Chattanooga will always be known as an outdoor town. Hikers, climbers, kayakers, and hang glider pilots have been flocking to the area for decades. This summer will be no different. What is a bit different from last year is the return of events for folks wanting to get a taste of live music, arts, sporting events, farmers markets, and delicious meals. Chattanooga really is the best of so many worlds. The outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, and foodies can all find something.
What to do this summer in Chattanooga?
Nightfall Chattanooga is back this year. Every Friday night from June 4 to September 10 there is FREE, outdoor live music at Miller Plaza in downtown Chattanooga. Like a street party, there are food trucks and beverages, live music and people watching. Oh, and it is dog friendly. Another nice part of Nightfall is that it starts at 7pm. I know that I am past the stage of staying out til 2AM, so the earlier start time is perfect. Check the schedule and details at Nightfall Chattanooga
The Chattanooga Lookouts are our minor league baseball team. Games are reasonably priced, there are no bad seats in the house, and a common post game activity is getting to run the bases (they even let the adults do it). AT&T Field is downtown by the Tennessee River, Tennessee Aquarium, and the Creative Discovery Museum. You could make a day of it! Helpful hints: purchase timed-entry tickets ahead of time for the Tennessee Aquarium and Creative Discovery Museum, Lookouts games are cash free and get your tickets ahead of time because they are not yet at operating at full capacity.
Our friends at the Chattanooga Tourism Company have made it very easy for the art lovers amongst us to make the most of their trip to the Scenic City. Their Experience Art Map is a guide to art galleries and public murals and sculptures. Some of my favorites are the Hunter Museum Of American Art, River Gallery, Area 61 Gallery, Sculpture Fields, and the public murals throughout the city.
You can rent a bike from Bike Chattanooga to explore the town. There are stations throughout the city.
If you’re ready to cool off, head to Ruby Falls where the cave is always around 60 degrees. Purchase your timed-entry tickets ahead of time!
Outdoor adventures are big in Chattanooga. We’re known as the Boulder Of The East and the Scenic City. Outside magazine named Chattanooga the Best Town Ever twice. We all have our favorite spots to bike or hike or swim or fly. Cloudland Canyon State Park and North Chickamauga Creek are two of my favorites. Like swimming holes? Here are five recommendations from the Chattanooga Tourism Company: swimming holes. Need a hiking recommendation? NoogaToday has a list of 10 great hikes within an hour from downtown Chattanooga. If you like a guided hike, check out our partners Experience Chattanooga for guided hikes that include professional photography.
There are so many opportunities to get out in nature, or above it! Lookout Mountain Flight Park offers both hang gliding and paragliding. If you don’t want to get in the air yourself, you can watch folks launch from Lookout Mountain.
Now, where to eat. You have so many choices. Here are a couple of favorites by neighborhood: