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Walkable Chattanooga offers plenty of activities for families looking to explore the Scenic City. Pick one of these seven family-friendly places to stay in the Nooga, and get ready to have fun with the kids. Many offer on-site kitchens, bunk beds, cribs, and other amenities designed to make travel with kids easier.
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Chattanooga Choo Choo
Kids and trains go together like peanut butter and jelly. So, where better to stay with the fam than this famous train station-turned-hotel? The train line that launched an earworm song and helped make this Tennessee city famous has gone through many renovations over the years. Chattanooga Choo Choo offers standard hotel rooms in buildings in the back building, or book a room in a converted rail car. The train cars are cozy, for sure, but a night here is a memory the kids will have forever. No matter where in town you stay, bring the family to check out the historic lobby, which includes the Frothy Monkey restaurant, an eatery with plenty of kid-friendly dishes.
Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown
Just blocks from the Tennessee Aquarium and other riverfront sites, the convenient Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown tops the list for families who plan to check out Chattanooga’s kid-friendly attractions since kids 18 and under stay for free, and kids 11 and under eat for free. Cribs are available for families with infants. Everyone can hang out together at the indoor pool.
Kinley Chattanooga Southside
While it is located in the Southside historic district (across the street from the historic choo choo), Kinley Chattanooga Southside is a new hotel that welcomes families…and their pets. Book a room with bunk beds, so all the kids have somewhere of their own to sleep, no need to call for a rollaway. Grab coffee from the on-site coffee shop and then wander the area’s shops, restaurants, and, of course, historic train station.
Built in 1872, Read House is a Chattanooga landmark (it is on the National Register of Historic Places). While the building is historic, it has been renovated with modern features and amenities. The indoor pool is a year-round attraction for families. The West Village location makes for easy walking to restaurants, parks, and downtown attractions.
With its apartment-style rooms, complete with full kitchens, Bode Chattanooga is a family-friendly home-away-from-home. Kids and parents can have separate bedrooms along with a living room for hanging out together. Some rooms even have multiple bathrooms. Store snacks in the fridge for when you need to refuel before exploring the surrounding West Village neighborhood. The lobby has pool tables and other indoor diversions.
Known mostly as a convention hotel, The Chattanoogan is a secret favorite for families thanks to its spacious rooms, multiple suite configurations, and resort-like feel. Check out the on-site restaurants and coffee shop, outdoor fire pit, and ample communal lobby space. The central location means you can walk to ice cream shops, the historic choo choo, Finley Stadium, and more.
The Crash Pad
You might not think that a hostel would be a kid-friendly accommodation, but The Crash Pad isn’t your typical hostel. Designed by folks who love Chattanooga’s great outdoors, The Crash Pad has private rooms in addition to the standard hostel bunks, places to store your strollers, bikes, and other outdoor gear, and a kitchen for making lunches. It’s around the corner from the historic choo choo and next door to the Flying Squirrel, a popular restaurant with a family-centric weekend brunch.
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