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Heading to Chattanooga?  Here is a list of 25 free things to do while you're in town.

Poised strategically on the Georgia/Tennessee border, this city is steadily becoming a very popular city to live in and visit. It’s very close to the mountains and has much to offer, including 25 free activities!

1.  Lookout Mountain

This long mountain ridge spans three states and has many fun activities for touring or hiking. While the more touristy sites of Rock City and Ruby Falls are quite expensive, there are plenty of scenic overlooks and trails which are free.

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2.  Walnut Street Bridge

Walnut Street Bridge is an old trestle bridge is the longest pedestrian bridge in the United States! It’s a great place to walk after a nice meal in one of the nearby restaurants and has great views over the Tennessee River.

3.  Coolidge Park

Take a quick trip from the Walnut Street Bridge to this riverside park. You could climb the Walnut Wall, have a picnic in the park, take a walk along the river, or even take a ride on a century old carousel.

4.  Brainerd Mission Cemetery

This small cemetery of 60 graves is the site of a mission to the Cherokee Indians that once was in Chattanooga.

5.  The Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn

Originally a train station in 1906, the CCC is a really cool place to visit and see what an old-style train station looked like. There are lots of shops to look into in the hotel and some fine restaurants too.

6.  Chattanooga Farmer’s Market

With three locations, this is an excellent place to look for great produce. I always like to look at a city’s farmer’s market and see what people bring in.

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7.  Chickamauga Battlefield

One of many local battlegrounds in the area, Chickamauga is one of the best. It is free to tour and offers many wonderful trails to hike on or to tour the many monuments and markers on the battlefield.

8.  Chickamauga

Speaking of Chickamauga, if you’re in the mood to get out of the city and want to see one of the prettiest towns in Georgia, Chickamauga is just the place. It has lots of neat restaurants and shops just ripe for touring. They have also have some really good festivals throughout the year.

9.  DeBarge Winery

If you’re looking for a moment alone from the kids, here’s the perfect place for some relaxation with some of the finest wines. This is Chattanooga’s first and only urban winery and is located in downtown Chattanooga with many restaurants and art shops close by for visiting.

10.  Enterprise South Nature Park

This lovely park is not far from Chattanooga and offers many opportunities for outdoor fun! There are trails for walking and biking and plenty of places for picnics. You will also be able to see lots of deer, turkeys, and other wild animals at the park.

11.  National Medal of Honor Museum

The National Medal of Honor Museum is a great stop for the history buffs.  This museum is free and has many exhibits on various recent wars that the US has fought.

12.  Tennessee Riverpark

Looking for a walk on your vacation?  This park is a 10-mile stretch of parkland down the Tennessee river.  Bring the strollers, bikes or scooters to spice up the trail.

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13.  Nightfall Concert

This is a great thing to do if you’re in town on a Friday night. It’s free during the summer and always on Friday.  They have great lineups of local musicians every summer, so check the website to see when the event runs.

14.  Caving

There are lots of caves in the Chattanooga area and most of them are free. Contact the Chattanooga Grotto for more information.

15.  Southern Belle Riverboat

While taking a fancy riverboat tour on the Tennessee River can be expensive, you can still take a look at the old-fashioned boat from the riverfront.

16.  The Passage

This is a pedestrian link from the Tennessee River to Chattanooga which memorializes the history of the Trail of Tears. It is a permanent outdoor exhibit and is very educational for children.

17.  Blue Hole

Looking to cool off, especially on those hot Tennessee days?  The Blue Hole is a great place off the beaten path for a swim! You have to hike in but the Blue Hole is cool and deep and has some great high jumps!

18.  Covenant College

Once a very popular hotel, the site was bought by Covenant College which moved there from California in the 1960s. It is a Christian liberal arts college and is located in one of the most scenic locations on Lookout Mountain. Carter Hall was once the hotel and has beautiful architecture and overlooks Chattanooga.

19.  Point Park Battlefield

Also a part of Chickamauga Battlefield, this is the site of the “Battle Above the Clouds” where the Union forces scaled Lookout Mountain to take the heights. While adults are admitted with a fee of $3, children under 16 are free. The Visitor Center is free though.

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20.  Bluff View Art District

This is a lovely place in downtown Chattanooga to visit and offers things for everyone! You can play bocce ball, a game brought over by Italian immigrants, in the district and afterwards walk in the sculpture park. Or you can look at the beautiful houses there and see people make crafts. Free parking is available.

21.  Chickamauga Reservoir

Another great free place to take a dip during the summer is Chickamauga Resevoir! It’s a favorite family spot and there is plenty of space for picnics and even a playground for the kids!

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22.  Hunter Museum of American Art

This museum is near the Bluff View area and the permanent collection is free on the first Thursday of every month, from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

23.  Chattanooga Market

Head to the farmer’s market for a nice stroll.  Sure, it’s not free if you buy the whole place… but use your discretion and have a good time and maybe you’ll find some local entertainment.

24.  Festivals

Downtown Chattanooga is a great place to join a music festival! They have festivals of every kind of genre from folk, country, jazz, and more. It’s loads of fun for the whole family!

25.  Fireworks!

Every June, the Riverfront area hosts a nine-day concert called Riverbend where all kinds of bands play. But the grand finale of the festival is the biggest, best fireworks display ever! Watch from anywhere in the downtown area but be sure to get there early for a good spot!

    • Katie

      I live in chattanooga and another awesome thing to do is go to the TN Aquarium downtown. It’s a wonderful fun trip for both kids and adults. Across the street are lots of restaurants and a Ben &Jerry’s :)

      Then every Sunday is the Chattanooga market. There are local artists, fresh produce, food trucks, and various themes each time. There is a peach festival day coming up very soon with all things peach.

      • Alison_V

        Yes, but the Aquarium is far from free and do not offer free family nights.

    • Alison_V

      Thanks, Jenny! Living in Chattanooga is fun! Here is more!
      At Coolidge park, the Carousel is just $1 a ride. But in the summer, you can take the kids to the water fountains just next door to play in the water. There is seating for parents who don’t want to get wet. The water is chlorinated for public safety. Don’t forget your towels!
      The Creatiave Discovery Museum has free family night on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5:30-8:30pm.
      Join the 2016 Summer Passport program for kids thru the Chattanooga Library and there is a free yoga class for kids as well as a free (for all) tour of the local PBS station.
      One weekend each spring and fall, the Reflection Riding hosts a Native Plant Sale which is open to the public. During the sale, touring Reflection Riding is FREE!
      If you plan to bring a family more than once to Rock City on Lookout Mtn. during a year, the membership becomes much cheaper. The full membership includes visits to their special rotating evening programs such as the Christmas Lights and Fairytale Nights. It also includes unlimited visits thru the corn maze in the fall which is regularly $10 a person.
      St Elmo is a fun business district to walk around, and Mojo Burrito does $1 Tacos on Sundays. You can sit outside and watch the Incline Railway from the base. After walking around the bottom of the Incline, you can drive to the top of the mountain to tour the top of the Incline and check out the amazng views.
      There is also a beautiful historic cemetery to visit nearby where you will see many names of people who shaped our area. Forest HIlls offers a free event called the Cemetery Stroll a couple times a year where you can step back in time and “meet” interesting people such as Leo Lambert who opened Ruby Falls.
      The area outside the Aquarium on the Riverfront has water to play in during the summers. Also, during summer weekends there is sometimes musicians and other free activities to enjoy.
      If you like trains, you can go to the TN Valley Railroad Museum and walk around lots of old trains and see their small museum inside. If you check the Missionary Ridge Local route, and then follow it on Google Maps, you will find how to get to the other end by car. Then you can go sit in the parking area outside the gate and watch the engine turn around on the turnstile and recouple to the train. One day we watched as someone trained at recoupling.
      The movie theater behind Northgate Mall offers $4 movie, popcorn, drink every Thursday at 10 am during the summer. But if you tell them you don’t want the snack and beverage, then it is free! My oldest cannot have the chemicals, so we skip it for everyone. It also saves you a ton of time standing in line at concessions!
      Imbibe Liquor Store on Broad St has free wine and beer tastings on Friday and Saturday afternoons. They are very knowledgeable and even teach what region the grapes came from and meaning behind the wine names. After the tasting, get 10% off your purchase of anything you tasted that day.
      Hunter Museum of American Art lets in 5 kids for free with each paying adult ($15). They used to have a free day a month, but don’t have one listed on their website anymore.
      Enjoy our city!

    • Rita

      You can tell we Chattanooga folks love our town!