Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Best Things to Do In Gatlinburg to Keep Cool

From bowling to magical adventures, there’s no shortage of amazing things to do when it gets a little too hot to be outdoors here in Gatlinburg! If you’re looking to keep cool on your next trip to the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, here are a few things to do in Gatlinburg to keep in mind:

Gatlinburg Community Center

If you’re looking to beat the heat this summer in Gatlinburg, then there are few better cooler places you can find by heading down to the Gatlinburg Community Center! Located right in the heart of Gatlinburg, the Community Center is a 52,000 square foot facility that offers something fun for everyone! An indoor swimming pool, bowling center, large fitness area, racquetball courts… you name it, they have it. The Gatlinburg Community Center truly can be fun for the entire family and is a great way to spend a day indoors and keep cool.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Highly rated as one of the best family attractions in all of Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is the perfect day adventure! Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is home to a wide variety of ocean and marine life for you to discover, including sharks, manta rays, penguins, and so much more! Uncover the mysteries of the coral reef from the Indo-Pacific Ocean, or get up close and personal with the ocean’s most terrifying predators at the shark lagoon… the choice is yours! Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is an amazing day adventure that is both educational and exciting for the whole family.


Want something a little different for the kids to enjoy? Then take a trip up the road to Pigeon Forge and visit MagiQuest: the interactive and live-action role-playing game! MagiQuest puts players right in the heart of a magical fantasy land and gives them the power of true sorcerers and witches (with real magic wands too!). There are three different adventures to embark on, and each will have players combining their new magical powers with their resourcefulness to solve the mysteries of the game. MagiQuest is the perfect day adventure for kids of all ages, and is a great way to keep cool and have fun!

Whether you decide to explore the depths of the oceans with sharks or solve the mysteries of a magical world, make sure that on your next Gatlinburg vacation you reserve one of the Cabin Rental’s Store’s properties to come home to! The Cabin Rental Store has a number of amazing rental properties all throughout the Gatlinburg area, and there’s no better place to recharge your batteries and relax after a long day of exploring everything the Great Smoky Mountains has to offer. So, don’t wait – contact us to make your reservation and to learn more about things to do in Gatlinburg!

Fireworks in the skies above Gatlingburg 4th of July festivities

Best Places to Watch Gatlinburg 4th of July Fireworks

There are few places in the United States that celebrate the 4th of July better than here in Gatlinburg, where we make sure that our celebration is not only the first but also the most memorable! Here’s how you can have an unforgettable Gatlinburg 4th of July!

The Very First Independence Day Parade in the Nation!

There are few towns in all of America that take more pride in their country than Gatlinburg, and on the Gatlingburg 4th of July every single year, we make sure to show it! How? By being the first town in the country to celebrate of course! For over 40 years Gatlinburg has kicked off the 4th of July for the rest of America by hosting the very first Independence Day Parade, literally, at 12:01 AM! The parade route runs from the traffic light at #1A on East Parkway and through downtown, and the parade proudly honors our nation’s veterans and the freedom they’ve provided us with their sacrifice. This is a small-town American parade with big heart, and something you need to make sure to experience to make your day complete!

Cap off the Night with the Gatlinburg 4th of July  Fireworks Finale

We make sure that the Gatlingburg 4th of July not only starts with a bang, but also ends with a bigger one! This year the town of Gatlinburg will be hosting their annual Gatlinburg Fireworks Finale, which is by far the best fireworks extravaganza you’ll find in all of Tennessee! With the Great Smoky Mountains serving as the perfect backdrop, at 10 PM the skies above Gatlinburg will ignite with a fireworks show that is simply breathtaking. You’ll want to make sure to claim your spot to get the best views early, and the best viewing areas are around traffic lights #3 and #5.

It’s certainly true: Nobody in the Great Smoky Mountains region does 4th of July better than Gatlinburg, and if you’re planning on spending your holiday this year here with us, there is no better place to stay than with The Cabin Rental Store! The Cabin Rental Store is the premier property rental company in all of Gatlinburg, and we have a number of amazing properties available all throughout town that are ready for you to rent right now! No matter what size home you may need, you can be confident that The Cabin Rental Store will exceed expectations. So don’t wait: Check out all of the amazing properties we have available and secure your spot today!

kayaking in Gatlinburg

Canoeing and Kayaking in Gatlinburg

It should come as no surprise that Gatlinburg, Tennessee—also known as the Gateway to the Smoky Mountains—is famous for its outdoor Gatlinburg activities. Hiking, biking, jogging, and exploring are a couple of the well known activities, but we can’t forget to include water-related adventures as well. Kayaking in Gatlinburg and canoeing are two such “wonderful” experiences that are guaranteed to make your upcoming Gatlinburg vacation a memorable one!

Walking trails along the banks of Little Pigeon River can be a great way to while away some extra hours of your getaway, especially since your Cabin Rental Store vacation home may be located close by, but don’t you want to get out there and FULLY experience the joys of nature as you peacefully paddle your way through some of the most beautiful landscape in all the world? Here’s how you can bring the vacation fun to the next level during your stay!

Renting the Equipment

We’re pretty sure you won’t be packing a canoe, kayak, or any of the equipment that goes along with this type of adventure in your carry-on, so your first stop will be finding a spot to rent the equipment! Because outdoor activities rank so high here in our hometown, the plethora of equipment rental places available can make it difficult for you to choose the right one—which is where we come in!

River Romps Tubes and Kayak Rentals in nearby Sevierville is a great place to start. Offering lifejackets, shuttles, and tubing tours along with the kayak rentals, their inexpensive prices make this a budget friendly way to explore Little Pigeon River. River Run Canoe & Tubing, also in Sevierville, is where you want to go for your canoe; the adventures never end on your Smoky Mountain vacation! Even better, both these places offer guided tours, allowing you to fully enjoy the experience without worries or fears!

Where to Go for Kayaking in Gatlinburg

Now that you have your equipment, where do you take it to get it wet? Chances are you will be cruising on whatever waterway is nearest to where you rented your equipment, but just in case, here are a few places that will guarantee the fun continues when you go kayaking in Gatlinburg!

The Pigeon River and its counterpart, the Little Pigeon River, offer a mixture of tranquil waters, rocky rapids, and breathtaking scenery! Douglas Lake is another fun place to paddle around and is large enough that you can still find some tranquil and secluded spots in spite of its popularity. Be sure to enjoy some kayaking in Gatlinburg for your next trip!

The Cabin Rental Store Keeps the Fun in Your Gatlinburg Vacation

A vacation home can make or break your entire vacation, and the cabins we offer feature only the finest in luxury amenities, located near all that is wonderful about the Smoky Mountains. Contact us today to book one of our vacation rentals and to learn more about Gatlinburg activities! Learn more about us now!

Gatlinburg Rental Properties

Family Reunions in Gatlinburg

With spacious Gatlinburg rental properties like ours, you could fit an entire extended family under a single roof. In fact, we even recommend it!

Much to Do, and Memories to Make

The beautiful Smoky Mountains and the excitement of Gatlinburg combine to make any family reunion full of fun. Outdoor activities abound—the family can try their hand at zip-lining, skiing, ropes courses, or old-fashioned hiking. Gatlinburg also hosts an aquarium, as well as the marvels of Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium, Mirror Maze, and Moving Theater. It’s the ideal town for family fun!

Of course, with larger groups, it’s reasonable to split up. Some folks can enjoy our golf courses (or miniature golf), while others enjoy Westgate Wild Bear Falls, a year-round waterpark, and still others can go shopping and see what souvenirs they can score. And at the end of the day, everyone can reconvene back at the cabin.

Larger Cabin, Better Reunion

Our larger properties are ideal for fitting together large groups of people, vastly improving the quality of the reunion time. Instead of a tangle of group texts, have everyone talk about plans over breakfast and reminisce about old times on the carpool to your Gatlinburg activity. When you come back, you can talk about your exciting day over dinner—there’s plenty of room at the table! With everyone together, you can maximize how much of your reunion you get to spend with family.

The Biggest and the Best

There’s no need to worry about how large the family is. With a rental cabin from The Cabin Rental Store, just name your number and we’ll have something for you! Do you have thirty people staying together? Forty? Fifty? We’ve got cabins of ten to even 28 bedrooms that’ll fit everyone and have plenty of room leftover! Room for what, you may wonder? Just check our amenities—some come with pools, some their own golf courses, some have game rooms—there’s plenty to do without leaving the house!

Regardless of size, our properties all enjoy TVs and fully-stocked kitchens, not to mention comfortable furniture. Best of all, there will be a vacation specialist assigned to you to make sure your stay is the best you can imagine.

If you’re planning a family reunion, we can’t recommend our Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge properties enough. Browse our listings and discover for yourself all we have to offer. Call us at 877 301 0776 for reservations or questions—we want to make this family reunion perfect for the photo album!