There's so much to see and do!
Chattanooga has lots of great places to see and things to do! We’ve listed just a few to get you started. Check out Fun Things to Do in Chattanooga for more!
Best things to do in Chattanooga
The Chattanooga Aquarium
The Chattanooga skyline features six magnificent glass peaks that top the Tennessee Aquarium's River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings. More than 1,500 miles separate the streams of the Appalachian Mountains from the Gulf of Mexico, but visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium can make the trip in just a few hours and even experience Tennessee’s Grand Canyon aboard the Aquarium’s high-speed boat, the River Gorge Explorer. The Tennessee Aquarium is proud to be named the nation’s top aquarium based on Impacts 2010 independent, nationwide guest satisfaction survey of more than 30,000 recent visitors to U.S. attractions. .
Hunter Museum Of American Art
Perched on an 80-foot bluff on the edge of the Tennessee River, the Hunter Museum of American Art offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountains. This panorama is equaled only by the exceptional collection of American art inside recognized as one of the country's finest.
Once inside, the inspiration continues, because it's not just about the art; it's all about you, the visitor. The Hunter is for the entire family to enjoy. Together, you will see art with new eyes as a way to better understand American history and to learn more about what makes us Americans today.
The mission of the Chattanooga Zoo is to provide an educational and recreational opportunity for all. The educational mission stresses understanding of and respect for all living things. A strong commitment to conservation for generations to come is implicit in this mission. The Chattanooga Zoo seeks to provide a dignified and aesthetically pleasing environment for the animals. Come spend a couple of hours wandering through the Zoo and getting to know some of the wildest residents of Chattanooga. The Gombe Forest features 5 chimpanzees, including Hank, the best known animal in Chattanooga! Take a stroll through The Himalayan Passage, the newest exhibit, featuring red pandas, snow leopards, langurs and the highly endangered Bali-Mynahs. Head up to South America to see the spider monkeys swinging around, the jaguar lounging in the sun, and the macaws striking up a conversation with whomever passes by. Before you go, make sure to stop by the Warner Park Ranch Exhibit and feed the goats – and don’t forget to pat Peanut Butter the “ranch dog” on the head too!
Bluff View Art District
Within walking distance of downtown Chattanooga, Bluff View Art District is a creative haven that specializes in the visual, culinary and landscape arts. The historic neighborhood sits high atop a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River and offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience. While there, you can browse through River Gallery, which exhibits fine art and museum quality crafts from local, regional, national and international artists. Whether you are meandering through the sculpture garden or watching the local artisans bake breads, make chocolates or roast coffee through the large paned windows throughout the district, there is something for everyone to enjoy. You can also find something to suit any taste at one of the three restaurants, including authentic Italian at Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria, elegant global cuisine at Back Inn Cafe or European style desserts, pastries, coffees and sandwiches at Rembrandt's Coffee House. Spend an hour, an afternoon or an entire day discovering all there is to do in Bluff View Art District, and be sure to spend at least one night in the area's beautifully restored Bed and Breakfast, called Bluff View Inn.