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Chattanooga has no shortage of attractions
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Sunday, March 27, 2011    |   
Video: Chattanooga Now 2011
With so much to do in Chattanooga, it is hard to believe the city was named the 'Most polluted city in America' in 1969. Watch as the Times Free Press highlights just a few of the attractions in the Tennessee Valley.

Not content to be known only for the Choo-Choo, Chattanooga has made use of its resources to add attractions for its wide array of residents and visitors. Check out the following staples of Chattanooga entertainment, activities and attractions.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM

Visit several types of Arctic penguins, catch a 3-D film at the IMAX theater next door or take a ride on the River Gorge Explorer.

1 Broad St.

800-262-0695

www.tnaqua.org

INCLINE RAILWAY

Enjoy panoramic views of the Scenic City as you take a straight shot from St. Elmo up to the top of Lookout Mountain.

St. Elmo Station (bottom)

3917 St. Elmo Ave.

Lookout Mountain Station (top)

827 E. Brow Road

423-821-4224

www.ridetheincline.com

ROCK CITY

Walk through gardens and impressive rock formations and see if you can spot all seven states visible from the lookout point. While you’re there, pick up a birdhouse.

1400 Patten Road

Lookout Mountain, Ga.

800-854-0675

www.seerockcity.com

RUBY FALLS

This 80-year-old attraction is the deepest commercial cave and most-visited underground waterfall. Did we mention it’s red?

1720 S. Scenic Highway

423-821-2544

www.rubyfalls.com

COOLIDGE PARK

Home to many warm-weather concerts and events, Coolidge Park has a 100-year-old restored carousel, an interactive fountain and lots of grassy free space. Dogs are not allowed.

150 River St.

WALNUT STREET BRIDGE

One of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world, the Walnut Street Bridge, which connects Chattanooga’s North Shore to downtown, recently underwent a face-lift and now is open to dogs as well as people.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

One of the main features in the Bluff View Art District, the museum’s collection includes works from the Colonial period through the modern day, including Mary Cassatt and Robert Henri. Free admission the first Sunday of every month.

10 Bluff View

423-267-0968

www.huntermuseum.org

BESSIE SMITH CULTURAL CENTER

This museum showcases African-American history from around the world and within Chattanooga.

200 E. M.L. King Blvd.

423-266-8658

www.bessiesmithcc.org

AT&T FIELD — Home of the Chattanooga Lookouts

Grab a hot dog and a foam finger and cheer on the Lookouts, Chattanooga’s AA minor-league Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate.

201 Power Alley

423-267-2208

CHATTANOOGA CHOO-CHOO HOTEL

One of the city’s best-known attractions has been converted into a historic hotel, restaurant and gardens.

1400 Market St.

423-266-5000

www.choochoo.com

CHATTANOOGA MARKET

Stop by the market any Sunday (and some Saturdays, too) between May and December and pick up locally grown organic produce, handmade arts and crafts and an afternoon snack.

First Tennessee Pavilion

1826 Reggie White Blvd.

Administration: 423-648-2496

www.chattanoogamarket.com

CHATTANOOGA ZOO

Get up close and personal with all manner of exotic animals from jaguars to spider monkeys to red pandas.

301 N. Holtzclaw Ave.

423-697-1322

www.chattzoo.org

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTER

Whether you’re into drama, comedy, musicals or dance, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre has a show for that. Recent productions include “The Crucible,” “Hamlet,” “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Rent.”

400 River St.

423-267-8534

www.theatrecentre.com

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM

Just a few blocks from the Tennessee Aquarium, the Creative Discovery Museum is hailed as the area’s premiere hands-on museum for the young and the young at heart.

321 Chestnut St.

423-756-2738

www.cdmfun.org

DELTA QUEEN HOTEL

The last fully operational, overnight passenger steamboat in the country, the Delta Queen now is permanently moored in the Tennessee River near Coolidge Park and serves as a hotel.

100 River St.

423-468-4500

www.deltaqueenhotel.net