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Address: Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga Pier, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone Number:
+1 423-785-4015
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10:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Travel swiftly and smoothly downstream from the Chattanooga Pier into the...

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.

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Nice way to see upstream river.

Very smart boat trip, nice views and s lot of history in the onboard commentary. Very safe and fast travel.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
James M
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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138 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very smart boat trip, nice views and s lot of history in the onboard commentary. Very safe and fast travel.

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GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We'll share your comments with our captains and crew. More 

Menlo, Georgia, United States
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33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very enjoyable trip even though it was very cold. The guys that narrate are very knowledgeable and pleasant. The trip to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge is great in itself but to be able to see all the different birds was amazing. There were Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, White Pelicans,Coromants, and a wide variety of ducks. Well worth the $$ and... More 

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Thank Mary F
GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this review

Mary - Thanks for your review. We're so fortunate to have this special refuge in our area and the ability to provide wildlife viewing there. We'll be sure to share your comments with our captains and crew. We hope you'll cruise with us again. More 

Dallas, Texas
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80 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I took an afternoon to enjoy the view of the gorge south of Chattanooga on this high tech, high speed very comfortable boat. The day was perfect, the tour guide was pleasant with solid informative and the scenery was just a bit under spectacular.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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201 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We experienced Tennessee's Grand Canyon aboard the River Gorge Explorer in October, just as the leaves of the trees were turning orange, yellow, and red. The reflections in the water made for a beautiful cruise under spectacular blue skies. The cruise was very smooth and we spent almost the entire cruise on the upper deck watching for wildlife. This cruise... More 

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Madison, Tennessee
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

This is a WONDERFUL experience of viewing the beautiful scenery of Chattanooga. If you haven't tried it yet, do yourself a favor and get your ticket soon!

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California
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The boat was wonderful. The staff very good. We do think that the tour guide could have talked less. It was almost overkill. She was knowledgeable but went on and on and on. There are points during a tour where it would be nice to have a little quiet, just to take in the scenery. Additionally, this trip is not... More 

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Lafayette, Tennessee
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Grace did an excellent job as a host. Very enjoyable 2 hour trip. Easy to board and exit. The fall colors were an added bonus. Would highly recommend this trip.

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GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks for you review. We will be sure to share this with Grace and the rest of the crew. More 

Punta Gorda, FL
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60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

If you never get out on the water, then you might enjoy the cool, fast boat ride. The bluffs are impressive, but not awesome compared to so many other natural attractions. The history narration by the Naturalist was good, but the wildlife seen was essentially zero. For us, it did not rise to our expectations.

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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Omg this boat ride was amazing. My husband and i went on our anniversary it was awesome. The boat is so nice, the captains were so friendly and gave the passengers a great ride. This ride is something i would do again and on top of all that the scenary was amazing. This is a must d0!!!!

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Columbia City IN
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174 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This unique boat goes slow through the populated areas, but once on the river, it speeds up to 50 mph and can stop almost immediately spraying water over the windows. You sit inside in air conditioning when moving fast, but when cruising slow you can go to the observation deck. It would be beautiful in late October...it was pretty when... More 

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