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Best Kid-Friendly Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Chattanooga

Posted by Mary Beth Torgerson on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 11:53am.

Will we ever see the sun again? With record amounts of rain in the last few weeks, most Chattanoogans are wondering when it will end. Not to mention, how do you keep the kids busy on the weekend or when school is cancelled?

The fun doesn’t have to stop even if the rain never does. Here are some of our favorite family friendly activities to do on a rainy day in Chattanooga: 

1. Go climbing at High Point Climbing & Fitness

This isn’t your ordinary climbing wall. High Point Climbing & Fitness has a whopping 30,000 square feet of walls and so many routes you couldn’t possibly get bored. High Point’s Kid Zone has climbing specifically for kids—even as young as 3—to enjoy and challenge themselves. The  3,000 Sq. Ft. area offers 15 auto belays and a 10 foot tall kid’s boulder.

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2. Tour Ruby Falls

A cave tour?! What kid would not be into that? Journey underground at Ruby Falls and explore America’s deepest commercial cave. The kids will love walking through the underground passageways, looking at rock formations and learning about the cave’s history on the interactive guided tour. At the end, you’ll see the incredible 145-foot waterfall located more than 1,120 feet beneath the mountain’s surface. 

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3. Go peruse the art at the Hunter Museum

The Hunter Museum of American Art is a Chattanooga favorite, with a large collection featuring artists from the Colonial period to the present day. Older kids can enjoy wandering through the Hunter and interacting with some of the art. Pro tip—try playing art “I Spy” if things start to get a little stale. The Hunter also has activity days for younger kids. Check them out on the website and be sure to order tickets in advance! 

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4. Enjoy some hands-on learning at the Creative Discovery Museum 

Rain or shine, kids will love the Creative Discovery Museum! Located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum is one of the top children's museums in the country. The museum contains art, music, and field science areas, along with a rooftop exhibit, an inventor's workshop, and a temporary exhibit space that rotates regularly. There is something even for the littlest kids like the Little Yellow House exhibit designed specifically to meet the developmental needs of children 4 years old and younger. The Little Yellow House also has an enclosed infant's garden for children under 18 months. 

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5. Explore the Tennessee Aquarium 

No Chattanooga kid-friendly activities list would be complete without mentioning the Tennessee Aquarium! Situated on the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga, TN, the Tennessee Aquarium is home to 10000 animals and an IMAX theater. You'll meet otters, colorful trout, alligators, giant catfish, tons of turtles and more freshwater animals at River Journey. Then head over the the second building, Ocean Journey, to enjoy saltwater habitats with penguins, touchable stingrays, butterflies and a coral reef with big sharks and schools of fish. You’ll forget all about the rain as soon as you head inside! 

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