River Gorge Explorer

4.4348 Votes
  • Address: Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga Pier,Chattanooga, TN 37402, United States
  • Phone: +1-8002620695
  • Ticket Price: 32 USD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Family And Kids, Cruise

River Gorge Explorer offer cruise trip on a sleek boat into the scenic Tennessee River Gorge from the Chattanooga riverfront. Guided by an Aquarium naturalist, the high-tech vessel will take you for a 2 hour trip where you will come across wildlife and historical sites along the way. The angled seats of the boat let you sit comfortably in a climate controlled cabin and enjoy the outside view through the large windows.

Son, enjoy the majestic beauty of Tennesse Grand Canyon (Tennessee River Gorge) from the observation deck of the boat.

River Gorge Explorer Travel Tips

  • The boat is handicap accessible, however only two wheelchairs or small motorized chairs are allowed aboard each trip due to limited cabin space.
  • Large strollers are not allowed. However, umbrella strollers are allowed because they can be slipped under the seats.
  • Cruise are subject to cancellation due to circumstances beyond control (river condition, weather, etc).

Entrance Ticket Details For River Gorge Explorer

  • Children (3 -12 years) : $24.50
  • Children (under 3 years) : $18
  • Tennessee Aquarium/ River Gorge Explorer Combo : $56.95 (adult), $39.95 (Children – 3-12years) 

River Gorge Explorer Hours

  • The reservation department : 8:30am – 4:45pm (Monday to Friday)
  • Check the boat schedule from the official website.

How to Reach River Gorge Explorer

  • By car: From I-24 to downtown Chattanooga.

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  • River Gorge Explorer Address: Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga Pier,Chattanooga, TN 37402, United States
  • River Gorge Explorer Contact Number: +1-8002620695
  • River Gorge Explorer Price: 32 USD
  • Time required to visit River Gorge Explorer: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 25.84% of people who visit Chattanooga include River Gorge Explorer in their plan

  • 49.4% of people start their River Gorge Explorer visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see River Gorge Explorer

Monday, Tuesday and Saturday

82.28% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting River Gorge Explorer

People normally club together Tennessee Aquarium and Moon Pie General Store while planning their visit to River Gorge Explorer.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

River Gorge Explorer Reviews & Ratings

  • Beautiful fall tour the guide was very nice and knowledgeable. Apparently the aquarium is selling the boat :( :( I hope they can find a suitable replacement that benefits the river traffic and citizens both!!!!!! Absolute must have for Chattanooga!!!!!

  • Take a ride through the Grand Canyon of the South. The Tennessee Aquarium operates the River Gorge Explorer out of downtown Chattanooga through south down the river through16,000 acres of breath taking beauty. The boat was custom built for the Tennessee Aquarium to quickly operate the 20 mile gorge moving passengers between down town and he river gorge This is one of the most peaceful two hour trips that you can spend in Chattanooga and is worth the $32.00 to slow down from the pace of your trip. I would suggest that you turn off your cell phone and take the kids cell phone away so that you can focus on the trip. The fall is the best time to take the trip, but anytime is fun.

  • Awesome tour of river sights from wide open cabin with time available on deck. Tour guide is remarkably knowledgeable with fauna and history. Cruise lasts around ninety minutes.

  • Aquarium and boat crew did not coordinate boarding times. As a result they would not sit our family together when we arrived at the boarding time we were told the boat was already boarded. Crew just rude about the issue. They could have cared less. We only got to sit together because a nice family moved.

  • This is the best attraction in Chattanooga. I notice most of the reviews under five stars here have to do with screaming kids, problems with accessing the boat, seating problems. But not with the tour itself.

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  • cant find the web site!

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    • I am not sure but I think River Gorge Explorer has been closed for the time being. 

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  • how much for the 2 hr trip and how many people allowed on the boat at one time?

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    • Cruise tickets are $32.00 per adult and $24.50 per child for the 2-hour trip.

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