Thank you for reading my latest Adventure Guide. Because we are hosting a few out state renters this fall, I wanted to write an Adventure Guide for other areas of Tennessee that can be done as day trips from the lake.
Chattanooga is a great place for a visit. It is 1.5 hours from the lake. A bit far, however if you are out of state, it is worth it to visit some of the attractions.
My favorite has to be Rock City. We went for my birthday two years ago, on a day trip. I thought it would be a quick visit to a lookout before dinner. Actually it is a big attraction, and a lot of fun for kids too. Its a must do, if you visit Chattanooga. This is taken from the FAQs on the website:
“Rock City Gardens is a 4100-ft walking trail surrounded by natural geological and botanical wonders featuring a 90-ft waterfall; the Swing-A-Long Bridge, a 180-ft long suspension bridge that provides an amazing view of the Chattanooga valley; Lover’s Leap where you can See 7 States; Fat Man’s Squeeze, Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village.”
And there is a wheelchair accessible trail. The walking trail got a bit awkward squeezing through rock formations holding a baby.
We have’t done Ruby Falls, I’m not sure how my little ones would do on a cave tour in the dark. They also have ZIP lining. Comment below if you have been with little ones and how they liked it, what ages you recommend.
This summer we tried Ride the Incline. It is a simple attraction, but was a lot of fun to watch our 3 year old enjoy it so much. He likes trains! At the top there is a lookout, and if you venture out of the Ride the Incline area, there is a street of beautiful homes, and a Clumpies ice-cream stand.
Those are the three big attractions, and there is really so much more. Coolide Park is a great green space, with a seasonal carousel. And a pedestrian bridge, Walnut St Bridge, that crossed the river. Also the Children’s museum, Aquarium, and plenty of restaurants to choose from as well.
Hope this is helpful for my out of state guests, or anyone planning a Chattanooga adventure. Thanks for reading!