Weekend Escape from Atlanta: Chattanooga, TN


Chattanooga TN with Kids

Welcome to our new series – the Weekend Escape series. It will feature family friendly destination within driving distance from Atlanta or other cities. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to email or leave a comment.

For our first destination, I will take us to Chattanooga, TN. Our family favorite day trip destination.

City: Chattanooga, TN

Distance: 119 miles

Est. Driving Time: 2 hours

Things to Do in Chattanooga, TN:


There is no shortage for things to do in Chattanooga with kids. Here are short lists of most popular things to do there.

– Visit the Tennessee Aquarium
– Have fun at the Creative Discovery Museum
– Play at the running creek in front of the Aquarium
– Ride the Inclined Railway up the Lookout mountain
– Enjoy the vintage carousel at Coolidge park
– Shop at the Bluff view art district


Places to Stay in Chattanooga, TN:

Choo Choo Hotel

For a unique experience there is nothing better than to sleep in the real train. We stayed at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel and it was one of the most memorable experience for the kids. The Chattanooga Choo Choo is not just a hotel but a complex with diner, old train station and model railroad museum. Kids will enjoy roaming around the property in the nicely manicure garden or climb up the old train.


Where to Eat in Chattanooga, TN:

For a quick and fun food, stop by the Cheeburger Cheeburger. The food is good and the service is fast. And if you feel like you can take the challenge, try their one pound burger! If you finish, your picture will be featured on their wall.

For Asian-inspired food, next to Cheeburger is Genghis Grill. It’s a fun place to eat with kids. You will be able to make your own bowl and watch them cook to your liking. Kids will be busy watching and you might be able to finish your meal in peace for once!

For a BBQ fan, the highly recommended Sticky Fingers is the place to eat. Make sure to head there early to avoid the crowd.



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