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Address: Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga Pier, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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+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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Great place. The kids really enjoyed the "stops." It involves the boat speed up then slowing, giving the feeling of the boat dipping into the water, spraying water up. At first... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Lake Jackson
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119 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The boat has a nice, clean interior with upholstered comfortable seating. The boat departed on time promptly. The guide gave nature talks about birds and historical and safety videos while waiting for departure time. He also was very knowledgeable about area wildlife. The boat can go very fast and can stop on a dime causing lots of water to spray... More 

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

Celeste - Thanks for the review. We will share your comments with our captains and crew. We hope you'll cruise with us again soon. More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This tour could have been much shorter. Two hours staring at the same sites was much too long. A lot of good history but seemed drawn out and video pics did not match the audio.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place. The kids really enjoyed the "stops." It involves the boat speed up then slowing, giving the feeling of the boat dipping into the water, spraying water up. At first, you sat, but as the boat went into the slower part of the cruise, you were allowed to freely move and could go to the the upper deck. Not... More 

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

Thanks for your review and helpful tips for other guests. We hope you'll book another cruise with us. More 

Marietta, Georgia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

We only had a few hours to spend in Chattanooga and decided to take the 2 hour River Gorge Explorer trip. So glad we did! The crew is very informative and keeps you interested the entire trip with facts about the river, the surrounding towns. Some history and nature highlights along the way. Saw lots of wildlife and thoroughly enjoyed... More 

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

Matthew - Thank you for your review. We have shared your comments with our captains and crew. We hope you'll cruise with us again. More 

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131 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

If you get a chance to go during the Sandhill Crane festival, you will not be disappointed. We saw plenty of cranes and also juvenile and adult Bald Eagles. Very friendly crew that provide lots of history of the area and about the different migratory birds in the area. If you don't care to go on deck, the inside has... More 

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

Thanks for posting your review and sharing your images. That's a great shot of the Sandhill Cranes. Your feedback has been forwarded to our captains and crew. We hope you'll cruise with us again. More 

Edinburgh
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138 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 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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Thanks for your review. We'll share your comments with our captains and crew. More 

Menlo, Georgia, United States
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36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

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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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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83 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 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 102 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 17 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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