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River Gorge Explorer

Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga Pier, Chattanooga, TN 37402
+1 423-785-4015
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Very boring unless you are a history buff!

I felt this was a total waste of money. I actually slept for most of it because it was basically a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sherrill T
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Jasper, Georgia
Interesting and fun.

This is a unique way to see Lookout Mountain in a different way. There is a guide on the boat that... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sochatai
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Elizabethville, Pennsylvania
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good23%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga Pier, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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+1 423-785-4015

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Reviewed yesterday

I felt this was a total waste of money. I actually slept for most of it because it was basically a history lecture on a boat. The one nice thing was the air conditioning to cool off after walking around the riverfront.

Thank Sherrill T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a unique way to see Lookout Mountain in a different way. There is a guide on the boat that will tell you the history of the river area as you go through the gorge. You can see a variety of animals and birds....More

1  Thank sochatai
GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind words. We will share your comments with our captains and crew. We hope you'll visit us again!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on a Tuesday afternoon with my mom. The weather was nice, and it felt great once we were out on the deck on the river. The entire ride took about 2 hours. The river gorge is beautiful, and the kids on the boat seemed...More

Thank Linnea R
GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Linnea - Thanks for your review. We'll make sure Sara, our captains, and the rest of the crew see your feedback. We hope you'll visit us again!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful ride/history lesson on a fast-moving catamaran. Knowledgeable guides and many opportunities for pictures and questions. Put this on your to-do list.

Thank Kellie F
GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kellie - Thanks for your review. We appreciate your thoughts and will make sure our captains and crew gets your feedback.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kids on this trip never been on water or on a boat. They were amazed. I literally could live on this boat. The crew were great explaining wildlife and the whole adventure to everyone. It is worth the money. I would do over and over.

Thank doreen j
GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Doreen - Thanks for your review. We will share your comments with our captains and crew. We hope you'll cruise with us again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

to start with, Sara was our tour guide, and she did a fantastic job. Very informative, energetic, and answered all questions. the boat itself was modern, comfortable. as for the tour itself, it did not cover a very large area ( 9 miles i think)....More

Thank Jim B
GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Jim - Thanks for your review. We'll make sure Sara and the rest of the crew gets a copy of your comments. The duration of our daily cruises is two hours and each trip usually covers 30 miles of river roundtrip. The length of the...More

Reviewed 20 May 2017

This was lots of fun. We took a ride on the Tennessee River on a catamaran at 50 MPH. The ride was thrilling with a guide who pointed out local history and wildlife. This was very enjoyable. Once up stream, the ride was a much...More

Thank Vicki A
GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Vicki - Thanks for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your excursion and hope you'll cruise with us again. We will pass your comments along to our captains and crew.

Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the two hour Chatanooga River Gorge Catamaran tour. It was informative. We had accidental booked our tickets for the wrong day and showed up today to take the tour. CAPT Kyle had us wait to assure he was not fully booked. We were able...More

1  Thank Amy T
GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Amy - Thanks for the review. We're glad you enjoyed your cruise. We'll make sure Capt. Kyle and the rest of the crew gets a copy of your feedback. We hope you'll visit us again!

Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

The TN River Gorge Explorer was educational & even fun thanks to our tour host (John Dever) who obviously cares deeply for the area, has a wonderful dry humor coupled with the ability to laugh at himself & a gentle patience with children (& parents).

Thank Jessica C
GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2017

Jessica - We're glad you enjoyed your cruise. We'll make sure John and the rest of the crew receive your comments. We hope you'll visit us again!

Reviewed 20 April 2017

We took a 5:30 trip on the explorer. It is an enclosed tour boat that goes over 50 mph. The 2 hour round trip goes from Ross's landing toward Raccoon Mountain. It does some stretches at top speed but slows down when it encounters boat...More

2  Thank makirkpatrick5
GR8Fish, Public Relations Manager at River Gorge Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Patrick - Thanks for your review. We'll make sure our captains and crew see your feedback. We hope to see you again!

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Andres J
We have a 3 month old baby. Can we take him on the cruise or would it be advisable not to?
12 June 2017|
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Response from GR8Fish | Property representative |
Andres - Thanks for the question, it's one we get asked frequently. While you are welcome to bring your child aboard the boat, we hope you would consider that this is a two-hour cruise including quite a bit of narration from... More
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FredJill
Is it ok to bring out small well-behaved dog along?
30 April 2017|
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Response from Lookinthrualens | Reviewed this property |
You should contact the business directly to ask. Never rely on reviewers with that type of question. If someone told you yes, and you booked and got there and were told no, that would be no fun.
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TryingEverything1234
Does buying a ticket reserve your spot on the cruise?
19 February 2017|
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Response from GR8Fish | Property representative |
Yes. A ticket purchase does guarantee a seat, but there are no assigned seats.
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