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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.
Just south of Chattanooga is the site of the area's longest and bloodiest battle of the United States Civil War. The U.S. War Department (now the Department of the Interior) declared this battlefield a National Military Park in the 1890s. It has attracted millions of visitors over the years. A visitor's center provides detailed information about the history of the battlefield and the battles fought here. The self-guided tour takes you through a number of battle sites, the Wilder Tower Monument, and a common area for picnics and recreation.
Escape in the lap of nature as you visit the scenic Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This lush green property spans over 317 acres (129 hectares) and takes you to the scenic nature from the hustle and bustle of the city. This is a fine outing spot where you can enjoy a walking or driving around the property with your loved ones. Whether you want a relaxed day with a picnic under the blue sky or you want to go for an adventurous hike, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden has something for every taste. This property is home to several native animals and birds, so be ready to have a rendezvous with deers, turtles, turkey and some wild animals too.