Well, it’s late March, and suddenly, you realize what’s coming. With the year we’ve had, we can all use the break, but how to fill all the time at home with the kids? It’s time to plan toward your spring break!
Maybe you like to keep a busy calendar to keep your busy bodies on the go and maybe you like to relax and let your kids find things to occupy your time. Maybe you’re a working parent who is looking to fit in some afternoons and weekends of fun in the city. Thank goodness we live in a place that is rich in culture, fun, and beautiful natural surroundings! Without breaking the bank or driving too far, you can spend the week enjoying all that Chattanooga has to offer by looking at downtown Chattanooga, or finding new places to explore in a different part of our beautiful city!
As a reminder, please respect personal boundaries and space as the pandemic is still a part of our daily lives. Masks may be required and social distancing from others should be observed!
Go on a safari!
The Chattanooga Visitor’s Bureau has put together a Spring Break Safari! The below locations have put together special experiences for kids during this time. Between Friday March 5th and Sunday April 11th, kids can visit a wide variety of attractions in Chattanooga including:
- Chattanooga Zoo
- Rock City
- Ruby Falls
- Creative Discovery Museum
- Hunter Museum of American Art
- Southern Belle Riverboat
- Tennessee Aquarium
- Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
- National Medal of Honor Heritage Center
Not only is there a guide for each location, they also put together a scavenger hunt for Chattanooga as well! The scavenger hunt does not require admission to attractions and provides a way to see various locations and attractions through new eyes.
If you can get out for a night or two, spring for a hotel downtown! The Chattanooga Choo Choo is always a fun choice with lots of dining options nearby. The Westin Chattanooga is part of the revitalization of the Chattanooga’s West Village, and it boasts food, drink, and shopping. You could also try out The Chattanoogan, with its amazing spa and delicious in-house restaurants.
If you want to get a little further away, check out Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, or Birmingham for a day or overnight trip!
Chattanooga has no shortage of playgrounds, so take advantage of any pretty days and get outside! If playgrounds are too crowded or you need a change of pace from those, try something new. Disc golf is easy and inexpensive for beginners, and Chattanooga has no shortage of courses nearby. There’s also adventure to be found by hiking in a new place! You can go for a bike ride on the Riverwalk or enjoy a picnic in one of Chattanooga’s beautiful city parks (you can always give cardboard sledding a try at Renaissance Park).
Beat the heat or rain!
Let’s face it: Chattanooga weather has been fickle this year and there’s no telling what kind of weather we’ll be looking at for spring break (no rain no rain no rain). If you’re too hot/cold or too waterlogged, there are always indoor options to choose from as well.
The Tennessee Aquarium is a fun treat and the Chattanooga Zoo always has something fun to see! The IMAX has some great new movies, including Into America’s Wild or Turtle Odyssey or catch a movie by renting out a theater for you and another family. You can try out the The Great Indoors exhibit at the Creative Discovery Museum which investigates animals and various nature environments or take a look around at the Hunter Museum of American Art for a day of culture.
If you need some excitement or adventure, try out High Point Climbing or even one of the breakout room locations in Chattanooga: Breakout Chattanooga, Escape Experience Chattanooga and Escape Mission Chattanooga.
Spring Break Camps
If you are looking for ways to keep your kiddos occupied during the day (for full or partial days), there are several options, but book quickly because space is limited:
Local Event Calendar
CM Monthly Calendar: For individual events throughout March and April, use our Chattanooga event calendar. It’s full of family-friendly activities that are happening all over town!