1) SUP Paddle Boarding! It’s one of the most entertaining and beautiful ways to tour the waterfront. L2Boards rents paddle boards and hosts guided trips and even floating yoga classes. You’ll see a whole different side of Chattanooga, and all from the cool, wet Tennessee River.
2) Bike Chattanooga! Rent a bicycle from one of the many downtown stations and go exploring. Bike to Conga on the Southside for some cool sangria, or to the North Shore for ice cream at Clumpies. Have an adventure by biking a mile or two to St. Elmo to ride the Incline Railway up Lookout Mountain or sample local beers at the Moccasin Bend Brewery, in the nice cool basement of a large historic warehouse.
3) Visit the Chattanooga Market! On Sundays this big market brings together all sorts of vendors, from farmers to crafties to jewelers to musicians to food trucks. Grab a beer or slushy, sample the local eats, and grab a souvenier. The June 23rd Blueberry Festival, June 30th Street Food Festival, the Peach Festival July 7th, and the Ice Cream Social July 14 are all great ways to stay cool and savor seasonal flavors.
4) Go shopping! With Warehouse Row just blocks from StoneFort Inn, there’s plenty of great shopping to do for everything from shoes to lingerie to orchids, stationary, or a yoga class. A short drive from downtown is Hamilton Place Mall, the second largest mall in Tennessee. It features great brands including Anne Taylor, Banana Republic, Belk, Bare Minerals, Coach, Coldwater Creek, Dillards, Eddie Bower, Francescas, J Jill, Sephora, White House Black Market, and many more.
5) See Ruby Falls! Deep in the heart of Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls is a great way to stay cool at 1120 feet beneath the surface. It’s the nation’s largest and deepest waterfall open to the public. With guided tours on the regular, a visit to Ruby Falls is both spectacular and naturally air conditioned.
6) Take the River Gorge Explorer on a cruise down the river, on beautiful guided tours that will give you a naturalist’s eye view of local wildlife, one of a kind scenery in Tennessee’s Grand Canyon, and area history. Run by the Tennessee Aquarium, the River Gorge Explorer is the latest way to experience the unique ecology of the Tennessee river valley.