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Tennessee Aquarium Offers Half-Price for College Students in September

College students, including faculty and staff, can enjoy half-price aquarium tickets this month.

As students flock to campuses for the fall semester, the Tennessee Aquarium offers an opportunity to decompress from the stress of term papers and exams with a relaxing journey from the mountains to the sea.

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 11, all college students, faculty and staff will receive a 50 percent discount on Aquarium admission and 45-minute IMAX 3D films. The discount applies to every person in the attending party – including children – and is available through Friday Sept. 30.

Discounted Aquarium membership rates are also available for college students, faculty and staff interested in upgrading to an entire year of endless visits.

College Days guests begin their underwater exploration in the Aquarium’s River Journey building. Here, they’ll experience 90,000 square feet of exhibits highlighting the many species living in or around water as it flows from the Appalachian Mountains downhill toward the Gulf of Mexico.

To receive discounted admission to the Aquarium or an IMAX screening, college students, faculty and staff must purchase timed-entry tickets onsite at the Aquarium ticketing center or the IMAX Theater box office on Chestnut Street. Must have a current college ID, transcript or pay stub. Tickets cannot be reserved online or over the phone. College Days discounts are unavailable on Saturdays.

More info about College Days is available at Information about the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater, including showtimes, is available at

College Days Discount Rates: 

  • Tennessee Aquarium: $17 (adults) / $11 (ages 3-12)
  • IMAX: $4 (all ages) for 45-minute films




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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.