Gatlinburg’s Best Birthday Activities for Kids

Gatlinburg is a great place to spend a birthday, especially if you’re a kid! There are many different excitement-packed attractions and activities for kids of all ages. From awe-inspiring aquariums that spark interest in the natural world to high-in-the-air sky parks that provide safe but exciting adrenaline rushes, here are 5 of the best birthday activities Gatlinburg has to offer.


Anakeesta is a family destination and provides activities for all ages. There are dueling ziplines for the more adventurous and calm play areas for the littlest, as well as everything in between. If you’re inviting the whole family reunion along for the birthday fun, you may even qualify for special group pricing.

And when all the excitement has hit its peak and the kiddos start to crash, there are relaxing gardens and cozy seating areas where you can decompress and enjoy the view. 

The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is a great way to soak in a gorgeous view and get some of that fresh mountain air, but the kids will probably be most interested in their SkyBridge. They may not care that it’s the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America, but they’ll certainly marvel at the sheer altitude and have a great time dashing along the enormous walkway. 

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Sharks, stingrays and eels, oh my! There’s a lot of dazzling aquatic life to see here and lots of fun merchandise to buy. There are learning opportunities as well, and kids (and their parents!) get to meet some of the animals up close, like the sting rays at Touch a Ray Bay.

Want to really treat the birthday girl or boy? There’s an option here for a full party itinerary that culminates in a sleepover party in the shark room!

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

Roller coasters are everywhere, but mountain coasters are where the excitement is really at! Gatlinburg’s one-of-a-kind, family-friendly thrill ride lets you zip down the Smoky Mountains day or night! Plus you’ll get an exciting souvenir photo to commemorate your child’s most daring birthday adventure yet!

Gatlinburg Cabin Rental

Even kids need to unwind at the end of the day. Top off the day’s adventures by coming home to a relaxing cabin with a gorgeous Smoky Mountain view. Kids don’t calm down that easily? Search our website for cabins with pools, hot tubs and other fun amenities to keep the party going all night!