A Day in Downtown Chattanooga

A couple of weekends ago, Andre and I took an impromptu trip to Chattanooga. We went up to spend the weekend with Andre's brother a...

A couple of weekends ago, Andre and I took an impromptu trip to Chattanooga. We went up to spend the weekend with Andre's brother at his new apartment. For Saturday, he drove us all up to Chattanooga, and the three of us spent the entire day out and about in the city. The weather was perfect, and everything was great. 
We hadn't really planned anything in advance, so we basically just went to places that looked appealing. We parked out by the aquarium, and walked around from there.

A view of both the Chief John Ross bridge and the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge. 

We sipped on some local brews at the Hair of the Dog Pub. Seriously though, how cute is this place? The front door lured me in, then we walked right through the back door to sit on the patio.

After lunch and booze, we walked over the Chief John Ross bridge to tons of great little shops, and hit up Clumpie's ice cream. The BIL and I both had espresso chocolate chunk (SO GOOD!), and Andre had coffee cake. Their card machines were down, so we actually had to walk around town to find an ATM to get some cash first.

We walked down to the big park (Coolidge Park), and watched all the families having fun and being active, while we ate some ice cream! I wanted to ride the 100+ year old carousel in the park, but no one wanted to ride it with me. :(

After ice cream, we got some coffee to wash it all down. All the coffee at Revelator was drip-brewed. Honestly, neither of us were huge fans. I got a latte (just skim milk and espresso) and Andre got iced coffee. The latte was better than the coffee. We didn't like that the only sweetener was the liquid kind, or that the straws were paper. Guys, I know paper straws are supposed to be cool, but I just don't like how squishy they get. Maybe it's just me?

Also, the walkways between the shops to get to the park area were super cool and grafitti'd. My favorite was this Where the Wild Things Are one!

On the way back, we walked on the pedestrian bridge. It was pretty neat because it's only for pedestrians, so you don't have to walk on the sidewalks on the edges. I am terrified of heights, so this worked out a lot better for me than my walk across the vehicular bridge.

Some of the things I'd love to take advantage of on our next trip to Chattanooga: visit the aquarium, get some Moon Pies (I'm not a fan, but it's the Moon Pie capitol of the world, so I have to, right?), eat and drink at Terminal Brewery, visit the Hunter Museum (that awesome building built into the side of the cliff above), and possibly take advantage of the free city bus.

What are some of your favorite things to do in downtown Chattanooga?

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  1. I love Chattanooga! It's such a fun place to visit.

  2. I've only driven through Chattanooga and I didn't really get to see much but from your post it looks like a pretty fun place to visit! The bar that you went to looks really cool and I would for sure stop by the ice cream shop :)

    1. You should definitely go! It should only be about a 2 hour drive from Nashville. We only went for a day, but I think it would make an awesome weekend trip!

  3. this is AWESOME! I'm so close I need to make the trek!

    1. You should! It's only 2 hours from Nashville. It's such a fun day trip.