About an hour north of Chattanooga is Athens, TN, which is home to the Mayfield Dairy. You can take a tour of the milk bottling plant and also see where they make some of their ice cream products. The tour lasts about a half hour or so. You'll learn why you may not have heard of Mayfield if not from the area (they only ship so far away to maintain quality.) While there are no free samples, they practically give the ice cream away at the gift shop for $1 per scoop!
Leave your camera in the car, or they will ask you to check it at the front desk before the tour begins.
Murder Mystery Dinner Shows
The Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre is a unique experience that everybody will enjoy, even people like me who normally don't like such things. I was talked into coming here for my birthday, but ended up liking it. They currently have 4 different shows, each playing once or twice a week on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. We went to the Redneck-Italian Wedding, which was very funny dispite the emphasis on stereotypes. The audience members are active participants, with a few actually getting to speak and come on stage. The characters all go around and talk to the audience members throughout the show. At the end you get to vote on who you think committed the murder. It is definitely worth the time and money, and especially good for kids. Kids always get in for $12, but adult prices vary between $19 and $24.50, depending on the show and time. See the website or call them for shows, times, and prices, reservations are required. Dinner here is a small buffet consisting of salad, baked ziti, pasta primavera, italian meatballs, and garlic rolls. The food is not the best italian food out there, but its not bad either. The dessert, however, is chocolate cake with raspberry sauce, and it was delicious.
The Creative Discovery Museum is an awesome place for kids and adults. It offers alot of great fun and learning, and the whole top floor changes themes about every six months. One thing I love the most is the front river section. It offers a full window section for parents to sit and watch Chattanooga from while the kids all play. When we go, we let the kids play in the river section for at least an hour with the tunnels, nets and river play. There is only to ways in or out of this section, so I sit at one end, while wife sits on other and we just let the girls play knowing they cant go out without us knowing.
Ruby Falls is another must see in Chattanooga. It is a 145 foot waterfall at the end of a descent into a cavern. Admission is $12.95 for ages 13 and up and $5.95 for ages 3 to 12. Allow around 1.5 hours to visit the caverns and falls.
the warehouse district is located on several blocks of market street near the chattanooga choo choo complex. this interesting part of downtown has scores of historic buildings and a number of restaurants and bars.