You had me at hello.
In addition to visiting the Smoky Mountains, Ohio, and Arkansas on a recent business trip with my husband, our family of three had the pleasure of spending two nights in charming Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Have you ever taken that Find Your Spot quiz that tells you which cities in the U.S. are most suited to your ideal hometown? If you haven’t, you should take it. Every time I have taken that quiz, it always tells me that Chattanooga is my happy place. So, I was clearly stoked to spend some time scoping it out! While I am tempted to begin gushing facts about their fabulous climate and other figures, I will instead get to the point–which is sharing the details about our trip!
I’ll start with restaurants: Both of these restaurants came recommended by our hotel concierge, and we thoroughly enjoyed both the Big River Grille and the Blue Plate Diner. There is something for everyone at these family-friendly restaurants, which are both located within walking distance of the aquarium.
The best part about visiting Chattanooga is arguably the Tennessee Aquarium. Located on the riverfront, the Tennessee Aquarium is well-worth the cost. You can spend an entire day exploring the River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings. Kids will love it, and being in a climate-controlled building is great when the weather is uncooperative.
|view across the river from the aquarium|
|view of Lookout Mountain from the aquarium|
|bridge across the river|
We stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites Chattanooga Downtown and absolutely loved it! We were within walking distance of everything, and we had an awesome resort-style pool and patio on site! It was hard finding a place with an outdoor pool, but the Hampton Inn and Suites really impressed us with their cypress trees, fountains, waterfall, outdoor fireplace, and pergola. When we visit Chattanooga again, we will definitely be staying here! The rooms are fabulous and a continental breakfast is included!
|lounge chairs for mom|
|Daddy-Daughter swim time!|
Talk about charming. We decided to stop by Coolidge Park on our way out of town, and I’m so glad we did! With a sprawling green, water feature, carousel, and view of the river, Coolidge Park is not to be missed! On a nice day, pack a picnic and let the kids run around for a while!
The carousel had a variety of beautifully carved animals including a giraffe, zebra, and ostrich. It was absolutely magical for the little one!
|view of a riverboat|
Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to visit Ruby Falls, Rock City, the Choo-Choo, or the River Gorge Explorer. But I expect we will be back in Chattanooga for another visit in no time!
|what a cool Ben & Jerry’s!|
|Creative Discovery Museum–another popular attraction for families|