I know, I know. Bucket list? For a toddler? Don’t we have enough lists of things to do? You know I love a good list and a plan to get it done, so I thought I’d share our old favorites and some new fall activities that we’re looking forward to checking out soon in the Chattanooga area.
- Take advantage of new experiences at the Chattanooga Zoo and Creative Discovery Museum. Coming up on September 17 at the Chattanooga Zoo, GO Fest looks like the perfect event for my big truck and animal loving toddler. This event focuses on disability awareness and has activities geared towards younger and older kids alike including Touch-A-Truck and animal encounters. CDM has a new exhibit opening later this month, the Amazing Castle. A Preschool Adventure Day kicks off the exhibit on September 24. Hopefully we’ll see you there!
- Check out some new playgrounds. Since the temperatures will be slightly cooler than the surface of the sun soon, we’re planning on hitting up some area playgrounds that we haven’t explored yet. I hear the Pumpkin Patch on Signal Mountain is well worth the trip up, and what more appropriate park to visit for the season? We recently visited Imagination Station for the first time in Collegedale and it’s definitely on our list to get back to as the fall weather settles in.
- Go for a hike and admire the changing foliage. It’s no secret that Chattanooga is THE scenic city! There are tons of toddler friendly hikes around town that will be the perfect way to enjoy our gorgeous city in the coming months. Some of our favorite spots that are easy enough for C to hike are at Enterprise South Nature Park and Lula Lake Land Trust. Lula Lake isn’t open to the public all the time (and not all of the trails are toddler friendly!), but the gates are open on the first and last weekends of each month. Reflection Riding is a great spot year-round, but the autumn is my favorite time to explore these trails. Their annual native fall plant sale is coming up on September 9 and 10 would be a perfect time to grab some goodies for your garden and check out the property at the same time!
- Go one step further and try an overnight camping trip. This is something that Lee and I have talked about doing with C for a while, but honestly, I’ve been putting it off. I think this fall will be the perfect time to try it out (before we add another tiny person to the mix)! We have friends that rave about Fall Creek Falls for their kid-friendly trails, gorgeous waterfalls, playground on site, and REAL bathrooms. If you’re not into tent camping, they also have cabins available for rent.
- Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals. If there’s one thing the south knows how to do right, it’s celebrating fall! We CMB contributors LOVE a good Pumpkin Patch ( Old McDonald’s Farm is my personal favorite), and there are enough within an hour’s drive from Chattanooga to visit every weekend in October. There are also TONS of festivals in the area, both large and small, during the fall months. One of our favorites has been Ketner’s Mill near Whitwell, Tennessee. Keep your eyes out for a CMB Fall Festival Round Up for lots of info on specifics!