Spring Break ideas for a Chattanooga “staycation”

Chattanooga is a perfect place to plan a whole weekend of fun with your family. Looking for
something active to get the family moving? Looking for something interesting so your kids can
learn a little science and history while having fun? What about good spots to relax and capture
some memories? There are tons of things to do in town, and luckily we have some of the best
ones to consider taking your whole family to check out this spring.

Pack up the Camera…
And drive up to Lookout Mountain for the day. You’ll get a great view of the city no matter what time you make it to the top and it will be great for capturing candid or posed memories of the whole family. There are also several restaurants and shops tucked into the quaint little
neighborhoods along the way to the top that are perfect for a family dinner or lunch on a day
out. If you want to take the more scenic route, consider hopping on the Incline Railway to get to the top. Commonly referred to as “America’s Most Amazing Mile,” the Incline Railway is one of the best ways to sit back and relax while taking in the view. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-12.

Beyond relaxing at the park and riding to the top, there are a few attractions you’ll want to check out around the area. At the bottom of the Incline station be sure to browse the unique local shops and restaurants including a microbrewery, flower shop, an indoor climbing wall and much more. Toward the top, take the family to Rock City where you’ll find massive rock formations and over 400 plant species scattered around the gardens. Walk along the Enchanted Trail, peak inside the Fairyland Caverns and stroll through Mother Goose Village. This attraction is 100% kid-friendly and a great way to get some exercise in on your trip. Ruby Falls, a 145 foot waterfall that lies deep within Lookout Mountain, will leave you
breathless. This attraction welcomes thousands of visitors annually with plenty of different
options to explore. Sign up for a guided cave tour to get all the education facts from an expert.
Wander through on your own, and feel like a true explorer. Or take the more thrilling Ruby falls Zipstream Aerial Adventure option and climb through exciting obstacle courses for all ages.

Embrace Your Inner Scientist…
When you visit the Tennessee Aquarium. As one of Chattanooga’s most popular attractions,
the Tennessee Aquarium is a must-see for all ages. In fact, it is rated the number one aquarium in the country for guest satisfaction. With aquatic wildlife from both fresh and saltwater environments to mammals to birds and butterflies, you will get a great overview of what wildlife looks like from the river to the sea. The aquarium will start you on your journey as a single drop of rain water in Appalachia with an overview of river wildlife ending in the Gulf of Mexico. You will be exposed to a wide variety of turtles, trouts, jelly fish and more as you embark on your self-guided tour. The views of large wildlife such as sharks and manta rays will leave you breathless and the close proximity to sting rays and sea otters will excite you.
Tickets for adults, ages thirteen and up, are priced at $29.95 and tickets for children ages 3-12
are $18.95. Both include access to both buildings throughout the day. If you want to add another special experience to your day, purchase tickets to see one of the Aquarium’s Imax 3D films. Combo tickets for the films and a day pass are priced at $37.95 for adults and $26.95 for children.

Explore the City…
By walking around the downtown area and across Walnut Street Bridge. The bridge connects
the downtown area to the north shore and is noted to be one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges. On either side you can browse popular local shops and restaurants after enjoying the peaceful walk and beautiful view of the city along the way. This will be another perfect photo opportunity for the family, so be camera ready! On the North Shore side of the bridge, spend some time exploring Coolidge Park. Whether you’re laying out a blanket to relax and read a book or watching the kids play in the water fountain or getting up close and personal with the river, this is a great spot for an outdoor family day in Downtown Chattanooga.

Regardless of the season, whether you want to explore indoors or outdoors, there are plenty of attractions and activities that the whole family can enjoy. Chattanooga is easily one of the best places in the area to make the most memorable memories with the whole family.

By: Lexi Carr, Guest Contributor 

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