Chattanooga is a city with a plethora of options for those who wish to have a great time without breaking the bank. Our unique location in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains provide many fun and free things to do in the Scenic City for all to enjoy!
Explore Downtown Chattanooga
- Coolidge Park - This beautiful park located on the North Shore is a great place to come throw frisbee, enjoy a picnic, or bring the kids to enjoy the interactive water fountains. The park is also a great place to sit and relax as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the Tennessee River on one of the many benches throughout the park. For those of you who enjoy kayaking or canoeing, the park also includes multiple launch spots to take your adventure onto the river!
- Renaissance Park - Located adjacent to Coolidge Park, Renaissance Park is a unique place to bring the dogs, have a picnic, and enjoy scenic views of Chattanooga's downtown. Renaissance Park also includes what is known to locals as the "cardboard hill" where people are encouraged to bring their own piece of cardboard to take a slide down!
- Walnut Street Bridge - The Walnut Street Bridge was built in 1891 where it once served as a bridge for automobiles. It has since been transformed into one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world! The bridge acts as a connector from Chattanooga's eclectic North Shore to Downtown. So after hanging out in Coolidge or Renaissance Park take a stroll over the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street Bridge and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains, and America's Scenic City.
- Tennessee Riverpark - The Tennessee Riverpark is one of the longest walking trails in the world spanning a 13+ mile paved trail that follows along the Tennessee River from the Chickamauga Dam all the through downtown Chattanooga to the foot of Lookout Mountain. Along the way you will come across many grilling spots, a few swamps, a playground, piers for fishing, and of course, magnificent views. The trail includes bathroom facilities throughout and is bike and pet friendly!
- The Passage at Ross's Landing - The Passage at Ross's Landing marks the spot where the Trail of Tears originally began. Today, the spot has been transformed into a place to honor and remember those of the Cherokee Nation with beautiful Native American Art alongside stairs which lead out to the Tennessee River.
Experience the Arts
- First Street Sculpture Garden - After you cross the Walnut Street Bridge from the Northshore, you will come across a beautiful sculpture display beside the popular dessert destination Ice Cream Show.
- Bluff View Art District - This special Chattanooga destination has an old-time European vibe blended with the modern feel of American art. The beautiful art district is situated on the bluffs of the Tennessee River where you can take in the sights and sounds of downtown Chattanooga while enjoying the peaceful feeling of being taken back to another time. If you get the chance, stop in to Rembrandt's Coffee Shop or one of restaurants on the bluff to enjoy food made right there in the art district!
- River Gallery Sculpture Garden - Located within the Bluff View Art District, the River Gallery Sculpture Garden is a 2 acre outdoor exhibit featuring one of the Southeast's most impressive collections of temporary American sculptures.
- Montague Sculpture Park - Chattanooga's newest cultural tourist attraction is this huge 33 acre sculpture park which features 27 world renowned large-scale sculptures! In addition to all that, Montague Park is dog friendly with lots of greenspace which can also be used to picnic and play with the family. Montague Park certainly adds to Chattanooga's booming Soutside Arts District, as this park is sure to become an international destination of cultural tourism.
- Main Terrain Art Park - The Main Terrain Art Park is located on Chattanooga's bustling Southside. The Park provides a unique greenspace where visitors can enjoy the art pieces that actually double as fitness alternatives!
- Sunset Rock - Situated atop Lookout Mountain, this trail starts off on a bluff looking out over the Tennessee River Valley. You can follow the trail down the mountain or use the many wonderful bluffs for rock climbing!
- Signal Point - This historic location atop Signal Mountain was important during the Civil War. Due to the high visibility, it was used to send and receive messages from one troop battalion to another. This 13 mile trail features beautiful waterfalls cascading along the mountain into the valley below. It is also dog friendly!
- Lula Lake Trails - Lula Lake is easily one of the Chattanooga area’s most stunning natural destinations. Within the lake’s punchbowl formation are waters so brilliantly turquoise that, were it not for the amphitheater of sandstone ringing the bowl, one might think he or she’d been transplanted to a faraway island in the Caribbean.
- North Chick Blue Hole - This trail runs alongside the North Chick Creek which carves out a steep gorge between Signal and Mowbray mountains, and creates a series of deep, welcoming pools along the way.
- Nightfall - The free Nightfall Concert Series, now in its 30th season, is held every Friday night from early May through late August in the heart of downtown at Miller Plaza. Bring your kids, lawn chairs, pets and friends to enjoy great live music, food and an ice cold beverage in the outdoor social atmosphere of Nightfall.
- Riverfront Nights - This free music series is held on Chattanooga’s beautiful riverfront every Saturday from July 15th-September 16th. Riverfront Nights is the perfect time to enjoy local food, drinks and great music after spending a day on the town. Free & fee-based boat parking available. Come unwind with us!
- Noontunes - If you happen to find yourself wandering around downtown around noon on Wednesdays this summer, stop by Miller Plaza for a taste of some of the areas most talented performers.
- Second Saturdays on Station Street - Second Saturdays on Station Street is a five-part musical series that will be hosted by the Songbirds Foundation on the second Saturday of every month during the summer.
During the event, Station Street will be closed to traffic and a large stage will be erected in front of the Songbirds Guitar Museum. This stage will feature local and national musical acts.
- Levitt AMP Music Series - Get ready, Chattanooga. There’s a new music concert series coming to town! Ten weeks of free, live music on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center featuring local, regional and national talent. August 24-October 26, 5:30-8:30pm.