Grab your swimsuit and some sunscreen...and let’s go! Summer is a fun time of year to come to Chattanooga because of all of the water adventures this city has to offer. Bordering the Tennessee River and being surrounded by several large lakes provides the ultimate place to swim and get in the water! All of our local attractions are open; such as the Chattanooga Aquarium, Rock City, Ruby Falls, The Incline Railway, and more! Below you will find some of our favorite things to do in the Summertime as well as see what the weather is like during these months! 

Summer Weather In Chattanooga

The Summer months (June – August) in Chattanooga can get pretty toasty with the average high temperature being 89 degrees and the average low of 67 degrees. Chattanoogan locals love their water adventures during the summertime to catch a break from the heat. The Tennessee River maintains a cooler water temp and it is refreshing!.

Visit our Weather Page to keep an eye on the forecast before and during your stay.

Summer Activities in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Kayaking & Paddleboarding | Fishing | Chattanooga Duck Boat Tour | Cardboard Hill

Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Need a way to cool off in the hot summer months while visiting our beautiful city? Kayak and paddleboard rentals is one of the most popular family friendly activities to do in Chattanooga! You can paddle right on the river right in Downtown below the cliff sides of the Tennessee Aquarium, the Hunters Art Museum, and underneath the Walnut Street Walking bridge! What better way to cool off and see the city?

Click here to see where you can rent Kayaks and Paddleboards during your visit to Chattanooga!


Wanting to get out of the house and spend some time near the water? What better way than to take your family fishing! Fishing is a huge sport here in Chattanooga and there are tons of places that you can go. Just keep in mind that anyone who will be fishing will need to purchase a single day fishing license from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.

Click here to find the best places to fish in Chattanooga

Chattanooga Duck Boat Tour

The Chattanooga Duck boat tours are a great way to be on the water and to get a tour of the city! Ride in an authentic renovation WWII amphibious duck boat! Once you`re immersed in the Tennessee River, you`ll enjoy spectacular views of downtown Chattanooga and the riverfront, as well as the Maclellan Island wildlife sanctuary. Along the way, you will learn all about the unique, fun and entertaining history of the city and the river that flows through it!

Click here to learn more about the Duck Boat Tour

Cardboard HIll

Load your kids in the car, grab some cardboard and over to Cardboard Hill! A random, but very fun activity for the whole family! Located adjacent to Coolidge Park, Renaissance Park is a unique place to bring the dogs, have a picnic, and enjoy scenic views of Chattanooga`s downtown. Renaissance Park also includes what is known to locals as "cardboard hill," where people are encouraged to bring their own piece of cardboard to ride and slide all the way down.

Visit this summer and stay in a Chattanooga Vacation Home with River City Rentals!

River City Rentals is proud to offer a wide variety of Chattanooga vacation homes for rent. All of the rentals managed by River City Rentals are professionally cleaned and have fully-equipped kitchens, spacious living areas both indoors and out, as well as free wireless internet access!  Staying in a vacation rental is the best way to visit Chattanooga and surrounding area.  They allow you to get away from it all with the comforts of a home! Many of your Chattanooga Vacation homes are located within minutes of the areas must-visit activities.  Be sure to visit our Local Area Guide to see all that the Chattanooga area has to offer.  Start planning now!