20 Things To Do In Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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As you probably already know, I’m a lover of all things Smokies. The Smoky Mountain National Park and all of the towns that surround it have a special place in my heart. I have the best memories of visiting the area as a young girl and those memories have lead me to a life time of exploring the area.

If you are planning a trip to Gatlinburg, I’ve got you covered! If you’re also looking to head to the near by towns of Pigeon Forge or Sevierville, just click the links below. ( I’ll link them for you again at the bottom of this post)

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Let’s get started!

Things To Do In Gatlinburg

1. Mountain Mall

Let’s start with a little shopping. The mountain mall is a multi level shopping center in downtown Gatlinburg. Full of stores ranging from souvenirs stores, cigar shops, to bath and beauty boutiques. My biggest shop recommendation is Pepper Palace. They have a huge range of hot sauces, seasonings, and salsa. (my favorite is “autumn in the smokies”

2. Shops At Carousel Gardens

Another stop for all the shop-a-holics. Couldn’t find what you were looking for. Head next door to the shops at Carousel Gardens.

3. Log Cabin Pancake House

The Smoky Mountains are FULL of amazing breakfast restaurants. One of the Gatlinburg areas most famous breakfast eateries is the Log Cabin Pancake House!

4. Ober Gatlinburg

Ride the aerial tram up the mountain, play at the amusement park and ski overlooking Gatlinburg. An Amaze’n Maze, ski lift, kiddie land rides, arcade, carousel, snow tubing, chair swing, wildlife encounter, scenic chairlift, alpine slide, ice bumper cars, rock climbing, mountain coaster… Y’all, Ober Gatlinburg as it all!

5. Ride a Mountain Coaster

Both the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster and the Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster are fast, fun rides down a mountain that will leave you wanting to ride over and over again.

6. Ripley’s Aquarium of The Smokies

My childhood (and adulthood) favorite! A huge aquarium with a great penguin area, a ride along floor through the under water tunnels and a glass bottom boat ride!

7. Ripley’s Guinness World

Step into this hub of world records. See the worlds longest fingernails, the shoes of the tallest man alive, and walk crawl through a door fit only for the shortest adult alive.

8. SkyLift Park Gatlinburg

This park included SkyLift, SkyBridge, SkyDeck, SkyCenter, and SkyPark. Take the bridge and walk 140 feet above the ground, look through the glass bottom or enjoy the panoramic views over Gatlinburg. If heights aren’t your friends, sit on the outdoor deck overlooking the Smokies on the SkyDeck.

9. Gatlinburg Wine Cellar

Grab a glass to enjoy or a bottle to take home as the perfect souvenir.

10. Treasure Quest Miniature Golf

I always have to throw a fun mini golf in my “things to do” lists. This course has major Indiana Jones vibes.

11. World Of Illusions

Have your mind blown at the World Of Illusions in Gatlinburg. Make a friends disappear, see a man use x ray vision, and walk away from your own shadow!

12. Gatlinburg Pinball Museum

Feeling nostalgic? I love history and all things old. Dive into old games that you use to play as a child or maybe even games that your parents played as a kid. This museum is open until midnight, so play the night away!

13. Fannie Farkle’s

Indulge in snack foods from concession stands and play all of your favorite games in the arcade.

14. Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa

This resort has so much to offer. First, the indoor wild bear falls water park to keep kids (and adults) entertained for hours, heated outdoor pools and spa tubs, serenity spa, mini golf, and fitness center. You’ll never want to leave the resort.

15. Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze

Try to make it through the trippy mirror maze! Don’t worry though, if you get lost a search party will be sent out every half hour to look for stranded visitors. Also on location is the Ripley’s Candy Factory!

16. Mysterious Mansion

This haunted house has a victorian style and is full of spooky surprises and fantastic actors to make your visit amazing. The mansion is open year around for self guided tours.

17. Ole Smoky Moonshine

The perfect souvenir to bring home from the Smoky’s. Buy flavors like White Lightnin’, Moonshine Cherries, Blue Flame, Blackberry, Butter Pecan, and Mountain Java.

18. Hollywood Star Cars Museum

See cars from movie and TV past like the General Lee and the 1966 Batmobile. My favorites are the cars from Fast and Furious 7, Ghost Busters, and the Flinstones Mobile!

19. Anakeesta

An outdoor wonderland in Gatlinburg offering gondala rides, tree top sky walk, zip-lining, great overlooks, and a rail runner! You can also do some shopping, buy great souvenirs, eat southern barbecue at Smokehouse, indulge on pie, shakes, and sundaes at Pearl’s Pie in the Sky, or grab a drink in a one of a kind setting at the Cliff Top Grill and Bar.

20. Gatlinburg Space Needle

407 feet tall observation tower offering 360 degree view around the Smoky Mountains. In my opinion the view below of the Gatlinburg strip is best experienced and photographed at night!

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