October 15 2015

Family Reunions in Chattanooga

Reunions in Chattanooga

The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau specializes in making planning your next reunion as simple as possible. We know which hotels can meet your reunion’s specific needs and we offer full-service, mid-priced and economy priced hotels. We will listen to your requirements and then help you find the perfect hotel from the 100+ to choose from in our county. Our unique off-site venues and exciting attractions will provide family members with ample opportunities to generate many happy memories.

Please fill out a Request for Proposal or contact Chris Petro at 423-424-4417 or chrisp@chattanoogacvb.com .

We know planning a family reunion isn’t easy, so the first step to success is to contact the Convention & Visitors Bureau reunion specialist.

She can provide valuable and complimentary reunion planning assistance, including a packet of information about the greater Chattanooga area and detailed guidelines for reunion planning.

After you have determined your dates, expected attendance and budget, it’s important to determine your reunion theme and location.  If most of your extended kin are urbanites, you’ll want to keep a DOWNTOWN focus. If your crew is divided between lattes and granola, then staying on LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN offers the best of both worlds – peaceful surroundings, adventurous activities with easy downtown access. If your family boasts HISTORY BUFFS, they will enjoy Chattanooga’s National Cemetery, Chickamauga National Park and Battlefield and Coolidge Park. Many family members may want to take advantage of Chattanooga’s rich AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE, evident at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Booker T. Washington State Park and the Zaire exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium.

DOWNTOWN

Where to Stay
One of the biggest benefits of downtown Chattanooga is its walk-ability, so you’ll want to stick to hotels close to area attractions. If your reunion has a majority of championship shoppers, the Hamilton Place mall area was built for you.  Your CVB reunion specialist will be happy to help you determine which hotels are able to meet your reunion’s specific needs.

What to Do
There’s no shortage of activities, and most of them offer group discounts. Catching a Lookouts baseball game is a great way to get the gang together. Groups of 25 or more can enjoy group recognition on the AT&T Field video board and PA announcement, raffle drawing during the game and advanced tickets so there’s no waiting in line. Of course, no Chattanooga outing would be complete without a trip to the Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX® Theatre. Children of all ages enjoy our award-winning Creative Discovery Museum, and everyone has fun at the The Chattanooga Zoo.  A ride on the Tennessee Valley Railroad is a uniquely Chattanooga activity that everyone can get onboard with.

Options for adventures on the water abound.  The Southern Belle Riverboat offers sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises.  Ride through “Tennessee’s Little Grand Canyon” on the Tennessee Aquarium’s River Gorge Explorer, a 70-passenger catamaran, the first of it’s kind in the Southeast.  The Chattanooga Ducks are not to be missed.  These WWII amphibious landing craft tour both land and water.

Art enthusiasts will be surprised at Chattanooga diverse creative culture. From the Hunter Museum of American Art and it’s magnificent view of the Tennessee River, to the Houston Museum, and nearby River Gallery. All are located in the Bluff View Art District an historic city block filled with restaurants, coffee house, Bed and Breakfasts, gardens, plazas and courtyards.  Experience glass blowing firsthand at Ignis Glass Studio or head to Chattanooga's Southside where your family will be captivated by Art on Main, a rotating outdoor sculpture exhibition, integrating local artists with the streetscapes of Chattanooga’s bustling Main Street. The exhibit underscores the critical role that  public art has played in the revitalization of the city’s urban core.

If you’re really looking to hit the town in style, check out Chattanooga’s Double Decker Bus, which covers downtown highlights like the Fort Wood historical district, Tivoli Theatre and Warehouse Row. The International Towing and Recovery Museum is a must-see on your way to Lookout Mountain.

Where to Eat
Downtown has no shortage of wonderful restaurants, but several rent private rooms for an easy dining experience, including 212 Market, Hennen’s, and Easy Bistro. Discriminating palates will want to try some of the city’s most innovative, chef-driven concepts like Alleia, FoodWorks, terraMae and Urban Stack. Discriminating palates will also enjoy St. John’s Restaurant and Public House. For a fun-filled family dining experience you might consider the Vaudeville Café Murder Mystery Dinner Shows.  These interactive family-friendly plays include a delicious buffet dinner and get everybody involved in solving the mystery.

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN

What to Do
Take a ride on one of the steepest passenger railways in the world -  Lookout Mountain’s Incline Railway. Known as “America’s Most Amazing Mile,” the Incline’s trolley-style cars climb through the natural beauty surrounding historic Lookout Mountain at a breathtaking 72.7% grade – straight up!  While you’re up top, be sure to visit the many points of Civil War interest just a short walk away such as the Battles for Chattanooga Electric Map & Museum and Point Park, part of the Chickamauga -Chattanooga National Military Park system. After you descend back down to the Incline's bottom station, explore historic St. Elmo - where a wonderful collection of unique shopping and dining experiences await you!
 
If you prefer to admire rocks rather than climb them, enjoy the seven-states view at Rock City. In addition to breathtaking views and a trail featuring unique rock formations and gardens, this iconic natural attraction is home to more than 400 native wildflowers, plants and shrubs. For a subterranean adventure, see America’s highest underground waterfall at Ruby Falls. While you’re there, check out their ZIPstream Aerial Adventure – perfect for family bonding. The suspended obstacle course on the side of Lookout allows you to skip along the treetops while soaking in beautiful views of downtown Chattanooga.  While you're there take time to explore Lookout Mountain's myriad hiking trails, rock climbing or even hang gliding.

At the foot of Lookout, the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center is worth exploring. A certified level four arboretum, numerous birds and wildlife call the property home including the bobcat and red wolves housed in the Wildlife Wanderland – a natural area with enclosures for native wildlife. The Nature Center offers 15 miles of trails; water access for canoeing and kayaking; and 317 acres of forest, field and stream.


Ready to bring your family together in Chattanooga?
Call Chris Petro at 423-424-4417 or email her at chrisp@chattanoogacvb.com.

Please fill out a Request for Proposal


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