Family Adventures before School Begins

Chattanooga Tourism Co.

Yes, boys and girls, moms and dads, the school year is about to begin, but before it does, there’s still time for some close-to-home fun to bid summer farewell. Cityview’s here to get you started…

Day trip in Chattanooga: Watch river otters cavort, penguins waddle, sharks glide and turtles swim at the Tennessee Aquarium, not far down Interstate 75 along Chattanooga’s downtown riverfront. The aquarium is home to more than 12,000 animals representing almost 800 species. Buy tickets here. While you’re in Chattanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum, just down the street, is an interactive children’s museum that is sure to get those summertime brains stimulated for learning — and fun. More info here.

Weekend in Atlanta: Keep driving past Chattanooga and head to Atlanta for a day or two to visit its family-friendly attractions. Sample various soft drinks from around the world at The World of Coke, then head to the Legoland Discovery Center, where it’s not required that parents step on pieces in the dark. Lots of other possibilities include the Center for Puppetry Arts and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Mining for gems in North Carolina: If your kids have an eye for shiny treasures, there are gems in them thar hills in North Carolina. The state has a glittering mining history and is still known for its gold, ruby, sapphire, and emerald mines. There are too many options to list, but this website will get you started. 

A day in the mountains: Whether it’s tubing in the river or exploring along a trail, the Great Smoky Mountains in our own backyard should always be considered for a day of family fun. The camping, hiking, picnicking, and splashing options are endless. And of course Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer their own attractions as well. 

A day at the beach: Looking for something even more laid back? Tennessee may be land-locked but that doesn’t mean we have no beaches. Big Ridge State Park in Union County offers a sandy swimming beach, as does Loyston Point Recreation Area on Norris Lake and Dale Hollow Lake on the Kentucky border. We’re sure there are more options out there, so google away. Then pack a picnic and some sunscreen and towels and head out. 

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