Things To Do In Chattanooga Year Round

Chattanooga is a large city in southeastern Tennessee and over the years it has earned numerous nicknames including Gig City, Chatt, Nooga, Chattown, and River City.  One of the reasons that many people are aware of this city is because it was made popular by Glenn Miller and his orchestra with their song, Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Everyone will love spending time in Chattanooga, because there are plenty of things to do, see, and experience.  As people are exploring the downtown area, they can hop onto the electric shuttle to get from one area to another. This shuttle is free, so everyone can hop on and off as many times as they wish each day.

Chattanooga is just a short drive up I-75 North from Atlanta. After my recent visit, I was shocked I have not visited more often. I’ve visited Chattanooga as a child so it was nice to explore it as an adult. I enjoyed my visit! Here are a few things to do in Chattanooga!

Chattanooga Choo Choo 1400 Market Street

The infamous Chattanooga Choo Choo was originally a hotel before it was turned into a train station.  At its peak, there were more than fifty passenger trains passing through the station every day, and some of the more notable people on those trains included President Franklin Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt, and President Woodrow Wilson.  This train station was closed in 1970 and it wasn’t long before it was turned back into the beautiful hotel that visitors can now stay in. Anyone can take a tour of the hotel at no cost, but a ride on the trolley will cost $3.  

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

This park sits on the border of the states of Tennessee and Georgia in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga and the grounds played a significant role in the Civil War.  It can be easy to explore the park in both states, but those who wish to stay in the wonderful state of Tennessee will want to visit sites that include Lookout Mountain, the Missionary Ridge, Orchard’s Knob, Signal Point, and the Chattanooga National Cemetery.  


Lookout Mountain 3917 St Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409

Lookout Mountain provides a view of the Chattanooga Valley and includes the attractions of Rock City and Ruby Falls.  To get to the top of Lookout Mountain you must ride the Incline Railway which is the world’s steepest passenger railway.

Things to do in Chattanooga


Things to do in Chattanooga


Things to do in Chattanooga

Ruby Falls 1720 Scenic Highway

Ruby Falls can be found near the Tennessee River Gorge of Lookout Mountain, and it seems to be the most popular attraction in the city.  Ruby Falls is a large waterfall that is in a commercial cave that is one thousand one hundred and twenty feet below the ground. A regular guided tour of the cave is $19.95 for adults, but they also have special packages for those who wish to ride the Incline Railway, see the Rock City Gardens, and go zip-lining.

Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery

Ruby Falls

lookout mountain

Walnut Street Bridge  1 Walnut Street

This pedestrian bridge connects Downtown and the north shore. It’s great to walk across the bridge to get views of the city or watch a rowing event.

Walnut Street Things to Do in CHattanooga


Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery 1439 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402


Tennessee is known for whiskey. Take a tour of the company, Chattanooga Whiskey’s distillery. You can learn about the history the process and sample all six of the whiskies. If you don’t want to go on a tour you can buy your own bottle or visit the tasting room Thursday-Sunday. I am a fan of the 1816 Reserve.

Things To Do In Chattanooga

Things To Do In Chattanooga

Things To Do In Chattanooga

Chattanooga Restaurants

People will work up an appetite as they explore Chattanooga, but thankfully there are quite a few restaurants to choose from.  Here are  a few restaurants that foodies seem to rave about the most:

Public House 1110 Market Street

The prices at Public House may be low, but that doesn’t mean that the inside isn’t nice, the food isn’t delicious, and the staff is off-putting.  Instead, this unique restaurant serves food that is comparable to a five-star restaurant, the staff is friendly and kind, and people can dine there for even the most special occasions.  For dinner, guests will want to choose the sweet and spicy chicken bites for an appetizer, followed by a Caesar salad and either the fish of the day or the steak and fries.

Maple Street Biscuit Company 407 Broad Street

Locals and tourists alike can be found gathering at the Maple Street Biscuit Company as they enjoy a bite to eat.  Their menu isn’t large, but it is packed full of deliciousness! A few of the favorites include The Five, Bam Yo Yo, Hashbrown Cake, and Smokey Mountain Mac n Cheese.  They use the freshest ingredients, and almost every meal includes one of their amazing signature biscuits.

Urban Stack 12 W. 13th Street

The Urban Stack is the place to go in Chattanooga for a great burger and they have so many varieties to choose from.  Diners can choose a basic cheeseburger, or they can go for one of the more intense burgers like the Philly cheesesteak burger, the Italian burger, or the Chicago burger.  There is no wrong decision at Urban Stack as the burgers are all served nice and hot and juicy.


Taco Mamacita 109 N Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37405

Taco Mamacita is cute Mexican-Peruvian restaurant with unique dishes and fun cocktails. This place gets crowded quickly!

For dessert grab a scoop of ice cream at Clumpies (26 Frazier Ave # BChattanooga, TN 37405

Annual Chattanooga Events

During the year, there are many events held in Chattanooga and while they are all fascinating, there are a couple that people must attend.  

Chattanooga Riverbend Music Festival

This music festival is held towards the beginning of June every year and there are nine days filled with entertainment on six different stages on the banks of the Tennessee River.  More than one hundred bands play everything from bluegrass to classic rock to jazz. Children love going to the Children’s Village and adults love the bustling marketplace. No one will want to miss the fireworks that light up the sky on the last night.  

River Rocks

River Rocks is held every October and there are ten days’ worth of activities for everyone to participate in.  People of all ages can be seen kayaking, cycling, hiking, hang gliding, and even riding in a hot air balloon. Live music and skydivers keep the crowds entertained for hours on end and one of the river cruises is the perfect way to spend part of any of the days.  

Head of Hooch

The Head of Hooch may not be the largest regatta in the United States, but it does come in second place with more than fifteen hundred crews rowing down the Tennessee River.  This event is held during the month of November every year down by the Riverfront.


Chattanooga is such a fascinating city, and everyone must go there at least once to experience all its finest points.  Although, some people may love the city so much that they may never want to leave.  What are some things to do in Chattanooga that you would recommend? Comment below!

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Kim H.

Kim H. is the creator and chief editor for Work Hard Travel Well. Born and raised in College Park, Ga. She is a true "FILA" :) and UGA Alumna. Go Dawgs!