Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga Voted Best in the U.S.

It’s o-FISH-al! Newsweek Magazine readers have voted The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga as the best in the United States.

Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga Voted Best in the U.S.
Courtesy of Tennessee Aquarium

The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is celebrating after being named the Best Aquarium in the U.S. in the Newsweek Magazine Readers’ Choice Poll.

Voters chose from a selection of aquariums nominated by a panel comprised of travel writers, journalists, bloggers and editors.

“We are thrilled that the Aquarium’s dedication to preserving freshwater ecosystems and connecting visitors to Chattanooga with water and wildlife is reflected in this recognition as the country’s top aquarium,” said Aquarium President and CEO Keith Sanford.

Other aquariums that made Newsweek’s Best Aquariums list include…

  1. Tennessee Aquarium (Chattanooga, TN)
  2. Oregon Coast Aquarium (Newport, OR)
  3. Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta, GA)
  4. Mystic Aquarium (Stonington, CT)
  5. Seattle Aquarium (Seattle, WA)
  6. Audubon Aquarium (New Orleans, LA)
  7. Newport Aquarium (Newport, KY)
  8. Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, CA)
  9. Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, IL)
  10. North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (Pine Knoll Shores, NC)

The selection committee cited the role aquariums play in ocean and wetland conservation and highlighted the “diverse array of aquatic environments and engaging education opportunities” offered by the 10 finalists.

A visit to the Tennessee Aquarium is one our must-dos when visiting Chattanooga, TN. Located a little less than 2 hours from Atlanta, the Tennessee Aquarium includes both a River Journey building and an Ocean Journey building. We love the touch tanks found in the River Journey building, and Penguins’ Rock in the Ocean Journey is always a highlight.

The Aquarium also offers Behind-the-Scenes tours and IMAX films. The Aquarium is located right on the river in Downtown Chattanooga, making it a great place to start your visit to Chattanooga.

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Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga Voted Best in the U.S.