Things to do when it’s raining in Chattanooga, TN

Don't let the rain stop you from enjoying a day in Chattanooga. | Photo by Vlad Chetan via Pexels

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.

🪨 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. 

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

Valkyrie Axe Throwing, Civil 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 | 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 — we took the Hula class recently and had a blast. 

🎳 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. 

🐾 For the animal lovers

Naughty Cat Café | 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 like “Is It Real?” and “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration.” 

Creative Discovery Museum | Take the kiddos through the museum’s immersive exhibits with plenty of hands-on activities. Pro Tip: the second Thursday of each month is Free Family Night.

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

Chattanooga Selfie Museum | Bring your friends and family to take photos in the 25+ different selfie rooms.

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

🎶 For the arts lover

Tivoli Theatre | See a musical, comedians, musicians, and the occasional film at the Tivoli, Walker, or Memorial Auditorium — all event tickets go through the Tivoli Foundation website. 

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