You can find something for everyone here in Gatlinburg. We have fun houses that thrill, views that chill, places that inspire, distilleries full of fire, go-karts, mini-golf, rides, slides, fish, sharks, arts, crafts and everything you’ve ever wanted to see all in one spectacular place.
Here are some recommended items to put on your Gatlinburg to-do list.
Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community
The reason the city is here – The Arts and Crafts Community is famous throughout the country as being the largest collection of independent artists and artisans in The U.S. Potters, painters, broom-makers, fine restaurants, sculptures, sketchers and incredible stores of all kinds could take days to see in full. http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com/
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Don’t leave the Smokies without visiting Ripley’s Aquarium. This is one of Gatlinburg’s most premier attractions and one look at the complex on River Road will show you why. Whole oceans worth of sea life await you and your family at Ripley’s Aquarium with video presentations, classes, divers, play area, interactive fun stuff, and African Penguins (you heard that right). Ripley’s Aquarium is also often the site for Gatlinburg’s special events. There is nothing to not love about the Aquarium, so make sure you don’t leave Gatlinburg without a visit! http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/
Few things are more thrilling to modern men than soaring through the skies and Gatlinburg Ziplines gives you the opportunity to see and experience the Smokies like you never have before! This is one of the most adrenaline-filled attractions you can find in Sevier County, and it’s well worth the visit no matter what time of the year you come to town. http://zipgatlinburg.com/
Gatlinburg Sky Lift
If you want to see miles and miles of Smokies from Gatlinburg, come take a ride up the mountain at Gatlinburg Sky Lift. Come in the Autumn time and bring a camera with two memory cards – you’ll need all the space you can get as you gaze colors people travel from all over the world to see. http://www.gatlinburgskylift.com/
Hollywood Star Cars Museum
You know you’ve always wanted to see the Batmobile up close and personal, and at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, you can do that alongside the Ecto-1, the Flintstones car, The Munsters Drag-u-la, The Beverly Hillbillies Jalopy, and cars from famous films/TV shows in history, like Charlie’s Angels, The Fast and The Furious, Fast Five, and even vehicles owned by Elvis Presley, Bob Hope and Dolly Parton. Over 40 authentic cars! http://www.starcarstn.com/
An icon in the large roster of attractions in Gatlinburg, Ober has been a site for many things for over 40 years in the city. In the Winter time, it’s the only place for miles around to go for skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. In the warmer season, it’s a mountain-high family fun park with mini-golf, arcade, park rides, shops, indoor ice skating and more. www.obergatlinburg.com
The name says it all at Fort Fun! This is where you go to get set up for Old Gatlinburg Golf and Games, The Venturer Motion Ride, Lazer Tag, 3D theater and much more! Bring the kids and make a whole afternoon of fun at the Fort that bears its name. http://www.fortfungatlinburg.com/
Guinness World of Records Museum
Consider this to a compliment to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. Also owned and managed by Ripley’s, Guinness World is a sister site where you can indulge in more interactive weirdness and awesome displays of official incredulity like the world’s tallest man, the world’s fattest woman, the longest jump by a human being and much more. http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/
The tallest structure in Gatlinburg is a center place for a good portion of the entertainment in the city. From the top of the tower, you can see for miles and miles around of the Smokies. At the bottom is Arcadia, a 25,000 square foot arcade and family entertainment center where theatrical performances take place. Watch for the Space Needle on New Years Eve where the city of Gatlinburg traditionally lines the whole structure up with fireworks and creates one of the most spectacular displays you’ll ever see. http://www.gatlinburgspaceneedle.com/
Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster
After becoming a big hit on Wears Valley Road, the people who own the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster brought one to North Gatlinburg to add a new unique attraction for visitors to enjoy. Come soar through the hills of the city like never before! www.smokymountainalpinecoaster.com
Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery
Undoubtedly one of the biggest things to come to the Smokies in a long time, Ole Smoky Moonshine can be reasonably credited with starting the distillery industry in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. What makes this store such a hit? Simple – high quality moonshine and lots of it! Nearly two dozen flavors are available in mason jars along the shelves and free tasting is available too. Ole Smoky can be found in downtown Gatlinburg and in The Island of Pigeon Forge. www.olesmoky.com
Rocky Top Sports World
If there’s one word that can describe the Rocky Top Sports World, it’s WOW. This huge facility on Highway 321 is home to a huge slew of sporting events and tournaments for the city of Gatlinburg, as well as nearby Cobbly Knob and Cosby. Sports represented include baseball, soccer, basketball, wrestling, martial arts, la crosse, volleyball, and much more you can see at www.rockytopsportsworld.com.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
Whether you come for Halloween, Spring, Fourth of July or the end of the world, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure will give you some of the biggest scares of your life. Take a tour through a disturbing canal of death that used to be the Grimsby and Streaper Casket Company here in town and you won’t soon forget it; no matter how hard you try. http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/