Something about crisp, fall air just makes you want to pack up the kids and hit the road. If you are looking for an easy trip to enjoy the season, try trucking over to Chattanooga. It’s a mere 100 miles from Atlanta—meaning you can probably make it to the outskirts of the Scenic City before you even have to put on another movie in the DVD player or any massive meltdowns ensue. The area has lots to offer: beautiful scenery, yummy eats, and attractions to intrigue all ages. Check out our hot spots for a cool, fall weekend in Chattanooga.

Creative Discovery Museum

Plan to spend a full morning or afternoon letting the kids explore the Creative Discovery museum. Little ones will like the 3-and-under play area, while kids over 4 will channel their inner Sir Edmund Hillary to climb the 3-story play structure. Learning while having fun is always the best way, and there’s not lack of opportunities here: an interactive water feature explains scientific principles like water flow and waterfalls, future M.D.s can check blood pressure and pulse in the “Corner Clinic”, and an inventor’s area has fun, hands-on activities to learn about solar energy, air pressure, electricity and other concepts. More artsy types will enjoy working with clay, painting pictures, drawing a still life or trying their hand at weaving.
321 Chestnut St.
Chattanooga, TN

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—Jessica Harlan

Photos courtesy of Tasty Daylight Donuts via Facebook, Tennessee Aquarium via Facebook, Creative Discovery Museum via Facebook, The Blue Plate via Facebook, Good Dog via Facebook, Raccoon Mountain Caverns via Facebook, the Chattanooga Choo Choo via Facebook and Creative Commons via Flickr