“PARDON ME, BOY, IS THAT THE…….”

I dare you to finish the title without humming just a little! This iconic ditty by Glenn Miller, which was the #1 song in America in December 1941, inspires nostalgia and yearning for a simpler time. Complete with train sounds and a whistle, the lyrics promise to transport the singer home to Tennessee and his girl in Chattanooga where he won’t roam again. When you visit this charming destination, you’ll understand why!

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The Chattanooga Homeschool Odyssey is an opportunity to experience the very best of Chattanooga at deeply discounted rates. Join other homeschool families for these exclusive savings and incredible family fun! History buffs, music lovers, rock hounds and train enthusiasts (like my husband!) will love this trip. If science, aquamarine life or zoo animals are more your thing, the Chattanooga Odyssey has that covered as well. There’s even a stop at the International Towing Museum– so interesting and so much fun!

 

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Of course, your adventures in Chattanooga will begin with a visit to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, offering rides on a full-sized steamer throughout the day. Next stop, the famous Chattanooga Choo-Choo Terminal Station for shopping, the Glenn Miller Formal Gardens and lots of great dining choices. Don’t forget to check out the Grand Dome Lobby, the world’s largest free-standing brick dome building.


If geology plays a part in your curriculum (or if you just love really cool places), you’ll be stunned by Rock City Gardens and Ruby Falls. Rock City is a massive ancient rock formation at the top of Lookout Mountain with gardens featuring over 400 native plants and a panoramic view of 7 states. Ruby Falls is a breathtaking waterfall more than 1200 ft below the surface of Lookout Mountain- truly a marvel of nature!

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Perhaps you’re looking for a bit of cultural immersion for your family. Look no further than the Bluff View Art District and the Hunter Museum of American Art, boasting the largest collection of American Art east of the Mississippi. If music is your passion, you’ll love the Songbirds Guitar Museum, an incredible collection documenting musical evolution from the 1950s-70s. The Bessie Smith Cultural Center celebrates the life of blues legend Bessie Smith and her contributions to music.

Civil War devotees will enjoy stops at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, Battles for Chattanooga Museum and Point Park Battlefield. These were pivotal battles in the war between the states and definitely worth visiting as part of your Chattanooga excursion.

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The magnificent Chattanooga Zoo will offer homeschool education programming as part of the Chattanooga Homeschool Odyssey. Get to know the animals, wildlife rehabilitation and zoo conservation efforts. You’ll be so close to the chimpanzees, you’ll think you’re part of the family!
You’ll explore above and below the surface at the Tennessee Aquarium, home to a “richly diverse living collection of the world’s most fascinating animals.” Check out the IMAX theater while there.

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Take hands-on learning to a new level with the little ones at the Creative Discovery Museum, or let the older kiddos take part in the Challenger Center Space Program, designed to engage and enrich STEM education.
The Chattanooga Homeschool Odyssey offers an impressive array of experiences guaranteed to meet the needs of your individual family education plan. The breadth and depth of this itinerary will exceed your expectations and maximize your family’s fun! Pardon me, Boy, is that the best time you’ve ever had? We’re guessing it will be! Sign up today to join the odyssey!