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You may recall from yesterday morning’s A Giant Surprise post that I spent this past weekend in Chattanooga with my family. I already covered the food side of things. Now lets cover the activities side.
We sort of planned this trip on a whim. One day a couple weeks ago Makenzie started talking about the circus. I then brought up to Peter how last year we had said we would take her to the circus this year. I knew we had missed the Atlanta stop, but wondered about other options. A quick Google search let me know that the circus would be in Chattanooga, just an hour and a half away the next weekend.
We bought tickets, booked a hotel room, and planned a short overnight trip up there. This is what spontaneity looks like as a parent, folks. #canthandletheexcitement
It may not be a spur of the moment trip to Europe like some friends I know (yep, I’m jealous, Julie!), but we definitely had a blast on our little getaway.
After arriving to Chattanooga and enjoying our picnic lunch by the river, we ventured to the main attraction of the weekend – the circus.
I can’t remember the last time I went to a circus. Probably a good twenty years ago? The circus was a lot different than I remembered, but still fun.
There were tons of acts. Some classics like the high wire and the group of motorcycles all riding around that tiny metal ball.
Plus some newer things I don’t remember at the circus – tricks on trampolines, flips off these high up swinging platforms, and lots of juggling tricks.
Plus some short parts with the few animals featured – some horses prancing and the elephant appearance.
Makenzie loved her first circus and was talking about it nonstop the rest of the weekend.
After leaving the circus, we had a good bit of time to kill before dinner so we walked around the downtown area a good bit – so clean and low-key!!! – trying to decide what to do next. The aquarium? Some parks? Makenzie decided for us when she saw the Creative Discovery Museum.
So that’s what we did. Play time for the kids with some of the most fun toys I’ve ever seen. We played music on giant instruments and made LOTS of noise in rooms full of things to bang and clang.
We put on a special performance on a little stage including sound effects and all.
We learned about science…
…kind of. Or we just watched electricity and magnets do their thing. Probably the coolest of all was the dinosaur exhibits.
Isn’t she a little actress? The dinosaur exhibit had pretend fossil dig zones, tunnels to climb through to see different layers of sediment, books, and more. Oh, and they had costumes.
You’re welcome for that.
On the down side we only had just over an hour before the museum closed, so we didn’t even get to see the art area and other fun activities. But on the up side, that wasn’t the end of our time in Chattanooga.
Sunday morning we had more to do and see with a visit to Lookout Mountain.
Lookout Mountain was a key point in various battles in the Civil War. There is a battlefield park and museum at the top with some astounding views. To get to the top, we took the Incline Railway.
This train car goes up, up, up the side of Lookout Mountain with a serious cable. We’re talking STEEP up the side of the mountain. It’s hard to see in this picture, but when you’re in the train car you feel like you’re looking straight down the side of a mountain as you get further up the top. Pretty cool stuff!
At the top, we took the short walk over to the park and museum. I’m not a big history buff, but it still interests me to see relics of things from long ago.
And I’ll never turn down a chance to catch a view like this…
As Peter and I walked around up there, we talked about the trip and both of us suddenly said “I could live here”. May be crazy but after our trip, I want to move to Chattanooga. And Peter and I are actually seriously talking about doing so. That’s how much we enjoyed our visit there this past weekend. We could just see ourselves there. Who knows if that will ever happen, but we’re not opposed to it. One thing is for certain, though. We’ll be back…
When’s the last time you went to the circus? Ever just fallen in love with an area after a quick visit?