Gatlinburg is one of the most visited cities in America. The surroundings of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park bring in over 11 million visitors a year.
If you have never been, it’s time to seek out a new adventure! The locals are friendly and helpful, and the mountains are peaceful and magical.
Some of the more popular things to do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee:
1. Ripley’s Aquarium
Museum with kitschy oddities on display, including shrunken human heads & rare animal skeletons. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is an amazing family attraction – State of the art facilities with over 10000 exotic sea creatures in 10 themed galleries.
Ripley’s Aquarium was voted one of the ten best by USA today. You can even spend the night, and sleep with the sharks……. kinda. There is a glass tunnel below the sharks, and they can swim above you while you’re dreaming. Be sure to check with the aquarium for scheduling.
2. Views from the Space Needle
The Gatlinburg Space Needle is a 407 feet tall observation tower in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States. The tower has an outdoor observation level that provides a 360 degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains and the city of Gatlinburg.
The Space Needle is downtown and located near all the shops. You will get an amazing view of the Smoky Mountains.
3. Ober Gatlinburg (ice skating, sky-tram, snow tubing)
Ober Gatlinburg is a scenic and exciting four-seasons amusement park and ski area.
Ober Gatlinburg’s Tram is a hot attraction that takes you over the tree tops. It’s one of America’s Largest Aerial Tramways.
4. Hiking the Trails
There are over 10 hiking trails in the Gatlinburg area, and even more in the national park. Check out as many as you can on visit to the Smokies.
With over 900 miles of streams, Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains have some of the best fishing in the South.
6. Sugarland’s Distilling Tour
Rustic, industrial-chic moonshine maker offering indoor & outdoor tours, tastings & live music, trying out the award-winning moonshine and whiskey.
Sugarland’s Distillery not only sells legal moonshine, but they also hold special events and premium tours.
7. Cooter’s Place (Dukes of Hazard)
Museum of the “Dukes of Hazzard” TV show with indoor go-kart & mini-golf, run by actor Ben Jones.
If you are a diehard Dukes of Hazard Fan, Cooter’s Place will be just right for you.
8. Enjoy the night in a Cabin: Spread out, cook, and enjoy perks that please parents, kids, and even picky teens. Cozy fireplaces, grilling on the deck, moonlit soaks in a hot tub–what’s not to love? We stayed in places nicer than our own homes and found good fits for honeymoons and family reunions alike.
This is just a short list of the many adventures you and your family can go on either before or after a hike. The things to do in Gatlinburg are endless. You can spend hours just in downtown Gatlinburg. The area is pedestrian friendly, and there are dozens and dozens of unique shops, attractions, and places to eat.
Pro Tip: Always check to be sure the activity you and your family are wanting to do is in season.
Remember, Gatlinburg is an enjoyable drive to Dollywood. Pigeon Forge, & Wears Valley.
Are you now convinced that you will have a great time? Head to the Smokies, find the best cabins in Gatlinburg Tennessee, and enjoy your overall hiking vacation!
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