17691
Chattanooga
Chattanooga For Grands: From Trains and Mountains to an Aquarium Sleepover
Explore all Chattanooga has to offer as you and your grandchild ride a historic train, experience a space simulator, visit an underground waterfall and spend a night in the aquarium.
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Program No. 17691RJ
Length
6 days
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1,499
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Chattanooga, TN
D
DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Chattanooga Downtown

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren during the program. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised.

Dinner: In the hotel conference room, we'll enjoy a buffet dinner, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Afterwards we'll have a "Getting to Know You" activity with grandparents and grandkids. This program features many different opportunities for learning and doing things together. Intergenerational relationships are the key as we learn with and from one another.

DAY
2
Shortline Railroad, IMAX Theater, Choo Choo Terminal
Chattanooga, TN
B,L,D
DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Chattanooga Downtown

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking on paved and some uneven terrain at the Railroad Museum.

Breakfast: In the hotel conference room, we'll enjoy a buffet dinner, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: We will begin today’s adventure with a motorcoach ride to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, where we’ll hear from an expert about the exciting history of Chattanooga following the call for “all aboard” on a shortline railroad ride. We’ll cross Chickamauga Creek and pass through the pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge tunnel that became the hub of local railroading activity in the early 1900s. We’ll see a turntable demonstration and explore the railroad repair shop, where we’ll learn how the railroad was built, how railroads are maintained today, and about the lives of those who fought here. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel.

Lunch: In the hotel conference room, we'll enjoy a plated lunch, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Especially for Kids: After lunch we will experience the six-story IMAX screen, the largest in the region at the Tennessee Aquarium. It is the only one big enough to display a life-sized blue whale. There will be time for swimming or socializing with newfound friends this afternoon.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: We will have a classroom activity for both grands and kids. We’ll travel by electric trolley to the 106-year old Chattanooga Choo Choo Terminal, where we’ll enjoy stories of this majestic station.

DAY
3
Horsin' Around Carving School, Coolidge Park, Space Center
Chattanooga, TN
B,L,D
DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Chattanooga Downtown

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking at Coolidge Park includes over some uneven, paved terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will board the motorcoach for Soddy Daisy, TN, a 20-minute drive, to visit a carving school, the only one of its kind in the country. We will see firsthand the students’ carving ability and master carvers at work as we learn of their role in the restoration of the antique 1894 Dentzel carousel at Coolidge Park on the Chattanooga waterfront. Especially for Kids: We will then visit the carousel and pick a favorite animal to ride.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: We will board a motorcoach for the Challenger Center. The UTC Challenger Learning Center is a member of the National Challenger Center Network that has 45 centers located in the United States, Great Britain, South Korea and Canada. The Challenger Centers were built as a living memorial for the crew of the Challenger Space Shuttle mission that ended in tragedy on January 28, 1986. Especially for Kids: In the Mission Control room, designed after NASA Johnson Space Center and an orbiting space station, we will fly simulated space missions. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: This evening we will enjoy a musical presentation for kids and grands.

DAY
4
Ruby Falls, Rock City, Tennessee Aquarium Sleepover
Chattanooga, TN
B,L,D
DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Chattanooga Downtown

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles up/down steps in Ruby Falls cave, uneven terrain for Rock City.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning, we will take a motorcoach to Lookout Mountain, famous for its many unusual geological features. Ruby Falls is unique: a 145-foot underground waterfall more than 1,120 feet beneath the mountain’s surface. The fascinating story of the formation of Lookout Mountain, the cave and Ruby Falls itself, on the banks of the Tennessee River, is told by the rocks that formed each of these wonders. We’ll learn about the rich history of this cave from our expert, a story that includes Native Americans, cave explorers, notorious outlaws, Civil War soldiers, and even a President of the United States.

Lunch: At a restaurant atop Lookout Mountain, we will enjoy a plated lunch, plus coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: We will continue to discover Chattanooga’s wonders at the brow of Lookout Mountain, Rock City, located 1,700 feet above sea level, with a 100-foot waterfall that cascades down the mountain, and the famous Swing-A-Long Bridge that spans nearly 200 feet. Located atop Lookout Mountain, just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga, Rock City is a true marvel of nature, featuring massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking panoramic views of seven states. We’ll take an unforgettable journey along the Enchanted Trail, where each step reveals natural beauty and wonders along the woodland path. The magic of Fairyland Caverns is a favorite for kids and grands. We will return to the hotel in Chattanooga. Grandkids will head to the Tennessee Aquarium for dinner and their sleepover this evening and grandparents will head out for dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, adults will enjoy a plated dinner, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Grandchildren will enjoy dinner at the aquarium, including pizza and cookies along with lemonade and water.

Evening: Grandparents will have an evening of dining and conversation. Especially for Kids: Grandkids will enjoy activities and the “sleep in the deep” sleepover at the Tennessee Aquarium, where aquarists and divers will present a lecture on what it’s like to be a part of the aquarium team as well as the large exhibits on display. We will reunite tomorrow before breakfast at the hotel.

DAY
5
Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga Ducks, Singing Restaurant
Chattanooga, TN
B,D
DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Chattanooga Downtown

Activity note: Getting on/off duck boat.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet after grandkids’ return via motorcoach.

Morning: Especially for Kids: After regrouping, we will return to the aquarium by motorcoach where grandkids will take their grandparents on a personal field trip to share what they’ve learned. We will take a remarkable journey through the aquarium’s two buildings, from a cove forest high in the Appalachian mountains to a coral reef in the blue depths of the Gulf of Mexico, to explore life above and below the water's surface.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll board an authentic WWII amphibious landing craft, built specifically for the D-Day invasion, to enjoy an historic trip through downtown Chattanooga before splashing into the Tennessee River at Ross' Landing for an historical and ecological exploration of the river and the Chattanooga Waterfront. More than just a ride—it’s an adventure!

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Wrap-up Session, Program Concludes
Chattanooga, TN
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 p.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: In the hotel classroom with our group leader we will review what we’ve seen and learned as share our fondest memories of this time together. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!