10Best Takes the Kids to Gatlinburg

Smoky Mountain destination near Pigeon Forge keeps kids smiling

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Content Manager and Greenville Local Expert

Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a fun-filled family destination in the heart of the popular Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.  Here are the 10 Best reasons why kids love to go there:

1. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Penguins, sharks, dolphins and more await your family in this state-of-the-art aquarium, located in the heart of downtown.  You'll be amazed at how great it is. 

2. Space Needle

Kids love to ride the glass elevator 400' up to a 360-degree observation deck.  Parents don't mind, either, unless they have a fear of heights! 

3. Aerial Tramway

Gatlinburg has another way to show off - from a seat aboard its aerial tramway.  The ride departs from downtown and goes up to Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park. Aerial Tramway offers exciting ride, views
Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan

4. Deep-Fried Candy Bars

Okay, your dentist might not agree, nor your nutritionist, but for a rib-tickling memorable vacation treat, let the kids indulge in a deep-fried Snickers. 

5. Arcades Galore

Gatlinburg has so many arcades, you can't move without running into one.  Kids will be hard-pressed to choose which one to go to, so just pick one and watch them have the time of their life.

6. Mini-Golf

You'll have a hard time deciding whether each of you is skilled or lucky when you make a great shot.   Mini-golf is a great way for kids to compete with grown-ups.Mini Golf is Gatlinburg staple
Photo courtesy of Valerie Everett
 

7. Pancakes

Gatlinburg offers more pancakes per square mile than any place in America, by our estimates.  Get them loaded with whatever you like, then pour on the syrup.   Kids who love pancakes will think they've died and gone to heaven when they see the pancake signs lining downtown streets. Gatlinburg is Pancake Crazy
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8. Ziplining

This new activity is taking Gatlinburg by storm, and the Smokies are a beautiful place to see from above the canopy.  Safe and exciting, ziplining is fun for the whole family.

9. Ripley's Believe it or Not

Whether your kids like gross, scary, funny or just plain weird, they'll find it at Ripley's, in spades.

10.  The Great Outdoors! 

The Smokies are popular because it's cool and beautiful there in summer; and gorgeous in both spring and fall.  If your crew likes to be outdoors, then Gatlinburg is an affordable, beautiful, easy-to-reach destination which will keep everyone happy.  Pack the sneakers and the hiking boots!  



About Libby McMillan

Libby lives a few hours from Gatlinburg and always enjoys cornmeal pancakes when she visits.

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