What to do in Chattanooga, TN

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Chattanooga Attractions

More than just a swinging 1940s song highlighting the virtues of its "choo choo," Chattanooga combines classic Southern charm with big-city amenities and natural surroundings. Whether you discover the city's cultural side at the Hunter Museum of American Art or the historical side at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, there are plenty of family-friendly things to do and see. If you're looking to venture outdoors, the so-called Scenic City is the perfect place thanks to its close proximity to the Appalachian Mountains and the Tennessee River Gorge. And don't forget that Chattanooga boasts the fastest internet in the Western Hemisphere, meaning that you will always be able to quickly post your latest pic.

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What to do in Chattanooga

Free Things to Do in Chattanooga

Taking a break in Chattanooga on a budget? The following can be seen for nada.

Coker Tire Museum - Wander the halls and explore the intriguing exhibits and carefully curated collections at this popular museum.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Take a stroll around this historic place and find out a couple of secrets from the past.

Audubon Island - Just being beside the water will leave you feeling calm and rejuvenated.

Chattanooga Choo Choo - Strike up a conversation with a few locals and learn why many tourists stop to visit this place.

Boynton Park - Nurture your green thumb and be wowed by the beautiful and diverse plants on display.

Areas & Neighborhoods

Chattanooga has culture, history, and delicious food wherever you turn. If you stick near the Tennessee River, you are guaranteed to find the city's top museums, barbecue restaurants, and country music honky-tonks.


The heart of Chattanooga offers you the opportunity to experience the modern side of this boom town. Enjoy live country music at a local hotspot or go to one of the city's many museums that are clustered in this area.


Leave the city center and go for a stroll or bike ride down the 13-mile (21-km) riverside path. With numerous green spaces like the Tennessee Riverpark and Renaissance Park, you can relax like a Chattanoogan.


Cross over the Tennessee River via any of the city's 4 bridges and find cute shops, comfortable restaurants, and expansive parks. This eclectic area is the perfect place to people watch and hang out like a local.

What to See in Chattanooga

The easiest way to see all of Chattanooga in a single spot is to head to Lookout Mountain. From 2,389 feet (728 m) up, you can follow the Tennessee River as it flows from the Smoky Mountains in the north down to Alabama. In fact, you can see 7 states from this single vantage point. For close-up views of the downtown skyline, check out riverfront Coolidge Park in the Northshore neighborhood.

Chattanooga has plenty of things to do for families, foodies, and fun-seekers. For the true Chattanooga experience, opt to stay in its famous train station at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Even if you don't spend the night, the model train museum and historic exterior make it worth a visit. If you want to learn even more, venture over to Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, where you can go for a ride on a historic train. Across town, the Hunter Museum of American Art offers you the chance to see masterpieces from around the world. After your educational experience, be sure to go to the revitalized Ross's Landing to see where the city goes to chill out on a warm day. And don't forget about the Tennessee Aquarium, which is just down the street. If you're looking to do something spooky at night, try out a ghost tour through the downtown streets. Then, experience a different kind of spirit at the Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, where you can get a taste of Tennessee's famous drink. As your Chattanooga vacation comes to an end, close out your trip with a luxurious airport transfer in a private town car or SUV.

Things to Do in Chattanooga with Kids

There are plenty of interesting things to do in Chattanooga with the little ones. Keep everyone happy with these family friendly experiences:


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Frequently asked questions

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Your time away in Chattanooga won’t cost a fortune with free things like these to keep you busy:

  • Hamilton Place Mall
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo
  • Chattanooga Riverfront
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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