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Tennessee Aquarium Diver with Turtle

Tennessee Aquarium

Ruby Falls

Ruby Falls

RockCity

Rock City Gardens

Entertainment for All Ages

It’s no secret that Chattanooga is a top destination for families. From the mountains and the riverfront to world- class museums, iconic attractions, and historic sites, there’s always fun to be found in the Scenic City.

Tourism in Tennessee set records in 2019, with Chattanooga’s Hamilton County boasting its fifth consecutive billion-dollar tourism year. As the Scenic City continues to welcome visitors from near and far, it has consistently been highlighted on top travel sites such as Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. The city made Forbes’ list of “The 43 Cheapest Places to Travel in 2020,” and U.S. News & World Report named Chattanooga one of the “12 Best Places to Visit in Tennessee” for its rich history, incredible views, and kid-friendly attractions.

One of Chattanooga’s most noteworthy attractions, the Tennessee Aquarium recently ranked fifth on USA Today’s list of top aquariums in the nation. Its River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings are home to more than 12,000 animals, including penguins, sharks, and the largest collection of freshwater turtles in North America. Also on the aquarium grounds, the IMAX 3D Theater allows visitors to dive into new worlds with its state-of-the-art laser projection technology.

City Center is also home to one of the top children’s museums in the country, the Creative Discovery Museum. With 25 years of encouraging creativity and learning under its belt, the museum is planning a $10 million renovation to better serve a new generation of children. Nearby, the downtown location of High Point Climbing and Fitness features more than 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor climbing space, with walls up to 60 feet tall.

A little further south, the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo invites visitors to spend the night in an authentic Pullman train car guest-room. The complex additionally features an escape room, the Glenn Miller Gardens, and on-site restaurants. Railway enthusiasts will also enjoy the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, which offers a variety of trips from the Grand Junction depot.

Lookout Mountain is certainly a tourism goldmine, beginning with Ruby Falls. Located 1,120 feet below the earth’s surface, Ruby Falls boasts America’s largest commercial underground waterfall. The attraction also features High Point ZIP Adventure complete with over 700 feet of zip lines and a 40-foot climbing tower. A few miles away, popular Rock City impresses with beautiful gardens, ancient rock formations, and Lover’s Leap, where visitors can “See Seven States.” At the base of Lookout, the Incline Railway awaits. In operation since 1895, the ride takes passengers straight up the mountain at a 72.2% grade.

Even more family fun is ready to be had at the 317-acre Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, which has gardens, 14 miles of trails, a native animal exhibit, and more. One of Chattanooga’s oldest attractions, the Southern Belle Riverboat offers scenic tours of the Tennessee River, while Chattanooga Ducks invites guests to ride around downtown on a WWII amphibious landing craft before splashing into the Tennessee River.

At the Chattanooga Zoo, visitors stroll through the Himalayan Passage, Gombe Forest, and Corcovado Jungle, where red pandas, Komodo dragons, spider monkeys, and a brand-new herd of giraffes are found. Lake

Winnepesaukah, a family-friendly amusement park, opens in the summer months and on select weekends throughout the year.

With more than 16 miles of paved trails, picnic areas, and fishing piers, the Tennessee Riverpark is the perfect place for a picturesque stroll or jog. Bike rentals are available at several locations along the Riverpark. For a more relaxed way to see the city, Chattanooga Horse Trams offers horse-drawn carriage rides downtown.

Did you know?

Chattanooga’s newest attraction, the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is located downtown and shares the real-life experiences of Medal of Honor recipients demonstrating extraordinary heroism in the most difficult of circumstances.

Entertainment for All Ages

It’s no secret that Chattanooga is a top destination for families. From the mountains and the riverfront to world- class museums, iconic attractions, and historic sites, there’s always fun to be found in the Scenic City.

Tourism in Tennessee set records in 2019, with Chattanooga’s Hamilton County boasting its fifth consecutive billion-dollar tourism year. As the Scenic City continues to welcome visitors from near and far, it has consistently been highlighted on top travel sites such as Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. The city made Forbes’ list of “The 43 Cheapest Places to Travel in 2020,” and U.S. News & World Report named Chattanooga one of the “12 Best Places to Visit in Tennessee” for its rich history, incredible views, and kid-friendly attractions.

One of Chattanooga’s most noteworthy attractions, the Tennessee Aquarium recently ranked fifth on USA Today’s list of top aquariums in the nation. Its River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings are home to more than 12,000 animals, including penguins, sharks, and the largest collection of freshwater turtles in North America. Also on the aquarium grounds, the IMAX 3D Theater allows visitors to dive into new worlds with its state-of-the-art laser projection technology.

City Center is also home to one of the top children’s museums in the country, the Creative Discovery Museum. With 25 years of encouraging creativity and learning under its belt, the museum is planning
a $10 million renovation to better serve a new generation of children. Nearby, the downtown location of High Point Climbing and Fitness features more than 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor climbing space, with walls up to 60 feet tall.

A little further south, the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo invites visitors to spend the night in an authentic Pullman train car guest-room. The complex additionally features an escape room, the Glenn Miller Gardens, and on-site restaurants. Railway enthusiasts will also enjoy the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, which offers a variety of trips from the Grand Junction depot.

Lookout Mountain is certainly a tourism goldmine, beginning with Ruby Falls. Located 1,120 feet below the earth’s surface, Ruby Falls boasts America’s largest commercial underground waterfall. The attraction also features High Point ZIP Adventure complete with over 700 feet of zip lines and a 40-foot climbing tower. A few miles away, popular Rock City impresses with beautiful gardens, ancient rock formations, and Lover’s Leap, where visitors can “See Seven States.” At the base of Lookout, the Incline Railway awaits. In operation since 1895, the ride takes passengers straight up the mountain at a 72.2% grade.

Even more family fun is ready to be had at the 317-acre Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, which has gardens, 14 miles of trails, a native animal exhibit, and more. One of Chattanooga’s oldest attractions, the Southern Belle Riverboat offers scenic tours of the Tennessee River, while Chattanooga Ducks invites guests to ride around downtown on a WWII amphibious landing craft before splashing into the Tennessee River.

At the Chattanooga Zoo, visitors stroll through the Himalayan Passage, Gombe Forest, and Corcovado Jungle, where red pandas, Komodo dragons, spider monkeys, and a brand-new herd of giraffes are found. Lake Winnepesaukah, a family-friendly amusement park, opens in the summer months and on select weekends throughout the year.

With more than 16 miles of paved trails, picnic areas, and fishing piers, the Tennessee Riverpark is the perfect place for a picturesque stroll or jog. Bike rentals are available at several locations along the Riverpark. For a more relaxed way to see the city, Chattanooga Horse Trams offers horse-drawn carriage rides downtown.

Did you know?

Chattanooga’s newest attraction, the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is located downtown and shares the real-life experiences of Medal of Honor recipients demonstrating extraordinary heroism in the most difficult of circumstances.

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Lover's Leap at Rock City

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Giraffe at the Chattanooga Zoo

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