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Top 5 Gatlinburg Attractions You Don’t Want to Miss

Gatlinburg has something for everyone — from thrilling mountain coasters to scenic rides. When you visit the bustling mountain town, you will never run out of things to do. Our hotel is located right in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, which means you won’t have far to go to experience all of the fun. To help guarantee you have the best time while you’re here, we’ve made a list of the top 5 Gatlinburg attractions that you don’t want to miss.

1. Anakeesta

Anakeesta is an incredible family attraction that allows you to experience the magic in the mountains. Your adventure begins with a scenic Chondola ride to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain, during which you will see spectacular views of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. Once you reach the top, you will have endless opportunities for fun. Try the Dueling Zipline Adventure, which includes 3 side-by-side racing ziplings that are more than 150 feet above the ground and 2 rappels, or do the Tree Canopy Walk, which features 16 connected sky bridges each offering stunning views. Make sure to take the time to explore the shops and restaurants in Firefly Village before you leave!

2. Ober Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg trolley in front of Ober Gatlinburg signOber Gatlinburg continues to be one of visitors’ favorite Gatlinburg attractions. During the winter, hit the slopes for some skiing, snowboarding, and tubing fun! To keep cool during the summer, try the water rides! When you visit, be sure to ride the Ski Mountain Coaster, which puts riders in control of their own speed for 2,750 feet of turns and zig zags. You can take a leisurely cruise down the track, or race down at speeds up to 25 miles per hour! Other things to do at Ober Gatlinburg throughout the year include indoor ice skating, an alpine slide, mini golf and a scenic chairlift ride.

3. Gatlinburg Space Needle

For some of the most incredible views of the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg, visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle. This 407-foot observation tower offers 360-degree views that you have to see to believe they’re real. To get to the top, you’ll ride in a glass elevator that offers views along the way. After you see the sights, head back down to Arcadia, a 25,000 square-foot arcade with the latest video and redemption games and the area’s largest redemption center!

4. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

ripley's aquarium of the Smokies in GatlinburgWhile you’re in town, be sure to visit one of the top aquariums in the country! Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies allows the perfect opportunity for you to interact with your favorite aquatic animals. You can splash with stingrays, touch a jellyfish, feed a sea turtle, and even waddle with penguins! The aquarium even offers a Glass Bottom Boat Adventure, which takes visitors out into the middle of Shark Lagoon, just 3 inches of glass separating you from the 12-foot sharks that live there.

5. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Step into a world of weird when you visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Gatlinburg. This Gatlinburg attraction is back and stranger than ever! You can see the largest collection of weird and unusual items from all across the world. Some items you will see along your journey through the museum include the world’s tallest man, a two-trunked African elephant, a vampire killing kit, and so much more. There is even a tribute gallery to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which includes exhibits on synchronized fireflies and the tallest underground waterfall!

When you stay at our hotel, you will be just minutes away from all of these fun Gatlinburg attractions! Browse all the rooms at our hotel and book your stay today.