Bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is a resort destination located in Sevier County, Tennessee, that offers a wealth of activities, from shopping to skiing. If you are looking for ideas of what to do in Gatlinburg you will find a wide variety of options.
What to do in Gatlinburg
Ski in Gatlinburg
With eight ski trails and three chair lifts, Ober Gatlinburg is the only ski resort in Tennessee. Open year round, Ober Gatlinburg is a destination location for many tourists for the many activities offered, such as skiing, snow tubing, wildlife encounters and a carousel. The resort is easily accessible by road or gondola from the city.
Over 10,000 sea creatures inhabit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Visitors can explore the Shark Lagoon with the 13-foot sandtiger shark, the Tropical Rainforest with pirahnas and poison dart frogs and the Penguin Playhouse where visitors crawl through clear tunnels surrounded by swimming penguins.
Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country
Named for famous country singer Dolly Parton, Dollywood offers thrilling roller coasters, family-friendly rides and kiddie rides. Dollywood Splash Country features more than 23 slides and rides, plus two playgrounds for the kids.
Hollywood Star Cars Museum
Take a trip through Hollywood automobile history in the Hollywood Star Cars Museum. The museum houses more than 40 cars from hit shows, such as the Fast and the Furious, the Love Bug and Gone in 60 Seconds.
Shopping and Dining
Gatlinburg has something for everyone with more than 400 shops and five malls. Stroll the quaint alleyways and village streets to find art, pottery, crafts, jewelry and treats. Afterward, stop into one of the many restaurants for everything from romantic ambiance to family fare.
Smokey Mountains National Park
The Smokey Mountains National Park offers picnicking, fishing, birdwatching, horseback riding, hiking, camping and scenic drives. With more than 800 miles of trail to choose from, families can take leisurely strolls on paved trails, and the more adventurous can tackle paths-less-traveled.
Arts and Crafts Loop
An eight-mile loop near downtown Gatlinburg attracts the largest group of artisans and crafters in North America, selling art, pottery, quilts, candlesticks and jewelry.
With so many activities to choose from, Gatlinburg is quickly becoming the destination of choice for families, honeymooners, seniors and anyone looking to get away.