Non-Rail Activities

Unfortunately only 1 person signed up for the organized Non-Rail scheduled events and we had to release the reserved space at the restaurants and tour guide.

General Chattanooga Tourist information can be found here and other activities are listed on the Non-Rail Activity page.

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 

The Tennessee Valley Railroad has been described as a moving museum, offering an interactive, historical experience that will add an extra dimension to your visit to Chattanooga’s popular attractions. Here you will find the only regularly scheduled, full-sized train ride in Tennessee. But it is so much more than just entertainment!  The mission of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is to collect for preservation, operation, interpretation, and display, railroad artifacts in an authentic setting to educate the public concerning the role of railroads in the history and development of our region.  We do not charge an Admissions fee except during RAILFEST in September.  Please feel free to see our equipment before you purchase a ride.

Active running locomotives include SOU 630 (2-8-0), SOU 4501 (2-8-2), TVRM 1829 (GP7), NCSL 710 (GP9), TVRM 606 (SW1200), TAG 80 (GP38), SOU 2594 (GP30), TVRM 5044 (GP38), and TVRM 5109 (GP38).  Other non-operative locomotives include TVRM 610 (2-8-0), CN 5288 (4-6-2), TVRM 8669 (RS-1), CofG 109 (RS-3), and TVRM 913 (RS-1).

The Missionary Ridge Local (55 min roundtrip) runs at least 5 times daily each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from Grand Junction Station through a tunnel and over bridges, to backshop/turntable and back; normally powered by NCSL 710.


Tennessee Aquarium             

Come see for yourself why visitors like you rate the Tennessee Aquarium the best aquarium in America for overall guest satisfaction. Enjoy a remarkable journey from the mountains to the sea as you explore above and below the surface in the Aquarium’s two buildings. Discount ticket packages with the Aquarium's IMAX 3D Theater make your travel plans easy and affordable.


Hunter Museum of American Art    

Perched on an 80-foot bluff on the edge of the Tennessee River, the Hunter Museum of American Art offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountains. This panorama is equaled only by the exceptional collection of American art inside, recognized as one of the country's finest.  Once inside, the inspiration continues, because it's not just about the art; it's all about you, the visitor. The Hunter is for the entire family to enjoy. Together, you will see art with new eyes as a way to better understand American history and to learn more about what makes us Americans today.  The Hunter Museum focuses on American art from the Colonial period to the present day. The collection includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, furniture and contemporary studio glass covering a range of styles and periods.


Creative Discovery Museum            

Creative Discovery Museum is one of the top children's museums in the country. Located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, just steps away from the Tennessee AquariumTennessee Riverfront and other fun Chattanooga Attractions for kids.


Incline Railway & Point Park  

The Incline Railway is a funicular railway system over a hundred years old! It's powered by two 100 horsepower winches developed by the Otis Elevator Company. The Incline Railway approximately one-mile long single track system, except for the passing loop in the middle, allowing both counter-balanced trains to operate at one time. The Incline’s trolley-style cars climb through the natural beauty surrounding historic Lookout Mountain at a breathtaking 72.7% grade – straight up! Sit back, and enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and valleys from the observation windows on the train as well as the panoramic views from the observation tower at the Incline’s top station. Come see for yourself why the Incline is one of the most fun things to do in Chattanooga!

Lookout Mountain Battlefield at Point Park is just a short walk from the Incline Railway’s upper station.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the Point Park gate and adjoining wall atop Lookout Mountain. The entrance gate, which resembles that of a castle, was completed in 1905, and is the largest symbol of the Army Corps displayed anywhere in the world.  The site of the Civil War battle commonly referred to as "The Battle Above the Clouds", overlooking Chattanooga. The visitor center houses a 33' by 13' mural painted by James Walker, an eyewitness to the battle, and has several short audio-visual presentations about the painting and battles for Chattanooga.


Rock City Gardens                           

Located atop Lookout Mountain in Georgia, just six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, Rock City Gardens is an enchanted, 4,100-foot walking trail showcasing soaring rock formations, caves, and lush gardens. Nearly a half million people from all over the world visit this natural attraction each year. 


Ruby Falls                               

In 1928, Leo Lambert and a team of excavators found a breathtaking waterfall located over 1,120 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. Lambert named the falls after his wife, Ruby, and opened the area as a public attraction in 1930. Today, Ruby Falls welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Come tour the falls for yourself and see why this unique attraction has been one of the best things to do in Tennessee for over 80 years.


Chickamauga Battlefield                  

The first national military park and the one upon which most other national military and historical parks are based, preserves the sites of the First Battle of Chattanooga (June 7–8, 1862) and the Second Battle of Chattanooga (August 21, 1863), as well as the overall Chattanooga Campaign (September 21 – November 25, 1863) during the Civil War.


Songbirds Guitar Museum               

Welcome to Songbirds, a music-oriented, pop culture experience for the whole family. Explore our collection of rare, vintage guitars like no other on Earth. Experience American history in a new and unique environment through the Songbirds Guitars extensive anthology of permanent and revolving exhibits on the campus of the world-famous Chattanooga Terminal Station.


International Towing Museum         

It all started more than 20 years ago when a group of dedicated towing professionals, the Friends of Towing, decided to recognize outstanding individuals in the towing and recovery industry worldwide, record the industry’s history, collect and display artifacts and memorabilia in a museum setting, and provide information about the industry to the public.  In its humble beginnings, the Friends of Towing displayed the Hall of Fame and Museum in a semi-trailer and drove it to and from towing and recovery industry trade shows across the country. In 1995 when it came time to settle down in one permanent location, the organization decided on the scenic city of Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga had been credited as the birthplace of the tow truck thanks to inventor Ernest Holmes Sr. Holmes and his son Ernest Holmes Jr. would go on to establish a major towing manufacturer named the Ernest Holmes Company. Today, the museum has evolved from the humble Friends of Towing into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum.