Spring Break 2017 - Chattanooga - Episode One

May 05, 2017

This year for Spring Break we needed to stay close to home because Ally had gymnastics practice and a meet.  We decided to go to Chattanooga and Huntsville as both are close to us and we had never been.  I took a lot of photos so I decided to do two posts of our trip.  First up Chattanooga!

Chattanooga is about two hours from Atlanta.  We wanted to do the whole Ruby Falls, Rock City and Lookout Mountain experience.  Ruby Falls was a HUGE hit!  We loved the adventure of going underground and making our way to the falls.  I was feeling a bit claustrophobic down there but pulled through.  Poor Reed spent most of the walk hunched over as the caverns are very small.  Ruby Falls is a gorgeous sight---a must see.  Go early because the lines get long fast.  From there we made our way to Lookout Mountain.  We ended up postponing out trip up the railway cause there was a two hour wait (see, go early) & went to Rock City.  The views here are gorgeous!  The kids loved adventuring through all the caverns.  We made it back to Lookout Mountain the next morning.  It had been raining and was foggy but we didn't have to wait in a line!  Actually on the ride back down the mountain we got the whole train to ourselves.  The operator was very friendly and knowledgeable.  It was great having a private tour.  The fog, I thought, also provided a cool atmosphere for the ride.  

We also ended up going to the Tennessee Aquarium. We have not been to our local aquarium in some time and thought it was about time we took the kids to one.  The Aquarium had a great variety of animals and the staff was very helpful.  My kids really enjoyed the penguins and jellyfish.  It has a perfect location in downtown right next to the Tennessee River.  

If you go to Chattanooga, also visit Coolidge Park.  We spent one evening there and had a blast.  We had dinner nearby and then spent time walking and exploring the park and the surrounding area.  There is a carousel, people everywhere riding bikes and throwing frisbees, & you can walk across the Walnut Street bridge which crosses over the Tennessee River. 

Over all, we loved Chattanooga!  It is really family friendly and there are a lot of things to do.  Anyway, here are some pictures and I provided some captions also.  

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Cupcake Kitchen in Downtown Chattanooga-- M having a hard time deciding  how to decide fine art image by monica carlson posted on the Clihow to decide fine art image by monica carlson posted on the Cli

Good Morning from our hotel room. 

The walk to Ruby Falls.  ruby falls image by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Dailyruby falls image by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily ruby falls image by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Dailyruby falls image by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily ruby falls image by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Dailyruby falls image by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily

Rock City

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This hill at a park had card board boxes all over the place and kids were using them to slide down.  My kids were not interested in throttling themselves down the huge hill.

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We stumbled across this cool alley in downtown Chattanooga and mommy needed  a quick group picture.    my babies but at mom fine art image by monica carlson posted onmy babies but at mom fine art image by monica carlson posted on

Walnut Bridge.  There were so many people walking about.  John stopped about 100 people walking their dogs.    get down image by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily Pget down image by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily P

John got a pocket knife with his name on it the day before.  He was very obsessed with it.  I saw this colorful truck out side Coolidge park and just wanted to use it as a backdrop.   rainbow truck image by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Darainbow truck image by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Da

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Playing tag under the Walnut Street Bridge.    walnut street walking bridge image by monica carlson posted on twalnut street walking bridge image by monica carlson posted on t walnut street walking bridge image by monica carlson posted on twalnut street walking bridge image by monica carlson posted on t spring break by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily Prospring break by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily Pro walnut street walking bridge image by monica carlson posted on twalnut street walking bridge image by monica carlson posted on t walnut street walking bridge image by monica carlson posted on twalnut street walking bridge image by monica carlson posted on t

Clumpies Ice Cream--a must have when in Chattanooga.    spring break by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily Prospring break by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily Pro spring break by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily Prospring break by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily Pro spring break by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily Prospring break by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily Pro spring break by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily Prospring break by monica carlson posted on the Click Pro Daily Pro

Lookout Mountain Railway on a rainy day.

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The rail car all to our selves!