium's e-newsletter and receive special offers, stay up-to-date on all the latest exhibit and be the first to know about the IMAX movies coming to the Tennessee Aquarium.

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