Chattanooga Convention Center – Things To Do With Your Team

Prepare to be impressed when you and your team arrive at the Chattanooga Convention Center. This world-class, 185,000-square-foot facility features 100,000 square feet of column-free exhibit space, 21 meeting rooms, and 19,000 square feet of divisible banquet space. Although the Chattanooga Convention Center only has one level, its ample size allows it to accommodate functions of up to 9,000. The convention center also boasts sophisticated “day lighting” technology. This allows natural sunlight to filter in through 30-foot ceiling openings and illuminate the spacious exhibition area, making for a more pleasant atmosphere inside of the facility. While at the Chattanooga Convention Center, you and your team will also enjoy free Wi-Fi with speeds of up to one gigabit per second. This is because Chattanooga, often referred to as “Gig City” has a fiber optic network that provides the fastest internet in the western hemisphere.

In addition to its many great features and amenities, the Chattanooga Convention Center is also one of the nation’s top 10 green convention centers. It received this distinction by implementing a variety of eco-friendly practices throughout many facets of the facility. Perhaps the best aspect of the Chattanooga Convention Center however is its fantastic location in downtown Chattanooga, just minutes away from some of the city’s most popular attractions and eateries.


Things to Do

Creative Discovery Museum

The Creative Discovery Museum is a hands-on children’s museum set in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. There young minds are inspired to explore, create, innovate, and play. While at the Creative Discovery Museum, you and your team will be able to experience many great exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else.

At the Buzz Alley and Bee Garden, you’ll learn about the complexity and beauty of nature as you watch bees hard at work in the incredible Honey Bee Observation Hive. If you’ve got any aspiring archaeologists on your team, they’ll really “dig” getting to make their first major discovery at the Excavation Station, the museum’s giant indoor sand pit. Then, head to the three-level Lookout Tower where you and your team can get an entirely new perspective of Chattanooga from a bird’s eye view. The Creative Discovery Museum also offers a variety of unique programs. These include art lessons for both children and adults, as well as science demonstrations, story times, and other fun activities. 321 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37402


Tennessee Aquarium

You and your team can dive into two worlds of underwater wonder at the Tennessee Aquarium, one of the top-rated aquariums in the country. Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, the aquarium boasts not one, but two distinct buildings. Your journey will begin at the River Journey building, which features a variety of freshwater exhibits like Appalachian Cove Forest, River Giants, and Rivers of the World.

The journey continues at the Ocean Journey building. In addition to colorful fish, enormous sharks, and other aquatic life, at the Ocean Journey building you’ll also get to meet hundreds of beautiful butterflies in the Butterfly Garden, two species of penguins at Penguins’ Rock, and both endangered ring-tailed and critically endangered red-ruffed lemurs at one of the newest additions to the Tennessee Aquarium, Lemur Forest. 1 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402


Chattanooga Convention Center - Travel - Hotels4TeamsTennessee Riverpark

During your stay in Chattanooga, take some time with your team to admire the city’s unique natural beauty at the Tennessee Riverpark. The Riverpark begins at Chickamauga Dam and follows alongside the Tennessee River for 10 miles, eventually ending up in downtown Chattanooga just a short stroll from the convention center. The Riverwalk offers picturesque views of the river and its bounty of native wildlife, as well as picnic facilities where you and your team can enjoy lunch or a quick snack amidst the great outdoors, and interpretive signage that provides visitors with information about the area. Chattanooga, TN


MoonPie General Store

Whether you’re a diehard fan of MoonPies or have yet to try one of the delicious snack cakes made with the perfect combination of marshmallow, graham cracker, and chocolate, the MoonPie General Store is a must-see Chattanooga attraction to visit during your stay. At the MoonPie General Store you and your team will take a trip back in time as you browse their selection of MoonPie merchandise, toys, candies, retro gifts, and fun Tennessee keepsakes. They also carry a wide variety of MoonPies of course, so be sure to take home a box or two back home with you! Also, don’t forget to take a souvenir photo “on the moon” with your team before you go. 429 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402


Chattanooga Ducks

If you and your team have a couple of hours to spare and are looking to embark on an unforgettable tour experience, just climb aboard a duck; a duck boat, that is! Chattanooga Ducks is the city’s most popular duck boat tour group and a voyage onboard one of their amphibious vehicles is sure to be one of the highlights of your team’s stay in Chattanooga.

Your Chattanooga Ducks experience will begin with a narrated tour of the downtown area where you and your team will learn all about the history of the city. Then, just when you think you’ve seen it all from land, the duck boat will splash into the Tennessee River for unforgettable views of Chattanooga’s Riverfront and Maclellan Island. 503 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402


AT&T Field

There aren’t many better ways to spend an afternoon than by catching a game of America’s favorite pastime. When Tennessee locals want to do just that, they head to AT&T Field. Located less than 20 minutes from the Chattanooga Convention Center, AT&T Field is home to the Chattanooga Lookouts, a minor league baseball team that’s a Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. At AT&T Field you and your team can enjoy a great game of baseball and at even greater ballpark.

Opened in April 2000, AT&T Field boasts plenty of modern ballpark amenities along with some features that are uniquely Chattanoogan. One of these features is a replica of the iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo. It emerges from behind the right-center field wall to chug its way along an elevated track whenever a Lookouts batter hits a home run. 201 Power Aly, Chattanooga, TN 37402


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Places to Eat

City Cafe Diner

Chattanooga Convention Center - Travel - Hotels4TeamsWith over 400 different items on their menu it’d probably be easier to list what they don’t serve at City Cafe Diner. Just some of the food they offer at this downtown Chattanooga mainstay includes classic American diner fare along with a vast selection of ethnic cuisine like Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Greek, and Mediterranean food. In true diner fashion, City Cafe Diner also has over 90 homemade cakes, cheesecakes, and pies, some of which are as big as your head!

Best of all, they’re open 24 hours a day. So, no matter how busy your team’s schedule is during your visit to the Chattanooga Convention Center, you’ll always be able to find time to grab a bite to eat at City Cafe Diner. Especially so since they’re located less than half a mile from the convention center. 901 Carter St, Chattanooga, TN 37402


Southside Saloon and Bistro

For food that’s as delicious as it is affordable, head to Southside Saloon and Bistro. In addition to low-priced lunch specials that change daily, the menu at Southside Saloon and Bistro also features burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more. All of their burgers are made with a half-pound of fresh, never frozen meat that is cooked to perfection and topped with everything from onion rings to crumbled bleu cheese. The selection of salads at Southside Saloon and Bistro includes a chef salad with ham, bacon, cheese, boiled egg, tomatoes, and cucumber; a grilled chicken salad; and more. No matter what you order there, you can enjoy it while watching the big game on their even bigger television. 1301 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37402


Community Pie

Pizza and ice cream; does it get any better? Probably not; and Community Pie in downtown Chattanooga is the place to get your fix of both. At Community Pie, they specialize in both Neapolitan and traditional New York-style pizza served alongside handcrafted, homemade gelato from their sister restaurant, Milk & Honey.

Some of the pizzas at Community Pie include the Demarco, a New York-style pizza topped with fresh shredded mozzarella, hand-torn basil, extra virgin olive oil, and pecorino Romano; and the Pork Confit, a Neapolitan pizza topped with house-made San Marzano tomato sauce, slow-cooked pork shoulder, Calabrian chilies, hand-torn basil, and both smoked and fresh mozzarella, topped with sea salt. Their menu also includes pasta dishes, salads, and fun appetizers like Grown-Up Fried Cheese served with hot peppers, capicola, and their rich house marinara sauce. 850 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402


Uncle Larry’s Restaurant

If you and your team are in the mood for crispy, savory fried fish, look no further than Uncle Larry’s Restaurant. This charming Chattanooga eatery opened in 2013 after owner and chef Larry Torrence, also known as Uncle Larry, was encouraged to do so by his wife and family. Since then, it has become one of Chattanooga’s most popular restaurants thanks to Larry’s years of experience as the designated fish fryer at all of his family’s reunions.

While the menu at Uncle Larry’s features plenty of other food like pork chops, hot dogs, fried okra, fried green tomatoes, chili, turnip greens, macaroni and cheese, and homemade desserts, their true claim to Chattanoogan fame is “fish so good it will smack you.” The choices of fish at Uncle Larry’s Restaurant includes catfish, whiting, and tilapia, all served piping hot, crispy, crunchy, light, and seasoned just right. 736 MLK Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402


In addition to being nicknamed the Gig City for its blazing fast fiber optic network, Chattanooga is also referred to as the Scenic City, because of its natural beauty that is seamlessly weaved amidst the urban aspects of the city. This makes Chattanooga a travel destination that you and your team won’t be able to help but to want to explore. Although you’ll all certainly enjoy your time spent at the Chattanooga Convention Center, some of your best experiences in this unique city will be those that you have while out and about in the heart of its thriving downtown area and beyond.