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17691
Tennessee

Underwater and Outer Space: Chattanooga With Your Grandchild

Learn all about Chattanooga and beyond as you and your grandchild ride a historic train, experience a space simulator, visit an underground waterfall and spend a night at an aquarium!
Rating (5)
Program No. 17691RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,649 / ADULT
999 / CHILD
Tennessee

Underwater and Outer Space: Chattanooga With Your Grandchild

Learn all about Chattanooga and beyond as you and your grandchild ride a historic train, experience a space simulator, visit an underground waterfall and spend a night at an aquarium!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,649 / ADULT
999 / CHILD
Program No. 17691 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Age 9 - 12
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DATES
Jun 13 – Jun 18, 2021
Per Adult
1,649
Per Child
999
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Jun 13 - Jun 18, 2021
1,649
/ Adult
999
/ Child
1,649
/ Adult
999
/ Child
2,199
/ Adult
999
/ Child
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Jun 20 – Jun 25, 2021
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1,649
Per Child
999
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Jun 20 - Jun 25, 2021
1,649
/ Adult
999
/ Child
1,649
/ Adult
999
/ Child
2,199
/ Adult
999
/ Child
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Jul 11 – Jul 16, 2021
Per Adult
1,649
Per Child
999
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Jul 11 - Jul 16, 2021
1,649
/ Adult
999
/ Child
1,649
/ Adult
999
/ Child
2,199
/ Adult
999
/ Child
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At a Glance

This adventure with your grandchild will launch you far beyond the borders of Chattanooga and into your imaginations as you play and learn together. Become an astronaut for a day at the Challengers Space Center as you fly a simulated space mission. Imagine you’re a conductor or an escaping outlaw as you climb aboard an old-school train for a ride on the rails. And transform yourself into a fish or favorite marine animal as you sleep among your finned friends during an aquarium sleepover! After a week of science, history and a little make believe, you’ll head home with unforgettable memories under your belt!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day over uneven terrain and including stairs.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Ride the rails across Chickamauga Creek, and sleep among the sharks at the Tennessee Aquarium.
  • At the Challenger Space Center, get “launched” into space and conduct research in a real Space Lab.
  • Hear tales of notorious outlaws, Civil War Soldiers and Native American warriors and discover an underground waterfall at Lookout Mountain.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12.
Featured Expert
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Justin Strickland
Justin Strickland has been fascinated by trains his entire life. His first "railroad" job was with the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway at the age of 15, where he eventually became a conductor. Justin has also worked with the Southeastern Railway Museum, Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. He authored the only book dedicated to the Terminal Station in Chattanooga and has been interviewed for the railroad documentary "Tracing the Tracks."

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Maury Nicely View biography
Maury Nicely is a lawyer and historian in Chattanooga, Tenn., and author of the “Chattanooga Walking Tour & Historic Guide” and the “East Tennessee Walking Tour & Historic Guide.” Maury has served on the boards of Chattanooga History Center and Cornerstones, Inc., Chattanooga's historic preservation organization.
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Matt Downer View biography
Matt Downer has been documenting and performing with the elder musicians of the Tennessee Valley region for more than a dozen years. Specializing in pre-1930 string band music on fiddle and banjo, Matt performs regularly with the Old Time Travelers and does solo performances in and around the Tri-State area.
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Carol Burton View biography
Carol Burton attended Dalton State College, where she began her 16 years as a Road Scholar coordinator with its Center for Educational Adventure. Married to her childhood sweetheart, she grew up in Hampton, Va., and moved to Georgia in 1970. Carol said she was born with a love for animals and volunteers with her local humane society.
Profile Image of Justin Strickland
Justin Strickland View biography
Justin Strickland has been fascinated by trains his entire life. His first "railroad" job was with the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway at the age of 15, where he eventually became a conductor. Justin has also worked with the Southeastern Railway Museum, Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. He authored the only book dedicated to the Terminal Station in Chattanooga and has been interviewed for the railroad documentary "Tracing the Tracks."
Profile Image of Bud Ellis
When Bud Ellis was an art professor at the University of Tennessee, a student brought in an old carousel horse that needed repair. Bud took the horse apart and studied how it was put together decades ago. This was the start of Bud’s career building carousel horses and, eventually, two complete carousels in Chattanooga, Tenn. Bud is also an excellent woodcarver and artist who teaches students the proper techniques for shading, gold leafing and making the animal look realistic.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Chattanooga Landmarks (TN): Exploring the History of the Scenic City (The History Press) [Paperback]
by Jennifer Crutchfield
Chattanooga's history and heritage are embodied in the historical sites, structures and groundbreaking feats of engineering that have defined the city from its beginning. Many of the Scenic City's most important landmarks are still preserved. Yet with so many fascinating historic sites and storied destinations, seeing them all is no easy task. Fortunately, Chattanooga Landmarks offers a helpful survey of the most historically significant sites in the city and the surrounding area. Join Chattanooga local Jennifer Crutchfield as she guides you through the city's historic wonders, both natural and man-made. From the top of Lookout Mountain down to the banks of the Tennessee River and through downtown, Chattanooga Landmarks covers the breadth of the historic sites that make this Tennessee city a landmark all its own.
Chattanooga's Terminal Station (TN)
by Justin W. Strickland
Long before Glenn Miller made the world-famous "Chattanooga Choo Choo" an American icon, Chattanooga was already a bustling railroad community. By the beginning of the 20th century, passenger trains overwhelmed Chattanooga's two railroad depots and a larger station was needed. The solution was Terminal Station, which rivaled most Southern depots in size, expense, and aesthetic beauty. Providing transportation to cities throughout the country, the terminal made its mark as the gateway for rail from the agricultural south to the industrial north. Following its closure, the terminal was reopened as a renowned hotel and entertainment complex in 1973, becoming one of Chattanooga's many exciting attractions. Images of Rail: Chattanooga's Terminal Station follows the history of this depot in both stories and photographs.





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