Things to do in Chattanooga TN


MainStay Suites Chattanooga’s convenient location near the city’s historic district makes it easy for our guests to never run out ofthings to do in Chattanooga TN! Staying at our comfortable hotel means you’re just a short distance from all the shopping you can imagine at Hamilton Place Mall, and an array of dining options that are as close as right across our hotel’s parking lot. Perfect for any type of stay—extended, business, or leisure—our hotel’s location put you in the perfect spot to discover all that Chattanooga has to offer!

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Perfect for history lovers and train enthusiasts, you can learn more about the influential role of railroads in the development of the region at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum! Discover railroad artifacts and embark on an immersive tour experience with the 55-minute Missionary Ridge Train Trip.

Hop aboard at Grand Junction Station, just a 9-minute drive from Mainstay Suites!

Animal Wonders

If you love animals and are looking for the chance to experience close-up encounters with exotic creatures from the sea and land, Chattanooga won’t disappoint! 
To start, the Tennessee Aquarium is one of the world’s largest freshwater aquarium and is only a 20-minute drive from our hotel. Travel between two of its main exhibit buildings—the River Journey and the Ocean Journey—and discover the stories and creatures hailing from tall mountains to the vast oceans. 
Address: One Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN, 37402
Aquarium Entry Times: 10am – 6pm, daily.
Phone: 1-800-262-0695
From creatures of the ocean to jungle and forest wildlife, the Chattanooga Zoo is home to over 300 animal, many of which are endangered species. For a small entrance fee, visitors can embark on tours, wild encounters, camel rides, and more!




Address: 301 N Holtzclaw Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404
Zoo Entry Times: 9am – 5pm, daily.
Phone: 423-697-1322

Outdoor Adventures


Ranked in 2018 by Lonely Planet as one of the “best in the U.S.” for outdoor travel destinations, Chattanooga offers a full-range of outdoor activities for every level, from hardcore adrenaline thrills to serene, leisurely strolls outdoors. Mountain biking, rock climbing, white-water rafting, kayaking—it’s all just a few of the Chattanooga, TN things to do outdoors, and within close distances to our hotel! Here are just a sample of Chattanooga’s more popular outdoor activities:

-  High Point ZIP Adventures at Ruby Falls

-  Tennessee 13-mile Riverwalk  

-  Tennessee River Gorge


Having trouble looking for more things to do near Chattanooga TN? Don’t fret! There’s always fun and exciting festivals happening year-around in Chattanooga. From music festivals that cover a wide range of genres to food and drink festivals that bring you new worlds of flavor—whatever you’re itching to see and experience, it’s all happening in Chattanooga. Make sure to keep your schedule open for any of these popular festivals to add to your calendar: 

-  Jfest (May)   

-  Riverbend Music Festival (May)  

-  Wine Over Water Festival (Stepember/October)

Chattanooga Film Festival (April)  

-  Culture Festival (October)  

3 Sisters Music festival (October)


Book a cozy, spacious suite at our hotel and experience all the exhilarating things to do in Chattanooga, TN!

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