Locals Find Alternatives On Wet Independence Day

Reported by: Webb Wright
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Updated: 7/05/2013 8:19 am
      CHATTANOOGA (WDEF)-It appears the rainy day didn't get Scenic City down as hundreds flocked to indoor attractions like the Tennessee aquarium to salvage the holiday.
      "We are taking them off on an adventure so they don't have to hang out at home. It's beautiful but its very wet so we had planned to come to the aquarium as an excursion," said visitor Rita Nielsen.
      "I did not plan on coming here at all, when the weather was bad we just decided hey always wanted to come back down here and see the aquarium it's always a great thing to come visit," added vistor Jack Wallin.
      While the wet conditions scuttled plans for boating and fireworks in many areas, Chattanooga is fast becoming a city that provides entertainment in all types of weather.
      "I kind of look at Chattanooga as an all weather city. In other words, if you are planning a two day trip to Chattanooga and its going to rain one of those days, a lot of people will plan on going to the aquarium, the IMAX, the creative discovery on the rainy day then do the outdoor discovery on the sunny day," said Thom Benson with the Tennessee Aquarium.
      And the aquarium still provides plenty of reds, whites, and blues...and even a few stars and stripes on the rainy fourth.
      "It would be fun to go through the aquarium with that eye for red white and blue. If you look at the squirrel fish, they have very brightly colored red scales. You can certainly find a number of white fish around the aquarium and blue tangs and some of the other brightly colored blue fish that we have, and of course sea stars and animals that have stripes maybe," added Benson.
       The Hunter museum also saw it's share of visitors today, proving that the Scenic City can still be scenic in the wet weather.
       "I think the art district is fantastic, the restaurants are great, the people are friendly, it's safe. It's just a great city to visit anytime," said Wallin.
       "Our 4th is just beginning, and its beginning fabulously right here, so we can go no place but up," added Nielsen.
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