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Hotels in Chattanooga near Tennessee Aquarium

Tennessee Aquarium Introduction

Experience a journey from mountains to sea at the Tennessee Aquarium on the banks of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga. Housed in 2 buildings, one exploring the world of the river, the other the world of the ocean, the aquarium has received more than 20 million visitors since its opening in 1992. It’s home to more than 12,000 creatures including sharks, rays, alligators, macaws, and butterflies. It also features an IMAX 3D theater and a River Gorge Explorer boat tour that boards from the adjacent pier. A non-profit public attraction, the aquarium is actively involved in conservation and education.

Hotels near Tennessee Aquarium

The Tennessee Aquarium is surrounded by a variety of accommodations, many right on its doorstep. The majority are relaxed, mid-range hotels with pools, restaurants, and family rooms. You’ll also find B&Bs and inns, some in historic buildings. Motels and budget properties tend to be on the outskirts of the city, about 4 miles from the aquarium. The best time to visit for a bargain is from September to November when the crowds thin after summer and the weather is pleasant. Winters tend to get very cold while summers are hot and humid, with most tourists visiting around this time.

Where to stay near Tennessee Aquarium

The Tennessee Aquarium is in downtown Chattanooga, a green and walkable city full of revitalized historic buildings. It’s right in the heart of the Riverfront, a vibrant neighborhood full of hotels, restaurants, and attractions, including the 13-mile Tennessee Riverwalk and the Bluff View Art District. In downtown’s Central Business District you’ll find skyscrapers and upscale condos, as well as restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping malls. The Southside is an eclectic urban neighborhood that houses some of the city’s finest restaurants, pubs, and upscale stores. It’s also where you’ll find the First Tennessee Pavilion – home of the Chattanooga Market.

Things to see near Tennessee Aquarium

Stroll across the street to Ross’s Landing Park, site of the original settlement of Chattanooga and an embarkation point for the Trail of Tears. It has a riverfront plaza, a pier, a riverwalk, fountains, and performance space, as well as Cherokee tribe memorials. The Hunter Museum of American Art, home to a vast 19th- and 20th-century art collection, is just an 8-minute walk away. In the same area you’ll find the Bluff View Art District, a creative hub with a gallery, a sculpture garden, various cafes, and great views over the Tennessee River.

How to get to Tennessee Aquarium

The Tennessee Aquarium is easy to reach from the city center, which begins about a 5-minute walk away near the Creative Discovery Museum. The city is convenient and walkable, with wide sidewalks and a scenic river path. Most attractions and amenities are within a 15-minute walk of the aquarium. A free daily electric shuttle bus runs throughout the city and stops at the aquarium. The CARTA local bus service also provides transport both in the city center and surrounding neighborhoods. If you're driving, the aquarium is easily accessible from Highway 27 via I-24. Chattanooga Airport is a 20-minute drive away.