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Win FOUR Tickets to Tennessee Aquarium

 

One of the joys I have as a mother of three is taking them to places that really focus on experiential learning. If you see it, hear it, touch it, taste it, or smell it, you’re likely going to remember and get more out of any interaction. Out of the entire Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, that’s probably why they insisted on visiting the sting ray exhibit in Ocean Journey twice. They each considered it the best exhibit for different reasons.

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My 4-year-old Brooke liked simply getting wet. It was a challenge reaching them, but she enjoyed trying. My 6-year-old Devin reveled in how they felt, “Slimy!” with a big ole’ smile. My 9-year-old Bobby picked up on one stingray’s swimming patterns. Nicknamed “Splashy,” she would circle the tank quickly and then raise one fin to visitors in the same spot as if she were high fiving them. Now that’s personality! IMG_1053

 

There was some concern when the volunteer on duty mentioned there was a shark in the tank. “There’s no shark in the tank,” I insisted, but sure enough, there were a few epaulette sharks only 2-3 feet long and very docile. They just started breeding them at the aquarium this year; check out this really cool video of their birth. They have also been studied to help doctors understand how to protect the brains of stroke victims. They will soon been joined by another species of touchable sharks–speckled carpet sharks. There are only five known specimens in the U.S. and the Tennessee Aquarium has three of them.

 

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Probably the most beautiful stingrays were in a separate tank off to the side: the black and tiger freshwater stingrays.  It’s interesting they are poisonous and more feared in rivers than piranhas. However they are classified as “threatened” and the aquarium is focused on breeding them. I feel so lucky that there are places like the aquarium that reinforce there are amazing creatures throughout the world worth protecting. You never know what impact a chance to touch a stingray or shark could have.

 

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Now is your chance to win FOUR tickets to the Tennessee Aquarium. You have several chances to enter through Rafflecopter below. The contest will end Friday, April 26 at noon. Good luck!
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Note: I was given complimentary tickets to the Tennessee Aquarium, but all comments and opinions in this post are my own.

 

Comments

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Apr 19, 2013
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Kim

I haven’t been to the aquarium since I was a child so I am not sure what my fave exhibit is. I would love to be able to take my two kids!

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Apr 19, 2013
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Christina

I LoveBest Aquarium!! The Sting Rays Are ThE Best!

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Apr 19, 2013
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Cindy

What a great blog and great pictures!! Sweet family:-) We love the aquarium!!

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Apr 19, 2013
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stephanie mengeling

We love the aquarium…..fav exhibit is the sharks and sting rays :)

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Apr 19, 2013
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Jannette

love the butterflies and the seahorses

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Apr 19, 2013
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Jill Goodpasture

Love the stingrays. It has been so long since we have been so we would love to win!

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Apr 19, 2013
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Jen F

Went once and we enjoyed it!

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Apr 21, 2013
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Cherise Dore

We love the butterfly exhibit

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Apr 21, 2013
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Kelley

I like the Ocean exhibits best!

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Apr 22, 2013
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ben

I’ve never been to this aquarium…would love to take my wife and daughters!

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Apr 24, 2013
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Marie Iles

Mine would have to be the stingrays of course!

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Apr 25, 2013
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Katie

The sting rays. The boys love them.

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Apr 25, 2013
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Michelle E

I love the stingrays!

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Apr 25, 2013
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Leslie Lowe

I would love to win these tickets for my family!! Our girls would love it, I am currently a nursing student (needless to say funds are tight lol) and I have the summer off with our girls!

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Apr 25, 2013
Posted By
Sarah

Sting rays are my favorite!

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Apr 25, 2013
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Anne

We have never been to this aquarium, but I am sure the sharks would be the favorite of my little boys.

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Apr 25, 2013
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Kim Kelley Benton

We love the clown fish. My daughter loves nemo!

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Apr 25, 2013
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Tj and Amber Black

I have 5 children so they allhave there own favorite! :)

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Apr 25, 2013
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Amy Metcalfe

The sharks are our absolute favorite!

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Apr 25, 2013
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Hannah

Thanks for the opportunity to win. I would love to take my family to the aquarium, my youngest will be 1 soon and that would be a perfect Birthday present. Thanks again!

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Apr 25, 2013
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Jessica

Love the Aquarium! Walking thru the tunnel with the sharks over head is pretty cool.

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Apr 25, 2013
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Sara S

My family loved the sting ray exhibit!

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Apr 25, 2013
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Perri

Thanks for this awesome giveaway! We would love to visit the Aquarium next time we visit the grandparents!

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Apr 25, 2013
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stephanie taylor

We are going to see Thomas the train next month and wuld love to be able to visit this also!

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Apr 25, 2013
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Melanie C.

We love the penguins and the sharks. My son is a big shark fan! :)

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Apr 25, 2013
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Laura valentine

Our favorite is the penguins!

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Apr 25, 2013
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Sabrina

The aquarium is beautiful!! It’s a wonderful place to explore and spend time with family.

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Apr 25, 2013
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Shakayra

Last time my family went there we had a ball with the sharks.

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Apr 25, 2013
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Rhonda Ferguson

The seahorses and the jellyfish. I also love the butterfly room. Oh my. That’s three favorites.

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Apr 25, 2013
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kristy

I haven’t been since I was child, would love to take family!!

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Apr 25, 2013
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Reagan

We have never been to this aquarium, would love to go and find out!!!

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Apr 25, 2013
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Debbie

Would love to go because we have never been.

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Apr 25, 2013
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Amanda S

I have never been to the aquiariam before so I don’t know what they have but my children I know would enjoy the stingrays.

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Apr 25, 2013
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Anastasia

I’ve been planning to take my daughter to the aquarium since she’s getting to be the age where she’d really get into it.

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Apr 25, 2013
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Anastasia

Oh, and my favorite exhibit are the jellyfish :]

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Apr 25, 2013
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Melissa

We have never been to the Aquarium but I would love to take my 2 boys there.

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Apr 25, 2013
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Amy Vass

My family loves the penguins! Love that you can interact with them in the exhibit!

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Apr 25, 2013
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Mandy

My favorite exhibit at the aquarium is the jelly fish… they’re so pretty :-)

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Apr 25, 2013
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Kristina

Never been and would LOVE to take the kiddos!

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Apr 25, 2013
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Mikaela

My family and I have never been to this aquarium, but we would LOVE to go!!!!!!

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