Things to see in Chattanooga
The city of Chattanooga and the surrounding area are filled with things to see and do. Beyond the listed attractions below, the area has numerous activities that are fun for the entire family, particularly in the outdoors. White water rafting, hiking, zip lines, rock climbing and even hang gliding are found just minutes from downtown.
The world famous Tennessee Aquarium is at the center of the downtown Chattanooga revival that started with its opening in 1992. The Aquarium is host to over 12,000 species and is a fantastic way to spend a day. Now with their new Ocean Journey building there's even more to see.
Made famous by their omnipresent painted barns, Rock City is located on top of Lookout Mountain and gives you the chance to see 7 states along with many more fun activities.
Inside of Lookout Mountain is located Ruby Falls, a 145 foot high underground waterfall. Take a guided tour through the caves and see this well known attraction.
The site of the Civil War Battle of Chattanooga this National Military Park lets you explore the battle and learn about this important part of our history.
Coolidge Park and Walnut Street Bridge
Take a stroll across the historic Walnut Street Bridge, now a pedestrian bridge, across the Tennessee River and enjoy Coolidge Park, a 7 acre park located on the riverfront. Coolidge Park has a historic carousel and fun fountains along with a nice walking path and benches. It is surrounded by a number of restaurants and shops.
You can also enjoy the Tennessee River from on the water by renting a Paddle Board from L2 Outside in Coolidge Park. It's a great way to see the River Front, get some exercise, and with a quick slip, even cool off. Check out L2 Outside.
The International Towing and Recovery Museum is just a short drive down Broad Street from the convention center. It features a collection of historic and antique tow trucks on display.
Found near the Walnut Street Bridge, the Hunter Museum of Art is on an 80 foot bluff overlooking the Tennessee River. It houses one of the premier collections of American Art.
The TVRR is the largest operating historic railroad in the South. View numerous trains on display and take a ride on a train pulled by steam or diesel locomotives.
Located a short walk from downtown, the Bluff View Art District houses a number of galleries, gardens, restaurants, inns and historic bed and breakfasts. Take a walk through this lovely and elegant part of town.
For a unique and history oriented view of the Tennessee River, check out the Chattanooga Ducks. It's a tour through Downtown Chattanooga and into the Tennessee River aboard a modified WWII DUKW!
Do you play guitar? Do you just love guitars? If you answer yes to either question, then you owe it to yourself to visit Songbirds. It is the home of a most impressive collection of rare and vintage guitars, mostly electric, with a heavy emphasis on Fender and Gibson, though Gretsch, Danelectro and others are also represented. We are planning a dinner on Thursday 8-8 at Songbirds, but not only do we need to get enough participation, it will be limited to 200 at the top end. And if you do play guitar and want to get your hands on a vintage guitar and play it, Songbirds offers some great Player Experience packages. Check them out!