The Tennessee Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the country. It has a wide variety of exhibits ranging from River Otters to Penguins. There is also a butterfly garden and a number of exhibits the river animals of America. There is ample parking on site in an attended lot. The cost for parking was $8.00 and does not include admission to the aquarium or IMAX. We chose to bypass the IMAX Theater and purchased the $19.95 Aquarium Only Ticket. While the Aquarium is excellent our visit was less than enjoyable because of a large number of rude and unruly elementary/middle school age children. I have been to a number of other attractions where a large number of children were present on a school trip but I have never so many rude and unruly children as were present during my visit. Several times myself and other visitors were physically pushed out of the way by rude children who either side nothing or “Move Please.” Myself and a few of other guests did approach a member of the aquarium staff to express our concerns. To her credit did approach a school chaperon and politely ask her to have the children be more respectful to other guest. The chaperone’s only reply was “this is a big event for the kids and they are having fun.” Nothing was ever done and the rude behavior continued. I would recommend the Tennessee Aquarium for any visitor to the Chattanooga Area. The Aquarium is worth the price of admission.
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