By Sylvia Shipman, Chattanooga, Tenn.—
While the shores of PCB and Orange Beach may be flooded with college kids on spring break, there will be some students who choose not to fly south and remain on campus. While some peace and quiet is welcome on a break, boredom may be unavoidable. Luckily, you can make this spring break memorable by partaking in a few of the activities and attractions that surround the Chattanooga area.
- Lula Lake — Free
This shimmering lake and waterfall of Lula Lake Land Trust are reminiscent of a Disney movie. It’s a great spot to go with friends or alone. When you close your eyes and feel the mist from the water tickle your face, you can pretend you’re at PCB.
- Typhoon of Tokyo — $8
Those staying on campus may run into food scarcity since the UC has limited hours. Typhoon of Tokyo is located at 3953 Dayton Blvd. and offers a variety of price-conscious dishes. If you are stuck in Chattanooga for monetary reasons, then you’ll be overjoyed at its prices; you can get a huge plate of chicken teriyaki for just $5.15!
- Paddle boarding — $89
L2 Outside is the company through which you can rent your paddle board and paddles in order to begin your high-sea (or river) adventure. It’s located across from the Chattanooga Aquarium and just steps away from the waters of the Tennessee River. Spend the day paddle boarding in the sun and maybe get a tan or a cute Instagram picture out of it.
- Uptown Art — $40
Uptown Art combines two UTC student pastimes—painting and drinking. Here, you will be led by an instructor through the painting of what is usually a landscape while you enjoy a few glasses of wine. It’s BYOB but Uptown Art supplies the canvas, paint and everything else.
- Escape Experience- Chattanooga — $30
For the adrenaline seekers, the Escape Experience is like a real-life movie. According to its website, “Escape Experience – Chattanooga is a thrilling, real-world adventure requiring one to break out of prison, solve mysteries, save mankind and escape before time runs out.” You are put in a room with a scenario that you must solve before the clock runs out.
- Hunter Museum — $15
A serene visit to the Hunter Museum provides visitors with an aesthetic experience and might even leave them feeling enlightened. If you can’t afford to buy a ticket into the museum, then you can enjoy the spring weather in the sculpture garden around the Hunter. The outdoor sculpture garden is full of unique statues that wind around the Bluff View Art District.
- Rent Audubon Island — $25
A pricier option is to rent Audubon Island, the small island that can easily be seen from any of the bridges that cross the Tennessee River. You can rent the island and camp there for a night. It will be a wild one; the island doesn’t have water or electricity nor does it have permanent offices. The island is home to various species of birds, making it a great place for bird watching. It also has 1.5 miles of trails to spend the day exploring.