Whether visiting relatives, en route to a Florida vacation, or perhaps looking to relocate, you might be wondering about fun things to do in Chattanooga.
You’ll be thrilled to know that this city – whose now scenic riverfront was once lined with factories and heavy industry – is now a recreation paradise.
No matter if your passion is sightseeing, history, hiking, biking, paddling, or art and culture, there’s something for everyone. So if you’re ready for a bit of Chattanooga fun, here are our top Chattanooga attractions:
1. Tennessee Aquarium:
The jewel of Chattanooga’s revitalized riverfront, the Tennessee Aquarium treats more than 750,000 annual visitors to one of the world’s premier freshwater fish exhibits. This Chattanooga aquarium also sports an IMAX theater, the “Appalachian Cove Forest,” plus a wide array of simulated ecosystems which also feature birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The best part is that the aquarium is mere steps away from the scenic Chattanooga Riverwalk, as well as dozens of restaurants and shops. Learn more.
2. Chattanooga Riverwalk:
In the late 1980s, Chattanoogans decided to transform the empty factories dotted along the Tennessee River and turn it into a haven for outdoor recreation. From the scenic bike and walking path, to grassy parks, to places to launch your kayak, the Chattanooga Riverwalk offers the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. In addition, the Walnut Street Bridge lets you easily cross the Tennessee River on foot so you can enjoy the many amenities that both shorelines have to offer. Here’s a map to help guide you.
3. Chattanooga National Military Park:
History buffs and Civil War aficionados will have plenty to enjoy exploring two historic battlefields. One located atop scenic Lookout Mountain, and the second on thousands of acres down in the valley, both offer monuments, exhibits, and tours. Learn more.
4. See Rock City:
Also located atop Lookout Mountain, See Rock City is one of the classic Chattanooga attractions (easily recognizable through billboards and barn roofs). Offering stunning panoramic view of seven states, as well as breathtaking rock formations, it’s a “must see” on any visit. Learn more.
5. Ruby Falls:
If Rock City highlights the aerial views Chattanooga has to offer, Ruby Falls showcases what wonders lie below. Specifically, Ruby Falls is a waterfall located 1,120 feet beneath the surface of Lookout Mountain. In addition to a variety of cave tours, you can enjoy zip lines, and Lookout Mountain Tower. Learn more.
6. Prentice Cooper State Forest:
While Rock City lets you see seven states, Prentice Cooper State Forest offers undoubtedly the best vantage point to take in the Tennessee River Gorge. It also offers great Chattanooga hiking, as well as camping, a shooting range, and designated
trails for ATVs and OHVs. Learn more.
7. Hunter Museum of American Art:
One of the most beautiful and eye-catching spectacles along the Tennessee riverfront is the Hunter Museum of Art. Situated atop an 80-foot bluff and combining modern and classic architecture, it’s truly a sight to behold…and that’s just the outside! Once indoors, you are treated to one of the country’s premier collections of American art, spanning the colonial period to the present day. A wide variety of events give you plenty of reasons to come back. Learn more.
8. Chattanooga Theatre Centre:
While many flock to Chattanooga for the purpose of outdoor recreation, this relatively small community also offers a surprising amount of culture. One such treasure is the Chattanooga Theatre Center. Almost 100 years old and still going strong thanks largely to the efforts of dedicated volunteers, it offers 15 productions per year, each of which draws large and enthusiastic audiences. Learn more.
9. Songbirds Guitars:
If you’re a music lover, you’ll definitely want to check out Songbirds. Here you can see…and even sometimes PLAY the world’s most valuable and historically significant guitars. Highlights of the collection include the actual prototype Fender guitar that led to the creation of the Telecaster and Stratocaster. There’s also a recording studio, as well as concerts and events. Learn more.
10. Chattanooga Choo Choo:
No trip to Chattanooga would be complete without a visit to the train that made Chattanooga famous. The former Terminal Station is now the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. In addition to a vintage train exhibit, this Chattanooga attraction is located right by all sorts of restaurants and bars. Learn more.
We hope these tips help you plan an unforgettable visit to Chattanooga! If you’re looking to relocate, you can trust Joe Leffew Properties to find you the perfect home.