Attractions In Gatlinburg, Tennesse

Attractions In Gatlinburg, Tennesse
Just to the north of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee sits one of the most entertaining southern family destinations. Dozens of restaurants, shops and attractions line the streets of Gatlinburg, which also offers scenic views of the mountains and adventures along the Little Pigeon River. Nearby is Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, home of Dollywood amusement park and family fun center.
 

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Situated in the city center is one of the area's most visited attractions. Home to giant octopi, jellyfish, tiger sharks and other sharks, various fish and other underwater creatures, families can spend most of the day exploring the exhibits featuring more than 10,000 animals, 365 days a year.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-8808
gatlinburg.ripleyaquariums.com

 
 

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

In the center of the parkway sits a lit-up building that looks cracked. But inside, it's a museum of strange collections from Robert Ripley and his workers. Families can see and learn about more than 500 items, including historic artifacts from around the world and scientific discoveries.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
800 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(888) 347-9128
gatlinburg.ripleys.com

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park

In the winter months, Gatlinburg visitors can take a lift or aerial tramway to Ober Gatlinburg for a day filled with skiing, snow tubing and other snow sports. In the warmer months, you can view surrounding mountains and greenery on the chairlift or, even, participate in indoor ice skating or water rides. Ober Gatlinburg also has a restaurant and shopping areas.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5423
obergatlinburg.com

Space Needle

Just a short walk from the Parkway, you can take a ride up a glass elevator to the top of the Space Needle. During the day, you can get scenic 360-degree views of the Great Smoky Mountains, and, at night, you can see the vibrant Gatlinburg strip. On the ground level, you can play video games, air hockey, pool and other games in the arcade.

Space Needle
115 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-4629
gatlinburgspaceneedle.com

Gatlinburg Skylift

Families with children and couples will enjoy a peaceful, yet adventurous, ride to the top of Crockett Mountain. With views of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Parkway and Little Pigeon River, there's much to see along the 500-foot ride--you may even spot a black bear. At the top, you can have your picture made, and then enjoy some songs from a mountaintop bluegrass band and a visit to the gift shop or snack bar before your ride back down the mountain.

Gatlinburg Skylift
765 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-4307
gatlinburgskylift.com

 

Article Written By Lisa Floyd

Lisa Floyd is a freelance writer who specializes in music, travel, food and education, among other topics. Since 2000, she has written for several print and online publications including "The Red & Black" newspaper, "Southern Distinction" magazine and various websites. Floyd holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Georgia.

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