More places on the list of 101 Fun Things to visit in Chattanooga.

•    Rock City Gardens – 4,100-foot walking trail, massive rock formations, lush gardens, Fairyland Caverns, 200-foot swinging bridge or see seven different states from Lover’s Leap. They are also celebrating their 75th anniversary this year.  
•    Ruby Falls – located deep within Lookout Mtn., 1,100 feet below the ground, Water stalagmites, rock formations resembling an elephant’s foot or a plate of steak and potatoes, 145-foot waterfall, the largest underground commercial waterfall in the world.
•    Incline Railway – ride takes you straight up the side of Lookout Mountain, called America’s Most Amazing Mile, the 72.7 percent grade exhibits breathtaking views through the roof and makes it the steepest passenger railway in the world.
•    Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park & Point Park – Located on the highest point of Lookout Mountain overlooking the TN River and downtown, 2 of the most important battles of the Civil War were fought here. In 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed legislation declaring it the nation’s first military park, and it remains the largest of its kind today.


•    New Waterfront: In May 2005, the waterfront dramatically changed after a $120 million revitalization. Downtown now boasts a $30 million saltwater expansion to the Tennessee Aquarium, a $19.5 million expansion to the Hunter Museum of American Art and a $3 million renovation and enhancement to the children’s Creative Discovery Museum. Enhancements along the riverfront also include a new pier, boat slips, vast green spaces, playground, wetlands park, retail, restaurants, public art and a dramatic passageway leading to the river celebrating our Native American history and culture.
•    Tennessee Aquarium – opened a $30 million saltwater expansion, “Ocean Journey” in April 2005 as part of the 21st Century Waterfront Project. The aquarium experience takes you from a raindrop in the Appalachian Forest in freshwater building “River Journey” all the way to the Gulf of Mexico in the saltwater building “Ocean Journey.” Check out the new penguins on a live webcam on their website!
•    Southern Belle Riverboat – 500-passenger riverboat, lunch and dinner cruises as well as specialty cruises (Grandparents cruise, Mother’s Day cruise, 4th of July cruise, holiday cruises). Cruis`es range from 1 hour to 2.5 hours.
•    Creative Discovery Museum for Children – completed enhancements/new rooftop exhibit in May 2005 as part of the 21st Century Waterfront Project. Children can dig for dinosaurs, create art and music, invent science projects or play in the new rooftop exhibit, the Rooftop Fun Factory.
•    Hunter Museum of American Art – houses the South’s largest collection of American Art, sculpture garden, create masterpieces in studio classes, museum gift shop, café that offers drinks, sandwiches, desserts, lobby has glass walls that offer a spectacular view of the Tennessee River, Walnut Street Bridge and the North Shore.
•    First Street – connects downtown with the art district, scattered with public art including a glass-bottom bridge.
•    Bluff View Art District – Only a few steps from downtown, a gallery, sculpture garden, museum, 2 restaurants, a café and a bed & breakfast. Beautiful views of the North Shore and the Tennessee River.  
•    Chattanooga Choo Choo – The Choo Choo complex offers several restaurants, retail stores, a ride aboard an authentic New Orleans trolley, railroad museum, you can also sleep in a stationary traincar or eat at the Station House, where the servers sing for your supper.  
•    Riverwalk – 13 continuous paved miles along the Tennessee River, starts downtown and goes to the Chickamauga Dam, can ride your bike or walk on the path, several parks with playgrounds, boating docks, green spaces.
•    Walnut Street Bridge – only a short walk up First Street, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.
•    Chattanooga Lookouts baseball game: Check out the AA team for some all-American fun. The Chattanooga Lookouts are the farm team for the Cincinnati Reds.
•    Blue Moon Cruises on the Tennessee River: This 70-foot luxury cruiser takes guests through the Tennessee River Gorge where they will discover the natural, geological, historical and modern wonders along the Tennessee River. Guided eco-cruises depart Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. & 1 p.m. and are 3.5 hours long.


•    Coolidge Park – located on the North Shore and accessible by the pedestrian-only Walnut Street Bridge, 12 acres of green space, a pavilion, an 1895 antique carousel with (locally) hand-carved animals, runs along Frazier Avenue.
•    Frazier Avenue – located on the North Shore, art galleries, toy store, boutiques, specialty stores (like Bon Appetit, a “dog bakery”) and restaurants.

•    The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum exhibits tow trucks and towing equipment dating back to 1916; photos of early tow trucks and the pioneers who used them; toy tow truck collections with other memorabilia and artifacts related to the industry’s colorful past; a unique gift shop that with mementos and a “Hall of Fame” honoring individuals who have in various ways significantly advanced the industry.
•    Lake Winnepesaukah (season attraction) – The South’s favorite family amusement park. For over 82 years, the park has offered fun for all ages with over 36 rides, games, food concessions, paddleboats, miniature golf, and a shady picnic area including the new ride, the OH-ZONE! – 14 story freefall, where guests plummet to the ground at a breathtaking 4.6 g’s!

•    Chattanooga Regional History Museum – Learn about Chattanooga’s rich history through hands-on exhibits, interactive displays and an award-winning theater presentation to see how Chattanooga fits into the tapestry of American history. With a wide variety of temporary and traveling exhibits each year, there’s always something new and exciting to enjoy.  
•    Chattanooga African American Museum & Bessie Smith Hall – The CAAM has become a recognized educational institution. Its facilities are utilized daily by a rainbow coalition of Chattanoogans, school children, adults, scholars, and visitors from all over the world. The community has helped the CAAM establish itself in Tennessee and the Chattanooga area as a beacon for community involvement and cultural awareness.

To see all the outdoor adventures available, visit Outdoor Chattanooga’s website at
•    LAND: hiking; backpacking; rock Climbing/bouldering; road biking; mountain biking; horseback riding; caving; walking
•    WATER: rowing; fishing; whitewater paddling; whitewater rafting; flat water paddling; canoeing; kayaking; swimming
•    AIR: hang gliding.  

•    Southside – located about 15 blocks from waterfront, antiques, galleries, few specialty shops, restaurants.
•    Hamilton Place Mall – only 5 minutes from the airport (and only 15 minutes from downtown), has over 200 stores and restaurants in the mall area, Tennessee’s largest mall, they have anything/everything you need/want (including a Wal-mart, Target, Walgreens)
•    Warehouse Row – located about 12 blocks from waterfront, mix-used space with businesses and outlet stores including Bass, Ralph Lauren, Coach and Nine West.


•    City Café – downtown at the Days Inn across from the Convention Center, 24-hour restaurant. (LOCAL RESTAURANT)
•    Porker’s – downtown next to the Chattanooga Choo Choo, great home-town service and atmosphere. (LOCAL RESTAURANT)
•    Aretha Frankensteins – North Shore on Tremont Street, eclectic atmosphere, featured on the Food Network on the “$40 a Day” show.  (LOCAL RESTAURANT)

•    Big River Grille restaurant & bar – Downtown, all-American, brew their own beer (LOCAL RESTAURANT)  
•    Bluewater Grille – Seafood, next to Big River (LOCAL RESTAURANT)
•    Easy Seafood – higher-end, seafood (LOCAL RESTAURANT)
•    Mellow Mushroom – pizza, salads, bar
•    Hennen’s Seafood – higher-end, seafood (LOCAL RESTAURANT)
•    Blue Plate – upscale meat and three, one of 2 restaurants that offers a riverfront view (LOCAL RESTAURANT)
•    212 Market – higher-end, great all-American fare with some flavorful twists (LOCAL RESTAURANT)
•    Sekisui – Japanese sushi-bar
•    Cheeburger Cheeburger – chain, kids love it!  
•    TGI Fridays – chain
•    Thai Smile – Thai restaurant, great service and food
•    Sticky Fingers – locally started, best barbecue this side of Memphis (LOCAL RESTAURANT)
•    Lupi’s Pizza – pizza, salads
•    Taco Mac – chain
•    Panera Bread – chain
•    Qdoba – chain
•    Chili’s – chain
•    Niko’s on the Southside – extensive wine list, higher-end, great food (LOCAL RESTAURANT)
•    “Station House” at Choo Choo – where the servers sing for your supper (LOCAL RESTAURANT)
•    “Dinner in the Diner” at Choo Choo – dinner in an authentic dining car, have to make reservations (LOCAL RESTAURANT)
•    Just 2 miles from downtown: The Boathouse Rotisserie and Raw Bar, one of 2 restaurants that offers a riverfront view (LOCAL RESTAURANT)
•    Ciao Bella Mediterranean Cuisine – North Shore, Mediterranean fare
•    North Shore Grille – North Shore, all-American fare
•    MudPie – North Shore, eclectic atmosphere, all-American fare

Evening nightlife
•    Big River Grille restaurant & bar – Downtown, all-American, brew their own beer
•    Rhythm & Brews bar – Downtown, live music
•    Taco Mac bar & restaurant – Downtown
•    Bella Bellagio restaurant – Downtown, extensive wine collection
•    Terra Nostra restaurant – North Shore
•    North Shore Grille restaurant & bar – North Shore, all-American, seafood
•    Mudpie restaurant & bar – North Shore, eclectic