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River Gorge Explorer - CLOSED

Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga Pier, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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Sandhill Crane Tour

Our family took the Sandhill crane tour that the Tennessee aquarium hosts out of Sail Creek Marina... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2018
Ddddddx
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Very informative

We did the boat ride as part of out visit to the aquarium. We parked at the aquarium for $9 and... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2017
digger2007
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Manchester UK
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Travel swiftly and smoothly downstream from the Chattanooga Pier into the scenic Tennessee River Gorge aboard this high-tech vessel. Experience “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon” aboard the River Gorge Explorer. Enjoy the view from the topside observation deck during daily two-hour cruises into the Gorge. Each excursion is guided by an Aquarium naturalist who brings local history to life while helping you spot wildlife. Relax in the climate-controlled cabin and soak in the beautiful scenery from the observation deck.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“boat ride” (36 reviews)
“hour trip” (16 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga Pier, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Our family took the Sandhill crane tour that the Tennessee aquarium hosts out of Sail Creek Marina. This is our third year going and enjoy it immensely every year. What a unique experience to view these beautiful birds in a comfortable trip down the river...More

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GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Thank you for your kind words. We have shared your review with John, the captains, and the rest of the crew of the River Gorge Explorer.

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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

We did the boat ride as part of out visit to the aquarium. We parked at the aquarium for $9 and that was for all day The boat ride lasted exactly two hours and was narrated all the way through by John who was excellent,...More

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GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Thanks for your kind words. We'll share your review with John and the rest of the crew and captains.

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Two hours on an amazing boat that tops 40mph with scenic views and interesting information on the area. One of the best!

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GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Gerald - Thanks for your kind words. We appreciate the comments and will pass them along to our captains and crew. We hope you'll cruise with us again.

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

This was the perfect experience for a beautiful fall day. I love river cruises and it was great to see the water and the stunning fall foliage from the boat's very comfortable seats. Our guide had a lot of interesting information to share and the...More

Thank Sharon K
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GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Thanks for your review. We really enjoyed seeing your fall color photos. Your comments will be shared with our captains and crew. We hope you'll cruise with us again.

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

We bought the combination river gorge and aquarium tickets, and journeyed on the boat on a lovely Saturday afternoon. It was pleasant, peaceful and informative, if not exactly thrilling or exciting. Our guide - Sara - (no "H" if you please) - was very good....More

Thank Tony B
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GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Tony - Thanks for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your excursion. We will share your comments with the captains and crew. I'm sure Sara will appreciate your kind words. We hope you'll cruise with us again.

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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

A must to do in Chattanooga. Sara our guide was terrific! Lots of info and a pleasant cruise. Very friendly staff. Kids will really enjoy the ride.

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GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Bill - Thanks for your review. We'll make sure Sara and the rest of the crew sees your comments. We hope you'll cruise with us again.

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

This trip was fantastic! We got to see beautiful scenery and learn so much about the history of Chattanooga and the Tennessee River! Our guide was Sara, and she was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable, she was the icing on our great trip!! I definitely recommend...More

Thank Sally A
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GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Sally - Thanks for the review. I'm sure Sara will be thrilled to learn she made your day. Your comments will be shared with her and the rest of the crew. We hope you'll cruise with us again.

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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Two hour trip up the Tennessee River, into the part known as the Gorge. Enjoyed the smaller sized boat, comfortable seating, good views from all areas indoors, small snack bar available. The pilot does some boat maneuvers on the water that's fun. I enjoyed watching...More

Thank Denita S
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GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Denita - Thanks for your review. We will make sure our naturalist, and the rest of our crew, receive a copy of your feedback. We appreciate the comments and hope you'll cruise with us again. - Thom

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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

We didn't see too much wildlife (except for birds), but the tour guide was entertaining and videos were informative. We would suggest getting in line early so you can pick a seat near a window. We were stuck in the middle and couldn't see well...More

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GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thanks for your review. We'll make sure our captains and crew see your comments. We hope you'll cruise with us again.

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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

It was nice to be on the river, but I think I would have preferred to be on one of the slower boats, instead of this fast one, where we had to sit in the cabin for the most of the time. When we slowed...More

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GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Rasmus - Thanks for cruising with us and taking the time to share your feedback. Your comments will be distributed to our captains and crew.

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