Wonderworks attraction in Pigeon Forge

6 ‘Must-Visit’ Smoky Mountain Attractions on a Chilly Day

Nothing is prettier than fall in the Smoky Mountains. However, with the fall leaves also comes the fall weather. Now that fall is here to stay and winter is just around the corner, some visitors to the area may be wondering what fun and exciting Smoky Mountain attractions are good to visit on a chilly day?

If this is the case for you and your family, then you are sure to be pleased by this list of exciting indoor attractions that are a perfect way to escape the cooler weather.


According to rumors, the WonderWorks attraction in Pigeon Forge is a result of a science experiment gone awry. The upside down house was once located in the heart of the Bermuda triangle before it was lifted and transplanted to the heart of the Smokies.

Luckily, all the exhibits inside the Pigeon Forge attraction were left intact during its travels. Today, guest of all ages visiting the area will love spending a few hours exploring the hands-on exhibits that are designed to both entertain and educate. An example of the fun things to do at WonderWorks include experiencing what it would be like to become a human lightning rod, play one of the world’s largest pianos and stomp out aliens trying to invade Earth.

Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon ForgeThe Comedy Barn

Considered one of the funniest shows in the Smoky Mountains, The Comedy Barn Theater combines comedy with music to create one unique family-friendly experience. It is one of the only shows in the Smoky Mountains that also includes a talking dog and a mind-reading pig in their act.

If you plan on arriving later in the season, don’t forget to look into The Comedy Barn’s Christmas show that will feature cloggers, jokesters, Christmas songs, and more!

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smoky MountainsRipley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is one of the most popular attractions in the Smoky Mountains all year long. Here, guests have the unique opportunity to stroll through hundreds of different exhibits of intriguing aquatic life that can normally only be found deep below the ocean’s surface. There are sharks, seahorses, turtles, jellyfish, penguins, and a ton of other interesting aquatic life that are sure to keep you and your family entertained during a chilly afternoon in the Smokies.

Also don’t forget that all visitors staying inside one of Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals spacious Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabins also receive one free ticket to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies for each paid night of stay thanks to our Smoky Mountain Adventure Pass. You can learn more about the free tickets to Smoky Mountain attractions we offer by clicking the Free Attraction Tickets tab on our website.


Magiquest in Pigeon ForgeIf you want to experience true magic in the Smoky Mountains, then we suggest you and your family plan a trip to MagiQuest during your next family vacation. Here, kids and kids at heart are given their own wand and set free to roam about while unlocking secret doors, discovering hidden treasure, battling dragons, and much more!

With so many different interactive stations and journeys waiting to be discovered, there is no doubt that everyone in your family will have a blast visiting this Smoky Mountain attraction on a chilly day.

Click here to learn more about the MagiQuest in Pigeon Forge.

Gatlinburg Space Needle

Gatlinburg Space NeedleOne of the tallest attractions in the Smoky Mountains, the Gatlinburg Space Needle offers a 360-degree view of the scenic mountains. Guests will travel 400 feet up to the top of the space needle in a comfortable glass elevator where they will then be free to roam around the observation deck.

If you aren’t that into heights, you and your family will still get a kick out of spending some time at the 25,000 square-foot arcade found at the base of the Space Needle. You can also catch the exciting mentalist show performed by Bill Gladwell in the Irish Theater.

Ober Mountain Ski Resort

If you can’t beat the chilly weather, why not join it? And what better way to spend a cold day in the Smoky Mountains than at the only ski resort in Tennessee?

With over 50 years of experience, the friendly folks at Ober Mountain offer a fun and unique experience for guests to enjoy with a total of 10 ski or snowboarding slopes, an ice skating rink, snow tubing, and much more!

For directions to any of these exciting Smoky Mountain attractions on a chilly day, feel free to use the map below!

If you would like a relaxing place to stay after spending the day at one of these fun and exciting attractions in the Smoky Mountains, be sure to look through some of the many comforting Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabin rentals offered by Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals. Our cabins range in size from one to six bedrooms and can accommodate any size group or family looking to spend a few days in the Smokies this season.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call or fill out the contact Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals form on our website!