There is nothing better than a rainy day to visit the Tennessee Aquarium. The aquarium in Chattanooga, TN includes two buildings, River Journey and Ocean Journey. We love both but our favorite building is the Ocean Journey. This area includes the penguins, butterflies and sharks!
The touch tank includes rays and sometimes sharks.
My daughter had to work up her nerve.
My favorite area is the butterfly garden.
The penguins will play with you.
After the butterfly garden, the viewing windows around the ocean tank is a favorite area. It includes sharks, a variety of fish, rays and two sea turtles. One of which is a rescued turtle. It’s back flippers were damaged in what they think was a boating accident. They have dive shows daily where you can ask experts about the inhabitants.
Sharks proudly show their teeth.
Two sea turtles live here.
Interactive computers are fun for the kids.
Before you exit, the path takes you through the underwater cavern. There are several windows and bubbles to sit in and view the fish from a different perspective.
Love that you can just sit and watch.
This bubble makes you feel like a fish!
We enjoyed our rainy day visit. Don’t miss the water play areas outside at the aquarium plaza. A great place to cool off rain or shine!
Cool off in the fountains outside.
Rainy day at Tennessee Aquarium.
My husband fell in love with this area when he discovered hang gliding many years ago. He learned how to fly at Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding. I just love to watch and keep my feet on the ground.
My husband doesn’t fly anymore, but the kids and I will come watch the others fly. The launch area is the perfect place to watch the sunset over Lookout and Sand Mountains. And it didn’t disappoint this evening!
about to set
view north toward Chattanooga
last one down
Joining the Weekly Photo Challenge this week. The moon over Chattanooga tonight that my daughter so excitedly pointed out to me. Nice to see after so much rain.
Swiss Cheese in the sky
This is apparently the same moon A Little British Pea saw! It’s a small world!
Dogwoods are in bloom!
One photo to represent Spring today! My husband and I took a walk in Coolidge Park in Chattanooga this morning and the dogwoods are blooming. The pink ones are my favorite. Enjoy!
A blog I follow has a weekly travel theme and this week happens to be “bridges”. I wanted to show off my favorite bridge, Walnut Street Bridge, which is one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges here in Chattanooga, TN.
My favorite place to walk.
You have to share the bridge with pigeons.
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The Mr. and I were lucky to get a rare lunch date together and decided on one of our favorite Chattanooga restaurants. Tony’s Pasta is located in the Bluff View Art district and serves incredible Italian food. They start you with homemade bread studded with whole garlic cloves and dipping oil with cheese. Our go to appetizer is the calamari. Hubs always gets the traditional lasagna and he was not disappointed. I tend to try different entrees and this time had the roasted vegetable lasagna. It was filled with zucchini, squash, eggplant and lots of cheese!
Tony’s is fit for a special occasion or a casual meal. We had no wait for a table for our lunch but it can get fairly busy on a weekend for dinner. Unless you arrive early you will have a wait, but its worth it!
S and I took advantage of the Hunter Museum of American Art’s free first Sunday in January. As long as I have lived here I have never been to the museum located in the Bluff View district of Chattanooga. The museum is housed in two buildings, an historic mansion and a contemporary building.
There is a wide variety of art to explore and an exhibit area that changes periodically. The glass art of Paul Stankard is here until April 21, 2013. These are beautiful and amazing glass paperweights.
Take a little stroll down the street to Rembrandt’s for some incredible chocolates and coffee. S loves the colossal chocolate chip cookies!
I was a great first visit and it is something we will do again. And you can’t go wrong with free admission!
The museum as seen from the Walnut Street walking bridge
Contemplating life in a bowl of squash
Hello from Hunter Museum
Walnut St. Pedestrian bridge
Ironwork outside the museum
Our snack at Rembrandt’s