Between the long winter and time change, it’s definitely time to get away for a few days. Head to Chattanooga where you can take your love on the perfect romantic getaway. Spend the weekend together and explore the Scenic city by taking a culinary tour aboard a 15-passenger bike, jumping off the walls (literally!) at a jump park, having up-close animal encounters, or living it up at a concert downtown. Here are nine ideas to get you started:
1.) Up for an adventure?
Take your special someone through the rainforest and under the sea at the Tennessee Aquarium. From penguins and butterflies to sharks and otters, the aquarium has it all for animal lovers. Take a VIP Backstage tour for an up-close experience with the animals and exclusive stuff normal visitors don’t get to see. While you’re there, be sure to see half a dozen alligators along with new fish, animal, and bird species in the new Alligator Bayou exhibit and use the Tennessee Aquarium app to discover more about the aquarium including the 30 daily animal programs.
2.) Want to see Chattanooga in a new way?
Take a ride on Pints & Pedals or the Chattanooga Brew Choo, the 15-passenger, completely man-powered bicycles of the town. A typical tour will take passengers to 3-5 local bars for food and drink.
3.) In the mood for fine dining?
Put on your best and make a reservation for Chattanooga’s up-scale establishments at St. John’s, Alleia, TerraMae, Hennen’s or Easy Bistro. If you want to stay more casual, try the Flying Squirrel, Urban Stack, Clyde’s on Main or Terminal Brewhouse.
4.) The river more your style?
Take a romantic cruise through “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon” on the River Gorge Explorer or a dinner cruise aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat. Both trips offer a nice, relaxing and scenic trip.
5.) Don’t feel like you have your sea legs yet?
No problem, just rent two bicycles from the Chattanooga Bike Share and cruise around downtown. Between the 33 stations around town, there are 300 bikes to choose from. If you’re in the mood for a picnic, head over to Coolidge Park and spread out a blanket.
6.) Want to rock out to a great concert?
From folk to pop and everything in between, Track29 is a great option for national and regional acts. Looking for something more intimate? Try the new 500-person venue, the Revelry Room. If you're hungry, try the fresh oysters or order a cocktail and be dazzled by the eight types of handcrafted artisanal ice at STIR. If you're in the mood to laugh, explore the Comedy Catch. The best part? All four are conveniently located on the compounds of the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel.
7.) Feeling a bit more classy?
The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera plays regularly at the historic Tivoli Theatre and makes for a nice romantic evening out. Built in 1921, the Tivoli’s high-domed ceilings, grand lobby, crystal chandeliers and elegant foyer are designed to transport patrons to a world of richness and splendor.
8.) Do you love exploring new art?
Check out the Hunter Museum of American Art for pieces that span the history of American art from the colonial period to the present day. After working up an appetite at the museum, head over to the Bluff View Art District to Tony’s or the Back Inn Café for an excellent dinner to close out the evening.
Need a place to stay? Book your romantic getaway package at one of Chattanooga’s B&B’s or hotels, here.