With all the great attractions in Chattanooga, you’ll never be stuck in your hotel room wishing for the sun to come out. Even on the rainy days, the fun continues. From climbing in the 9th largest climbing gym in America to exploring the world’s deepest commercial cave to admiring the biggest freshwater fish on the planet, rain can’t stop the fun in Chattanooga.
At the Tennessee Aquarium, you’ll be surrounded by freshwater. Discover feisty otters, baby alligators, prehistoric-looking sturgeon and even the tweeting electric eel, Miguel Wattson. Go “deep-sea diving” with fierce sharks, stealthy stingrays, and colorful reef fish; experience stingrays hands-on in the touch pool; watch playful penguins; and explore a rainforest filled with hundreds of free-flying butterflies.
High Point Climbing & Fitness
High Point Climbing & Fitness boasts a whopping 30,000 square feet of walls, jam-packed with brightly colored routes, just itching to be conquered. The gym boasts a lead wall, two bouldering walls, auto belays, a Kids Zone, yoga and fitness rooms. There’s something for everyone here.
Journey over 1,100 feet underground at Ruby Falls and explore America’s deepest commercial cave. Meander through cool passageways, discover ancient rock formations, and learn the cave’s history on an hour and a half interactive tour. At the back of the cave, watch in wonder as your tour guide lights up the 145-foot waterfall.
Creative Discovery Museum
Once you make it inside the Creative Discovery Museum, the rain will all but be forgotten. Explore how a river works in the RiverPlay exhibit; learn to build exciting creations in the Inventor’s Clubhouse; enjoy a bird's eye view of Chattanooga from atop the Lookout Tower; learn about trains aboard Thomas the Tank Engine; and so much more.
If you like to play games, Southside Social is the perfect place for you. With 10 lanes for bowling and 3 bars, it’s a kid-friendly space by day and an adult playground by night. In addition to bowling, there are a multitude of other games like pool, skee ball, darts, ping pong, shuffleboard, and giant jenga (and it’s all free to play).
Have a little more energy? Bounce next door to the Jump Park, a trampoline park with over 50 connected trampolines. Play an intense game of trampoline dodgeball, slack line, get mad air, and do tricks into the foam pit. The Jump Park also features SoccerPool, a rocking blend of the two sports.
Hunter Museum of American Art
Peruse the South’s largest collection of American art at the Hunter Museum. The museum showcases art spanning the history of American culture from colonial times to the present day. The current temporary exhibit, Monet and American Impressionism, highlights 25 artists who launched a new way of painting in response to the influence of Claude Monet and French Impressionist art.
Rock City Gardens
Still feel like venturing outside? Rain ponchos are freely handed out at Rock City so you’ll never get wet. Wind your way through massive rock boulders and caverns on the Enchanted Trail; discover gnomes and magical fairytales in hidden passageways; and see the famous “Seven States” view for yourself at Lover’s Leap.
Chattanooga is full of sunshine during the summer. But if it rains while you’re here, don’t worry. There’s still plenty to do. The rain will never stop the fun in Chattanooga.