Take a Ruby Falls cave tour – Chattanooga TN

Disclosure: Ruby Falls provided me with a complimentary tour. Opinions shared are mine.

One of the most memorable experiences of our autumn Chattanooga camping trip was our Ruby Falls visit.  Have you heard of this beautiful attraction?

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Incline Railway + Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets for the Incline Railway; opinions shared are mine.


A few days ago, my students listened to the “I Have a Dream” speech and cheered when Dr. King mentioned Lookout Mountain.  Ironically, very few of them could identify just where Lookout Mountain was!  My own kids know, thanks to our recent visit to Chattanooga.  We took the Incline Railway to the top of the mountain. Here’s what it was like!  [Read more…]

See Rock City in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary trip to Rock City; opinions shared are mine.

You’ve seen the signs and the bold barn roofs, right?  SEE ROCK CITY is an iconic message that everyone seems to know, yet not many really understand.  Last fall, we had the chance to visit Rock City Gardens in lovely Chattanooga, Tennessee. We stayed at a campground in Chattanooga and drove about 15 minutes to Rock City. It’s a destination that needs to be on your bucket list!  Plan a trip for spring break or summer vacation.  You’ll be surprised how special this place is!

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Knoxville RV Show – January 5-7 2018 Sevierville Convention Center #KnoxvilleRVShow #ad

Disclosure: I received free admission; opinions shared are mine.

With the nation shivering under winter’s cold gaze, you might have forgotten what summer feels like.  Here’s your chance to think about warmer weather and the great outdoors.  We attended the Knoxville RV Show this weekend, and enjoyed it so much.  I think you will too! [Read more…]

Visit the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Disclosure: I received passes for the museum; opinions shared are mine.

Now that we’ve crossed off the Christmas box on the calendar, let’s start planning adventures for 2018!  During fall break, we had the chance to go to the Creative Discovery Museum located in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.  My last Chattanooga trip was 20 years ago, but I remembered taking my students to this children’s museum. It was wonderful to take my own children there!  If you’re starting to think about a spring break trip with the kids, here’s why your family will LOVE the Creative Discovery Museum. [Read more…]

Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga + Oceans book

Disclosure: I am a Parragon VIP blogger and received this book free from the publisher. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

Our family enjoyed a fun camping trip to Chattanooga, TN over fall break.  The last time I’d been there was over 20 years ago, so I was excited to return with my kids.  In the next few days, I’ll share some of our adventures with you.  First, let’s take a look at the Tennessee Aquarium!   This amazing attraction is right in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. It is housed in 2 main buildings, flanked by an IMAX theater just a few feet away.  Tickets are purchased in yet another building.  I tried to find a discount or online coupon to no avail.  [Read more…]

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park Campground in Greeneville TN

Last weekend we stayed at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park campground in Limestone, Tennessee.  It’s located near Greeneville, TN.  There is a beautiful river just inside the campground where you can wander on a trail, do some fishing, or just enjoy the serenity from a bench. On the day of our arrival, we had a funny sight in store!  My kids loved watching the cows play in the water. [Read more…]

Magnolia Tree restaurant in Cobsy, TN near Gatlinburg

Just outside the gates of our Gatlinburg KOA campsite was a restaurant called Magnolia Tree.  We drove past it a couple of times before we had the chance to stop in. The signs announcing the ice cream and Amish foods drew me in!

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Gatlinburg East KOA Campground in Cosby TN

For our first camping trip in Pigeon Forge, we chose Gatlinburg East KOA Campground in Cosby, TN.  There were so many options in the area that the selecting one was overwhelming!  We finally chose the KOA because it had excellent TripAdvisor reviews.  It was simple to make reservations online, and the Value Kard fee paid for itself ($30 cost, gives a 10% discount).   [Read more…]

Savings for a fun day at The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN #TheIslandPF

So, when we got discounted tickets for the 7D ride at The Island in Pigeon Forge, I had NO IDEA about the other rides that were just around the corner. It was our first time going there, but I just hadn’t researched it at all.  We didn’t have time to check out the rides, so we promised the kids we’d go back the next day when we had more time.  My son was especially interested in the ropes course!

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