#1) Family Fun at Chattanooga Area Attractions
Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari is NEW at the Tennessee Aquarium. Meet all kinds of cool creatures from around the world up close in this new gallery. Pop-up inside a tank filled with toothy piranhas or be part of a free flight bird show. (Insider tip: Go to the Aquarium's website to see the schedule of bird shows. Then plan to watch two shows back to back. You'll be glad you did. And make sure there's plenty of room on your camera's memory card...you'll want to take a lot of pictures.)
Born to be Wild 3D NEW at IMAX! Baby elephants and baby orangutans are adorable. This film tells the heart-warming story of two women who have dedicated their lives to saving these orphans and raising them until they are strong enough to return to the wild. (Insider Tip: New flex ticketing allows you to choose any of the IMAX showings when you buy your Aquarium/IMAX combo for extra savings. But plan on going to one of the earlier showings.)
There's nothing like boating on the 4th of July, so cruise the river in style aboard the River Gorge Explorer. (Insider Tip: Book the Early Bird Special for extra savings or choose the Sunset Special and get three hours of cruising for the price of two.)
Bob the Builder is NEW at the Creative Discovery Museum. Spend time in Sunflower Valley with Bob the Builder, Wendy and the rest of the Can-Do Crew. Practice your own fixing with kid-smart activities that build up can-do attitudes. (Insider Tip: Visit July 2nd through the 4th and have extra fun with patriotic face-painting, hat and flag making.)
2) FREE MUSIC! Begin the weekend at Miller Plaza for the Nightfall concert series.
Friday, July 1st features HUGO at Nightfall. Here's a sample:
Look for more free music at Rock City, the Incline Railway, Chattanooga River Market and Chattanooga Market.
3) Fantastic Fireworks! Chattanooga makes it easy to get the most bang for your buck. FREE fireworks and music at Coolidge Park on Sunday, July 3rd. The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera always puts on a dynamite performance followed by an amazing fireworks display. (Insider tip: Get there early and stake your claim by placing your lawn chairs in just the right location - one with a good view and close to concessions and restrooms.)
Then on Monday, July 4th plan on being at the Chattanooga Lookouts game as they take on the Huntsville stars. A fireworks extravaganza takes place following the exciting baseball action. (Insider tip: Purchase tickets online and then bypass the lines when you pick up your tix at "Will Call".)
#4) Affordable hotel packages. Here's a link to four properties that offer tickets to the Tennessee Aquarium when you book one of their great rooms. (Insider Tip: Use the FREE electric shuttle to get to downtown Chattanooga. No need to drive or park when someone else will do that for free.)
HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!!