25 Ways to Find Your Next Hobby

Feature image courtesy of Metal Makers

Looking for ways to get creative, get active, or just plain get out of your house? A new hobby is a great way to start. Let us direct you to your next obsession with our list of 25 ways to find your next hobby.  

A novel idea- Connect with book lovers at The Book and Cover, hosting monthly book clubs for every genre in a space designed to snuggle up with a good book. 

Start two-stepping- Throw on your boots, and get ready to scoot at The 107. Every Friday is Country Night with line dancing classes, live music, and drink specials. 

Go all in- Every night of the week the No Limit Pub Poker Tour plays free games around town with no drink minimums or cover charges. 

Stretch and breathe- Start the search for inner calm with a free yoga class with La Luna Alchemy Yoga at River Market

Keep on rolling- Join an adults-only late skate party with Moonlight Rollers.  

Get outdoorsy- Beginner and family-friendly classes by Outdoor Chattanooga activities include biking, kayaking, skateboarding, and hiking.



Photos Courtesy of Metal Makers, The Book & Cover, and The Chattanooga Public Library

Strike a chord- Grab an instrument from the Chattanooga Public Library Noise Closet and start shredding. Guitars, keyboards, bass, and electric drums are available to borrow. 

Birds of a feather club together- The Chattanooga Birding Club provides an interactive map of bird sightings, ways to support conservation efforts, and monthly meetings to connect with fellow birders. 

Put those useless facts to work- Experts in sports, pop culture, history and random factoids can flex their skills at a local live trivia game.

Step back in time- Chattanooga Vintage Dancers fully immerse in dance styles ranging from waltz to swing with dance classes, costuming, and social events.

Open up- Learn how to structure and share your personal experiences with StoryCorps whose mission is to preserve stories, start conversations, and bring communities together. 

Let the sparks fly- Learn the art of welding and create a one-of-a-kind piece of art at Metal Makers

 Photos Courtesy of Joli Jardin and Crabtree Farms

Pick a team- Whether you’re a pro or a newbie Chattanooga Sports League has a team for you. Sports include pickle ball, basketball, ultimate frisbee and so much more. 

Spin a yarn- The Chattanooga Yarncrafters are a crafting group offering classes and meet-ups for every skill level.
Get your kicks- Learn self defense, get a good workout, and relieve stress at Premier Martial Arts. 

Don’t get it twisted- Explore the circus arts in silks, acrobatic arts, and Cyr wheel at Chattanooga Ariels.

Written in the stars- Want to learn more about the cosmos? The Barnard Astronomical Society hosts monthly star parties at Cloudland canyon. 

Capture the moment- Join professional photographer Nicole Manning of Show me a Smile Photography to learn camera basics, composition, and how to capture natural light. 

X marks the spot- Go hiking to hunt for geocaches and leave treasures for others to discover. 


Photos Courtesy of Crabtree Farms, Chattanooga School of Language, and Chattanooga Vintage Dancers

Whip it real good- Brush up on cooking skills, or try a whole new culinary experience in The Sweet & Savory Classroom

Drop a verse- For more than 20 years Rhyme N Chatt has provided writing workshops, open mic nights, and a safe space to share poetry. 

Can you dig it?- Flex that green thumb! Learn how to identify and prepare edible herbs and flowers, care for pollinators, and so much more at Crabtree Farms

Get dramatic- Take acting classes or audition for a local theater production at Chattanooga Theatre Centre

Arrange something beautiful- Learn how to create beautiful fresh flower bouquets at ​​Joli Jardin Flower Shop

Change the conversation- Take a class or join a free immersive language social to practice judgment-free with native speakers and other newbies at the Chattanooga School of Language


25 Chattanooga Dates to Remember

Banner Photo courtesy of ChattaBrew Tours by Tausha Dickinson

Are you stuck in a date night rut? It can be hard to break the Netflix and take-out habit, but new shared experiences are essential to keeping a relationship thriving. Let Local Fare do the heavy lifting of planning your next romantic outing with this list of 25 Unforgettable Dates! 


Photo courtesy of Rock City

  • Lover’s Leap Rock City- Take a romantic stroll through Rock City to lovers leap, where two star crossed lovers met their fate. 
  • Classic Arcade Pinball Museum- Leave the quarters at home, get a pass at the Classic Arcade Pinball Museum and play the day away. Wanna make it interesting? High score gets the next round!
  • Southside Social- Release your competitive spirit at Southside Social with bowling, darts, lawn games, giant jenga and more.
  • Ruby Falls Zip-Line- Feel the rush of adrenaline as you zip-line at Ruby Falls, surrounded by breathtaking views of the mountains. 
  • The Lookouts- Root root root for the home team! Lookouts games are always fun, especially on promotional nights like drink discounts on Thursdays, fireworks on Fridays and the wildly popular used car giveaway!
  • Pedego Tours- Take a self guided tour of the city on an electric bike from Pedego Tours. Explore downtown and cruise the riverfront without getting winded on the hills. 

Photo courtesy of Chattanooga Vintage Dancers, Lookout Mountain Park by Audray Luck, and Pinspiration

  • Lookout Mountain Flight Park- Pack a picnic lunch and watch Hang Gliders launch from Lookout Mountain Flight Park. Feeling extra brave? Take a tandem trip and get a birds eye view of Chattanooga.
  • Unknown Caller-  Wet your whistle at Unknown Caller, a speakeasy bar with a secret entrance. Just look for the redlight on Cherry Street, and figure out the password. 
  • Chatt Taste Food Tour- Sick of arguing about where to go for dinner? Take a Chattanooga food tour, featuring restaurants in downtown, southside, or MLK. 
  • Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club- Get caught up in the action of professional Soccer! Check the schedule for specials like $2 beer night. 
  • Chattanooga Vintage Dancers- Get out together and dance cheek to cheek at a Chattanooga Vintage Dancers class, featuring classes on waltz and swing and every era in between. 
  • Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery- Take a tour of the Chattanooga Whiskey distillery, sample a flight, pick a favorite, and buy a bottle to try your own concoctions.

Photos courtesy of Nightfall, The Lookouts by Hannah Grigsby, and Ruby Falls Zip Line

  • The Tivoli Theater- Whether you enjoy live music, comedians, or touring broadway shows, you can find tickets for whatever you’re into at the Tivoli Theater.
  • The Chattery- Learn a new skill together at the Chattery. Take a class on home bartending, soap making, gardening, photography and more!
  • Comedy Catch- Nothing better than getting belly laughs together. Pick shows from touring comedians, local favorites, and Improv Chattanooga.  thecomedycatch.com
  • Nooga Splash- The couple that plays together stays together. Explore the inflatable obstacle course in Chester Frost Park. 
  • Lover’s Leap Rock City- Take a romantic stroll through Rock City to lovers leap, where two star crossed lovers met their fate.
  • Show me a Smile- Move beyond the simple selfie. Capture your love with a professional photo shoot.

Photos courtesy of Show Me a Smile Photography, Unknown Caller Bar by Kelsey Hassell, and The Chattery

  • Hike to Craven House from Sunset Rock- Take a three mile hike together to one of Chattanooga’s best lookouts. 
  • Splatter room at Pinspiration - Get some of that pent up tension out by throwing in your partner’s face and simultaneously creating a one of a kind piece of art.
  • Chattanooga Market- Spend Sunday morning perusing stalls with local produce and handmade goods, grab lunch from one of the dozen food trucks, and enjoy live music. 
  • Nightfall- Head to Miller Plaza, grab a slice from Community Pie and enjoy a free concert at Nightfall by local musicians. 
  • L2 Outside- Rent a Kayak or Paddleboard from L2 Outside and take a sunset cruise along the Tennessee River. 
  • The Wilderness Theater Watch a movie under the stars at The Wilderness Theater drive-in. Bring a football or frisbee to toss while you wait for the sun to set, fill up on snacks from the concession stand, and snuggle up for a one of a kind movie watching experience.
  • ChattaBrew Tour- Take a 4 hour walking tour of local breweries, sample their goods, and meet the brewmasters behind Chattanooga’s most popular local labels.  
  • The Bluff View Art District- Take a self guided tour of the Bluff View Art District. Start at the Hunter Museum of American Arts. Grab dinner at Tony’s Pasta Shop & Trattoria. If you managed to save room for dessert, head next door to Rembrandt’s Coffee House. End the evening with a stroll through the free outdoor River Gallery Sculpture Garden.

25 Most Instagrammable Spots in Chattanooga

With a nickname like The Scenic City, it’s no surprise that Chattanooga is the perfect backdrop for your carefully curated Instagram. Natural wonders, vibrant art installations, murals in every color pallet, interesting architecture and beautifully designed interiors are around every corner. Here are a few of our favorites. 

One of a kind Backdrops

Photo by Nicole Blanchard of Show Me A Smile Photography

  • Coolidge Park- 150 River St. Splash in fountains, stroll along the river, ride the carousel, pose with a rhino. 150 River St.
  • Umbrella Alley- A whimsical art installation in West Village, uses umbrellas for a pop of color. West Village 298-200 W Block of 8th St. 
  • Bluff View Art District- Charming cafes and cobblestone streets bring a touch of European flair to the heart of downtown. 411 E 2nd St. 
  • High Point Climbing Gym- Find someone to belay and don’t delay! Scale the outside of High Point Climbing Gym for a one of a 180 view of downtown. 219 Broad St.
  • Flying Donut Mural- It's a bird, it's a plane…. It's flying donuts! 1900 Broad Street
  • Polka Dot Wall- Pastel polka dots make for a sweet and simple backdrop. 1400 Williams Street Block
  • Cooper’s Alley- The urban art installation snakes through the alleyway creating a fun, funky, neon pallet.10 East 7th St. 
  • Outdoor Art- Modern, historical, surrealist, large, small, Chattanooga’s outdoor art collection has it all. 
  • Tennessee Aquarium-The perfect balance of natural beauty and interesting architecture design. 1 Broad St.

Natural Wonders

Photo by Nicole Blanchard of Show Me A Smile Photography

  • Lula Lake Falls- Pack a picnic lunch and take the Classic Loop hike to Lula Lake Falls. 5000 Lula Lake Rd., Lookout Mountain, GA
  • North Chickamauga Blue Hole- Plunge into the crystal blue pool from a beautifully cascading waterfall. Montlake Rd., Soddy Daisy, TN
  • Rock City Gardens- Where else can you take a selfie in 7 states at once? 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mountain, GA
  • Point Park- Pose with cannons while you explore the trails to the “Battle Above the Clouds.” 110 Point Park Rd., Lookout Mountain, TN
  • Rent a Kayak from L2- Paddle under the downtown bridges for an up close look at moss covered cliff walls and Audubon Island wildlife. 131 River St.
  • Reflection Riding Arboretum- Hike trails, forge streams, explore a treehouse, capture wildlife, and get a selfie in the bamboo forest. 400 Garden Rd.
  • Racoon Mountain Caverns- Take an otherworldly hike through the Crystal Palace, or if you’re feeling brave take a sunset kayak tour of the bat caves. 319 W Hills Dr.
  • Snooper’s Rock- Take the five minute walk from the parking lot for unparalleled views of Horseshoe Bend. Reserve Rd.

Sensational Selfies

 
Photo by Nicole Blanchard of Show Me A Smile Photography

 

  • Walnut Street Bridge- Chattanooga’s most recognizable landmark is great from every angle, whether you’re on it, under it, or looking over it. 1 Walnut St.
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo- Iconic Chattanooga signage, vintage trains, even the bathroom is beautiful! 1400 Market St.
  • Selfie Museum- A whole host of curated scenes to create a picture perfect selfie. 735 Broad St. Ste. 104
  • The Hunter Museum of American Art- An amazing lookout over the river and Walnut Street Bridge outside, stunning pieces of American art inside. 10 Bluff View Ave.
  • Sleepyhead Coffee- Release your inner goddess in the indoor plant paradise. 735 Broad St. Ste. 104  
  • The Dwell Hotel- Step into a Midcentury fever dream with bold wallpaper, gorgeous furniture, and beautifully crafted cocktails. 120 E 10th St.
  • Whistle Stop Cafe- The milkshake is elevated to a delicious work of art. 5503 Main St. Ooltewah, TN 
  • Market South Wings Mural- We don’t care if it’s basic, wings are cute! Strike a pose and caption it with your most inspirational quote. 1400 Market St.