Last Updated on February 8, 2023 by Left Lane
WHY VISIT CHATTANOOGA?
Looking for a little local weekend family fun in the South Eastern United States? Don’t want to drive to far, but still looking to have a blast outside of your normal stomping grounds? Well look no further then Chattanooga Tennessee.
Chattanooga Offers a wide variety of activities, & restaurants around the city. Here’s a short list of the Top 7 Things to do in Chattanooga TN:
- Visit the Tennessee Aquarium
- Book a Horse Drawn Carriage for a ride around Chattanooga
- Visit Ruby Falls
- Ride the Incline Railway at Lookout Mountain
- Take a Hang gliding lesson (30 min drive)
- Rent a floating cabin on the River (25 min drive)
- Float the River Aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat
THE HISTORIC RIVERFRONT
We showed up bright & early to visit the Tennessee Aquarium. Which is home to over 800 animal species, with more then 12,000 animals living inside its walls. It’s located right in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, on the banks of the Tennessee River.
It’s within walking distance of the beautiful Ross Landing Park, right on the historic Chattanooga Riverfront. Directly across the street from the AT&T baseball field. There’s ample lodging & dining venues to choose from, so park your car. Get out & enjoy the fresh air, & walk the streets of the beautiful city of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
If you’re looking for an extra family activity, or a guided tour of the downtown Riverfront district. Check out the Segway tours offered by Segway•Bike Tours. You can take a 2 hour guided history tour around downtown Chattanooga, learning about the city as you go.
SPLASH INTO THE AQUARIUM
Touring the Tennessee Aquarium is an amazing experience. Leave yourself a little extra time, so you can enjoy a 3D show at the aquariums IMAX Theater. The aquarium allows you to dive into a hidden world beneath the waves. Granting you the opportunity to witnesses the antics of the local, & exotic marine wildlife rarely seen.
The aquarium covers both the freshwater, & saltwater marine biomes. This allows you to encounter some of the animals from each biome up close, that you probably wouldn’t want to encounter while swimming in open water.
Rather you’re coming to learn about the many local fish species of your home territory, or see the variety of fish from another region. They have something unique for everyone in the family.
Every species at the aquarium isn’t underwater, they also have a vast Avian exhibit at the aquarium, for any of those who may be avid bird watchers among us.
The Tennessee Aquarium, is truly a unique family experience, located right in your home region of the Southeast United States. Now that you know about it, turn off the BBC channel, put down that TV remote, & go see the Marine wildlife with your own two eyes.
DINE ON THE RIVER
After walking around the Riverfront district of Chattanooga, & touring the Tennessee Aquarium. You probably could use a good lunch before getting on with the rest of your day’s activities. I suggest you drop by the Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar for some of the best seafood, & sweet tea in town.
Don’t dine inside, you can do that at home. Instead sit out back on their porch, & relax in the shade. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the Tennessee River right from your table. It’s well lit, even at night. It has ceiling fans to keep you cool on those hot summer days, & screens to keep the wind down & bugs away. Breathe in that fresh river air, as the tantalizing aromas of fire grilled food waft your way, awakening your olfactory senses.
Prepare yourself for the scrumptious feast that awaits you, as they fire grill each entree to succulent, mouth watering perfection. Appeasing your palate as they cater to you.
The food was every bit as good as they promised. If you plan to sit out back on the porch, call ahead & make a reservation to shorten your wait time. If you would like to see their menu, just click “HERE”
GO SPELUNKING AT A WATERFALL
At 1,120 feet underground, & over 145 feet high. Ruby Falls is the tallest underground waterfall open for tourism in the nation. It was discovered in the 1920’s by a chemist named Leo Lambert. He crawled through a series of chambers only 18” inches high to discover it.
The story of how Ruby Falls received it’s name, has to do with the very next time Leo went to visit the underground falls. He took his wife along with him, & together they both crawled the narrow passageway to the falls. After reaching the falls with his wife Ruby Eugenia Losey, he named the falls after her.
Meet The Lambert’s
Since the original discovery of Ruby Falls. The passageway to the falls has been expanded to a much more comfortable size. Giving you ample space to admire its natural beauty, & take in some of the more famous cave formations.
Just in case you forgot your camera, or need something to remember your trip to Ruby Falls. They have a photographer located underground for your convenience at the entrance of the cave, so stop & have your photo made.
As you leave the cave, & head back above ground. There’s a breath taking view awaiting you as head up the stairs to the top of Lookout mountain. When we entered the cave, there was daylight. At the time of our exit, it was night. Adding to the beauty as you could see the city, & Tennessee River below. All aglow from the lights of the surrounding city of Chattanooga.
Next time your passing through the South, or just looking for a weekend family getaway. Be sure to stop by, & visit this natural wonder of Chattanooga Tennessee.
Looking for other Activities in Tennessee? Check out this amazing trip to Nashville RIGHT HERE.
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