15 Things To Do This Summer In Chattanooga, TN


15 Things To Do This Summer In Chattanooga, TNListen up Momma, I’ve got the list for you! We are fortunate enough to live in and around Chattanooga, TN. The Scenic City is known for its booming startups, outdoor activities, and family-friendly tourist attractions. 

Even though we are so close to so many things to do, sometimes we just get too busy raising our little ones to really enjoy everything. People travel from all over to enjoy the things we have right in our own backyard.

I recently heard a friend say she spent her Saturday being a tourist for a day in the Nooga and I thought that was an amazing idea. So, I selfishly put this list together.

Below are a few things I have done a lot, a few things I’ve done once, and a few things I’m hoping to do soon:

  1. Swimming in the Aquarium Water or one of these other nearby swimming holes
  2. Pack the marshmallows and camp on the waterfront at Chester Frost
  3. Feed the giraffes at the Chattanooga Zoo and then head to the rest of Warner Park. We love the closed-in playground there. 
  4. Check out the view on nearby Signal Mountain. Stroll up to Signal Point or hike to the famous Edwards Point and Mushroom Rock. Don’t forget to grab flowers from the Joli Jardin farm stand.
  5. Grab the pups and head to Greenway Farm and launch the kayaks. Be sure to run the dogs in the dog park and hike to the old rock quarry.
  6. Grab dinner on the Southern Belle Riverboat.
  7. Map out your own food tours in all of our different neighborhoods or sign up for our popular Chatt Taste tour
  8. Check out the weekend markets. The Tennessee Pavilion is my favorite. 
  9. Be a cheesy tourist for the day and hit the regulars: The Walnut Street Bridge, Tennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, Rock City, and Ruby Falls. 
  10. Cave dive at Raccoon Caverns
  11. Check out a concert in the cave at The Caverns in nearby Pelham, TN. Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessions sounded amazing, and being in a cave made it even that much cooler. 
  12. Check out the booming art scene. Hit the Hunter Museum of Art and other creative spaces listed here. 
  13. Dress up and catch a show at the Tivoli Theater
  14. Rent bikes or bring your own and explore the Riverwalk. Don’t forget the Bug Play Walk. It’s a series of small parks along the Riverwalk that are bug-themed. My kids love running to the next one.                                     
  15. Check out one of the many night events around time. Music and Movies in Miller Park, Brew Hops, and other hosted entertainment throughout the city.

The list really could go on forever. For more ideas check out the linked sites, check Facebook Events, or follow us on social media to see what other local moms are up to. Check out our very own Ultimate Guide to Chattanooga Summer Fun!

I would love to hear what your family has done or wants to do in and around the area. Until then, I hope to see you around.

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Hello! I'm Jessica. I grew up in Northern Indiana where I joined the Navy right out of high school. After 3 deployments and some amazing port calls I married a fellow sailor and began a family. We moved around a few times in search of a forever city. After a few visits to the Chattanooga area we fell in love and set in motion our move to the highly recommended Signal Mountain. I am slowly chipping away at my marketing degree while working part time at a local marketing agency. I am also a huge portrait photography lover and have a small studio up here on Signal Mountain where I shoot luxury portrait for children and women. You can check out my work at www.venyaportrait.com. We have 2 kiddos, Jazzy(6) who's larger than life and Joseph(3) who is taking his sweet time growing up. We have always planned to adopt as well and are currently awaiting a match for a big sister in need of a loving home. I also volunteer as a court advocate for abused and neglected children in the area. It's a great program and you can check out more at https://www.tncasa.org/. You can find me binging true crime podcasts and dark drama shows late at night. I'm a serial hobbyist, I'll never turn down an iced coffee, I actually try hard not to cuss like a sailor and I love meeting different kinds of people.