Chattanooga was our destination for a quick weekend getaway – it’s only 2 hours away, so it was perfect for a couple nights. To avoid photo overload, I split Chattanooga weekend trip into two parts… yesterday was Rock City, and now for the aquarium!
After a quick lunch break by the riverfront (nothing to write home about), we walked over to the aquarium, which overlooks the river and is split up into two buildings – one for the Ocean exhibits, and one for the River exhibits. The grounds are fun alone – there are two “living” bridge overlooks, lots of vendors, a river view, and a built-in play area for all the kids running around.
It was a great atmosphere, and the exhibits inside each building were laid out really well so the crowd flowed naturally but you didn’t feel rushed and could go at your own pace. The Ocean building had three floors, but the River exhibit had about one million… almost too many, ha! Maybe we were just tired because we had been on our feet all day, but we started skimming past the last few floors of the River building.
I think our favorite animals were the ones we got to interact with a bit – we caught feeding time for the penguins and turtles, and got to touch the sting rays and sturgeons. We also saw a duck and a fish get in a tiff – a passing fish ruffled some feathers and got a peck, returned by a chase around the tank, which was pretty adorable.
We were dead tired after the aquarium, so we headed back to the hotel for a nap before dinner. My co-worker recommended Tony’s Pasta Shop and Trattoria for dinner, and it was so good! The bread with baked-in garlic was awesome (and so was our bottle of wine and the rest of dinner!), and the Bluff View Art District was a cool area.
The Chattanoogan had live music at the hotel bar on the weekends, so we ended the night hanging out there for a bit.
Before we left on the last day, we had one more great meal – breakfast at Tupelo Honey. The biscuits (and honey of course) were oh so good! The weekend went by quickly and we had a great little getaway. Plus, it was so nice that it was only a couple hours from home!
More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!