If you like variety, you’ll love Gatlinburg TN! This Smoky Mountain destination literally has it all: From kid-friendly fun things to do to rustic mountainside attractions you’ll only find right here in the Smokies!
Where is Gatlinburg?
Looking for nearby attractions and things to do in Gatlinburg? Gatlinburg TN is located just south of Pigeon Forge and borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Getting there is simple: It’s just a seven mile jaunt down the Parkway from the center of Pigeon Forge, which means you don’t have to travel very far at all to enjoy some big Gatlinburg attractions and adventures! Because it’s nestled just outside the national park, the Great Smoky Mountains give Gatlinburg a unique, alpine feel – all with a unique Tennessee twist.
Things To Do In Gatlinburg
From downhill skiing to world-class attractions, you’ll stay busy in Gatlinburg during all four seasons: Winter turns the area into a veritable wonderland with Smoky Mountain skiing and sledding; spring’s mild temperatures make hiking the area’s 600+ miles of trails pleasant; summer’s sunny skies are perfect companions for rafting the mountain rapids; and fall brings a symphony of colors to behold and the mountains changes hues. There are always things to do in Gatlinburg!
Top Things To Do In Gatlinburg
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
At Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, explore a coral reef, tropical rainforest and other exciting destinations without leaving the mountains! This world-class attraction was recently voted America’s #1 Aquarium by TripAdvisor and it’s easy to see why: This expansive under-water attraction is home to hundreds of interactive and innovative exhibits for folks of all ages to enjoy!Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
From the famous chondola to the treetop skybridge to the mountain coaster, Anakeesta is one of Gatlinburg's most memorable and all-encompassing attractions. Grab friends & family and zip side by side on their award winning dueling zipline, and then relax & grab a bite to eat in the Magical Firefly Village.Anakeesta
Gatlinburg Space Needle
Ride up the glass elevator to get a bird’s-eye-view of the city and the Smokies at this iconic local landmark. The Gatlinburg Space Needle’s observation deck offers a 360-degree view from more than 400 feet above! While you’re there, check out the Space Needle’s other attractions including Arcadia and the Iris Theater or stop for a bite at Slice Pizza and Bakery or Blaine’s Grill.Gatlinburg Space Needle
7D Dark Ride Adventure
This seven dimensional state-of-the-art shooting game is not for the faint of heart. You will be blown away by the combination of wind, sound, and movement that propels 7D Dark Ride Adventure into a beyond real experience. Join the fun with a room full of fellow adventurers and ready your trigger finger, because you're sure to have a blast.7D Dark Ride Adventure
Sugarlands Visitor Center
Nestled just inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Sugarlands Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your mountain adventure. Learn about park activities, get up close and personal with the local flora and fauna, and even talk with a ranger at this NPS-operated center.Learn More
Top Places To Stay In Gatlinburg
Greystone Lodge On The River
Recently renovated, this Gatlinburg hotel with a water park is a casually luxurious destination that's great for families wanting to stay near all the fun of the parkway. Greystone Lodge on the River is within walking distance of Ripley's Aquarium. Kids will enjoy everything from the waterslide and outdoor pool area to the cozy bunkbeds in the guest rooms!Greystone Lodge
The Appy Lodge
If you're looking to stay right on the Gatlinburg parkway, consider the newly renovated Appy Lodge. Each of the rooms at the Appy is named after an actual shelter on the Appalachian Trail and includes hardwood flooring, incredible walk-in showers, and high end finishes and custom décor throughout. And you can't miss the history that lines the hallways; see for yourself!The Appy Lodge
Pioneer Vacation Rentals
Being locally owned and operated has its advantages! Pioneer Vacation Rentals is the most trusted and preferred resource for cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. With so many unique properties to choose from you’re guaranteed to find the perfect cabin or chalet for your next Smoky Mountain getaway.Website
Top Gatlinburg Restaurants
Alamo Steakhouse & Saloon
With locations in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Alamo Steakhouse & Saloon has been voted Best Steak in the area year after year. But their delicious dining options aren't limited to their award-winning steak; their unique dishes like pistachio encrusted salmon and grilled oysters are just as mouth watering.Alamo Steakhouse & Saloon
Slice Pizza Bakery
On your next visit to the Space Needle, be sure to grab a bite to eat at Slice Pizza Bakery, the premier pizza joint of all Gatlinburg restaurants. They offer New York style pizza will make your mouth water. Indulge in an entire pizza or purchase it by-the-slice.Slice Pizza Bakery
Make the most of your next Pigeon Forge vacation by spending some quality time with plenty of things to do in Gatlinburg, TN with all of the amazing sites and attractions! Learn more about Smoky Mountain attractions and things to do in East Tennessee by clicking through PigeonForge.com.