Chattanooga, TN is only a short drive up 75 for Atlanta families. You can go up for the day, or spend a weekend/week in this railroad city. Here are some of our favorite Chattanooga adventures.
Tennessee Aquarium – See fish and animals from the ocean and the river, enjoy the butterfly pavilion, and don’t miss the new sea otter exhibit. You can have just as much fun playing outside in the “creek” that runs in front of the building. Take in an IMAX show, and grab some ice cream right around the corner from here! The link takes you to my Trekaroo review, which will give you the whole scoop!
Creative Discovery Museum – There are so many unique exhibits at this museum, you can’t visit Chattanooga without stopping by. The first thing you see as you enter is the water exhibit – my kids could play here all day. Other favorites? The dinosaur dig, the art center, a room for building race tracks…and don’t forget the tower climb! The link take you to my Trekaroo review, with all the details.
Coolidge Park – Coolidge Park is great for kids! Play in the fountains, ride the carousel, grab lunch (and ice cream!) only yards away. We love to use this place “in between” attractions like the zoo and the train museum. The kids can run around and be kids…and get the wiggles out.
The Chattanoogan– For those looking to make an extended visit, The Chattanoogan is the place to stay. The rooms are large and perfect for families. There is a wonderful restaurant at the facility, too. My son’s favorite part? The pool! It really is a gorgeous indoor pool! There are always great family package deals happening here, to be sure to inquire about them.
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center – This is one of my favorite places in Chattanooga, and the truth is, most people don’t even know about it! We enjoy the reflection ride around the arboretum (can’t wait until the boys are old enough to ride bikes around it.) There is also a schedule of regular guided canoe trips on the lake. We enjoy the nature center, with live animals (including a HUGE eagle’s nest to climb into,) a tree house, and the wetland boardwalk. You can visit several times a year and see new wildlife and flowers.
Chattanooga Zoo – This zoo is a little smaller than Atlanta’s zoo, but a lot more affordable. I also find it much more intimate and enjoyable (shhhh.) Don’t miss items of note? The carousel, $5 camel rides, behind the scenes tours for as little as $8 per person, and Warner Park’s walking trails.
Chattanooga Choo Choo – Walk the gardens, ride the trolley, see the Chattanooga Choo Choo! There is also a model railroad, several shops and restaurants, and a hotel.