Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, it’s time to start preparing. Whether you’re shopping for special gifts or enjoying Sunday brunch, celebrate mom with these memorable experiences.

 

1.) Chattanooga Market’s Mother’s Day Celebration: May 14, 11am-4pm
Named a “Top 10 Public Market in America” by Frommers, the Chattanooga Market is filled with handcrafted jewelry, artwork, fruits, veggies, and food trucks. For Mother’s Day, the market rolls out a selection of wines and champagnes, locally made chocolates, and live music. Prepare to spend several hours to experience everything. And check out the River Market (Saturdays, 10am-5pm) on the Tennessee Aquarium plaza. 

 

2.) River Gorge Explorer’s Mother’s Day Cruise: May 14, 1pm
An extension of the Tennessee Aquarium, the high-tech River Gorge Explorer zips 10 miles into the Tennessee River Gorge at speeds of 50 mph. While you ride, experience nature up close with a special animal encounter and learn about interesting maternal practices in the wild. 


Southern Belle3.) Southern Belle Riverboat’s Mother’s Day on the River: May 14, 1-3pm & 6-8pm
For a more relaxing journey, experience what early river travel was like on the Southern Belle Riverboat. Treat yourself to a two-hour cruise with live music, tours of the pilot house, and a delicious buffet-style dinner.


Roller Coaster4.) Lake Winnepesaukah Mother’s Day Special: 
May 14, 12-6pm

Let mom be a kid again and treat the whole family to an unforgettable time at Lake Winnepesaukah, the South’s favorite family amusement park. Bring a carload (up to five) and pay only $100 for unlimited rides.  And don’t forget to check out the new thrill ride for 2016, Twister.


Chattanoogan Champagne Brunch5.) Chattanoogan Hotel’s Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch: May 14, 10:30am-3pm
With a fully-stocked buffet, locally-sourced salad bar, and desserts for any sweet tooth, the Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch won’t disappoint. And don’t forget to schedule a Sweet Tea Surrender massage at the hotel’s spa. 


6.) Back Inn Café’s Mother’s Day Brunch on the Bluff: May 14, 10am-4pm
With a special spring menu of signature dishes and seasonally-inspired breakfast entrees, the Mother’s Day Brunch on the Bluff is not something to be missed. And it’s hard to beat the restaurant’s views of the river. 


Family Hike7.) Get Outside with Your Family
If you’d like to experience Chattanooga’s outdoor scene, here’s a great guide to some outdoor adventures as well as a calendar with all the mother's day events the Scenic City has to offer!