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19 Adventurous Things To Do In Chattanooga, Tennessee

June 28, 2016
Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Ruby Falls

Around the World with Justin
As an adrenaline junkie and solo traveler, I’ve spent the past 10 years traveling around the world searching for outdoor adventure. But to be honest, I’m guilty of typically thinking the best way to satisfy my thrill-seeking needs is to travel internationally to destinations like Queenstown, New Zealand aka “The Adventure Capital of the World.” The truth is you don’t have to travel halfway across the globe to find a small town full of big adventure! Just a shorter, much cheaper option is Chattanooga, Tennessee… or as I like to call it, “The Adventure Capital of the South.”

After spending a few action-packed days in Chattanooga for Matador Network, I get it – I understand why residents have so much pride in “Nooga” and why it’s become a go to destination for outdoor enthusiasts. What I loved most about Chattanooga is its access to incredible outdoor adventures (like Queenstown, New Zealand). Within just a 45-min drive, there are so many things to do in Chattanooga including world-class outdoor sports like hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and skydiving. Nooga’s revitalized downtown located on the Tennessee River is also home to a vibrant restaurant, entertainment and museum scene. Bottom line, “I Preciate CHA” and here are my recs:

19 Adventurous Things To Do In Chattanooga, Tennessee

Extreme Sports

1. Get high Hang Gliding over the South
— Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding


Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding

2. Soak up the Ocoee River while Whitewater Rafting
— Outdoor Adventure Rafting (OAR)


Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee OAR Whitewater Rafting Ocoee River

3. Rock it out bouldering at “Little Rock City”
— Stone Fort Rock Bouldering

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Stone Fort Rock Bouldering Little Rock City

4. Go Deep Water Soloing on the Hunter Museum bluff
— The Crash Pad

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Deep Water Soloing

5. Swim, bike and run Ironman 70.3 (or 140.6) Chattanooga
— Ironman

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Ironman

Explore the Outdoors

6. Kayak along the riverfront on the Tennessee River
— Outdoor Chattanooga 

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee River Kayaking kayak

7. Discover Ruby Falls waterfall 1,120 ft underground
— Ruby Falls


Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Ruby Falls waterfall

8. Conquer Indoor and outdoor rock climbing walls
— High Point Climbing and Fitness

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee High Point Rock Climbing and Fitness

9. Take a stroll on the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge
Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge

10. Pedal around town using bike share
— Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee bike sharing

Stay Entertained

11. Journey under the sea at the Tennessee Aquarium
Tennessee Aquarium

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Tennessee Aquarium

12. Have a Sunday Funday at the Chattanooga Market
— Chattanooga Market

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Markets

13. Laugh your ass off at the Comedy Catch
The Comedy Catch

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Comedy Catch

Where to Stay

14. Call a train car home at the Choo Choo
Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

15. Travel on a budget at The Crash Pad
— The Crash Pad

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Crash Pad

Where to Eat

16. Chow down on hand cut Maytag Blue Chips
The Blue Plate

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Blue Plate

17. Devour a famous Mojo Burrito
Mojo Burrito

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Mojo Burrito

18. Stuff your face with traditional southern dining
— Ocoee Dam Deli & Diner

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee Ocoee Dam Deli and Diner

19. Create the ultimate ice cream cone
The Ice Cream Show

Things To Do In Chattanooga Tennessee The Ice Cream Show

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