5 Fun Things for Adults to Do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg, Tennessee offers plenty of excitement for adults looking for grown-up outings. Check out these five things you’ll want to try without kids along.

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Drink Like a Local

1. Drink Like a Local

Gatlinburg gives adults a wide choice of distilleries, wineries and breweries. Moonshine is a Tennessee tradition that gained new life when the state made it legal just a decade ago. Taste it at Sugarlands Distilling Co., or Ole Smoky Moonshine to name a few. Tour the Gatlinburg Wine Trail, where five wineries offer tastings. Discover your favorite local craft beers at Gatlinburg Brewing Co. and Smoky Mountain Brewery.

Shop for Smoky Mountain Crafts

2. Shop for Smoky Mountain Crafts

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is an eight-mile loop of craft studios and shops with more than 100 artisans making and selling traditional handcrafts. Watch pottery making, leathercrafting, silversmithing, painting, weaving, candle making, carving and much more. With eateries along the route, too, you can spend a full day exploring Smokies crafts.

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3. Explore Our Great Outdoors

Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. HIkes range from easy, paved trails to heart-pumping climbs, and finding the right trail for you is simple with a park service trail guide. Rafting the Smokies’ rivers is an exciting challenge with the help of rafting guides who work with novices and experienced rafters alike.

To combine outdoor beauty with shopping and dining, visit Anakeesta, the mountaintop theme park where the theme is nature. Stroll the Tree Canopy Walk’s 16 bridges that carry you high above the forest floor. Visit the botanical garden, or try the ziplines or mountain coaster. Finish the day with a meal and a great view at Anakeesta’s Cliff Top Restaurant.

Take a Scenic Drive


4. Take a Scenic Drive

Try Little River Road’s 18 miles of scenery with stops for waterfalls, a swimming hole and easy woodland walks. Drive the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and stop for the moderate hike to Rainbow Falls, or visit settlers’ historic homesteads just off the trail. For pure driving exhilaration, take a spin on the Tail of the Dragon, 11 miles of roadway with 318 curves.

Enjoy a Show

5. Enjoy a Show

Whether your idea of a show is hearing a rising country star perform at Ole Red or cracking up on a visit to The Comedy BarnGatlinburg has a show perfect for you. Soul of Motown keeps the Motor City hits coming. The Iris Theater’s Impossibilities show astounds audiences with magic.  

After all the fun, recharge at your cozy rental cabin. Book an adults’ getaway cabin with us today.