5 Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg With Kids

When you plan a family vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains, there are a ton of things to do in Gatlinburg with kids! You’ll find a wide variety of attractions everyone in your family will love. There won’t be any wondering what you’re going to do next! Check out these 5 fun things to do in Gatlinburg with kids:

1. Gatlinburg Space Needle

gatlinburg space needleKids love riding the glass elevator to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle. This attraction stands at 407 feet in the air, providing you with an incredible 360-degree view of downtown Gatlinburg and the mountains surrounding the city. Your whole family will love the view during the day and at night. In addition to being able to see the Smokies in a new way, you guys can enjoy escape games and a huge arcade the kids will love to play in. You can’t leave Gatlinburg without going to the Gatlinburg Space Needle!

2. Ober Gatlinburg

If your family is planning on being here during the winter, you definitely will want to check out Ober Gatlinburg. Snow is produced onsite for skiing and snowboarding, as well as snow tubing. While there’s plenty of fun winter activities Ober is known for, there are also other attractions for year-round fun! Everyone can ice skate throughout the year at the indoor rink and ride the aerial tram for cool views. Ride the mountain coaster, alpine coaster, and ice bumper cars for even more fun. You’ll also find plenty of activities for kids of all ages, from a carousel to swings to a playground. Head to Ober for a ton of fun!

3. Anakeesta

anakeesta sign at nightRide the chondolas up the side of a mountain and check out Anakeesta for one of the fun things to do in Gatlinburg with kids. Once you’re at the top, you’ll be able to do a ton of things! If you have little adventurers, go ziplining through the trees together and ride the rail runner. Walk around the Treehouse Village through the shops to grab some souvenirs. Take the kids on a walk through the Tree Canopy and then let them get their energy out on the Treehouse Village Playground. There’s also plenty of places to grab snacks and meals at Anakeesta.

4. Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

Your kids will love riding the classic Gatlinburg SkyLift while you’re in town. Get to the top of Crockett Mountain on the Gatlinburg SkyLift in the bright yellow chairs. When you get off the chair lift, you’ll be on the SkyDeck where you can take pictures in front of a beautiful mountain landscape and grab a snack and a drink at the cafe or bar. You will also be able to walk across the SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. In the middle of the bridge, there’s 3 glass panels where you can look down over the forest floor. Your kids will love this attraction!

5. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

ripley's aquarium of the smokiesKids of any age will love visiting Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. They get to see incredible creatures from the rainforest and the ocean. Your kids will also learn about these creatures, making it a fun and educational attraction. You will be able to touch jellyfish, horseshoe crabs, and manta rays. Ride on a moving conveyor under a huge tank full of sharks, fish, eels, and a sea turtle. Plus, you can watch penguins play together! Your kids won’t want to leave the aquarium!

There’s plenty of fun things to do in Gatlinburg with kids while you’re in town. Start planning your vacation today by booking a room with us! We hope to see you soon!