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Located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Gatlinburg is the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The quaint mountain village boasts a population of less than 5,000. But you’ll never know that by the number of visitors that keeps the town bustling throughout the year.
In addition to the nation’s most visited national park, Gatlinburg offers dozens of extraordinary attractions, a ski resort, intriguing shops and galleries, and plenty of restaurants.
Make the most of your Smoky Mountains vacation with this guide to food, drinks, culture, entertainment and the best things to do in Gatlinburg.
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#1. Ober Gatlinburg
Enjoy a mountain of fun with a theme park, ski resort, snow tubing, indoor skating rink, aerial tram, terrain park, wildlife encounter, alpine slide, ice bumper cars, mountain coaster and more at Ober Gatlinburg.
Enjoy more than 40 rides, thrills and attractions, high-energy entertainment, unique annual festivals and events, award-winning dining, craftsmen, live shows and more at Dollywood.
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#3. Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster
This mountain thrill ride puts you in the driver’s seat – enjoy single or double rider cars that coast down the mountainside on a specially-designed silent track at Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster.
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#4. Earthquake the Ride
Experience a heart-pounding subway ride – a catastrophic, live action adventure with gut-wrenching special effects as a massive earthquake shakes the world around you at Earthquake the Ride.
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#5. Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster
Check out an adventure park featuring the world’s first mountain glider that sends riders soaring through the treetops and an alpine mountain coaster that hits speeds up to 35 mph at Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster.
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#6. Rocky Top Mountain Coaster
With four uplifts and four drops, this mountain coaster even offers special nighttime runs under magnificent lighting. The 9-minute ride features tunnels, curves and hairpin turns at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster.
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#7. Smoky Mountain Riding Stables
Hop aboard a beautiful horse and take a spectacular ride through Great Smoky Mountain National Park and past wooded scenery and mountain streams with Smoky Mountain Riding Stables.
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#8. Zip Gatlinburg
This incredible outdoor adventure features nine exciting ziplines, a treetop canopy tour and even a 14-element self-guided tree trek. Ziplines starting at 65-feet up at Zip Gatlinburg.
#9. Amazing Gatlinburg Race
See Gatlinburg like never before. Try to be the first team to unlock secret codes and solve clues in beautiful places throughout the Smokies in a race to the finish line at Amazing Gatlinburg Race.
#10. Gatlin's Amazing Ropes Adventure Course
Experience adventure on the high ropes course where you’ll climb three stories to face 38 challenges, such as rickety bridges, suspended ropes and obstacles at Gatlin's Amazing Ropes Adventure Course.
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#11. Whitewater Rafting and Kayak Trips
Choose from four rivers and multiple sections offering easy moving waters to thrilling white water thrills with steep drops and dramatic class III and IV rapids with Whitewater Rafting and Kayak Trips.
#12. Dollywood's Splash Country
Cool down in this mountain oasis adjacent to Dollywood theme park. Enjoy 35 acres of water slides, lazy rivers, wave pools and thrilling water attractions for all at Dollywood's Splash Country.
#13. Smoky Mountain River Rat Main Tubing Outpost
Paddle, splash and play in mother nature’s amazing water parks. Enjoy tubing or rafting down some of the prettiest rivers in the Smokies at Smoky Mountain River Rat Main Tubing Outpost.
#14. Wild Bear Falls Indoor Water Park
Enjoy a 60,000-square-foot, indoor water park that pays homage to the national park with attractions like Cades Cove Lazy River, Clingman’s Dome water slide and Laurel Falls tube slide at Wild Bear Falls Indoor Water Park.
#15. Hollywood Stars Car Museum
See cars from some of the most famous movies and TV shows of the last 50 years including Ghostbusters, The Dukes of Hazzard, 2 Batmobiles, Back to the Future, Fast & Furious and more at Hollywood Stars Car Museum.
#16. Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum
Discover more than 20,000 sets of salt & pepper shakers from around the world, plus a huge peppermill collection. $3 admission goes toward any salt n pepper shaker purchase at Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum.
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#17. Chasing Rainbows Museum
A special place to share the results of her dreaming, and inspire others, Dolly Parton offers interactive and behind-the-scenes collections, stories, and memorabilia from her life and career at Chasing Rainbows Museum.
#18. Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens
Enjoy a mountain of fun with a theme park, ski resort, snow tubing, indoor skating rink, aerial tram, terrain park, wildlife encounter, alpine slide, ice bumper cars, mountain coaster and more at Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens.
#19. Titanic Museum Attraction
A museum celebrating the famous ship, its passengers and crew – experience the hallways, parlors, cabins and Grand Staircase along with 400 artifacts from the ship at Titanic Museum Attraction.
#20. Cooter's Place
Cooter’s in the Smokies is the official museum of the Dukes of Hazzard. Get your photo with the General Lee, or see a replica of the interior of Cooter’s Hazzard County Garage at Cooter's Place.
#21. Gatlinburg Pinball Museum
Be the pinball wizard in this interactive museum where you can play more than 100 pinball machines, including rare and limited edition machines, plus other retro arcade games at Gatlinburg Pinball Museum .
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#22. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Explore the seas with exhibits including ocean realm, shark lagoon, touch a ray bay, tropical rainforest, coral reef, gallery of the seas, stingray bay and penguin playhouse at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies .
#23. Ripley's Believe or Not! Odditorium
Check out the weirdest place in Gatlinburg - 500 exhibits and artifacts, in 16 themed galleries – oddities from shrunken heads to a 19th century vampire killing kit at Ripley's Believe or Not! Odditorium .
#24. Mysterious Mansion of Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg’s most terrifying attraction. Step inside a once grand mansion with secret passages, eerie corridors, winding stairs, chilling chambers and rotting residents at Mysterious Mansion of Gatlinburg.
#25. Guinness World Records Adventure
Test your skills and try to break a world record in the interactive challenge gallery, featuring Fast Fists, Fastest Texting, Hopscotch, Flying Disk and more at Guinness World Records Adventure.
#26. Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze & Candy Factory
Experience an infinite number of reflections as you try to find the one way out of this labyrinth of mirrors and LED lights at Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze & Candy Factory .
An indoor amusement park for the mind combining education and entertainment with more than 100 hands-on exhibits and spark the imagination. Explore 6 amazing wonder zones at WonderWorks.
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#28. Gatlinburg Space Needle
Ride glass elevators to the top of a 407-foot tall observation tower where you’ll find spectacular, panoramic 360-degree views of the Great Smoky Mountains from the observation deck at Gatlinburg Space Needle.
#29. Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
Explore Gatlinburg’s best views from the Gatlinburg SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America and the SkyDeck overlooking Gatlinburg at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park .
Experience an outdoor mountaintop adventure for the entire family with the only single-rail mountain coaster in the US, a treetop skywalk, garden trails, a chondola, dueling ziplines & more at Anakeesta.
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#31. Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook
Discover magnificent views of downtown Gatlinburg with the majestic Great Smoky Mountains in the background. The Overlook is located on the Gatlinburg Bypass at Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.
Theater & Live Entertainment
#32. Ripley's Moving Theater
Strap yourself in for a bumpy ride at this state of the art 5-D Moving Theater experience with digital effects and motion seats that make you feel like you’re in the movie at Ripley's Moving Theater.
#33. Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud
Enjoy the exciting lumberjack competition featuring 13 events – axe throwing, chopping, sawing and more – and check out the lumberjack adventure park at Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud.
#34. Impossibilities Magic Show
Enjoy an astounding evening of comedy, magic and mindreading along with some hilarious mayhem with comedian Chris Collins and master mentalist Erik Dobell at Impossibilities Magic Show.
#35. The Grand Majestic Dinner Theater
Choose from three incredible musical dinner shows – Soul of Motown, Hit Parade or Hazzard Hoedown – for some amazing music and a delicious all you can eat buffet at The Grand Majestic Dinner Theater.
#36. Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre
Enjoy outrageous humor, hilarious fun and plenty of great live music with this innovative theater company featuring multi-talented performers at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre.
#37. Hillbilly Golf
– A most unusual mini golf course. Ride the incline 300 feet straight up the mountaintop where you’ll find two 18-hole courses with mountaineer hazards – outhouses, stills, walls and plants at Hillbilly Golf.
#38. Gatlin's Escape Room Games
Escape rooms featuring props, lighting and sound effects. Solve puzzles, conquer challenges and work through surprises in a race against the clock to escape at Gatlin's Escape Room Games.
#39. Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini-Golf
Enjoy a Smoky Mountain backdrop while playing mini golf on courses replicating the days of Tennessee hero Davy Crockett, with water features and interactive elements at Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini-Golf.
#40. RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo
Set in the heart of the Smokies, this spectacular zoo features more than 600 animals representing more than 130 species from rainforests around the world at RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo.
#41. Arcade City
Experience a fun-filled city loaded with your all-time favorite rides, games and prizes. Fun and adventure for all ages at Arcade City.
#42. Ripley's Penguin Playhouse
View penguins from above and below the water and get nose-to-beak with this unique penguin encounter that allows you to crawl through clear, underwater tunnels at Ripley's Penguin Playhouse .
#43. World of Illusions
You’ll be part of the world’s largest exhibition of illusions as you walk away from your own shadow, transform to a genie in a bottle or even make someone disappear at World of Illusions.
#44. The Smoky Mountain Angler
Whether you’re a beginner or veteran fly fisherman, let experienced guides show you the best places and techniques for catching wild mountain trout in the Smokies at The Smoky Mountain Angler.
#45. Gatlinburg Farmers Market
Open mid-May through mid-October, this farmer’s market features locally grown, in-season produce, local products and foods in a friendly, social environment at Gatlinburg Farmers Market .
Moonshine & More
#46. Sugarlands Distilling Company
Sample award-winning moonshine, tour the stillhouse, and talk with expert distillers and explore the world of the favorite Smoky Mountain beverage at Sugarlands Distilling Company.
#47. Ole Smoky Moonshine
Enjoy an epic moonshine experience with a tour of an authentic, working moonshine distillery – watch the process, learn the history and lore, or enjoy some moonshine samplings at Ole Smoky Moonshine.
#48. Doc Collier Moonshine
Experience an array of moonshine flavors including the one of a kind moonshine brandy, check out the moonshining equipment or visit the country Mercantile Store at Doc Collier Moonshine.
#49. Tennessee Homemade Wines
Enjoy free tastings at this local winery featuring delicious wines made with local fruit, crafted by local folk and served by local friends at Tennessee Homemade Wines.
#50. Gatlinburg Brewing Company
Enjoy a locally owned brewery, in the heart of Gatlinburg Tennessee and the breathtaking Smoky mountains. Specializing in craft beer, brewed right on site at Gatlinburg Brewing Company.
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