Outside Tennessee Aquarium

Plan Your Escape to Chattanooga

I can never get enough of Chattanooga. I’m always drawn back to this river city to see what’s new and reacquaint myself with what I already know.

It hardly seems possible that 20 years have gone by since the Tennessee Aquarium opened its doors and in doing so generated a revival of downtown Chattanooga. Now visitors have the enviable dilemma of too much to see and do in one visit, which is why, like me, they come back again and again.

Family attractions in Chattanooga have made the city a spring and summer fun capital, particularly when Rock City, Ruby Falls and Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park join the mix. Children have such a good time wherever they go. And when children are happy, parents are happy too.

Here’s a sampler:

  • Tennessee Aquarium allows you to touch sharks and rays at Ocean Journey.
  • River Gorge Explorer, a sleek super cool boat, gives kids plenty of space to catch the best view.
  • The Creative Discovery Museum has learning centers disguised as play rooms.
  • Coolidge Park’s antique carousel and fountains are made for kids.
  • Frasier Avenue has a hot dog restaurant called Good Dog that children and parents can agree on.
  • The Hunter Museum of American Art with its dramatic architecture houses dynamic collections and traveling exhibitions.
  • The Chattanooga Ducks are a great way to see the sights on land and water rolled into one amphibious fun ride.
  • The bright blue Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge and Bluff View Art District give soaring view of the Tennessee River and its boat traffic.
  • The riverfront has lots of sidewalks for running, biking, and rollerblading with something new to see around every bend along the way.
  • On a summer evening, there’s no better way to end the day than rooting for the Chattanooga Lookouts at Downtown’s baseball park, AT&T Field, and buy a team cap, the sharpest cap in the minor leagues.
  • Staying over is always fun too. You can sleep aboard the Delta Queen paddlewheeler or in a real train car at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

For me it has always been a family escape destination, but I’d like to hear about your visits to Chattanooga. Maybe you know about places I haven’t been, or want to share some funny experiences with readers. Let me hear from you.




Hi! I’m Linda Lange. As a travel writer living in Knoxville, I fully appreciate barbecue, bluegrass and Dollywood. My...Read on

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