Chattanooga History Center Partners With Outdoor Chattanooga For Sunset Downtown History Tours By Kayak

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Downtown Bluff with historic perspective
Downtown Bluff with historic perspective
- photo by Chattanooga History Center

The Chattanooga History Center (CHC) will partner with Outdoor Chattanooga to offer two special sunset kayak tours of downtown Chattanooga on Tuesdays, Sept. 16 and Oct. 14, beginning at 6 p.m. from the Outdoor Chattanooga facility in Coolidge Park. The special tours will be led by a CHC historian, Caroline Sunderland, who will share Chattanooga’s story through the ups and downs of the city’s commercial and environmental history.

“We have had so much success with historical kayak and canoe tours,” said Outdoor Chattanooga Recreation Programs Coordinator Terri Chapin. “We are really excited to partner with the Chattanooga History Center. These new tours will allow us to expand upon our hugely popular National Park Service tours to include a broader geographic area and share some cool, little known facts about Chattanooga.”

The tours will begin up river to allow for a leisurely, two-hour float into the downtown area. The beginner friendly trips will be co-led by Outdoor Chattanooga’s experienced river guides. Along the way, kayakers will hear stories of how the river has shaped the lives of the people and businesses along its shores. They will view historic photographs from the CHC collection and learn history in the context of the TN River’s modern landscape. Participants will have the added treat of viewing the sunset and city lights from a water level perspective.

"The History Center is pleased to have this opportunity for participants to actively learn about our city's past," said Senior Educator Caroline Sunderland. "Outdoor Chattanooga is helping us to present Chattanooga's history from the river that runs through our city and throughout its history.”

Cost for the tours is $45 per adult and $35 for kids ages 8-13. All kayaking equipment and guides are included. Reservations are required and must be secured with a credit card to insure a spot. The trips are limited to 10 participants. To make a reservation, call Outdoor Chattanooga at 423 643-6888.

Kayaks downtown at sunset
Kayaks downtown at sunset
- Photo2 by Chattanooga Sea Kayakers

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