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! 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.
Where is Gatlinburg?
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.Navigate
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
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
Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park
Rowdy Bear Gatlinburg is home to two incredible attractions: The first mountain glider in the world, and the epic Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster. The mountain glider combines free falling and hang gliding for an unforgettable experience. Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster lets you speed through the Smoky Mountains in a new way, reaching up to 35 mph on the self-controlled ride.Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park
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 SkyLift Park
The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park offers incredible views of the mountains and downtown Gatlinburg from the iconic Gatlinburg SkyBridge. The SkyBridge is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. While visiting the park, enjoy drinks and snacks from the SkyCenter and take a seat in one of the many cozy areas on the SkyDeck.Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
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
Located near Gatlinburg-Pittman High School and just north of the national park, Rocky Top Sports World is host to many football, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball and soccer tournaments. Many traveling teams come to the area to compete. With Mount LeConte serving as the backdrop to the outdoor facilities, the location is unique in its mountain setting.Rocky Top Sports World
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
Top Gatlinburg Restaurants
J.O.E. & Pop’s Sub Shoppe
If you're a fan of Philly cheese steaks, reuben sandwiches and Italian subs, you'll love J.O.E. & Pop's Sub Shoppe in Gatlinburg. All the meats and cheeses are freshly sliced and the subs are made exactly the way you like them. Make your meal a platter with 2 sides for only $2 more.J.O.E. & Pop’s Sub Shoppe
Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
Our pit master smokes ribs, chicken, sausage, beef and pork to make it mouth watering. Located the heart of Pigeon Forge. This is Bruce's first restaurant in Pigeon Forge which began over 20 years ago, and it remains family owned and operated. Long time pit master Roy loads th...Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
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 wateringAlamo Steakhouse & Saloon
Big Daddy’s Pizzeria
Big Daddy's Pizzeria is so dedicated to serving perfectly wood fired pizzas made with the freshest ingredients that they don't even have a freezer on the premises. After their very own pizzeoli crafts the handmade dough, their specialty pizzas are prepared to every guest's delight.Big Daddy’s Pizzeria
Get ready for a trip to Flavortown at Chicken Guy! Hand-pounded and breaded fresh each day, Chicken Guy! serves up delicious and juicy tenders that can be paired with more than 20 varieties of house-made sauces. Menu features a selection of hand-craft sandwiches, serviced with ei...Chicken Guy!
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.