Chattanooga's Favorite Student Attractions

Chattanooga is a family-friendly, history-packed scenic destination for students of all ages. Because many top attractions are geared toward learning, Chattanooga, Tennessee, offers the perfect opportunity to help students, teachers and parents have a great time and learn while they're in town. And many have free educational programs.

Start at the Creative Discovery Museum, a hands-on museum designed just for children ages 2 11, where you'll find four fun educational disciplines. Then visit Tennessee Aquarium: The world's largest freshwater aquarium offering free educational programs for grades K 12 is a great place for students to learn biology and ecology.

After lunch head to historic Lookout Mountain, where students can ride the world's steepest Incline Railway and tour Ruby Falls, a wonderful place for students to learn about geology and all types of rock formations. Up next? See Rock City Gardens, a horticulturalist's dream with over 400 native plants! Students could walk three blocks to the Battles for Chattanooga Museum and see a presentation on the 1863 battles. Just across the street is Point Park, a unit of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, the nation's largest and oldest military park. Free ranger programs are available with reservations.

Back downtown, explore Chattanooga's rich African-American history at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and enjoy a docent tour of Hunter Museum of American Art, which features the largest collection of American art in the Southeast.

There is so much for students to see and do in Chattanooga. Plan a field trip for your students and order a free Field Trip Planner online at For help with itineraries or student-friendly hotels, contact Shelda Spencer Rees at [email protected].

Photo courtesy of Chattanooga CVB. 

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