5 Chattanooga Attractions for the Whole Family

You don't have to look hard to find Chattanooga attractions that are family-oriented. Located in the southeast portion of Tennessee, along the Tennessee River, Chattanooga is the fourth largest city in the state. With museums, parks and aquariums to occupy your time, there's rarely a dull moment. BBOnline reccommends taking some time to explore numerous venues with your entire family when you stay at a Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast.

1. Chattanooga Riverboat the Southern Belle

201 Riverfront Parkway, Pier 2

Chattanooga, TN 37402



Aboard the Chattanooga Riverboat the Southern Belle, you can enjoy a variety of cruise options, from dinner cruises to sightseeing cruises, allowing you to see and explore the beautiful Tennessee River. This climate-controlled ship gives you the opportunity to step inside to avoid the heat, but you can also enjoy perfect sightseeing opportunities from the deck. Float along the Tennessee River, where you will be surrounded by beautiful sights on this perfect touring adventure, unlike any other in the Chattanooga area. When planning your cruise, you have a variety of options, including the Tennessee River Sightseeing Cruise, Admiral's Dinner Cruise, Deluxe Deli Lunch Cruise, Captain's Dinner Cruise, and the School Sightseeing Cruise, all of which offer you fantastic views while the ship explores the incredible sights. On sightseeing cruises, you can enjoy snacks available for purchase, and on lunch and dinner cruises, a delicious meal is provided. Step aboard the Chattanooga Riverboat for an evening of entertainment, food and fun, a romantic cruise under the stars, or the opportunity to see the many sights along the smooth Tennessee River.

Southern Belle Riverboat

2. Creative Discovery Museum

321 Chestnut St
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 756-2738

Located in the heart of downtown, the Creative Discovery Museum is one of the numerous Chattanooga attractions located in the same area. The museum is filled with exhibits designed to keep children as young as toddlers up to age 10 entertained for hours. They have a Riverwalk exhibit that gives kids the opportunity to learn about how the river system works; a perfect compliment to a city that has depended on the Tennessee River for decades. The Yellow House exhibit was created with children ages 4 and under in mind. There is a playhouse with a fully-equipped kitchen and a treehouse for children to climb and play on. At the Evacuation Station exhibit, children learn about things underground by exploring what is found in a scoop of dirt. Other exhibits include a performing arts center and a visual arts gallery.

3. Tennessee Aquarium

One Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(800) 262-0695

Just steps away from the Creative Discovery Museum, the Tennessee Aquarium features over 10,000 animals. You'll find more than just fish in this venue; there are butterflies, birds, reptiles, invertebrates, amphibians and plants to see. In addition to exploring the exhibits, guests can take a cruise on a Chattanooga riverboat, ride the River Gorge Explorer and visit the IMAX 3D theater.

4. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

4119 Cromwell Rd
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 894-8028

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is one of the Chattanooga attractions that is likely to appeal to various members of your family. They give guests the opportunity to take a scenic train ride through the area. There are a variety of options to choose from. The shortest ride is a 55-minute train ride that winds its way through historic tunnels that date back to the Civil War. If you want to experience a longer adventure, opt for the six-hour ride that takes you to Chickamauga and back. You can even eat lunch or dinner in an authentic 1929 dining car before heading back to your Chattanooga Inn.

5. Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park

301 N Holtzclaw Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404
(423) 697-1322

There's more than just animals to occupy your time at the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park. When you visit the Gombe Forest section, you'll find Chimpanzees, an African Crowned Crane and a Spur-thighed Tortoise, but there is also an outside play area for children and a viewing room decorated with vines to make you feel like you're swinging through the jungle. The Misunderstood Marvels section introduces you to a wide array of reptiles, including snakes, frogs and iguanas. There are Red Pandas which call the Himalayan Passage exhibit home, and at Warner Park Ranch you can pet goats and sheep.