Things To Do
Summer in the Scenic City means outdoor festivals, one-of-a-kind attractions, live music and entertainment, outdoor recreation, minor-league baseball, farm-fresh dining options, river cruises, microbrews, shopping, parks, cultural pursuits, and plenty of those long, warm pleasant evenings.
This 450 passenger excursion vessel was built in 1985 at Serodino Shipyard in Hales Bar, Tennessee to operate on the Tennessee River in-and-around the Chattanooga area. Nestled between the Oligiati & Market Street Bridges the Southern Belle cruises daily & offers sightseeing & lunch with live narration & Pilot House Tours or Sunset & Dinner Cruises nightly providing music, dancing, & a delicious dinner to please every palate. This is an experience you won’t want to miss!
Chattanooga Airport (CHA)
Located on Chattanooga's beautiful downtown riverfront, River Journey sets the stage for a fascinating adventure tracing the path of freshwater from the mountains to the sea. Did you know 25% of North America's freshwater species live in the Chattanooga region? You'll meet feisty otters, colorful trout, alligators, giant catfish, tons of turtles and more freshwater animals from this global biodiversity hotspot. Become immersed in saltwater habitats as you explore our second building, Ocean Journey. You'll be surrounded by playful penguins, touchable stingrays, beautiful butterflies and a spectacular coral reef with big sharks and schools of fish. Plan to enjoy at least two hours during your Aquarium visit. This is one adventure you don't want to miss!
Opening in March 2015 and located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, the Experimental Distillery is the first distillery to craft whiskey in Chattanooga in over 100 years. With over 100 different barrels maturing in the aging cellar, every visit to the Experimental Distillery is an exploration of the past, present and future of hand-crafted bourbon. Stop by for a tour and tasting and check out our latest releases.
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport (ATL)
Located atop Lookout Mountain in Georgia, just six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, Rock City Gardens is an enchanted, 4,100-foot walking trail showcasing soaring rock formations, caves, and lush gardens. With breathtaking views, you are able to see seven states upon the top of Lookout Mountain. Go take in the history, views, and amazing experience.
Walk the Walnut Street Bridge- A pedestrian bridge over looking the beautiful Tennessee River and Downtown Chattanooga.
The Creative Discovery Museum- Perfect for kids of all ages, and aims to inspire all children to explore, innovate, create, and play.
High Point Climbing And Fitness- Is one of the nation’s most unique climbing facilities with 30,000 square feet of climbing inside and outside.
Shopping: There are plenty of boutiques in walking distance in Downtown Chattanooga. There is also Hamilton Place Mall 15 minutes away with plenty of options as well.
Civil Axe Throwing- Axe throwing is just what it sounds like; you throw an axe at a target, trying to hit the bull’s-eye as near as possible while having a great time!
Duck Tours: See Chattanooga from the land and Tennessee River with this fun narrated tour aboard an authentic WWII Duck Boat!
Paddle Board on the TN River: Experience Chattanooga, The Scenic City, via a stand up paddle board exploring the beautiful Tennessee River. This is a self guided tour.
The Hunter Art Museum: Art influences all parts of life from inspiring the clothes people wear to the buildings that make up cities. Take a moment during your visit, and see how art not only provokes visually, but tells the stories of our America.
Ruby Falls: , Ruby Falls is home to the tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public in the US. Descend 26-stories by elevator and explore the caverns on a guided tour along the scenic path to the thundering waterfall—located deep beneath the surface of Lookout Mountain! See magnificent geological formations plus learn about the cave's storied history.
Shuttle Service: Chattanooga offers a free shuttle service around the Downtown area! Check out the different routes here.