Wow, what a place! Chattanooga, Tennessee quickly jumped up to one of my favorite Southeast USA destinations and made me love Tennessee as a road trip destination even more. I’m happy to share all the fun things to do in Chattanooga with kids.

Lookout Mountain Attraction

Lookout Mountain is where you’ll find outstanding views and Chattanooga’s top attractions: Rock City, Ruby Falls, the Incline Railway and Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. 

Ride the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

Why drive up the mountain when you can take the most thrilling ride to the top on the Incline Railway with expansive views over the Tennessee Valley through the carriage’s glass windows? 

Tour the Underground Ruby Fall

I love experiences that help me tap into awe and wonder. Ruby Falls in Chattanooga was that for me. We walked through the caverns, 260 feet deep inside the mountain to follow the path its discoverer, Leo Lambert, took in 1928.

Wander Rock City Garden

Even better is the enchanting trail you follow to get here meandering around giant rock boulders, through gardens and narrow canyons, alongside babbling brooks, into caves, and across swinging bridges. 

Hike the Glen Falls Trail

If you’re looking for a family-friendly hike on Lookout Mountain, Glen Falls Trail is a short out and back walk through the forest to a small waterfall. Be sure to walk a little further up the rock steps and through a rock tunnel to the riverbed above the pool. It’s a great spot for the kids to play.

Relive History at Battles for Chattanooga + Point Park

You’ll learn about the confederate’s defense of Lookout Mountain and the Sherman’s final victorious assault at Missionary Ridge before his victorious March to the Sea. It was a turning point in the Civil War – the Death Knell for the Confederacy.