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There's nothing like a trip to the zoo. Children love to watch animals in their natural environment. At Warner Park, you won't find a giant panda or a pride of lions, but you will find jaguars, monkeys, birds, small mammals and reptiles. The small size makes it ideal for bringing young children without fear of losing them in the crowd. Small selections of barnyard animals live in the petting zoo, providing city folk with a glimpse of the country.
Take a break from your regular city life and enjoy some time surrounded by lush greenery as you visit the Tennessee River Park. This spacious park is known for its scenic beauty and is a popular outing spot for the locals as well as the tourists. Situated by the riverside, the park features a water front trail which is just ideal for a romantic walk with someone special. Besides, the park has picnic facilities, drinking fountains and public art throughout and is a great spot for spending some quality time with your loved ones. You can also fish or enjoy boating when here.
The Chattanooga Theater Center claims to be among the oldest and largest community theaters in the country. The theater presents 10 well-known productions, often staged by nationally recognized guest directors, on the main stage in its facility, and utilizes the wildly popular Circle Theater for more avant-garde productions. A youth theater, dance instruction and drama workshops make this a world class training facility as well. Call for information concerning upcoming productions and ticket sales.
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is a non-profit organization that came into being with the goal of bringing back the steam engines and locomotives which have become a thing of the past. Today everyone can actually experience the nostalgic feeling by walking past the working repair shops. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is a great venue for holding a birthday party or picnics for your kid. It offers great variety like the Christmas Special, the Autumn Leaf Special, the Valentine Dinner Train and the Halloween Eerie Express. Also, it has been one of the prime locations for shooting movies, including October Sky, Heaven's Sky and Fool's Parade.
Once an abandoned shipping yard, Coolidge Park has carried the spirit of revitalization from downtown to the North Shore. The park features a century-old, hand-carved carousel. A large fountain with stone horses, lions, and sea turtles sprays water to cool youngsters on hot summer afternoons. A large common area along the riverfront allows for games, picnics and relaxing afternoons. Two stages and a pavilion area offer space for weddings and other special events.
Start at the top of a raging river and then delve beneath the surface to discover all the life that teems within. It is all a part of the experience of the world's largest freshwater aquarium. Within the 12-story structure, you will see birds, snakes, river otters and turtles in their natural habitats, as well as fish indigenous to the Tennessee River.
Chattanooga is the birthplace of the legendary MoonPie, so what better place to have an entire general store based around them? In addition to MoonPies, the general store also carries a wide selection of quirky, retro toys, novelty items and candy. There's also a whole section of Tennessee and Chattanooga related items, from bottles of BBQ sauce to moonshine.
Pamper your child with a fun-and-learn experience by visiting Creative Discovery Museum. This museum is a popular landmark in Chattanooga and sees more than 209000 visitors every year. Its interactive exhibits like RiverPlay, Rooftop Fun Factory, Arts Alley, Inventors' Clubhouse, The Little Yellow House, Lookout Tower, Excavation Center and make learning fun. Children of all ages, right from four-months babies, are sure to find something according to their liking. Besides the exhibits, the museum hosts several fun activities for families visiting together. All in all, you are sure to enjoy a visit here.
"Pardon me boy..." Remember the old Glen Miller song? See the place that inspired his musical musings and the city's oldest attraction. The Chattanooga Choo Choo is a train station turned hotel, restaurant, museum, convention center, and more. You can sleep aboard an antique train car, dine in the dining car or catch a ride on a horse drawn carriage. Luxurious guest rooms and fine dining now fill the century-old station and the gardens and shops provide hours of enjoyment.
Get two amazing experiences in one exciting activity with Ruby Falls ZIPstream. These aerial courses a challenge and adventure for everyone who tries them. Varying levels of difficulty make it a perfect destination for anyone of any skill level, from kids to experts. If you're looking for a new outdoor activity to try out, head to Ruby Falls ZIPstream.
A sophisticated store for sophisticated tastes, this is one of the anchor stores inside Hamilton Mall, and one of the most popular anywhere. This department store offers something for every member of the family. luxurious cosmetics and perfumes; upscale clothing from famous names like Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan; footwear from Cole Hann. Gift and housewares departments offer exquisite china, imported crystal, sterling silver, copper cookware and fine linens.