What to Do Indoors: Explore the Tennessee Aquarium (1 Broad St., 800-262-0695), home to 10,000 animals, numerous special exhibits, and an IMAX theater. The Creative Discovery Museum (321 Chestnut St., 423-756-2738) is another must-visit family favorite. It immerses visitors in fascinating, hands-on science, art, and cultural exploration that kids will still be talking about on the drive home.
What to Do Outdoors: Wander across Chattanooga's famed walking bridge, Walnut Street Bridge, and watch riverboats float past on sunny afternoons. On both shores, families will find riverside parks like Coolidge Park, Renaissance Park, and Ross's Landing Park, all of which are perfect for picnics and games of Frisbee.
Extras: For a weekend with the kids, it is essential to know where the nearest ice cream shops are. Ben & Jerry's (201 Broad St., 423-265-8606) has a convenient downtown location a short walk from the Tennessee Aquarium. Visitors pop in for their specialty batches, sorbet, frozen yogurt, sundaes, smoothies, and shakes. Tasty seasonal scoops can also be found at Clumpies Ice Cream Co. (26 Frazier Ave., 423-267-5425), which is located in the NorthShore district (there are three Chattanooga locations).
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