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Best things to do in Nickajack Lake

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“This is, without a doubt, one of my "grands" favorite places to go. And with two aquariums (adjacent to each other), one salt water and one fresh water, this can be a full day's entertainment.”
115 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“If you are an art lover, check this place out! It's centrally located near the walnut walking bridge and makes a great detour on a hot day!”
76 locals recommend
“(On the Southside) Open air space with patio space, local social spot”
90 locals recommend
“Bring a swimsuit/frisbee/balls for the kids-there’s a splash/fountain area and a large, grassy field to play in. Walking and biking trails lead off from here. Don’t forget to ride the carousel!”
64 locals recommend
“Located only a short walk from our home Tremont Tavern just happens to be the BEST burger in town. It is small and seating is sometimes limited but definitely worth it! NOTE: Although Tremont does not mind kids, it should be noted that they do not offer High Chairs or Booster seats”
59 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Located over 1120 feet beneath the surface, Ruby Falls is the nation’s largest and deepest waterfall open the public. Take the guided tour through the caverns to see this magnificent 145-foot underground waterfall and amazing rock formations alongside. After your visit to the cave, enjoy the view from our Lookout Mountain Tower, allow children to play on the playground, go zip lining at the ZIPstream Aerial Adventure, visit the gift shops or grab a bite to eat. Visit for more information.”
35 locals recommend
“Does have great food, Amazing brisket. Mix crowd, TVs, bar, tables, leather couches, games to play. Check to see what time live music starts if you decide to go here. Street parking”
47 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Chattanooga favorite! This is near the North Shore area (also next to Milk and Honey so you can head there for dessert!) Outdoor seating available, great for families, but there is usually a wait at peak times.”
53 locals recommend
“It takes you from St. Elmo's Station at the base to Point Park at the mountains summit. There's is also a great ice cream shop at the station”
29 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Italian inspired food made from scratch with local products ( great place for special occasions)”
51 locals recommend
“Its a 1 mile walk to the bridge from the condo or a bike ride. It is a beautiful old restored bridge that is only for walking or biking across. It gives you great views of the city, the river and mountains and gets you across to the Northshore area which has lots of fun shops and restaurants - so walk or ride there and eat and shop and come back!”
41 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Several shops and restaurants in a charming historic warehouse. Way better than a mall!”
38 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Part of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, these grounds commemorate the "Battle Above the Clouds" that was fought on Lookout Mountain in 1863. Worth the drive to the top of Lookout Mountain. The views and overlooks are breathtaking, especially with the fall colors. Parking fee is $3 and entry to the park is $7 per person.”
43 locals recommend
“(Pet Friendly) Oyster bar / restaurant / cocktail bar In the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Saturday & Sunday Brunch”
50 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Incredible burgers. They have a gluten free bun option and great vegetarian options as well! Wonderful service and an expansive menu!”
35 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Beautiful underground water falls. Incredible view of Chattanooga from their scenic tower.”
20 locals recommend