Outdoor enthusiasts will thrive on mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting and more in a city that embraces its natural surroundings. Lookout Mountain offers breathtaking vistas of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama along with plenty of Civil War history. Its ridge is famously known as the City of Rocks (or Rock City). Inside Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls has dazzled generations of visitors not only for its underground water show but also for the geological surprises found in its caves. It's no wonder Ruby Falls is a must-see attraction for anyone planning a group trip to Chattanooga.
Battles for Chattanooga Electric Map & Museum
A perfect starting point for a tour of the area's Civil War Battle sites, this museum presents an electronic, 3-dimensional battle map depicting the battles waged during the Civil War. Featuring 5,000 miniature soldiers, 650 lights, sound effects, and exceptional details of these battles, hear and see about Chattanooga's "Battle Above the Clouds" and Sherman's assault on Missionary Ridge before his historic "March To the Sea". View relics and weapons used during the battles and explore the bookshop for well-known works about the Civil War. Be sure to take a walk over to Point Park which was the site of the famous "Battle Above the Clouds". Sherman would prevail and make Chattanooga his base, sealing the fate of the Confederacy, before embarking on his march to Atlanta and the sea.
Creative Discovery Museum
This museum is recognized as one of the premier hands-on children's museums in the region. Gather the young and young-at-heart to make plans to visit where children of all ages are inspired to explore, innovate, create, and play.
Hunter Museum of American Art
Take time out to visit this wonderful, inspiring art museum perched on the edge of a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River. Discover American art from Colonial to present day. While the stunning views of the mountains and river can be seen outside these contemporary windows, you will also view art with new eyes as you discover the wonder inside these walls. Come to a better understanding of American history and learn more about what makes us Americans today through the diverse collection of paintings, works on paper, sculpture, furniture, and contemporary glass
Experience the Chattanooga Zoo in a whole new way, up-close and personal. Explore the inner- workings on your adventure around the world of animals. This amazing zoo offers a walk on the wild side to explore the immense rainforest of Latin America. Come face-to-face with famous chimpanzees and an African Crowned Crane from Eastern South Africa. From the Himalayan Mountains and the Gombe Forest to as close as your own back yard, meet a whole new world of animals at the Chattanooga Zoo.
Rock City at Lookout Mountain
Travel to the top of Lookout Mountain (you will actually be in the state of Georgia at this point) for an enchanted 4,100 foot walking trail amidst soaring rock formations, caves and lush gardens. Views of seven states can be seen from 1,700 above sea level. The Chattanooga Valley lies at your feet, as well as famous civil-war battlefields. Along the Enchanted Trail, you will see a 100 foot waterfalll, a 1,000 ton balanced rock, Fairyland Caverns, Mother Goose Village, and a Swing-A-Long Bridge which is ideal for taking pictures. Don't miss this unique geological and botanical wonder!
Ruby Falls Cavern at Lookout Mountain
Travel to Lookout Mountain to gasp at the astonishing beauty of Ruby Falls. This massive underground waterfall will take your breath away! One of the Southeast's favorite destinations, Ruby Falls is located 1120 feet beneath the surface, and is the nation's largest and deepest waterfall open to the public. It offers awe-inspiring scenery, geological wonders, and a colorful history. After your tour, journey to the top of Lookout Mountain for scenic views.
Incline Railroad at Lookout Mountain
Ride the steepest passenger railway in the world; Lookout Mountain's Incline Railway! Travel straight up for "America's Most Amazing Mile" of thrills and scenic views of the mountain. These trolley-style cars climb through the natural beauty of Lookout Mountain. Sit back and relax as you make your way to the top at a 72.7% grade...straight up! Take in the panoramic view at the top of the mountain, visit the many Civil War points of interest. One on the ground again, you can visit St. Elmo for unique shopping and dining.
Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park ("Lake Winnie"
Come On, Get Happy! Visit Lake "Winnie" for high-adrenaline thrills from the OH-ZONE, a 14 story free-fall to the famous hills of the Cannon Ball roller coaster. Spend the day having fun in a family-style setting. Enjoy a variety of rides and entertainment as well as summertime concerts by headliners in the best of country and Christian Music. You never know which television and film personalities will be there to greet their excited fans. Certain days are 'educational days' where you can ride and learn at the same time!
Take a whirlwind tour around the world of the aquarium as you tour both River Journey and Ocean Journey. See what it is like to be part of an aquarium team. From a cove forest, delta swamp, a butterfly garden, and a tropical cove to the exciting Secret Reef, Penguin's Rock, and Nickajack Lake, experience the wonders of this remarkable journey amidst 10,000 animals.
The Lost Sea Caverns
A highly educational cavern tour and glass-bottom boat ride on the largest underground lake in America! Your tour then heads in a different direction as it becomes a WILD CAVE tour.
Chattanooga Choo Choo
The Garden Restaurant
Southern Belle Riverboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise