Things to Do in Gatlinburg
Greetings from Gatlinburg, where you’ll find a warm welcome all year long! Our town lies at the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so you know we’ve got natural beauty. Did you know Gatlinburg also offers you all the entertainment and attractions you could want? Click on our Gatlinburg guide below to start creating your ideal vacation!
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Events and festivals liven up the streets year-round. Visit in spring and every stroll becomes a show as musicians, storytellers, and artisans take over downtown Gatlinburg for Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales. Summer brings the popular Fourth of July parade. Watch artisans demonstrate their skills at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair or visit the annual Songwriters’ Festival. When fall colors blaze across the Smokies, enjoy delights like the Whiskey Experience tasting fair, Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort, and our town-wide chili cook-off. The winter brings a classic Christmas parade, Winter Magic lights, a craft show to help you find the perfect gift, and New Year’s Eve fireworks!
Gatlinburg’s lively attractions thrill all ages. If you came for the mountain views, SkyLift Park never disappoints. The Space Needle gives you 360-degree vistas from 400 feet in the air. Ascend to Anakeesta, where you can walk in the treetops or race on dual ziplines. Closer to Earth, interact with sea life at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, boggle at the oddities in Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, or go tubing or skiing at Ober Gatlinburg. Check out the unusual Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum or see fast and famous cars at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum.
You’ll never go hungry here. Our restaurant guide is your ticket to everything from fine dining to the most casual pizza and burgers! For fun, try island-themed Landshark Bar & Grill, or Dick’s Last Resort, where servers dish out helpings of humor. The Cliff Top Grill offers a wide menu with amazing views. The Peddler and The Cherokee Grill both specialize in mouthwatering steaks, while Crystelle Creek is open for affordable fine dining.
When the sun sets, our nightlife is waking up. Gatlinburg Brewing Company and Smoky Mountain Brewery both feature live music and big screens for sports. For a British pub experience, visit the Fox & Parrot Tavern. Ole Red showcases country music performances from up-and-comers.
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