2020 // Family Fun

(Above) High Point ZIP Adventure at Ruby Falls (Photo Courtesy of Ruby Falls)

 

A Top Destination for Family Amusement

 

There’s always fun to be found in the Scenic City. Chattanooga is home to numerous world-class attractions, museums, and parks that offer entertainment for the whole family.

 

Did You Know?

In 2019, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development launched Kid Reviewed, which asked children to review top attractions. As part of the study, kids were given “laugh trackers,” a device that recorded their audio and heart rate, to wear at destinations around the state. Local participating attractions included the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga Zoo, High Point Climbing and Fitness, Creative Discovery Museum, Rock City, Ruby Falls, and the Incline Railway.

Tourism is the No. 2 industry in the state of Tennessee, and it’s easy to see why: It’s estimated that Chattanooga visitors spend $3.2 million in the city every day, and 2018 saw a 4.7% increase in visitor spending. As Chattanooga tourism continues to grow, the Scenic City has been highlighted in national lists including TripAdvisor’s “14 Idyllic Fall Family Vacations Across the U.S.” and Conde Nast Travel’s “Best Small Cities.” Readers’ Choice
Big 7 Travel even ranked Chattanooga as the sixth friendliest city in the country. 

Ranked No. 9 on USA Today’s 2019 Best Aquariums, Chattanooga’s Tennessee Aquarium features everything from sharks, reptiles, and turtles to macaroni penguins. The aquarium’s River Journey and Ocean Journey exhibits collectively house more than 12,000 animals and roughly 800 species. Also on the aquarium grounds is an IMAX 3D Theater complete with laser projection. This theater offers attendees the opportunity to see some of the earth’s wonders from a new perspective.

City Center is also home to one of the top children’s museums in the country, the Creative Discovery Museum, which offers hands-on displays that encourage creativity and learning. Just yards away, High Point Climbing and Fitness offers 30,000 square feet of climbing space, including an outdoor climbing wall.

A little further south, residents and visitors can enjoy the renowned Chattanooga Choo Choo. Authentic Pullman train cars offer those from out of town a place to stay for the night, and families can participate in a unique escape experience in one of the train cars. Railway enthusiasts can expand their knowledge at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, which offers daily trips from the Grand Junction depot.

Less than five miles away from downtown Chattanooga on Lookout Mouintain is another famed attraction – Ruby Falls. Boasting the tallest underground waterfall in the United States that’s open to the public, Ruby Falls takes visitors 1,120 feet underground to see the spectacular falls, and the attraction also features the High Point ZIP Adventure complete with over 700 feet of zip lines and a 40-foot climbing tower. Lookout Mountain also lays claim to Rock City, where highlights include beautiful gardens, ancient rock formations, and a panoramic view of seven states. The Incline Railway, which takes passengers to the top of the mountain via a railway featuring a 72.7% grade, also calls Lookout Mountain home.

If you are searching for something more recreational in nature, there are still plenty of activities offering family fun. Over 300 acres can be explored at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, which features plenty of gardens, walking trails, bike paths, and a native animal exhibit. The Southern Belle Riverboat offers scenic tours of the Tennessee River, and Chattanooga Ducks chauffeurs guests around town before driving into the river on one of its WWII amphibious landing crafts.

The Chattanooga Zoo parades visitors through exhibits such as Gombe Forest, Corcovado Jungle, and Himalayan Passage. From spider monkeys and red pandas to a two-toed sloth and Komodo dragons, the zoo’s animals delight visitors of all ages. Families can also have fun at Lake Winnepesaukah, which opened in 1925 and still serves up sweet summertime memories.

With 13 miles of fishing piers, picnic areas, and paved trails, the Tennessee Riverpark is the perfect place to enjoy a picturesque walk, bike ride, or jog. Bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards are all available to rent at several points along the Riverpark. For a more relaxed way to see the city, consider a horse-drawn carriage tour with Chattanooga Horse Trams, located downtown.

For sports fanatics, the city boasts several athletic teams such as the Chattanooga Lookouts — an AA Southern League baseball team, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs athletic teams, and professional soccer teams Chattanooga Football Club and the Chattanooga Red Wolves. In addition, the city’s notable Manker Patten Tennis Club hosts matches of varying skill levels, and several additional tennis clubs, as well as golf courses, dot the city.

Music plays a big part in Chattanooga’s culture, and the city hosts numerous music festivals and concerts each year. Bringing out fans in droves since 1982 is the Riverbend Festival, which showcases a variety of artists performing across four stages. The more recent Moon River Music Festival, a two-day event, takes place in Coolidge Park and continues to grow in popularity. Smaller, free concerts can be found in the summer months and include Nightfall and Riverfront Nights. These lineups often feature local acts, while the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium and the Tivoli Theatre attract renowned national and global artists and performers. Other live music opportunities abound along Station Street, with Songbirds hosting an array of events, as well as featuring a guitar museum.

For those lucky enough to be exploring Chattanooga close to a holiday, there are a wealth of options when it comes to entertainment.
Both the Chattanooga Market and Rock City highlight Bavarian culture during their Oktoberfest celebrations, which feature German beer, music, food, and more. Also during October is Ruby Falls’ Dread Hollow, the Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo, and the Tennessee Aquarium’s Aqua-Scarium. The winter months bring attractions such as Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights, Tennessee Valley Railroad’s North Pole Limited, the Chattanooga Zoo’s Holiday Lights, and Ruby Falls’ Christmas Underground. Valentine’s Day comes to life with Romance at Ruby, and in the spring, Rock City transforms into Shamrock City as St. Patrick’s Day approaches. Rock City’s Southern Blooms Festival is
another spring-time favorite.

In the summer, several celebrations take place, and Independence Day festivities and fireworks on the river are popular among locals. No matter the occasion, Chattanooga’s attractions promise to deliver an unforgettable experience.

Rock City (Photo Courtesy of Rock City)

Amusement

Adventure Sports Innovation

191 River St., Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.591.5654

adventuresportsinnovation.com

 

Air Bounce! Chattanooga

271 Northgate Mall, Suite 102, Chattanooga, TN 37415

423.777.5424

airbounceparty.com

 

Air Bounce! Cleveland

860 25th St. NW, Cleveland, TN 37311

423.458.4149

airbounceparty.com

 

All In Adventures

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., Suite 274, Chattanooga, TN 37421

423.377.0066

allinadventures.com

 

Axetreme Arena

200 Paul Huff Pkwy., Cleveland, TN 37312

423.380.8733

axetremearena.com

 

Breakout Games – Chattanooga

7540 E. Brainerd Rd., Suite 110, Chattanooga, TN 37421

423.661.8087

breakoutgames.com/chattanooga

 

Chattanooga Ghost Tours

57 E. Fifth St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.800.5998

chattanoogaghosttours.com

 

Civil Axe Throwing

409 Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.225.6769

civilaxethrowing.com

 

Classic Arcade Pinball Museum

409 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.541.4097

chattanoogapinballmuseum.com

 

The Coker Museum

1317 Chestnut St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

888.795.7077

cokermuseum.com

 

Eat Sip Walk

423.708.5328

eatsipwalk.com

 

Escape Experience Chattanooga

1800 Rossville Ave., Suite 1, Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.551.3306

escapeexperience.com/chattanooga

 

Escape Mission Chattanooga

405 River St., Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.364.5672

escapemissionchattanooga.com

 

High Point ZIP Adventure  at Ruby Falls

1720 S. Scenic Hwy., Chattanooga, TN 37409

423.821.2544

rubyfallszip.com

 

Houston Museum of Decorative Arts

201 High St., Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.267.7176

thehoustonmuseum.org

 

Insane Paintball

1200 Wisdom St., Chattanooga, TN 37406

423.624.2121

liveinsane.com

 

Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park

1730 Lakeview Dr., Rossville, GA 30741

706.866.5681

lakewinnie.com

 

Pints & Pedals

1220 King St., Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.380.8359

pintsandpedalstn.com

 

Red Bank Bounce

2011 Dayton Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37415

423.269.6861

redbankbounce.com

 

Time to Escape

432 Market St. #204, Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.414.2527

itstimetoescape.com

 

Sir Goony’s Fun Zone

5918 Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421

423.892.5922

sirgoonys.com

 

Songbirds Guitar Museum

35 Station St., Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.531.2473

museum.songbirds.rocks

 

Superfly Extreme Air Sports

7455 Commons Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37421

423.825.9320

superfly.me

 

Valkyrie Axe Throwing

45 E. Main St., Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.541.7583

valkyrieaxethrowing.com

Tennessee Aquarium (Photo Courtesy of Casey Phillips)

 

Classic Chattanooga Attractions

Bessie Smith Cultural Center

200 E. MLK Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.266.8658

bessiesmithcc.org

 

Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center

P.O. Box 11467, Chattanooga, TN 37401

423.405.3677

mohm.org

 

Chattanooga Choo Choo

1400 Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.266.5000

choochoo.com

 

Chattanooga Ducks

151 Riverfront Pkwy., Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.756.3825

chattanoogaducks.com

 

Chattanooga Market

1826 Carter St., Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.648.2496

chattanoogamarket.com

 

The Chattanooga Zoo

301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404

423.697.1322

chattzoo.org

 

Coolidge Park Antique Carousel

150 River St., Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.643.6311

chattanooga.gov

 

Creative Discovery Museum

321 Chestnut St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.756.2738

cdmfun.org

 

Hixson Museum of Flight

1824 E. Crabtree Rd., Hixson, TN 37343

423.228.2359

mofts.org

 

Hunter Museum of American Art

10 Bluff View, Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.267.0968

huntermuseum.org

 

Incline Railway

3917 St. Elmo Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37409

423.821.4224

ridetheincline.com

 

International Towing Museum

3315 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.267.3132

internationaltowingmuseum.org

 

Mayfield Dairy Farms

4 Mayfield Ln., Athens, TN 37303

423.649.2653

mayfielddairy.com

 

Rock City

1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mtn., GA 30750

706.820.2531

seerockcity.com

 

Ruby Falls

1720 S. Scenic Hwy., Chattanooga, TN 37409

423.821.2544

rubyfalls.com

 

Southern Belle Riverboat

151 Riverfront Pkwy., Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.266.4488

chattanoogariverboat.com

 

Tennessee Aquarium

1 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

800.262.0695

tnaqua.org

 

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

4119 Cromwell Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421

423.894.8028

tvrail.com

Chattanooga Zoo

 

General Information

Chattanooga Visitors Center

215 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.756.8687

chattanoogafun.com

 

Sports

BASEBALL

Chattanooga Lookouts

AT&T Field

201 Power Alley, Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.267.2208

lookouts.com

 

FOOTBALL

UTC Football

1826 Carter St., Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.266.4041

gomocs.com

 

BOWLING

Leisure Time Bowling

2739 Keith St., Cleveland, TN 37312

423.728.2988

ltbowling.com

 

Southside Social

1818 Chestnut St., Chattanooga, TN 37408

423.708.3280

thesouthsidesocial.com

 

Spare Time Chattanooga

5518 Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37411

423.899.2695

sparetimeentertainment.com/
chattanooga

 

Spare Time Hixson

5530 Hixson Pk., Hixson, TN 37343

423.843.2695

sparetimeentertainment.com/hixson

 

Splitz Alley

6241 Perimeter Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37421

423.710.3530

splitzalley.com

 

GOLF – PRIVATE COURSES

Black Creek Club

4700 Cummings Cove Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37419

423.822.2582

blackcreekclub.com

 

The Champions Club

7502 Snow Hill Rd., Ooltewah, TN 37363

423.238.6812

championsclub.net

 

Chattanooga Golf & Country Club

1511 Riverview Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.266.6178

chattanoogagcc.org

 

Cleveland Country Club

345 Kyle Ln. NW, Cleveland, TN 37312

423.336.3661

clevelandcountryclub.org

 

Council Fire Golf Club

100 Council Fire Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37421

423.499.6300

councilfire.net

 

Creeks Bend Golf Club

5900 Hixson Pk., Hixson, TN 37343

423.842.5911

creeksbendgolfclub.com

 

The Honors Course

9603 Lee Hwy., Ooltewah, TN 37363

423.238.4272

honorscourse.net

 

The Lookout Mountain Club

1201 Fleetwood Dr., Lookout Mtn., GA 30750

706.820.1551

lookoutmountain.club

 

Signal Mountain Golf & Country Club

809 James Blvd., Signal Mtn., TN 37377

423.886.5767

smgcc.org

 

Valleybrook Golf & Country Club

180 Valleybrook Rd., Hixson, TN 37343

423.842.4646

lukenholdings.com/valleybrook.golf.course

 

WindStone Golf Club

9230 Windstone Dr., Ringgold, GA 30736

423.894.1231

windstone.com

 

GOLF – PUBLIC COURSES

Bear Trace at Harrison Bay

8919 Harrison Bay Rd., Harrison, TN 37341

423.326.0885

tnstateparks.com

 

Brainerd Golf Course

5303 Old Mission Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37411

423.855.2692

chattanooga.gov

 

Brown Acres Golf Club

406 Brown Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421

423.855.2680

chattanooga.gov

 

Concord Golf Club

1207 Radmoor Ln., Chattanooga, TN 37421

423.894.4536

 

Moccasin Bend Golf Club

381 Moccasin Bend Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.267.3585

moccasinbendgc.com

 

Montlake Golf Club

9104 Brow Lake Rd., Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379

423.332.3111

 

SOCCER

Chattanooga Football Club

423.708.4625

chattanoogafc.com

 

Chattanooga Red Wolves SC

chattanoogaredwolves-sc.com

 

TENNIS

Manker Patten Tennis Club/Zan Guerry Clubhouse

100 Douglas St., Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.266.6767

mankerpatten.org

Tennessee Aquarium

 

Historic Attractions

Audubon Acres, Elise Chapin Sanctuary

900 N. Sanctuary Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421

423.892.1499

chattanoogaaudubon.org

 

Chattanooga National Cemetery

1200 Bailey Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404

423.855.6590

cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/chattanooga.asp

 

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

3370 Lafayette Rd., Ft. Oglethorpe, GA 30742

706.866.9241

nps.gov/chch

 

Cravens House

Cravens Terrace, Lookout Mtn., TN 37350

423.821.7786

aboutnorthgeorgia.com/ang/Cravens_House

 

Engel Stadium

1130 E. Third St., Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.425.4393

 

Point Park Battlefield

110 Point Park Rd., Lookout Mtn., TN 37350

423.821.7786

nps.gov

 

Raccoon Mountain Caverns

319 W. Hills Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37419

423.821.9403

raccoonmountain.com

 

Red Clay State Historic Park

1140 Red Clay Park Rd. SW, Cleveland, TN 37311

423.478.0339

tnstateparks.com

 

Silverdale Confederate Cemetery

7710 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga, TN 37421

Ruby Falls (Photo Courtesy of Ruby Falls)

 

Movie Theaters

AMC Chattanooga 18

5080 South Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37412

423.855.9652

amctheatres.com

 

AMC Classic Battlefield 10

1100 Battlefield Pkwy., Ft. Oglethorpe, GA 30742

706.861.8594

amctheatres.com

 

AMC Classic Bradley Square 12

200 Paul Huff Park, Cleveland, TN 37312

423.709.0008

amctheatres.com

 

AMC Classic Chattanooga 10

2210 Gunbarrel Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421

423.855.1005

amctheatres.com

 

AMC Classic Majestic 12

311 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.826.2375

amctheatres.com

 

AMC Classic Northgate 14

310 Northgate Mall Dr., Hixson, TN 37343

423.870.9908

amctheatres.com

 

IMAX 3D Theater

1 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

800.262.0695

tnaqua.org/imax

 

Palace Theater

818 Georgia Ave. #118. Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.803.6578

chattpalace.com

 

Regal Hamilton Place

2000 Hamilton Place Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37421

844.462.7342

regmovies.com

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