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.

Walnut Street Bridge and Coolidge Park

The pedestrian-only Walnut Street Bridge connects the downtown cultural area with the hip North Shore neighborhood, where there’s fun shopping and dining along Frazier Street. At 2,376 feet, it’s one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges and offers great views of the Chattanooga skyline and the Tennessee River. On the North side, the bridge’s entrance is close to Coolidge Park, where there’s a splash fountain, large animal sculptures ripe for climbing, and the Coolidge Park Carousel, an 1894 Dentzel carousel boasting restored, hand-carved animals and a connection to Atlanta’s own Grant Park – it resided there from 1966 to 1978. At $1, a ride, it’s one of the best deals in town!
Coolidge Park
150 River St.
Chattanooga, TN
423-643-6050
Online: www.chattanoogafun.com/members/coolidge-park-2192

Have you taken your family to Chattanooga? Tell us about it below!

—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