Chattanooga, situated on Tennessee River, boasts plenty to see and do! With walkable streets making getting around easy, Chattanooga provides plenty of attractions.
Discover a cave waterfall at Ruby Falls or travel back in time at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. Rock City and the Chattanooga Zoo also make for great family attractions.
If you want to gain more insight into Chattanooga’s history, visiting several museums during your trip is an ideal way. Creative Discovery Museum is one of the best options for families with young children, offering interactive and educational experiences for them. Don’t forget Point Park either: it has stunning views from both sides of town nestled against Tennessee River bends; additionally it is home of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park that commemorates two major Civil War battles!
Ruby Falls, a 145-foot underground waterfall located deep within Lookout Mountain (a 2393 foot mountain ridge in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee), is another must-see attraction of Chattanooga. Guided tours are offered here as well as an amazing waterfall lightshow – make sure to bring along a jacket, as the cave remains at an ambient 60 degrees year round!
Chattanooga’s vibrant art scene is well worth discovering, too. There are multiple galleries located within the Bluff’s View Arts District as well as restaurants that overlook the Tennessee River.
Chattanooga is an ideal Southeastern vacation spot for outdoor adventurers, and you must ride the Incline Railway! This historic ride rises one mile up Lookout Mountain’s side for breathtaking city views. Don’t miss it!
Creative Discovery Museum
Chattanooga’s Creative Discovery Museum is an award-winning children’s museum that encourages creativity in kids of all ages. Ranging from art and field science exhibits, music performances and hands-on activities such as RiverPlay exhibits or inventor workshops – plus their DinoLab for dinosaur enthusiasts! – this museum will keep kids learning through play!
Outside of museums, Chattanooga has plenty of other family-friendly things to do for all ages. Ruby Falls is an unforgettable attraction that gives visitors an exclusive look into America’s largest underground waterfall, while Raccoon Mountain Caverns allows visitors to discover an unique cave ecosystem.
Adults visiting Chattanooga will also find much to enjoy from its iconic attractions, such as the Incline Railway which provides visitors with a thrilling train ride along historic tracks; or Tennessee Aquarium which houses incredible creatures such as river otters and sea turtles.
Rock City provides stunning aerial views of seven different states from its scenic pathways, while Coolidge Park provides visitors with the chance to relax in nature by strolling across Walnut Street Bridge. Another outdoor destination worth checking out is Bluff View Arts District where there are lots of galleries, restaurants and local artisans selling their crafts.
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
During the Civil War, Union and Confederate forces engaged in fierce conflict for control of Chattanooga. Following Union troops’ decisive victory at Chickamauga in September 1863 and renewed fighting at Chattanooga in November, which then turned into Union control with renewed fighting there continuing throughout November, they eventually established control as major supply centre for their Atlanta campaign. Today these battlefields have been preserved at one of its kind national military parks established in 1890, one which encompasses parts of Tennessee and Georgia with Missionary Ridge Orchard Knob Signal Point being included among others.
Visitors can explore historic battlefields independently or take part in ranger-guided tours. The main visitor center is housed within a colonial-style house on Lafayette Road; modern centers usually have atriums with volunteers available to assist you when exploring the park. You can watch a 26-minute orientation film and browse exhibits that interpret Chickamauga Battle.
Parks provide visitors with a range of recreational activities, from hiking and cycling to camping and boating or kayaking on the water. Furthermore, visitors can engage in a scavenger hunt or trivia game to gain more insight into the park’s history or Rock City Gardens or Ruby Falls (the world’s largest underground waterfall).
Hunter Museum of American Art
Chattanooga attractions should include this unmissable gem located atop Lookout Mountain – providing visitors with an unforgettable experience not found elsewhere! From this iconic spot you will have breathtaking views across seven states from its height.
The Hunter Museum of American Art offers paintings, works on paper, sculpture, furniture, photography and mixed media art dating from 1700s to present day. Their extensive collection spans various styles such as Hudson River School paintings from 19th century genre painting through American Impressionism to Ashcan School regionalist art and post World War II contemporary and modern artworks.
This iconic museum is housed in an exquisite building designed by architect Randall Stout in 1904; this classic revival building offers visitors a peaceful place to unwind while taking in the view.
Chattanooga offers plenty of exciting things to do for both family-friendly fun and solo explorers alike. There’s something here for all, whether that means outdoor activities with the kids or socializing on the town – there’s sure to be something fun in store! Plus there is so much history here too, such as visiting Ross Landing where the Trail of Tears began or touring Chattanooga National Cemetery which serves as resting place for soldiers dating back to the Civil War era.