Family Friendly Activities in Gatlinburg
With beautiful scenery and a wealth of outdoor activities, Gatlinburg is the perfect destination for a relaxing family vacation. With a wide array of family-friendly entertainment, there is no shortage of sights to see and adventures to discover. From your Cabin Rental Store luxury cabin nestled in the stunning Smoky Mountains, you have the perfect jumping off point for everything Gatlinburg and the greater area has to offer.
Thrills and Chills
If your family loves a good rush of adrenaline, be sure to visit any of the adventure parks that call the Smokies home. At Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster (306 Parkway Dr.) you control your own speed on a one or two-person cart as you barrel down the mountain on an elevated track that winds through the thick forest. At Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park (386 Parkway Dr.) you can get a different thrill, hanging suspending in air beneath a single-rail glider coaster that simulates the rush of hang gliding over the forested slopes below. Both are fun for kids of all ages and open seven days a week.
For a different kind of scare, take your loved ones on a haunted tour with Appalachian Ghostwalks and learn about the mysteries and spooky folk lore of the area’s Native Americans and first European settlers. You can also take a self-guided tour of the Mysterious Mansion of Gatlinburg where you make your way through three-stories of haunted halls, secret passages, and macabre rooms.
The Unusual and The Absurd
We can all think our family is a little strange at times, so if you need a good reference point why not visit the bizarre, surreal, and fantastical halls of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, and Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze and Candy Factory. From exhibits of the truly strange to the area’s #1 haunted house to just a funhouse maze with humorous twists and turns (and a candy factory at the end), these three locations offer fun for all ages. You can also check out the Guinness World Records Adventure for more of the world’s “best,” take on an escape room in one of the numerous new adventure rooms, or try a round of miniature golf at Hillbilly Golf or Gatlin’s Mini Golf.
The Great Outdoors
Of course, the main attraction here is the majestic Smoky Mountains. Whether you hike, view them by air from the Space Needle or aboard the Gatlinburg Sky Lift or the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway, hit the ski slopes in the winter, or raft the crystal-clear rivers on a trip with the fantastic guides at Nantahala Outdoor Center, a day – or a week – spent in the mountains with your family is the stuff lifelong memories are made of. In the event you need to head indoors to explore the great outdoors, Ripley’s Aquarium of The Smokies was voted one of America’s 10 best for 2017.
No matter how you and your family choose to spend your time exploring our beautiful Smokies, you’ll find plenty to do and lots of fun to be had. Best of all, everything is conveniently located near your luxurious cabin rental, meaning your “home” is never far from the excitement. We will see you soon!