CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Kick off spring break fun early! College students, staff and faculty and members of scouting organizations can take advantage of half-price admission Feb. 1-28 to the Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater. Discounts apply to Tennessee Aquarium tickets and 45-minute IMAX film screenings as well as combo ticket purchases.
Scouts must wear their uniform or sash to receive the discount, which applies to everyone in the paying party. To receive the discount, college students must be enrolled at or employed by a physical or online institution and present a valid student ID or online transcript. College faculty and staff can take advantage of the discount by presenting a pay stub.
This discount arrives just in time to offer a reprieve from slate gray winter skies and frigid temperatures. The Tennessee Aquarium’s Ocean Journey and River Journey buildings are full of charismatic, colorful animals sure to help stave off the seasonal doldrums, from leaping lemurs, romping otters and flittering butterflies to cruising alligators and a world-famous tweeting electric eel.
Visitors arriving in February will be able to catch up on many recent additions to the Aquarium, including vividly violet Purple-stripe Jellyfish and a new display of freshwater pipefish.
Arriving in the waning months of 2017, the Tiny, But Mighty Important exhibit features an engaging suite of interactive and high-tech displays — including a holographic animation — that focus on the importance of small fish and human behaviors that impact water quality.
Across the street in the IMAX 3D Theater, visitors will have a choice of two exciting giant-screen films. Amazon Adventure 3D follows the real-life exploits of English naturalist Henry Bates, who spent a decade in the world’s largest rainforest conducting research that provided what Charles Darwin called “beautiful proof” for his theory of natural selection. The newest addition to the theater’s slate, Conquest of the Skies, presents a stunning examination of the 300-million-year history of nature’s domination of the heavens, from Paleozoic winged reptiles to darting hummingbirds and graceful Whooper Swans.
College and Scout Day Discount Rates*:
• Tennessee Aquarium: $15 (adults and college students) / $9.50 (ages 3-12)
• IMAX*: $6 (adults) / $5 (ages 3-12)
• Tennessee Aquarium/IMAX combo ticket: $19 (adults) / $13.50 (ages 3-12)
* Ticket purchases must be redeemed during the month of February. IMAX discounts valid on 45-minute screenings, not feature-length films.
Photo credit: John Bamber
The mission of the Tennessee Aquarium is to connect people with nature and empower them to make informed decisions about water and wildlife. Admission is $29.95 per adult and $18.95 per child, ages 3-12. Each ticket purchased helps support Aquarium conservation programs. The IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium. Ticket prices are $11.95 per adult and $9.95 per child. Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $37.95 for adults and $26.95 for children. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit organization. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aquarium and IMAX are accessible to people with disabilities.