Tennessee Aquarium marks major milestone, welcomes 25 millionth guest
More than 25 million people have visited the Tennessee Aquarium since it opened in 1992.
The Chattanooga attraction reached the milestone Saturday.
Amanda Roe, a first-time visitor to the aquarium, was surprised to learn she was the 25-millionth guest, an aquarium spokesperson said.
“We wanted to come down to Chattanooga to spend the weekend with our family,” Roe, who brought her family with her to visit the attraction, said. “We had never been here before, so we were so surprised to win.”
To mark the milestone, the Tennessee Aquarium gave the family a reward package that included complimentary tickets to the aquarium and IMAX 3D Theatre, $250 toward purchases made in the aquarium gift shops, a behind-the-scenes tour, a VIP pass to more than 20 Chattanooga-area attractions and a voucher to come back to Chattanooga in the future and stay in the new Edwin hotel.
The Tennessee Aquarium opened its doors on May 1, 1992. Since then, the attraction has contributed more than $3.3 billion to the local economy through non-local visitor spending, a spokesperson explained.
"Families like the Roe's, who come to Chattanooga to enjoy the Aquarium, create cherished memories together while generating a $115 million dollar annual impact on the city and county," the spokesperson added.
Aquarium President and CEO Keith Sanford said the 25 millionth guest also honors all those who have visited the Tennessee Aquarium in the past and made memories with their friends and families.
“The Aquarium and Chattanooga have come to hold a special place in the hearts of millions of people,” Aquarium President and CEO Keith Sanford says. “As we always have, we strive every day to earn their support, to inspire others and to show how connected we all are to the natural world.”
For more information about the Tennessee Aquarium, visit their website.