Our local and regional picks for your summer bucket list

In our Summer Fun List, you’ll find local attractions and road trips that are exciting for the whole family. Don’t let summer slip away without making memories that will last a lifetime.

Maclellan Island 
Maclellan Island is a unique, 18.8-acre wildlife sanctuary situated in the middle of the Tennessee River. The island has a variety of plants, animals, and birds. It is maintained as a primitive urban wilderness in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. Spend the day there exploring wildlife, or bring your camping gear for a night on the island! Access is by water only.

Pin Strikes Entertainment Center 
Beat the heat and bowl two free games each day this summer at Pin Strikes Entertainment Center! Parents who register their children will be e-mailed passes each week that allow children to bowl for free every day. It’s a great way to stay cool, improve bowling skills and make new friends!

Pints and Pedals
Appropriately nicknamed “Chattanooga’s Ultimate Party on Wheels,” Pints and Pedals is a bar crawl on a 15-passenger bike! Each tour consists of two-hour guided trip with stops at your choice of Southside bars.

Songbirds Guitar Museum 
Songbirds Guitar Museum is a musical experience for the whole family. Explore their collection of rare, vintage guitars in the permanent and rotating exhibits. More than 2,000 instruments fill the unique museum inside Terminal Station, next to the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Check their website for live music!

Southern Belle Riverboat
Hop aboard Chattanooga’s only riverboat for a one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience! Enjoy historic sights, the Chattanooga skyline, and Lookout Mountain during the 1.5 hour cruises offered at different times each day.

Superfly Extreme Air Sports
Defy gravity at one of the coolest trampoline parks in America! Superfly has over 10,000 square feet of trampoline grids, angled wall trampolines, a Ninja Obstacle Course, Anti-Gravity Room, AirDunk basketball court, Foam Pit, Aerial Silks, Slack Line and so much more! Superfly even has a summer camp in June and July for children ages 5-12!

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
This “moving museum” offers an interactive and historical experience aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad. The whole family will enjoy our rolling time machine that provides the sights and sou
nds of yesteryear. TVRM offers a variety of rides daily from two different stations.tvrail.com

Guided Hike
June 8
8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Enjoy a guided hike on the Cumberland Trail! Some prior hiking experience is recommended. Registration is required in advance. Hikers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must be physically able to hike 4-7 miles continuously on moderately strenuous terrain.

Learn To Ride A Bicycle
June 11, July 9
4:00 P.M., 6:00 P.M.
Learn how to ride a bicycle or refresh your rusty skills! This free class for adults and children 6+ and takes place in Coolidge Park. This course will cover parts of the bicycle and maintenance, balance and pedaling, rules for road riding and much more! The class also features safety drills designed to help beginner riders progress at their own speed and ability. Registration is required in advance.

Creek Snorkel
June 17
9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Join North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy on an adventure to rock hop, swim and snorkel in the creek! Bring your own mask, snorkel or goggles and we’ll provide life jackets. This event is free for ages 5+! Registration required in advance.

Bike Commuting 101
June 18, July 16
6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Cars, pedestrians, buses, on ramps, intersections, turn lanes, traffic lights… how do you deal with all these things when you’re on a bicycle? Bike Commuting 101 is the best first step towards learning how to ride your bicycle in traffic. This class is free and starts at the Outdoor Chattanooga building in Coolidge Park. Reservations are required.

Greenway Farms Archery + Canoeing
June 24, July 22 + 29
4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Pack a picnic, load up the family and head to Greenway Farms Park for an ultimate Family Fun Day full of activities! Outdoor Chattanooga will provide equipment for families to try archery, paddle the creek by canoe or take a self-guided nature hike. All activities meet at the archery range by the dog park. It is $25 to rent a canoe. The rest of the activities are free for ages 5+.

Fun Around The Region

Biltmore Estate
Stroll through the largest house in America located in Asheville, North Carolina! Take a self-guided tour of the historic home and 8,000 acre estate nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While you’re there, visit the expansive gardens and winery, shop in the retail store, and take in the beauty scenery.

Country Music Hall of Fame
Bring history to life as you tour the Country Music Hall of Fame! Spend a few hours learning about the artists and moments that have shaped country music. You can even enroll your child in Songwriting Camp! Visit their website for a list of dates.

Dollywood is a top destination for family vacations to Pigeon Forge.
The family amusement park is filled with rides for all ages, live entertainment on several stages throughout the park, and Dollywood’s World Famous Cinnamon Bread!

Fernbank offers one of the most unique ways to spend a day in Atlanta. In their 75 acres of outdoor space, you’ll find hands-on exhibits, trails, a canopy walk, nature gallery, and more! Inside the museum, you’ll find a one-of-a-kind exhibits like Giants of the Mesozoic and World of Shells.

Grand Ole Opry
The venue called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage” is just two hours away in Nashville! This world-famous attraction creates one-of-a-kind entertainment for audiences of all ages. Check the website for concert dates.

Six Flags over Georgia
With so many choices, where do you begin? From thrilling roller coasters to family-friendly entertainment, there’s so much to enjoy at Six Flags in Atlanta. Make it a weekend trip and cool off Six Flags White Water Park nearby!

Smoky Mountain Deer FarmWalk among and hand feed camels, kangaroos, zebra, goats, reindeer, and more! The Deer Farm also offers horseback riding for all ages. Enjoy an unforgettable experience with some of nature’s most graceful creatures.

Stone Mountain
Fun for the entire family is waiting for you at Stone Mountain, the largest piece of exposed granite in the world near Atlanta, Georgia! Famous for the nightly Lasershow Spectacular, Stone Mountain also offers the Scenic Railroad, SkyHike, and Geyser Towers. “Summer at the Rock” continues until the end of July.stonemountainpark.com

Tellus Science Museum
Secrets from the past are waiting for you at Tellus Science Museum, less than an hour away. Once there, you’ll be transported to millions of years ago! Discover how life on earth began in the Fossil Gallery, or catch a perfect glimpse of the moon and planets from their 20″ telescope. Check their website for daily events!

U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Explore one of the largest collections of rockets and space memorabilia in the world! Visitors will know they’ve arrived at the Huntsville, Alabama center when built-to-scale replica rockets appear in view. Guests learn about the Space Race and experience the forces of liftoff and weightlessness in simulators. You can even sign up for Space Camp!

Zoo Atlanta
See more than 1,500 animals, including the twin pandas, Xi Lun and Ya Lun! Check out the wildlife presentations, animal encounters, or spend the night at the Zoo! They also offer Safari Day Camps for children to learn about animals and nature.

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