Are you planning a weekend or fall break vacation to the Chattanooga area and looking for fun activities to do with your kids?
Chattanooga is a beautiful place to visit any time of year, which is why it has been nicknamed the Scenic City!
If you are wondering when is the best time to visit Chattanooga, I highly recommend taking a trip during the fall and Halloween season!
In this post, I will list kid friendly fall and Halloween activities near Chattanooga that will provide unique, memory-making experiences for the whole family!
1. Halloween Eerie Express
One of the things Chattanooga is most known for is its historic railway stations and trains. The Tennessee Valley Railroad is a hidden gem when it comes to exciting things to do in the area with kids….and what kid doesn’t love trains?!
You can check out their official website where they have a list of all the special themed train rides they offer throughout the year.
During the fall season, Tennessee Valley Railroad takes several trips through Chattanooga and the surrounding area to showcase the beautiful fall foliage.
If you choose to book one of these scenic trips, dinner and beverage options are sometimes also available (for a fee) on the trains.
As exciting as the train ride is itself, little kids may prefer some additional excitement on their trip.
In that case, Tennessee Valley Railroad offers the Halloween Eerie Express. This trip consists of a special stop at the Eerie Train Station where storytelling and Halloween themed activities take place.
The Halloween Eerie Express is perfect for smaller kids because it’s not scary at all AND they get to dress up in costume!
I can tell you from experience that you won’t be disappointed in this unique kid-friendly adventure!
The Halloween Eerie Express is a great activity for toddlers and little kids. But, if you have older kids who are looking for something on the spookier side, Tennessee Valley Railroad has them covered too!
They have a special trip called Halloween Haints and Haunts for children 12 and older. This ride is a two hour journey after dark, and it includes spooky ghost stories.
Regardless of your kids’ ages and interests, Tennessee Valley Railroad is sure to have a trip to meet your needs!
Be sure to check them out when you visit Chattanooga!
The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is a must-do attraction for any visitor to the area. The aquarium encompasses two separate buildings: one for the River Journey and the other for the Ocean Journey.
Each side has really great exhibits and a lot of extra fun things for kids. You can hold butterflies in the butterfly garden and touch animals like catfish or stingrays in some of the interactive tanks.
The Tennessee Aquarium also provides some special fall events with their Oddtober celebration and AquaScarium.
The Oddtober event focuses on strange or weird looking animals. The AquaScarium event is more Halloween themed with costumes and trick or treating.
Be sure to check out the Tennessee Aquarium’s website for more information on times these events are offered.
3. Blowing Springs Farm
Located just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga in Flintstone, Georgia, Blowing Springs Farm is packed full of fall activities for kids!
We visit this farm every single autumn and always have the best time!
Blowing Springs Farm offers popular fall themed activities like:
- small train rides
- petting zoo
- pumpkin painting
- carnival type games
- corn field maze
- pedal carts
Plus much more! The activities are always really well organized and are a big hit with my kiddos!
Since the farm is located at the base of Lookout Mountain, it’s a great stop on your way up to Rock City!
You can visit the Blowing Springs Farm official website for information on this season’s hours and pricing.
Although not the most stroller friendly attraction (if that’s important to you), Rock City is an amazing place to visit with kids who are able to walk on their own.
It is located on top of Lookout Mountain and offers incredible views! You can even look out over seven different states at once from Rock City!
My daughter loves the trails and cave like features at Rock City. She even walked the bridge (mostly) on her own!
During the fall, Rock City celebrates Rocktoberfest. This event offers activities like live music, dance performances, pumpkin painting, and character meet and greets just to name a few.
You can check out Rock City’s website to find more information!
5. Boo at the Zoo
The Chattanooga Zoo is one of my favorite places to take my kids because it’s such a fun AND easy outing.
The zoo in Chattanooga is a great size and offers just enough excitement without feeling overwhelming. There’s also a really great park right next door that is one of my kids’ favorites in all of Chattanooga.
Boo in the Zoo is the name of the non-scary Halloween themed event offered on certain evenings in the fall.
During this fun packed event, the zoo offers activities like:
- carnival type games
- face painting
- character meet and greets
- pony rides
- bounce houses
- and the ability to view the zoo animals!
Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes at Boo in the Zoo, and they can trick or treat as they make their way around the area.
6. Haunted Market
The Chattanooga Market takes place on Sundays at the Tennessee Pavilion downtown.
The market is held beginning in late April each year and going through the fall and Christmas holidays.
During the month of October, the Chattanooga market offers special events like Oktoberfest and the Haunted Market.
These seasonal events include:
- fall produce
- face painting booths
- food trucks
- live music
- holiday merchandise
If you visit during the Haunted Market, make sure to have your kids dress up in their costumes for the Halloween costume parade.
They can also trick or treat while they are there!
Chattanooga is home to so many great things to do with kids. Even if you aren’t able to make it for a fall vacation, the activities mentioned above are super fun year round!
What are your favorite fall activities to do with kids in Chattanooga?
Comment below and tell me all about it!
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