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Things to do when it’s raining in Chattanooga

Don’t let the rain get you down, here’s a list of activities to do when the sun isn’t out in Chattanooga.

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The rain won’t keep us from having fun in the Scenic City.

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We’ve enjoyed the last couple of days of sunshine, but it looks like a lot of rain is back in the forecast for Chattanooga.

Whether you call yourself an outdoor enthusiast or just don’t know how to spend the day when the weather is bad, we’re here to help with 20+ activities for a rainy day.


Give indoor rock climbing a try at one of the city’s gyms.

Photo provided by High Point Climbing

🪨 For the athletes

Synergy Climbing and Ninja | Go climbing indoors, take a class, or try out one of the ninja courses.

High Point Climbing | Head to the downtown or Riverside location for a day of climbing indoors.

Sky Zone | This trampoline park isn’t just for the kids — try out air basketball, extreme dodgeball, a ninja course, and more.

Valkyrie Axe Throwing + Craft Axe Throwing | Sometimes you want to just throw something to get some energy out — how about axes and throwing knives?

Albatross Golf Sim & Bar + The Back Nine | Rain keeping you off the course? Play 18 holes inside or a plethora of other games.

🖌️ For the learners

The Chattery | Spend a rainy afternoon or evening taking a class with The Chattery — workshops range from hand lettering to photography, soap making, and more.

Painting with a Twist | Take a solo painting class or a class for the whole family.

The Sweet & Savory Classroom | It’s the perfect time to take that cooking class you’ve always wanted to. Learn all kinds of recipes to make some tasty meals.

Dance Tonight Chattanooga | Sign up for private dance classes or one-time group classes.

🎳 For the competitors

Spare Time Chattanooga | From casual to competitive, there’s something for everyone, like bowling, arcade games, escape rooms, laser tag, and more.

Southside Social | Grab food + a drink while you hit the lanes or play other games like ping pong, foosball, darts, billiards, and more.


DYK that Naughty Cat Café is the highest-rated of its kind in the world? | Photo by NOOGAtoday

🐾 For the animal lovers

Naughty Cat Cafe | Sip on a good cup of coffee while cuddling and playing with some of the 30+ cats — all of which are available for adoption.

Tennessee Aquarium | Take a tour of the River + Ocean Journey buildings, and if you can’t get enough of the aquarium’s furry and finned friends, head over to watch a film on the big screen at the IMAX theater.

🏛️ For museumgoers

Hunter Museum of American Art | View the museum’s permanent + traveling collections.

Creative Discovery Museum | Take the kiddos through the museum’s immersive exhibits with plenty of hands-on activities.

National Medal of Honor Heritage Center | Get your daily dose of local + national history through the powerful stories of Medal of Honor recipients.

Classic Arcade Pinball Museum | Stop by the interactive all-you-can-play museum dedicated to nostalgic games.

🎶 For the art lover

Tivoli Theatre Foundation | See a musical, comedians, musicians, and the occasional film at the Walker or Memorial Auditorium.

Chattanooga Theatre Center | Catch a play produced + performed by locals.

Barking Legs Theater | See live music or watch films and productions at this local theater — be sure to check out the weekly programming.

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