Chattanooga Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Chattanooga; our list of the best things to see, including Enjoy Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, Chattanooga Market and Coolidge Park.
  • The best place in Chattanooga: Enjoy Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park

    Enjoy Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park

    Lakeview Drive
    (Almost literally just over the state line) 1-877-525-3946. Lake Winnie, as it's referred to amongst the locals, has been putting smiles on faces for over 80 years. With rides for the whole family and concerts featuring famous country artists, Lake Winnie is open Thursday through Sunday from late April through early August. They are also open on weekends in the beginning of April and after the end of the summer season into September. Gate Admission, required of everyone, is $3. An unlimited ride pass, the best deal, is $21. You can, however, pick up individual ride tickets for $.80 each or a strip of 14 for $10. Each ride ranges from 2 to 5 tickets. (All prices listed for the 2005 season) All guests under 21 must accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone - it seems that too many people were just dropping their kids off.
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  • Chattanooga Market

    Chattanooga Market

    1826 Carter Street at the First Tennessee Pavilion
    Seasonal Sundays, 12PM-5PM. Themed events including live music are scheduled throughout the growing season. Vendors set up booths, which includes area farmers, artists, and restaurants.
  • Coolidge Park

    Coolidge Park

    This park features a beautifully restored carousel, a pavilion, an interactive play fountain, and lots of open space where the Navy and Marine Reserve Center once stood. A short walk across the Walnut Street Bridge allows visitors to enjoy Chattanooga's most popular park. It is part of the Tennessee Riverpark, a 22 mile long public park along the Tennessee River. Coolidge park is also a Wi-Fi Hotspot thanks to the City of Chattanooga [31] and AirNet Group [32]. Watch the activity [33] in Coolidge park through an entire day/night cycle of June 9 and 10, 2003. (Requires Windows Media Player)
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  • IMAX 3D Theater

    201 Chestnut Street
    This six-story high IMAX 3D Theater features two 3D films that change regularly, often themed closely to the latest special attraction at the Aquarium. Currently showing Sharks 3D and Wild Safari 3D, this IMAX does not show any feature films. Tickets purchased at the box office may not be for an immediate showing, so advance purchases are best for planning purposes. Single movie tickets are $7.95 for Adults, $5.50 for Children 3-12. Double Feature tickets are $11.95 and $8.50. Combination tickets for the Aquarium, IMAX and Creative Discovery Museum are available.
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  • In-Town Gallery

    26A Frazier Avenue
    and Walnut St. Bridges), +1 423 267-9214, [64]. Open 7 days a week (Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sundays 1pm-5pm, First Fridays until 8pm) -- Founded in 1974, In-Town Gallery is one of the oldest co-operative galleries in the United States. Member-owned and operated by more than 30 local artist members, In-Town Gallery is a comfortable to browse. When you enter, you will be greeted by one or two member artists who are happy to guide you through the gallery. It is vibrant and full of creative energy and inspiration. The prices are surprisingly affordable considering it shows some of the best original artwork in the Chattanooga area. In-Town Gallery is a "must-see" Chattanooga art gallery!
  • East Ridge Flea Market

    6725 Ringgold Road
    Located in nearby East Ridge, just off of Interstate 75, the East Ridge Flea Market is one of Tennessee's largest indoor flea markets. Featuring over 200 vendors, you are very much nearly guaranteed to find a bargain. Free parking and air conditioned.
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo

    1400 Market Street
    In 1973, after a 4 million dollar renovation, it was reopened to the public as a hotel. Authentic private rail cars were furnished as unique sleeping quarters. Holiday Inn welcomed the hotel into its family in 1989 after another 4 million dollars were invested. The dome is decorated with magnificent colors and it is stunning when lit up at night, and the Choo Choo Holiday Inn is preparing to enter its second century as a premier hotel and convention center. The private rail car rooms are still available, and there are a variety of shops and dining options on the 35 acre complex. While there, see the worlds largest model railroad setup showing a scale version of the Chattanooga valley, an authentic 1880's steam engine (the only one of its type in the area), and the beautifully restored Terminal Station.
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  • International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum

    3315 Broad Street
    [25] The museum can be found on the right in a blue and white building as you drive toward the mountain, a short drive from downtown. Chattanooga was chosen as the site of the museum because the first wrecker was built here at the Ernest Holmes Company. You'll find dozens of antique tow trucks and pictures of Hall of Famers. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for Seniors 55 and older, $4 for Children 6 - 18, and free for children 5 and under. Hunter Museum
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  • River Gallery Sculpture Garden

    400 East 2nd Street
    Located in the Bluff View Art district, this piece of greenspace on the bluff near the Veteran's Bridge offer a little peace and a lot of beautiful art.
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  • Knitting Mill Antiques

    205 Manufacturers Road
  • Bijou Theater

    215 Broad Street
    A modern 7 screen movie theater located on the block next to the Aquarium. Occasionally offers independent films in addition to the standard commercial releases.
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  • Ruby Falls

    1720 South Scenic Highway
    This thundering 145 foot waterfall inside Lookout Mountain has been a popular attraction since 1929. Named after the founder's wife, Ruby Falls was found by Leo Lambert in 1923 as he and his corporation were drilling a shaft to open the historic Lookout Mountain Cave to the public. During the drilling, a small opening was located and after a 17 hour trip, Leo emerged with tales of beautiful rock formations and a spectacular waterfall. Parking is on-site, attended and free. Allow approximately two hours for your visit. Those with claustrophobia may be a little unnerved by the elevator ride into the caverns. No strollers are permitted and the cave tour is not wheelchair accessible. Ruby Falls is open from 8AM-8PM (except Christmas Day), the attraction is weatherproof and 60 degrees year round. Adult admission is $17.95, Children ages 3 - 12 are $9.95, 2 years and under are free. Combination tickets covering Rock City, Ruby Falls, and the Incline are available at any of the three attractions. [20]
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  • Houston Museum of Decorative Arts

    201 High Street
    Located in a century-old Victorian house in the Bluff View Art District. It is home to antique glass and ceramics, as well as antique furniture, music boxes, coverlets and other rare pieces from the collection of the late Anna Safley Houston. It boasts the world’s largest collection of pitchers. Open M-F 9:30AM-4PM. Open seasonally on Sa and Su. Closed major holidays. Admission: Adults $7, Children (4-12) $3.50. Discounts available for groups of 20 or more.
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  • Miller Park

    910 Market Street
    The park, one-acre in the middle of downtown, is very popular with the downtown lunch crowd. It has an outdoor amphitheater, a large fountain and beautiful grassy areas. Homeless people are known to relax in the shade here and a number of mission organizations stop here to offer free lunches to them. Some residents have complained that these free lunches bring more homeless to the park area, but the ones that do frequent the area tend to leave well enough alone. Panhandling or begging is rare.
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  • Tivoli Theater

    709 Broad Street
    Known as the "Jewel of the South," the Tivoli has entertained Chattanoogans, offering everything from silent movies to Broadway blockbusters, for over 75 years. One nugget of its history: in 1926 the Tivoli became one of the first public buildings in the country to be air conditioned. The Tivoli was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and received a $7 million renovation that was revealed to an excited audience in 1989. Currently the Tivoli is the home of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association. It also offers a venue to other music artists, Broadway shows and dance troupes. Recently the Tivoli has installed a movie projector, calling back to its early days a first class movie house.
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  • Reflection Riding

    Located at the Chattanooga Nature Center
    M-Sa 9AM-5PM year round, and Su 1PM-5PM March through October. This 300-acre arboretum, botanical garden and historic site located on Lookout Mountain. The seasons are most evident as your travel through the grounds, with summer's wildflowers and autumn's changing of colors. There are also rental facilities available on the acreage, perfect for parties, weddings or other occasions. Cost of admission is $6 per car, or you can pay per individual for admission to both Reflection Riding and the Chattanooga Nature Center.
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  • Tennessee Aquarium

    1 Broad Street
    Tennessee Aquarium as seen from the Market Street Bridge The Tennessee Aquarium features two buildings, "Ocean Journey" and "River Journey." The River Journey focuses on freshwater environments, carrying you through mountains forests, swamps, valley and lakes, both in the Tennessee Valley and throughout the world. Some of the special attractions are the seahorses and otters. The Ocean Journey building, a recent addition to the campus, offers opportunity to touch stingrays, visit a butterfly garden and see sharks. Both buildings stand out in the skyline with their pitched glass roofs and have become a popular landmark for photographers. Expect to tour for at least two and a half hours, more during the summer. During the summer, hours are extended and tickets are time-stamped. Purchasing tickets in advance during the summer months (or even all year) is an extremely good idea. Not only are they cheaper, you can also plan on an entry time. Combination tickets for the Aquarium, IMAX and Creative Discovery Museum are available. First admittance at 10AM and last at 6PM, outside of summer months.
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  • Take a ride with the Chattanooga Ducks

    201 West 5th Street
    Climb aboard a World War II era amphibious vehicle for a tour of downtown Chattanooga before it glides into the water for a tour of the Tennessee River. Tours run from 10AM to around dusk and last approximately 1 hour.
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  • Climb the Walnut Street Bridge Climbing Wall

    Inside Coolidge Park
    From April through November, the wall is open F 6PM-9PM, Sa 1PM-9PM, and Su 1PM-5PM. Climb on one of the limestone towers that supports the Walnut Street Bridge. Located within Coolidge Park, the wall is open seasonally to the general public and for groups on a reservation basis. There are as many as 30 distinct climbing routes perfect for novices to experienced climbers. All equipment is provided! The price for open climbing $5 per-hour-per-person with a three climb minimum or $15 for the entire day, with the capability to come and go as you'd like.
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  • Warehouse Row

    1110 Market Street
    Part of the Prime Outlets family, Warehouse Row is the premier fashion center in the Chattanooga area. This is an elegant setting, with hardwood floors and two levels of famous brand name stores. Hours: (Jan-Mar) M-Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 12PM-6PM; (Apr-Dec) M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 12PM-6PM. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
  • Galleries At Southside

    1404 Cowart Street
  • Miller Plaza

    850 Market Street
    Directly across from Miller Park is a pavilion, outdoor stage and a fountain. This site is used a couple of regular, free concert series: "Nightfall" and "Rhythm & Noon." The Nightfall series [34], held each Friday evening from May through September, is extremely popular, especially with area bikers, but it is still a very friendly crowd. Rhythm & Noon [35] is held every Friday from May through August. Miller Plaza is also a WiFi hotspot sponsor by the City of Chattanooga [36] and AirNet Group [37].
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  • Chattanooga Theatre Center

    400 River Street
    It was founded in 1924 as the "Little Theatre", but this community theater has grown up: it has a modern facility and grown up name. Classes, as well as auditions for the more than 15 productions are held year round.
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  • Take a ride on the Southern Belle Riverboat

    201 Riverfront Parkway
    The Southern Belle is a lovely paddlewheel boat that cruises the Tennessee River near Chattanooga. Lunch, dinner or just sightseeing cruises are available. The "Dixeland Dinner Cruise" features delicious slow-cooked prime rib, shrimp creole and live music. Starting in mid-October, the Fall Leaf Cruises begin allowing you to take a ride up the river and marvel at the changing colors of the trees. The Riverboat is also available for private parties, including the opportunity to be wed on the promenade deck. Sight seeing cruises are $12 for Adults, and $5.25 for Children ages 3 - 12. Lunch Cruises, $17 for Adults and $8 for Children, and the Dinner Cruise is $31 for Adults, $17 for Children. Expect to spend between 1 hour and 2 1/2 hours on the river, depending on your cruise type.
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  • Chattanooga Nature Center

    400 Garden Road
    Established in 1979, the Chattanooga Nature Center includes a 1400 foot boardwalk meandering through seasonal wetland and lowland forest. The CNC sponsors summer camps each year and space is always limited. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 - 11 and seniors 65+.0 The CNC is only minutes from Downtown Chattanooga and it is well worth the trip.
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  • Play Mini Golf at Sir Gooney's Family Fun Center

    5918 Brainerd Road
    The mini-golf is great, but don't limit yourself to just that! They've got two mini-golf courses, three go-karts, paintball, bumper boats, batting cages, karaoke, laser tag and an arcade! Each attraction has its own price, but expect to spend between $2 and $14 per attraction. As they say, "Fun for all ages!"
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