With so many things to do in Gatlinburg, there’s no way to see all the attractions in Gatlinburg. But, if this is your first time in Gatlinburg, there are a few Gatlinburg attractions you must visit. Or, if you’ve been before and somehow skipped these Gatlinburg attractions, be sure to visit them the next time you’re in town. Chances are they’ll become regular stops for you on every visit to Gatlinburg.
Also listed as one of the Top 5 Things to Do in Gatlinburg, the Gatlinburg Aquarium is a sight for all ages. Visitors to the Aquarium see every type of fish imaginable, along with crabs, octopuses, and sea turtles. And that’s merely a scratch on the surface. One of the highlights: toward the end of the trip, visitors get the opportunity to pet the stingrays.
Of course, the main event during any visit to Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg is the walk through the shark tank. The shark tank is built around the walkway; so, during your walk through the exhibit, sharks are literally swimming beside you, around you, and above you. Whether you’re 3 or 100, you’re sure to enjoy the Aquarium.
A ski resort in the winter; amusement park in the summer, there are so many things to do at Ober Gatlinburg, it could be granted its own zip code. During the winter months, Ober Gatlinburg visitors enjoy skiing, snow tubing, snow boarding, and ice skating; although, ice skating is also available in the summer.
The summer months provide visitors with multiple amusements, such as waterslides, wildlife exhibits (featuring a black bear), mini golf, an arcade, and a carousel. There’s also a maze and other various rides and slides.
Heck, even the transportation to Ober Gatlinburg is fun: the Aerial Tramway. Besides the attractions, Ober Gatlinburg also offers restaurants and shopping. Ober Gatlinburg is, indeed, a tourist destination within a tourist destination.
Take an elevator ride 400 feet to the Space Needle’s observation deck. The top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle provides what is likely the best view in Gatlinburg. Not only are you offered an aerial view of downtown Gatlinburg, but also a panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains. At a price of $7.95 for adults, $5.95 for children 5-12, and free for children under 5, there’s no excuse for not visiting the Space Needle to take in the gorgeous views. Besides, it only takes an hour at the absolute most. Discounted tickets can also be purchased in advance at their online store.
When you come down, stop by the arcade located on the ground level or have some of the best pizza in Gatlinburg at the Flying Saucer Italian Bistro, also located in the Space Needle. Even if you don’t play in the arcade or eat the pizza, the Space Needle is simply one of those things in Gatlinburg you have to see at least once.
Each of these Gatlinburg attractions are absolute can’t miss places. If you have your own list of can’t miss places, we’d love to hear it. Also, feel free to share your experiences with one of these Gatlinburg attractions.