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Summary

This travel guide offers a comprehensive 3-day itinerary for a family-friendly adventure in Chattanooga, TN. From exploring the natural beauty of Lookout Mountain and enjoying the interactive exhibits at the Tennessee Aquarium to dining at local favorites and walking along the scenic Tennessee RiverPark, this guide covers the best of Chattanooga. Perfect for families looking to reconnect and create lasting memories.

🌄 Day 1: Exploring Lookout Mountain

Start your Chattanooga adventure by visiting Rock City Gardens, taking the Incline Railway to Point Park, and ending with dinner at Lupis Pizza.

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🏞️ Rock City Gardens

A unique outdoor destination with stunning views, whimsical rock formations, and a trail that takes about an hour to walk. The site offers a fun mix of actual rock formations, fantastic views, and just enough quirkiness to make it enjoyable for both kids and adults.

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Tips

Rock City Gardens has a reasonably priced outdoor cafe near Lookout Point, perfect for a refreshing break during your visit.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (706) 820-2531
🌐   Website: http://seerockcity.com/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=organic
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 1-2.5 hours
📍   Address: 1400 Patten Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
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🚞 Incline Railway

The Incline Railway offers a steep and fun trolley-style ride up Lookout Mountain, providing an interesting narration of its history. It's a unique experience that is sure to captivate both kids and adults.

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Tips

Consider visiting early in the morning or around sunset during the summer to avoid the heat, as the railway car can get quite warm due to limited ventilation.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (423) 821-4224
🌐   Website: http://www.ridetheincline.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 3917 St Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409
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⛰️ Point Park

Point Park is a historic Civil War site offering breathtaking views of Chattanooga and the Tennessee River. It also features cannons, placards explaining its history, and the small Ochs Museum with great photos. Additionally, it's a good place for kids to expend some energy with its long pathways.

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Tips

The entry fee for Point Park is $5 for ages 16 and older, with free entry for ages 15 and under. If you have an annual National Park Pass, it can be used here. Additionally, there are some good hiking trails around Lookout Mountain, providing further opportunities for exploration.

🍕 Lupis Pizza

Lupis Pizza has been awarded Chattanooga’s best pizza over numerous years and offers a fun atmosphere with a very good beer selection. It's a great place to unwind and enjoy a delicious meal after a day of exploration.

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Tips

If the kids are tired, consider ordering takeout from Lupis Pizza and enjoying it at your hotel for a relaxing evening.

🐠 Day 2: Aquarium Adventure and Northshore

Visit the Tennessee Aquarium, walk over the Walnut Street Bridge to Northshore for lunch, and enjoy dinner at Big River Grill.

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🐟 Tennessee Aquarium

The Tennessee Aquarium is a must-visit with two buildings showcasing river and ocean ecosystems. It features interactive exhibits, including sea horses, jellyfish, sharks, river otters, and hands-on activities.

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Tips

Plan at least 1 hour for each building. Arrive early or in the evening for fewer crowds. Consider purchasing the family pass for unlimited visits and discounts at other attractions.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (423) 265-0695
🌐   Website: http://www.tnaqua.org/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 1-3 hours
📍   Address: 1 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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🌉 Walnut Street Bridge

The Walnut Street Bridge is one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges, offering scenic views of the Tennessee River. It provides access to Chattanooga's Northshore, known for its boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.

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Tips

Take a leisurely walk over the bridge to explore the vibrant Northshore district and enjoy the charming atmosphere.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (423) 643-6311
🌐   Website: https://chattanooga.gov/parks/our-parks-and-trails
📍   Address: 1 Walnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37403

🍺 Brew Haus

The Brew Haus is a German restaurant on Northshore offering delicious schnitzels, Bavarian pretzels, burgers, and salads. It's a delightful dining option within a 15-minute walk from the Tennessee Aquarium.

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Tips

Indulge in the authentic German cuisine and savor the delightful flavors while taking in the ambiance of Northshore.

Travel Information
🌐   Website: http://www.brewhausbar.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 224 Frazier Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37402
🔗   Profiles: Facebook

🍽️ Big River Grill and Brewery

Located across from the Aquarium, Big River Grill and Brewery is a great spot for locally crafted beer and good food. It offers a children's menu and a 15% discount with the Aquarium Family Pass.

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Tips

Enjoy a relaxing dining experience with a variety of menu options and the opportunity to watch High Point's climbers scale the building across the street.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (423) 267-2739
🌐   Website: https://www.bigrivergrille.com/
📍   Address: 222 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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Day 3: Climbing, Discovery, and RiverWalk

Enjoy a morning at High Point Climbing Wall or the Creative Discovery Museum, followed by a stroll along the Tennessee RiverPark.

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High Point Climbing Wall

An indoor climbing facility with a special Kid Zone. A fun activity for the whole family.

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Tips

Plan 2 hours here. Day pass costs $15 for adults and $14 for kids.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (423) 602-7625
🌐   Website: https://www.highpointclimbing.com/chattanooga/downtown
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 1-2.5 hours
📍   Address: 219 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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Creative Discovery Museum

A hands-on museum where kids can explore and learn through play. Features an outdoor area.

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Tips

Aquarium ticket stub gets you a $2 discount on each ticket.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (423) 756-2738
🌐   Website: http://www.cdmfun.org/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 3 hours
📍   Address: 321 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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Tennessee RiverPark

An 11.5 mile scenic greenway along the Tennessee River. Ideal for biking or a leisurely walk.

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Tips

Access the trail at Ross’s Landing behind the Aquarium.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (423) 209-5370
🌐   Website: http://parks.hamiltontn.gov/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 1.5 hours
📍   Address: 4301 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37402