by Ketki Hanamshet Updated on 15 Oct 2018
Along the Tennessee River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, there is a scenic city named Chattanooga in southeastern Tennessee. For those who are looking for a perfect weekend destination, Chattanooga in the United States is the best choice. This seamless city is also an ideal location for romantic couples. Vibrant parks, historical monuments, delicious food options are the highlights of this wonderful city. The breath-taking views and natural wonders of this city have made it the top tourist destination in the United States. If you plan on visiting an amazing place to excite yourself during your holidays, we list you the top 15 places to visit in Chattanooga.
Let's explore these 15 best things to do in Chattanooga:
1. Look out for Lookout Mountain
Located along the southern border of Tennessee, Lookout Mountain is a mountain ridge which offers mesmerizing views of Chattanooga Valley. It is an ideal place to fully explore the beauty of spectacular landmarks of Chattanooga. America’s largest underground waterfall, Ruby Waterfalls can also be admired during this tour. This 145 foot tall cave waterfalls will amaze all its visitors with its unique rock formation and unparalleled magnificence. It is better is check the schedule before visiting this place, since there is always some activity organized in this spot.
2. See the sea in Tennessee Aquarium
Tennessee Aquarium features underwater species with more than 320 fish species. They exhibit both native and rare creatures. Giant catfish, freshwater stingrays, the largest arapaima, stunning jellyfish and cute otters are some of the attractive residents of Tennessee Aquarium. They preserve lots of remote species and save them from extinction. Many interactive shows are arranged in this aquarium to entertain its visitors during the visit.
3. Nature at its best in Raccoon Mountain Caverns
With more than five and a half miles passage, Raccoon Mountain Caverns is a paradise for adventure seekers. The waterfalls, canyons, tunnels & abundant fossils can be admired and awed during this expedition. Crystal Palace Tour can also be enjoyed in this spot. Popular activities carried out in this location include riding in a go-kart, going on ghost tours and gemstone panning, comforting campfire and adoring the splendid views of Lookout and Raccoon Mountains.
4. Make your kids creative in Creative Discovery Museum
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Creative Discovery Museum is a great place for people traveling with kids. Kids can walk around, build, learn, and innovate through playing equipment available in this museum. A wide range of programs such as art classes, storytelling, and science demonstrations is offered to motivate the kids. Fun activities like bringing a snake to the hall for the kids to study, excavating dinosaur bones in the sand, River Play, rocking in the music workshop and many more are arranged to amuse the kids.
5. Ride the River
River Gorge and Tennessee River are the two prominent rivers which will leave anyone awestruck with their ravishing beauty. Riding the river should be a must-do activity in Chattanooga since it is surrounded by most beautiful water bodies. There are many recreation centers in this city which can help the tourists in getting into the water. Tourists can charter a yacht, rent a speedboat, go rafting and do many more. Walnut Street Bridge is the longest bike and pedestrian bridge in the world which is located on the Tennessee River. This bridge is famous for its stupendous views it offers to the travelers.
6. Walk leisurely in Coolidge Park
Located from the Chickamauga Dam to the Southern Belle Riverboat, Coolidge Park is a pleasant 15-mile green beauty. This park is named after World War II Army veteran Charles Coolidge. To enjoy the perfect views of Tennessee River and Walnut Street Bridge, people visiting Chattanooga arrive at Coolidge Park. A 100-year-old carousel is a major attraction in this park along with various other rides and activities.
7. Enjoy art in Hunter Museum of American Art
Bluff View Art District in Chattanooga is usually crowded by the art admirers due to the presence of Hunter Museum of American Art. Located on the 24 meter structure offers great views of downtown Chattanooga landscape and the Tennessee River. Hudson River School contributes more works to this amazing museum along with the other modern and ancient arts.
8. Get a dose of Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center includes a large collection of flora and fauna. A butterfly garden, the Mollie Nelson Garden, and the Arboretum with plant species from Southeastern U.S are the proud inhabitants of this wonderful place. This center includes a library, a canoe training area, and many play areas to fascinate the guests.
9. Admire wildlife in Audubon Acres and Maclellan Island
An 18.8 acre of Audubon Acres and Maclellan Island perfectly sits in the middle of Tennessee River in Chattanooga. Featuring many types of plants and animals, Audubon Acres and Maclellan Island is the oldest wildlife sanctuary in Chattanooga. Besides this, more than 4 miles are dedicated to walking and hiking. Some parts of this Island can be accessed only through waterways.
10. Get thrilled in Southern Belle River Boat Cruise
Southern Belle River Boat Cruise can accommodate up to 450 passengers and travels around the Tennessee River to offer spectacular views of Chattanooga area. Located between the Oligiati and Market Street Bridges, the commuters can enjoy this cruise every day. This one and half hour cruise are quite famous among history buffs and nature lovers.
11. Travel back in history in Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is founded while forming National Railway Historical Society in 1960 to protect historic steam engine trains. The rail line that is used for these trains has a legacy of historical value. The visitors are offered a ride through Missionary Ridge Tunnel daily and imparted with more knowledge on the history of trains.
12. Go shopping in Chattanooga Market
Any travel is not complete without shopping. Collecting souvenirs that are unique to the place is the best way to preserve the memories. Chattanooga Market is a lively shopping area with more than 300 vendors. Beautiful arts, attractive crafts, and fresh farmer’s produce can be bought in this lovely market. Many interactive weekend programs such as chef competitions, arts events and celebrations are set up in this market to entertain the visitors.
13. Explore Chattanooga Zoo
Chattanooga Zoo is a wonderful tourist attraction in Chattanooga which houses the world’s largest indoor red panda. This 13 acre zoo on Warner Park throws a charming spell on all its kid visitors with a wide range of indoor and outdoor animal exhibits. Hanuman langurs, snow leopards and chimpanzees are some of the eminent species which exist in this zoo.
14. Have a drink in Tennessee Stillhouse
Tennessee Stillhouse marks the important landmark for whiskey lovers in Market Place in downtown Chattanooga. They process high quality barley, corn, and rye to produce the best local whiskey. This place is a lab as well as a museum. The visitors are offered a tour to taste different types of Chattanooga whiskey and learn about their preparation.
15. Learn amazing things in High Point Climbing
High Point Climbing and Fitness Riverside is a training center for rock climbing. If you need practice on climbing rocks, this is a perfect place for you. This facility has a 10,000 square feet of rock climbing areas such as auto-belay walls, top ropes, and leading climbing which is equipped with all types of climbing tools. You can also take aerobic classes, weightlifting, and yoga sessions in this center.