The 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
March 4-7, 2009, Chattanooga, TN USA

Local Attractions

Chattanooga offers a variety of dining, shopping, and tourist attractions. Whether you're planning to arrive a few days before the conference, lingering for a few days afterward, or just looking for a distraction between conference sessions, you may find these links to be useful.

(Click on each thumbnail for a larger image. All pictures are courtesy of the Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.)


Downtown Chattanooga is home to numerous and varied restaurants. Our Local Contact, Jack Thompson, has put together a Google Map of over three dozen restaurants, most within easy walking distance of the convention center and hotels.

Map of Downtown Chattanooga Restaurants

Notable Attractions

  • The Chattanooga River Walk

    The River Walk is an attractive, well-lit path along the Tennessee River that is a scenic route for runners and walkers. See the Runners, Joggers, and Walkers section, below, for more details and maps.

  • Tennessee Aquarium

    The Tennessee Aquarium opened in 1992 and is credited with sparking Chattanooga's downtown revitalization. Home to over 12,000 living specimens, the Aquarium is home to creatures from freshwater, oceans, and even rain forests.

    Please note that the Thursday night SIGCSE 2009 symposium reception will be held here, and that admission that evening is included as part of your conference registration fee. The Aquarium is located about 10 blocks north of the Convention Center. The free downtown electric shuttle can take you from the Marriott (on the north side of the Convention Center) to Shuttle Park North, just south of the Aquarium.

  • Hunter Museum of American Art
  • The Bluff View Art District Historic Neighborhood
  • Rock City
  • Ruby Falls

Runners, Joggers, and Walkers

Chattanooga is home to the well-lighted and -maintained Tennessee Riverwalk, a scenic combination walking/jogging/biking path alongside the Tennessee River. The route parallels the south bank of the river from Ross's Landing in downtown Chattanooga to the Chickamauga Dam, a one-way distance of approximately 8 miles. There are additional paths along the north bank, reachable by bridge. A favored route across the river is the Walnut Street Bridge, just east of the park, which, at nearly 2,400 feet long, is one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges.

Ross's Landing Park is just one mile north of the convention center, very near the Tennessee Aquarium. See the map links, below.

Additional Links

The following pages are provided by the Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. They provide a wealth of information about the Chattanooga area, including printable discount coupons for dining and local attractions:

This site is hosted by The University of Arizona Department of Computer Science.