Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chattanooga - Day Two

We all got up, ate, and were ready by 10 am. Wow, and on a Sunday even at that! Unfortunately I forgot to check the hours to the children's museum until we were ready; only it didn't open till noon. No worries. We just piled in the car and headed up to Lookout Mountain to see some sights.

We drove around for a bit, but didn't stop to check anything out since Mary fell asleep for a nap and we thought it would be best if she got a little more rest. Kristi had travelled here when she was 10, so she decided to continue driving around while Abby and I took the Incline Railway back down the mountain.

Kristi and Mary picked us up at the bottom and we all headed for the Creative Discovery Museum. Once we arrived, we ate some lunch in their cafe before heading inside for all the fun and excitement.

Abby quickly settled in to the first set of activities with various water features and a huge playground structure.

Kristi took Mary and headed for the 4 and Under Only area where Mary was finally allowed to roam free and explore.

Abby and I next went upstairs on the roof to check out some of the outside activities. You can see from one picture below that our hotel really was right next door and just up the hill was a baseball stadium. More on that later.

Next we went to the other side of the rooftop area to check out the lookout tower and their bee hive exhibit.

After a while we met up on the second floor where they were having a special Bob the Builder exhibit. Abby and Mary both played a while and really enjoyed this area.

Eventually Mary had enough, but Abby was still having a great time so Kristi took Mary back to the room for a little rest. Abby and I played a little more outside before we went back downstairs to see some of the exhibits we passed up earlier. They had an area to learn about music and instruments, dinosaurs, and electricity.

Abby and I finally left just before they closed and went back to the room. We all took it easy for a bit before our last major activity. Abby and I went to a minor league baseball game! When I saw the downtown layout and hotel location on Google Earth before the trip, I noticed the stadium right behind the hotel. After a quick search, it is AT&T Field and is home to the Chattanooga Lookouts which is a minor league team for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sure enough they were having home games during the Labor Day Weekend so I knew we had to go. Abby and I made it to the game just in time for the National Anthem. We bought Lower Box seats and sat in the 4th row right behind home plate. Yup, big spenders here! The seats were $8 each and Abby and I had a blast enjoying our first baseball game together. We had popcorn, a slushie, a hotdog, nachos, more popcorn, a slice of pizza, and a coke.  Yeah for stadium food.  The even had a huge fireworks show after the game!

Needless to say, Chattanooga, TN is an awseome place for a family vacation.  There are still things left we did not get to see.  Next time I'd like to explore Lookout Mountain more, take a river cruise, and visit their zoo.  A good time was had by all.


  1. Looks like a great time. The "Incline Railroad" pics really brought back some childhood vacation memories for me!

  2. Another busy day and really nice pictures. Family looks like they had a GREAT time!

  3. How do you like the new plane? Would you buy the same type again?

  4. The Lance is a perfect plane for us. There are faster planes out there, but none that are roomier. It is just a bigger Cherokee, so maintenance compared to the Arrow is very similar. It think the Lance is a good value given today's prices for it's capabilities.


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