The grass is always greener on the North Shore! Maybe not greener, but definitely more of it! The North Shore is connected to downtown by 4 bridges, including the Walnut Street Bridge which is one of the longest pedestrian-only bridges in the world. You can toggle between the shores of the Tennessee River by walking, using a bike from Bike Chattanooga or taking the free electric shuttle. So easy.
Head to the Tennessee Riverwalk North Shore segment that runs along the shoreline in Coolidge and Renaissance Parks. Standing on the Riverwalk facing the river, looking up at four bridges, seeing the cliffs of the Bluff View Art District, the South shore beaming with the Tennessee Aquarium peaks... What? Did you just say, “I could move here?” Yeah, this incredible view has that effect on people.
Take a ride on the Coolidge Park Antique Carousel featuring 52 whimsical animals that were carved locally, rent a kayak or SUP from L2 Outside or drive three minutes (literally) to access the 92-acre Stringer’s Ridge for an easy hike offering incredible views of the city. For more extreme adventures (they have soft ones too), head into Adventure Sports Innovation to play with toys featuring the latest design, technology and engineering including virtual reality fun, Swincar e-Spider off-road vehicle, hover shoes, lift efoil surfboard, waterbike and so much more.
Should you start with dessert before actual food? Yes! Stop by Clumpie’s Ice Cream for a scoop of Firecracker, Milk & Honey for some fresh gelato (or breakfast fare all day long) or Julie Darling Donuts for an array of delightful treats. Try the Oy Vey taco or hot chicken tortilla soup from Taco Mamacita, hibachi and sushi rolls from Sushi Nabe or Totto Sushi Bar & Grill or pick up a roast drip coffee and the trap sandwich from Mean Mug Coffeehouse.
You will find the best, one-of-a-kind local shops along Frazier and Manufacturer's Road and everywhere in between. We know you want to buy Chattanooga-only gifts for friends and family. It’s okay if you just want to buy yourself a gift though. We support you. Check out Locals Only Gifts & Goods (locally made products!), blue skies, RiverCity Apparel, Winder Binder Gallery, and much more.
Chattanooga is a city of artists. For great local art, check out In-Town Gallery featuring pieces in every medium. There's also public art peppered all around you, like the Blue Rhino and Brick Piano. You'll also find plenty of fun performances at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre for the whole family to enjoy.