40+ Things to Do in Downtown Chattanooga

40+ Things to Do in Downtown Chattanooga
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Are you looking for some fun and exciting activities right outside your front door? Downtown Chattanooga is a hive of culture and activity, so it makes for the perfect place to explore. Whether you’re having a staycation or just want something new to do, your needs will be met downtown.

40+ Things to Do in Downtown Chattanooga


The Moon River Festival has quickly become a staple in Chattanooga. Offering music and entertainment from multiple artists, this event held in Coolidge Park almost always sells out. With areas and activities designated for children, this is a fun event for everyone.

Nightfall is a free concert series hosted in Miller Park every Friday night through the summer. The streets are shut down making it kid friendly, and there’s vendors of all kinds set up for the whole family.

The Chattanooga Market has tons of annual festivals each year. Checkout what they have to offer each season!

Riverbend is on of Chattanooga’s biggest events each year! Kick off your summer with great music and entertainment!

The 4 Bridges Art Festival is a great way to celebrate art and culture every spring.

JFest is another annual music festival that takes place in the Scenic City.

Wine Over Water is a popular event every fall.

Sports and Recreation

The Chattanooga Lookouts are a staple in the Scenic City. The field sits right along the Tennessee River, so you can hit up any of the wonderful restaurants or ice cream shops before the first pitch is thrown.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, and they have a wide variety of sporting events you can watch year-round. Go Mocs!

Chattanooga Red Wolves game makes for a fun evening for the whole family. With the stadium located right by Champy’s, you can make a night of it.

The Chattanooga Football Club is another great soccer team in Chattanooga. They play their home games at Finley Stadium.

If your crew loves climbing, High Point Climbing and Fitness is the perfect spot! Located right by the Tennessee Aquarium, this prime location is within walking distance to many fun downtown activities and hot spots.

The Chattanooga Downtown YMCA is another great place to get moving. There are classes and activities for the whole family.

If you love the water, paddling boarding is a popular option among Chattanoogans. L2 Outside is a great place to rent a board if you need one.

The Chattanooga Riverwalk is another popular place to get outside and exercise. This 16 mile stretch of pavement runs right along the Tennessee River. You can find runners, walkers, bikers, and more along this hot spot.

If you want to explore the Scenic City on a bike, Bike Chattanooga makes it easy.

Miracle League of Chattanooga is another great, inclusive option for everyone to get out and be active.


The Hunter Art Museum is a great spot to explore art and culture. It’s located right above the Tennessee River, and the location is just as beautiful as the art inside.

The Bluff View Art District is an art lover’s paradise. You can enjoy food, bakeries, coffee, galleries, and sculptures in this quaint area of town.

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is Chattanooga’s hub for all things theater.

The Tivoli, Memorial Auditorium, and the Walker Theatre are great venues to watch live music and shows.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers many performances on campus.


The Walnut Street Bridge is one of Chattanooga’s most visited spots. The view is spectacular.

Old Stone Church Tower is one of the oldest and prettiest sights in Chattanooga.

Second Presbyterian Church is a beautiful sight to behold downtown.

Coolidge Park is a stunning park that everyone will love.

Ross’s Landing is a breathtaking park right on the Tennessee River.

The West Village is a cool area for the whole family with some stunning scenery.

The North Shore is a beautiful area with tons of restaurants and shops.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has a spectacular campus that is worth exploring.

Tourist Attractions

Even if you’re a local, these downtown tourist hot spots are great for a day of entertainment!

The Tennessee Aquarium and Chattanooga Zoo are perfect for animal lovers!

The Creative Discovery Museum is a child’s paradise.

The Chattanooga Choo Choo will make your train lovers happy!

The Incline Railway is a great way to see Lookout Mountain.

Land and Boat Tours

Chattanooga Ducks is a great combination of land and river exploration.

The Southern Belle is one of the most historical ways to explore the Tennessee River.

Blue Heaven River Tours makes your boat ride loads of fun.

Pints and Pedals makes for a fun adult tour night.

Chatt Taste Tour: Taste all that the Chattanooga restaurant scene has to offer.

If you’re up for a spooky night on the town, Chattanooga Ghost Tours  and ChattaBOOga Ghost Walk are the way to go.

For the adventurous type, Chattanooga Segway Tours make for a fun outing.

Missionary Ridge Train Rides: Take a train ride to learn about Chattanooga’s history.

Tennessee River Sunset Tours: Paddle board or kayak down the Tennessee River.

Chattanooga Carriage Company: See the beauty of the city on a horse drawn carriage.

Whatever you and your family may be craving, downtown Chattanooga can definitely serve it up!

Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to Chattanooga Fun