When many of us think of Chatanooga Tennessee we are thinking of Ruby Falls. While the falls are great there are 26 free things to do in Chattanooga TN that should also be on your budget list.
26 Free Things to do in Chattanooga TN
I remember to visit Chattanooga with my parents when I was a kid. I don’t remember it in huge detail but I do remember the Chattanooga Choo Choo and riding the riverboat (which I still recommend to anyone!) As I plan to take my kids there I’m building my list.
Here are my top picks for free things to do in Chattanooga TN.
Chattanooga Farmers Market – I always love visiting local Farmers Markets because you can talk with locals, take in food and recipes local to the area and even see some great locally made items. Chatting with the vendors is how we have found some of our favorite off the beaten path places!
Lookout Mountain – From here you can see 3 states and some amazing sites for free!
Walnut Street Bridge– This is the longest bridge for pedestrians in the United States. It crosses the Tennessee River and is near all sorts of restaurants and shops.
The Blue Hole – A great afternoon hike that leads to an amazing swimming hole that is off the beaten path!
Brainerd Mission Cemetary – This is a relatively small graveyard of 60 graves. But they are graves of Cherokee Indians that once lived in Chattanooga. This is an official stop on the Trail of Tears.
Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn – This hotel was originally a train station and they have kept much the station integrity! Stop by and take a walk around the main levels!
Chickamauga National Battlefield – Checking out the battlefield and learning the history is free, the views it offers of the city are breathtaking! This is a National Park site so make sure to get your National Park Passport stamped and take your kids to get their Junior Ranger badges as well!
Point Park Battlefield – Part of the above Chickamauga Battlefield was the site of what is now known as “The Battle Above the Clouds”. The visitors center with the history is free but the battlefield tour costs $3 for adults.
The City of Chickamauga – This city is located just outside Chattanooga and has been called one of the prettiest towns in Georgia. I highly recommend taking a walk around the downtown area!
Debarge Winery – take a break and head the Chattanooga’s first urban winery!
Enterprise South Nature Park – so much outdoor fun can be had here including loads of animals sightings!
The National Medal of Honor Museum – this free museum is a must for any history or military buff!
Tennessee River Park – A 10 mile stretch of walkway along the river that is perfect for a nice stroll to take in restaurants and shops along with the view of the water.
Nightfall Concert – A free concert every Friday night in the summer!
Explore the local Caves – Being in and near the mountains also means there are a lot of caves to explore! Contact the Chattanooga Grotto for more info!
Watch the Southern Belle Riverboat – while I do suggest riding the boat if your budget allows kids and adults alike will love watching this old fashion riverboat on the river!
The Passage – Part of the trail of tears and permanent outdoor exhibit. Lots of history to take in.
Covenant College – A drive around this campus is a must! It has some of the best scenic views of lookout mountain.
Bluff Art District – One of the neighborhoods in Chattanooga and worth walking through. You can play bocce ball and walk through the sculpture park.
Chickamauga Reservoir – A great swimming hole, with a place for picnics and a park for the kids.
Hunter Museum of Art – This museum is free the first Thursday evening of every month.
Coolidge Park – While not far from the Walnut Street Bridge. This park is on the river and is perfect for a picnic. There is even a carousel you can ride if you choose.
Chattanooga Festivals – Make sure to check the city calendars and take in one of the city’s many festivals.
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Free Summer Movies – Grab a blanket and ever summer night catch a free movie in Coolidge Park.
Go Dancing on Frazier Avenue – Learn the dance steps to the waltz, the twist, the mambo, and the hokey pokey all by following the footsteps on the sidewalk.
Chester Frost Park – This park is 280 acres with a boat ramp, beach, picnic area, and more.
What are your favorite free things to do in Chattanooga TN? Let us know in the comments below!
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