If you have kids, go to...
If you have kids, go to Coolidge Park! You'll be able to ride a beautifully restored hand-carved carousel and wade in an interactive play fountain. (The carousel is amazingly inexpensive, and the fountain is free.) It's a welcome break from sightseeing during a hot summer day! There is also a pavilion, an open-air performance area, and lots of open space. The Walnut Street pedestrian bridge is right off the park, which means easy access to downtown. We're lucky to have friends living in Chattanooga - a good excuse for a return visit. If we had to relocate south, Chattanooga would be a fine choice for us. It's a city, but not a metropolis. It's on the water. There are musical and cultural activities. Even vegetarians!
Spicy Wings alá Sports Grill
Buffalo Wild Wings is a chain of sports bars that specialize in chicken wings, specifically of the "buffalo style" variety. The atmosphere is terrific, and the service at this location was very good. The wait staff was knowledgeable about what they served, and willing to help in making choices. Your choice of wings with 12 signature sauces were delivered hot and quick, and even at the "off" time of the day (2pm-4pm) the side of the business where all the TV´s and smoking section was packed out.
Drinks specials nightly, and of course ESPN and any sports channel blaring the latest scores. It seemed a very popular place even in the middle of so many other bars and restaurants, plus locals and regulars dominated but were friendly as well. Waiters knew most of those coming in by name. Its rather on the dark side of course, to highlight the many big screen TV´s, but seems a great place to start an evening or have a quick tasty lunch and beer.
Open Mon-Thurs 11am-1am
Sunday 12pm-12am We just spent 5 hours in the bowels of Lookout Mtn, deep below its surface without having eaten any breakfast beforehand, so we were starved! I opted for the 2 dozen wings hot flavored. Ok, I like hot foods, and usually with hot wings I can handle the heat...well, these were almost too hot for my taste, but I was hungry so I ate them all with 2 margueritas to wash them down. My lips were burning but I was really satisfied.
They also have salads, sandwiches, typical bar foods and appetizers. We also had a big side of fries and onion rings, crispy, tasty, YUM! You can also buy the sauces bottled to try out at home. For two people, our total came out to almost $30 because of the drinks. I usually keep a copy of the receipt to give prices, but sorry I´ve lost it. You can try the website for that.
Go to the Chattanooga Zoo in Warner Park
Chattanooga Parks, Recreation, Arts & Culture Department provides a wide variety of educational and recreational activities throughout a network of well-maintained parks and public facilities. The department is divided into two major divisions: Program Services and Parks & Facilities. Sports, arts and cultural activities operate through Program Services, while the Parks & Facilities division oversees park activities and maintenance of the city's recreational facilities. The Chattanooga Parks, Recreation, Arts & Culture Department owns 15 community centers, 1 civic center, 1 senior center, two public golf courses, two performance venues (Tivoli Theatre & Memorial Auditorium), a fitness center, a skatepark, a tennis complex, 4 aquatic centers, and the Chattanooga Zoo.
Seniors (Ages 65 and over) $3
Children (Ages 3 - 15) $2
Kids Under Age 3 FREE
Special group rates available, call for details at (423) 697-1322.
If you like caves this one has a rather lengthy walk before reaching the cavern with the lighted underground waterfall with various natural formations along the way such as 'Steak and Eggs' , 'Bacon' and 'The Leaning Tower'.
Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge
Erected in 1890, this old bridge once carried horse drawn carriages and wagons across the Tennessee River, later came cars and trucks, and today it is one of America's longest pedestrian bridges. It connects Downtown with North Chattanooga and the arts district. and also the riverfront parks on both shores. A dramatic underground passsageway to the river connects by a ramp to the bridge, and marks one beginning of the infamous Trail of Tears, a landmark of Cherokee history. The bridge and 12 miles of connecting walkways offer a wonderful place for families, outdoor lovers, and others to enjoy either a brisk walk or a leisurely stroll.