DOWNTOWN CHATTANOOGA

Explore the Downtown-North Shore-Southside Region

Hip downtown living blends effortlessly with the historic charm that makes the Gig City all that it is known for.

VIBRANT CITY LIFE MINUTES FROM THE TRAILHEAD

Experience everything Chattanooga has to offer in the Downtown-North Shore-Southside community. From our revamped Riverwalk – spanning 16 miles along the Tennessee River and dotted with shops, restaurants, bars, and cultural attractions – to family-friendly museums and activities, you will never run short of things to do in Downtown Chattanooga. Riverfront bridges connect these three neighborhoods together and make it an incredibly walkable area with plenty to see and do. Looking to get out of the city? A quick 15-minute drive will have you at the closest trailhead for a day of outdoor fun and fresh air.

The mixing of urban amenities and historic roots don’t just make it a great place to live, but an exceptional community to grow your business or join a thriving one. Talent and technology come together in Chattanooga, attracting nationally recognized businesses, and supporting innovative startups.

Schools

Schools in Downtown-North Shore Southside Chattanooga

Made up of both private and public magnet schools, the downtown Chattanooga area is home to a solid educational infrastructure. Chatt High Center for Creative Arts in North Shore consistently ranks as one of the top schools in the state, most recently being ranked #10 in Tennessee, and #1 in Hamilton County. Public magnet, private, and prep schools each offer comprehensive K-12 programs or more age-specific options, to meet the needs of your child and provide a community of peers.

Four children write with pencils and paper at desks in a school classroom

Things to Do

Engage, Eat, and Exert Energy

Our downtown region is brimming with cultural activities, outdoor attractions, family-friendly museums and parks, and endless options for shopping, eating, and drinking. Explore our riverfront district, a redeveloped region made up of eclectic restaurants and breweries, and boutiques and shops. Tap into your artistic side at the Hunter Museum of American Art or at the Sculpture Gardens in Montague Park, or spend the day learning about conservation efforts and wildlife at the Tennessee Aquarium. Catch a show at the Chattanooga Theatre and explore the neighborhood through a Street Art Walking Tour. The Bessie Smith Cultural Center is dedicated to educating the community about the contributions of African-Americans to Chattanooga and the nation by providing a variety of workshops, visual and performing art performances, art classes, festivals and celebrations.

In Southside, walk along Market and Main Streets to find top attractions like the Chattanooga Choo-Choo and First Tennessee Pavilion—home to the renowned Chattanooga Market. Northshore is a mecca for shopping and dining, and you’ll find an eclectic mix of locals and tourists alike soaking in all that this neighborhood offers. Take the kids to Coolidge Park to play in the fountains and ride the carousel, or to Renaissance Park for walking and biking trails.

A child plays on rocks in front of the Tennessee Aquarium in downtown Chattanooga, TN

Transportation

Getting Around Downtown

While you could drive or Uber around the neighborhood, we suggest navigating downtown by foot or in a uniquely Chattanoogan way. The downtown CARTA electric shuttle is completely free and runs from the Chattanooga Choo Choo to the Aquarium. Find hourly and daily bike rental options scattered throughout the neighborhood to move you from Coolidge Park to Montague Park, or reserve a ride with the Chattywagon—a free and eco-friendly way to see the city.

Two people embrace in front of the Market Bridge in downtown Chattanooga, TN

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