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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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River tour

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Sandio45
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Madison, Tennessee
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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3 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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59 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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Thank Duane I
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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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75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 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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Decatur, Alabama
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176 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Our first time to travel down the river. Tour was about 2 hours long. On a hot day the air conditioned cabin is needed. Goes downriver on Nickajack Lake for several miles. No spectacular scenery but would be great way to see the fall foliage. Trip is narrated with history, sights being passed, etc. At times can go out on... More 

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Thank ALoldsters
Atlanta
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We went during Labor Day Holiday. It was hot. The guide was very knowledgeable, the boat was nice and the crew friendly (that is why my 3 stars) BUT it was not worth $36 for this experience. It was very hot inside the boat even with AC on. If you want to waste your money and be bored for 2... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

This is an annual trip for the Explorer. Really interesting history on the lock and how the TVA was created. Naturalist, John Dever, is a wonderful trove of information about the TVA, history of the Tennessee river, history of Chattanooga, Civil War battle for Chattanooga and much more. Trip left at 6pm for the 3 hour cruise through the lock... More 

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

Kris - Thanks for your review. We will share your comments with John and the rest of the crew. We hope you will cruise with us again. More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

The boat was great, clean, and the crew friendly, but most of the time what the narrator was talking about we couldn't see or follow. He would be showing things by hand on one side of the boat but we didn't realize that and thought it was views out the windows. Would recommend the narrator keep in mind those toward... More 

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

Ingrid - Thanks for your review. Your feedback will be shared with our crew to improve the experience for our future guests. We hope you will visit us again. More 

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