Completely Free Things to Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Completely Free Things to Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee

This list of completely free things to do in Chattanooga, Tennessee are perfect for families or couples. The budget travel found here puts a vacation within reach of anyone near southeast Tennessee. These free things to do in Chattanooga will appeal to all ages.

This list of completely free things to do in Chattanooga, Tennessee will have you tossing your suitcases in the car in no time. These attractions don't just have free admission but they also have free parking.

A recovering economy and rising fuel costs are causing many families to cut back on their vacation plans. This doesn’t mean that you have to skip the annual getaway all together. This list of free things to do on vacation in Chattanooga, Tennessee may give you some ideas. There are usually activities in every city that are free or nearly so. The trick is to find them.

Swimming and picnicking at the Chickamauga Dam


Chickamauga Reservoir is one of the completely free things to do in Chattanooga, Tennessee that families will enjoy.

The Tennessee Valley Authority operates the Chickamauga Dam. During the summer, visitors can enjoy a free playground, swimming beach and picnic area during daylight hours. Throughout the rest of the year visitors can use the picnic tables and playground. There is no charge for parking.

Sculpture Garden and Bocce Court

Bluff View Art District

412 E 2nd St

Chattanooga, TN 37403-1105

A trip to the Bluff View Art District is always fun. Bocce is a bowling type of game that was brought to the United States by Italian immigrants. The game itself dates back for centuries. Visitors can try their hand at bocce by visiting the Bluff View Art District. After the playing, visitors can walk over the free sculpture garden. Free parking is available.

Walnut Street Bridge

Downtown Area

Walnut St.

This attraction should be at the top of the list for anyone who is looking for completely free things to do in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The pet friendly Walnut Street Bridge was originally built in 1890 and is the world’s longest pedestrian bridge. Walking across it will take you over the Tennessee River.

Hunter Museum of American Art

Near the Bluff View Art District

10 Bluff View

Chattanooga, TN 37403

Tourists will have to plan ahead of time to tour this museum for free. This downtown art museum only offers free admission on the first Sunday of each month.

Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Wikimedia public domain

1400 Market St

Chattanooga, TN 37402

This is one of the completely free things to do in Chattanooga, Tennessee that takes you back in history. The Chattanooga Choo-Choo is owned by Holiday Inn. Visitors can walk through the gardens and peruse the shops that are on the property. Inside, the expansive lobby is part of the old Southern Railway Terminal Station. There is plenty of free parking.

Downtown Shuttle

Another one of the completely free things to do on vacation here is to ride the downtown area shuttle. Pick this up next door to the Chattanooga Choo-Choo.

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Comments (3)

Thank you very much we will be driving through Chatanooga in a couple of months. You have given me a reason to spend some time there.

Excellent! voted for this article

Most excellent ideas....and what makes these even more fun are you can do these with family. Thanks. Voted up.