Outdoors and Parks: Connected to the Tennessee Riverwalk, Coolidge Park is a NorthShore icon renowned for its interactive water fountain, century-old restored carousel, ample green spaces, and gorgeous views of the Tennessee River. Nearby Renaissance Park boasts 23 acres and highlights the area’s history and ecology with historic markers and nature trails. Stringers Ridge is a 92-acre urban wilderness park ideal for mountain biking, trail running, and hiking.
Shopping: From art galleries and upscale clothing stores to gift and antique shops, NorthShore’s Frazier and Cherokee Avenues offer some of the most unique shopping in the city. The neighborhood is rich with local food and drink, including specialty coffee and olive oil, gourmet hot dogs, authentic Italian meatballs, and handcrafted ice cream. NorthShore residents also have easy access to Publix and Whole Foods grocery stores. In Riverview, shoppers can take advantage of locally owned restaurants and establishments selling clothing, antiques, flowers, and more.
Fitness: Several yoga and fitness studios can be found in NorthShore, as well as a variety of gyms offering 24/7 service and personal coaching. Plentiful sidewalks, trails, and bike lanes encourage outdoor activity year-round.
Festivals: Every autumn, the Walnut Street Bridge becomes home to Tennessee’s premier wine-tasting festival, Wine Over Water. More than 100 wineries from all over the world are represented, while area restaurants provide tasting plates for purchase. Visitors can also enjoy performances by regional musicians, and “off the bridge” events extend the festivities to other parts of the city.
Arts and Entertainment: The Chattanooga Theatre Centre has been a source of entertainment for nearly 95 years; the community theatre organizes 15 annual productions in addition to theatre classes, workshops, and a summer academy. During the month of July, Coolidge Park hosts Movies in the Park on Saturday evenings. The public also gathers in the park the day before Independence Day for Pops on the River, a patriotic concert by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. In addition to maintaining galleries on Frazier Avenue, the Association for Visual Arts hosts annual programs and events to advance the visual arts.