Here are some great things to do in Gatlinburg.
Things To Do In Gatlinburg
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has so many things to see and discover. You can waddle with the penguins, splash with the stingrays, and even get a manicure from the fish. There are also shark feedings and live mermaid shows.
Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook offers a great photo op, so be sure to pull off at the Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook. The longer you stay the more you will notice about the amazing views and scenery.
CLIMB Works is where you want to go if adventure is where it’s at. From ziplining to mountain biking, you’ll find an adventure in Gatlinburg.
Gatlinburg Sky Lift heads 1,800 feet up Crockett Mountain for amazing views of the Smoky Mountains. And at night, you can see the dazzling lights of the area.
Gatlinburg Space Needle is a 407′ observation tower. There’s also a New York-style pizzeria, an arcade, movie theater, and gift shop.
Ely’s Mill offers a little piece of Smoky Mountain history, check out Ely’s Mill. It is one of the few remaining parts of ‘Old Gatlinburg’ and still owned by the original family, who live on site.
Hollywood Stars Car Museum is where you can see some famous cars – The General Lee, The Batmobile, Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds, and more – check out Hollywood Stars Car Museum.
Restaurants in Gatlinburg
Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs has a reputation for being the best ‘dog joint in Gatlinburg. You’ll love trying all the different combinations!
Mountain Lodge Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch. If you want to eat where the locals eat, you’ll definitely want to add this to your itinerary.
The Peddler Steakhouse is a steakhouse that families visit generation after generation. Choose your steak cut and enjoy the atmosphere in this Gatlinburg gem.
Annual Festivals in Gatlinburg
Taste of Autumn is an annual event benefiting Sevier County United Way. It is a night of comedy and tasty Smoky Mountain eats.
4th of July is a celebration like none other in Gatlinburg. Home of the first 4th of July parade, you won’t want to miss this all-day event.
Winter Magic kicks off in December when Gatlinburg is lit for the holidays. This event also includes a Fantasy of Lights Christmas parade to begin the festivities.
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