published Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Hot tickets for gift-giving

Dale Garza, right, watches his son Aviel, 7, feed a goat at the petting zoo at the Chattanooga Zoo. Memberships are available for individuals, families and grandparents with grandchildren.
Dale Garza, right, watches his son Aviel, 7, feed a goat at the petting zoo at the Chattanooga Zoo. Memberships are available for individuals, families and grandparents with grandchildren.
Photo by Staff File Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Need a gift idea for a baseball fan? Art lover? Railroad enthusiast? Here are some suggestions for season tickets or memberships to some of the area’s favorite places.

* Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center: Membership benefits include unlimited admission during daylight hours, free canoeing and event and gift-shop discounts. Cost is $65 per family (one or two specified adults and children or grandchildren 17 and younger), $50 per individual plus (two specified adults or one specified adult and a guest). 423-821-1160, ext. 111; www.chatta

* Chattanooga Lookouts: The 70-game home season at AT&T Field begins April 3. Season ticketholders receive designated seats, priority for playoff tickets, gift-shop discounts and exclusive events including a picnic and batting practice experience. Cost is $400 for lower box seats, $300 for upper box seats. Mini packs also are available for $56 for seven games, $110 for 14 games and $160 for 21 games. 423-267-4TIX; email

* Chattanooga Zoo: Membership includes free admission for a year, discounted admission for zoo events and gift-shop discounts. Cost is $39.95 for an individual plus (one adult and one guest), $59.95 for grandparents (two adults and all listed grandchildren 18 and younger), $59.95 for a family (two adults and all children in the household 18 and younger). Upgrades to family plus and family deluxe are available. Animal sponsorships also are available by the day, week, month or year. 423-697-1322;

* Hunter Museum of American Art: Basic membership levels that include unlimited admission plus discounts on other activities and museum mailings start at $50 per adult, $70 per household (two adults and all minor children). Discounts are available for e-memberships in which invitations and newsletters arrive electronically. 423-267-0968; www.hunter

* Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park: In celebration of the park’s forthcoming 89th season, Lake Winnepesaukah is offering the Passport To Fun to guests online for $89.89 (promo code: holidays). The special pricing includes eight visits with unlimited rides and use of the Soak Ya Water Park. The Passport To Fun may be purchased online and printed on a home printer through midnight Dec. 31 (the price goes up to $129.95 on Jan. 1). 1-877-LAKEWIN;

* Rock City: An annual pass is available with two levels of discounts and privileges. Both the annual pass and ultimate VIP annual pass offer unlimited daytime visits for one year, plus layered access to seasonal attractions such as the Enchanted Maize and Enchanted Garden of Lights. Cost for the plans is $35 and $55 for adults, $19 and $30 for children 3-12, $89 and $130 for a family of four, $119-$175 for a family of six. 706-820-2531;

* Ruby Falls: The Cavern Card annual pass offers a year’s worth of free visits and other discounts. Cost is $31.95 for adults, $15.95 for children 3-12. The VIP Cavern Card (for two specified adults and two children or grandchildren) is $129.99. 423-821-2544,

* Tennessee Aquarium: Membership privileges include unlimited aquarium admission, exclusive events and travel opportunities, plus discounts in the gift shop, on Imax and River Gorge Explorer tickets and meals at two nearby restaurants. Cost is $115 for a family (two specified adults and children 18 and younger), $85 for an individual plus (two specified adults or one with a guest). 423-267-FISH;

* Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum: Membership grants free admission and unlimited rides on the Missionary Ridge Local plus gift-shop discounts and advance notice of special events, among other benefits. Cost is $35 for adults, $25 for students 15-22, $75 for a family (two parents, up to four children). 423-894-8028;

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