With an area that offers so many options for your entertainment it can be hard to decide how you are going to spend your time so we have found the top 5 attractions in Gatlinburg that you may want to check out.
1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Voted the #1 Aquarium in the United States by Trip Advisor!
The aquarium has areas by types of interest including Tropical Rainforest, Ocean Realm, Systems Controls, Coral Reef, Shark Lagoon, Discovery Center, the Gallery of the Seas, Stingray Bay, Touch a Ray Bay and a Penguin Playhouse. One of the things that you will not want to miss at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is the underwater shark tunnel that you can walk through.
2. Ober Gatlinburg
Ski Resort, Amusement Park & Aerial Tramway. In the winter snow skiing & snowboarding are the main attractions whether you are participating or just observing. If you’re not already a pro don’t worry there are beginner slopes to advance and instructors are available if you want to take lessons first. And if you want to enjoy the snow without displaying your coordination skills snow tubing is a great option. With ice-skating inside the feeling of winter sports can be enjoyed all year long at Ober Gatlinburg.
3. Gatlinburg Space Needle
Located in the middle of downtown Gatlinburg the Space Needle stands 407’ tall with a glass elevator to take you to an outdoor observation tower. From the observation tower there is a 360 degree view of downtown Gatlinburg and the mountains in all directions including the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The Gatlinburg Space Needle is one of the best photo spots that you will find.
4. Climbworks Canopy
An adventure including a four wheel ride to take you to the top of a mountain to reach the first zip line taking you from one tree top to another with a total. For approximately 2 ½ hours you will be flying through the air over 9 zip lines and crossing 3 canopy sky bridges. If you want to explore the Smoky Mountain National Park with a feeling of adventure take time to…Challenge, Learn, Inspire, Master, and Believe at Climbworks Canopy.
5. Sugarland Riding Stables
To enjoy the trails of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park at a relaxed pace without doing all of the climbing and walking of the backwoods trails the best tour of nature is a ride on a well-trained horse. While sitting on a leather saddle, with the reigns in your hands, and feet in the stirrups you will be in for a great ride on a mountain horse that knows the way through the trails you will explore. With trails ranging from 4-8 miles and horses available for beginner to experienced everyone in your group will enjoy a morning or afternoon with a guide from Sugarland Riding Stables leading your tour.