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Activities for grandparents and grandchildren in Chattanooga, TN

Here are some kid-friendly activities in The Scenic City, perfect for a grandparents’ + grandchildren’s day out.

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The penguins + otters were Editor Kristen’s favorite part of the aquarium when she was a kid.

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Calling all grandparents. Looking for some fun things to do around Chattanooga with your grandchildren? Good thing the Scenic City has plenty of options to make a day out on the town with the grandkids one to remember.

Not a grandparent? No worries, these activities are all still kid-friendly + fun for the whole family. Shoutout to reader Steve S. for the idea of compiling this list.

🗓️ For more than one visit

Consider purchasing a grandparent or family membership from The Creative Discovery Museum, Tennessee Aquarium + Chattanooga Zoo. These memberships offer unlimited visits for a year and include the kids’ admission.

📚 Spend some time at the Chattanooga Public Library

Have grandchildren of all ages? The Chattanooga Library has events + activities for babies, toddlers, tweens, and teens. Check out their event calendar for story times, arts and crafts, and more.

🚂 Take a train ride

Bring the love for toy trains to life with a local train ride through Missionary Ridge. The Tennessee Valley Railroad also offers holiday-themed train rides if you want to plan ahead.

🧗 Stop by Outdoor Chattanooga

If your family is full of nature + outdoor activity lovers, Outdoor Chattanooga has several options to spend your day. We recommend trying out rock climbing on the Walnut Wall.

🌳 Enjoy Coolidge Park

Grab some food from a nearby restaurant for a picnic, take a ride on the carousel, and bring a frisbee, kite, or ball for a day of fun in the park. Bonus: you can also check out some of Chattanooga’s underrated parks for more fun.

🕹️ Go to the arcade

Play pinball + classic arcade games at The Chattanooga Pinball Museum — admission allows you unlimited play.

🍦 Grab some ice cream

Editor Kristen here. Grabbing a cookies + cream cone from The Ice Cream Show and walking along the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge was one of my favorite activities to do as a kid.

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