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Family trip over New Year's week - suggestions?

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Family trip over New Year's week - suggestions?

My family has chosen Chattanooga as our New Year's Eve vacation this year. I am posting in hopes that you might provide feedback on places to visit while we are in town. We have three children ages 8, 12, and 15. They enjoy exploring new places, listening to live music, aquariums, etc.

We would like to find a restaurant for a nice family dinner while we are in town. We want someplace that is a bit more upscale but still welcoming of children, ie - children's menu or at least children's portions.

Also, are there any family friendly activities scheduled for New Year's Eve that we should look into before we head that way?

Thank you in advance for any feedback you might provide.

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1. Re: Family trip over New Year's week - suggestions?

The following is a list of some of the more well known activities in Chattanooga. The weather will be a factor also. It is has been nice so far.

Posted on: 3:04 pm, today

1) Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum www.tvrail.com

The largest operating railroad museum in the state.

2) Coolidge Park. This beautiful park features the antique carousel that has been restored and your child has a choice of 52 beautiful carved animals to ride. Docked on the Tennessee River at the park is the Delta Queen that has become a hotel.

Along the river on the south shore( town side) is the Riverwalk, that follows the Tennessee with beautiful scenery and interesting sights along the way. Walk across the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge from the South Shore to the North Shore. www.chattanooga.gov/prac/30_1095.htm

3) Creative Discovery Museum for children 3-13 www.cdmfun.org

4) Tennessee Aquarium World's largest fresh water aquarium. Absolutely fabulous!!! www.tnaqua.org

5) Rock City Gardens Lookout Mountain. For the young and the old! www.seerockcity.com The Holiday lights will be on during your visit.

6) Chattanooga Zoo http://zoo.chattanooga.org

7) Bluff View Arts District www.bluffviewartdistrict.com

8) Ruby Falls www.rubyfalls.com

9) I Max Theatre

CHATTANOOGA VISITORS CENTER:

1-800-322-3344 www.chattanoogafun.com

Downtown Electric Shuttle - CARTA

Family friendly dining would be: Big River Grill and Brewery, Mellow Mushroom Pizza, Toney's Trattoria at Bluff View and a 6 minute drive from downtown on the Tennessee Riverfront is The Boathouse. Nice views, informal and good. For a little more upscale, Nikko's Southside, The Meeting Place, Foodworks on the Northshore. .

... Electric Shuttle is the easiest way to get around Downtown Chattanooga. ... Electric buses run daily* about every 5 minutes from the Chattanooga Choo Choo ..

www.carta-bus.org/routes/elec_shuttle.asp

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2. Re: Family trip over New Year's week - suggestions?

The Tennessee Aquarium is an absolute must. It'll take the majority of the day if you take your time, and it's definitely a take-your-time type of attraction. Though it has plenty of exhibits that are awesome in themselves, like a museum you'll get a lot more out of the experience if you spend some time reading the ample information. Also, many of the habitats' value are in the details that you'll miss if you don't pay attention to each exhibit. I constantly have to redirect people to see the cuttlefishes' changing colors, the hellbender, and many of the critters at the lower portion of the River Journey building. Done right, the aquarium paired with a riverfront walk, I-MAX movie, or river cruise can take the day. Also, be sure to spend a good amount of time between buildings; the aquarium offers too much to be soaked in at once for a first-timer.

www.tnaqua.org

Also look into the Chattanooga Zoo. I haven't been a quite a while but they've made a major expansion with a new more easily accessible entrance and a couple new exhibits. It's small but has red pandas, panthers, chimps, and snow leopards. It's set up in six sections, four dedicated to specific geographical areas and then an indoor "misunderstood marvels" bit (reptiles) and a decent petting zoo.

www.chattzoo.org

If you're more interested in local animals take a trip to the Chattanooga Nature Center. It's a lower key spot with fewer visitors and a more backyard (albeit a really cool backyard) feel. You can see eagles, owls, the largest timber rattler in captivity (or some sort of snake species along those lines), a bobcat, and red wolves involved in a breeding program. There's also a neat tree house and boardwalks and covered sitting area along Lookout Creek. For the admission ticket you also get entrance to Reflection Riding, which in truth is the more important property of the two. The riding is a property surrounded on three sides by the national military park, so of course there's neat Civil War and native american history to see, but mainly you go for the natural setting, the road that winds around pastures, woods, fields, bamboo forests, streams, honey-bee thickets, and ponds. The beauty is a little hidden in winter-time, but it's there if you want to find it. The hike from the back end of the property to Skyuka Spring in the military park is a good one.

www.chattanature.org

www.reflectionriding.org

Places to explore include the Tennessee River Gorge (starting off at Signal Point on Signal Mountain, another military park site), Lula Lake and falls, Cloudland Canyon, and Chickamauga Battlefield. Winter isn't my favourite season in Chattanooga, but these places are pretty cool nonetheless. Focus on waterfalls and scenic views as far as nature goes.

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