Gatlinburg Things to Do

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  • 1. Cades Cove

    We went because we heard it was a pretty scenic drive and chance of spotting a bear. I really wanted some pics of black bears but didn't get any .. I did get that pic but I did see a small bear .. it...

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  • 2. Taste the moonshine

    Fun for the over 21 crowd. Tiny cups of a wide variety of flavors with entertainment by lively employees who encourage you to give it a try. Hesitant tasters...

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  • 3. Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

    My husband was going for a hike, and I decided to stay behind. I had seen the museum before on previous trips to Gatlinburg, and it sounded like a hoot, so I...

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  • 4. Cades Cove

    Cades Cove is a one-way, 11-mile paved loop within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which showcases many historic buildings from the 1800's. Many open...

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  • 5. Hike to Laurel Falls (GSMNP)

    Laurel Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the park and parking at the trailhead is limited. The area is especially busy on weekends year-round and...

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  • 6. Hike the Abrams Falls trail (GSMNP)

    Abrams Falls is waterfall at the end of a hiking trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (TN) named after Cherokee Chief Abram, whose village was...

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  • 7. Adventure Golf

    This unique mini golf course is in nearby Pigeon Forge. The fun decor and beginner level course are perfect for families with kids...or for any non-serious...

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  • 8. Ripley Aquarium of the Smokies

    This is one of my all time favorite aquariums. I've been here three times, and every trip is memorable. The aquarium is home to more than 350 different species,...

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  • 9. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

    This museum was a lot of fun. Though it's a little outdated, it's still interesting if you take the time to read the descriptions on the displays. There's a...

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  • 10. Climb to Clingman's Dome

    At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is Great Smoky Mountains National Park's highest point. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the second highest point east of...

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  • 11. Golfing on a smaller scale

    If you like miniture golf you will love Davy Crocket Golf. They are located just as you enter Gatlinburg. They offer two seperate 18 hole courses, each complete...

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  • 12. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

    This aquarium is way-cool. Must see! Several levels... from the walk-through shark tank thingy, to the manta rays that smile down at you... the fish tube kids...

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  • 13. Ripley's Moving Theater

    Ripley owns alot of attractions downtown. This one is also located on the parkway. I have not been to this attraction yet, but it seems very popular. I shows...

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  • 14. Ripleys Believe it or Not

    This is the usual "believe it or not" stuff just like in the book. I went once and enjoyed it, but its not something you would do over and over. Like stated in...

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  • 15. Cades Cove

    Take some time to enjot the Cades Cove Loop Raod. It is a short drice from Gatlinburg and well worth the time. You will love the history behind cades cove. You...

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  • 16. Forbidden Caverns

    Go to "FORBIDDEN CAVERNS" in Sevierville, TN. Open daily except Sunday, April through November, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, December, January,...

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  • 17. Ripley's Aquarium

    I have been to many a aquarium across the world but this absolutely takes the cake! The number of weird sea animals you get to see here is amazing! We love...

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  • 18. Space Needle

    An easy non crowded means of seeing the mountains around gatlinburg. Once you get to the top there are telescopes that point to the horizons. Nothing great to...

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  • 19. Explore Gatlinburg

    Gatlinburg is a very nice town, touristy of course, but nice to explore for half a day. There are some attractions you can visit if you want to (the aquarium,...

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  • 20. Forbidden Caverns

    This is a very nice cave to visit while vacationing in the Gatlinburg area. The cave is located in Sevierville, a short drive from Gatlinburg. The cave was open...

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  • 21. Chimney Tops

    There are several stops where you can park your car and take a look at the chimney tops. It was really sad to see all the big trees dying because of the hemlock...

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  • 22. Newfound Gap and Rockefeller Memorial

    Newfound Gap marks the borderline between Tennessee and North Carolina. It is also the place where you will see the Rockefeller Memorial stand where president...

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  • 23. Clingmans Dome

    Clingmans Dome is the highest peak in Tennessee and the third highest in North Carolina. It is also the highest point along the Appalachian Trail, the 2174 mile...

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  • 24. Cades Cove: Cable Mill

    The water powered cable mill was built by John Cable in late 1860s. The mill was operated by family members well into the 20th century when it was shut down...

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  • 25. Cades Cove: Cane Mill and Molasses Furnace

    Molasses making was one of the events that used to gather people together. Sorghum mills were used to squeeze the juice from stalks of cane. The juice was...

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    Oct 1, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    One of our favorite family vacation spots. We take the whole family one or twice a year total of 12 of us ranging from 1 year old grand child to 91 year old mother in law. There is something for everyone and all ages in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge area. We have found we love the fall October early November the best although we have been there in March, April, June and September.

    Our favorite place to eat is old Mill for lunch or dinner and Pancake Pantry for breakfast.. There are several pancake places but non are as yummy as Pancake Pantry in Gaitlinburg on main drag. we have seen pretty much all shows and dinner theaters and have not found any to have a bad show or food. Love the Hatfield and McCoys been there 4 time and Dixie Stampeed is always a winner and we have seen several Christmas show and the regular show as well and both are amazing. Comedy barn is corny but hilarious. been there twice. Titanic is really great and one of our favorite attractions. cirque Sol is hold your breath excitement. Country Tonight, Smokey Mountain Opry both are great shows. Lumber Jack show very very good. Magic show was awesome but think it has since closed. One of our favorite things in Pigeon Forge besides the go cars and arcades is.. The Three Bears General Store not only can you do some shopping but you get to see a whole bunch of real black bears to feed and enjoy. we go there several times a week when we are in the area. So beautiful and entertaining.

    Cades Cove is Spectacular but make sure you have lots of time. The 7 mile one way loop out of Gatlinburg is a wonderful drive its one of our favorite drives but unless government gets funded soon I guess we will miss these things this October. Keep in Mind there are many many things to do!

    Dicks food and spirits is on the main drag in Gatlinburg. Lots of fun, but do not go there if you do not have a fun loving sense of humor cause its their jobs to treat you just like the name says. first time eating there they threw the silverware and place mats on table and told my 15 year old grandchild that since she found it more important to use the restroom than get to table on time she could just set the table. then when my daughter ask for a small glass of water with her beer, ... they provided her with a ketchup cup (about 1 once) with a little tiny straw about 2 inches long. they are rude. crude but sooooo funny! But saw many people with little anger flairs over the nonsense. but we love it.

    Hope everyone enjoys the Great Smoky Mountains as much as we do.