The Tennessee Aquarium
is comprised of two buildings. Both are very attractive architectural structures. The interior is a maze that moves people through the building along ramp floors instead of stairs. It is amazing how easily you get to the top of the building. The aquarium advertises 10,000+ animals. It is one of the best aquariums I have ever seen. It easily rivals the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. They have the most extensive Seahorse display anywhere. The light is real low for the Seahorses so none of my pictures came out. The number and variety is awesome. You just have to visit this aquarium.
We got a video of the papa penguin helping build their nest. It was the cutest darn thing I have ever seen for animals in captivity. Papa kept going back and forth bringing Mama one rock at a time. I had to split the video into two parts.
We ate at the Mongolian Grill again. Yum. Our next stop was the River Gorge Explorer. This boat is cool. It is a 70 passenger high speed catamaran. It is fueled by diesel and can stop almost on a dime. So the tour was really part thrill ride and part nature tour. A Tennessee Aquarium naturalist pointed out wildlife and historic points of interest. There is a video playing on and off describing how the boat was built, wildlife, history of the river and other interesting factoids.
Next was the IMAX theatre. Today's show choices were about the Hubble, which we have already seen. The other was about Hawaii and the "Perfect Wave". It was good, but I think I could have seen the Hubble again because it is better.
When we got out of the movie, we headed back to the aquarium to see the second building with the ocean dwelling critters. Again, very impressive. If we had more time, I would have liked to have gone back through the large aquarium again. Really fantastic.