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10 Downtown Gatlinburg Attractions to Visit with Your Family

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Walking up and down the downtown Gatlinburg strip not only provides amazing mountain views and quaint souvenir shops but also some of the most exciting attractions you’ve ever seen! Check out these 10 downtown Gatlinburg attractions to visit with your family:

1. Anakeesta

anakeesta at nightAnakeesta is an adventure park set above downtown Gatlinburg in the breath-taking Smoky Mountains. You can play, shop, eat, and relax surrounded by the best views of the mountains. A few of the activities include ziplines, tree top skybridge, mountain coaster, gem mining, and a treehouse village adventure kids of all ages will love.

2. The Village Shops

The unique shops at The Village Shops will transport you and your family back to a simpler time filled with local shops, amazing homemade food, and a beautiful fountain in the center. Stroll through the stone streets and browse the 27 shops for a relaxing morning or afternoon.

3. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

You and your family could easily spend most of the day at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! From petting penguins to splashing with stingrays, you’ll discover new animals and learn more about the ocean than you could imagine. Their calendar of events is packed with new and exciting activities and exhibits, so there’s something everyone will enjoy doing!

4. Hillbilly Golf

Miniature golf is an activity families will enjoy. At Hillbilly Golf, you can play 18 holes of putt putt on a course that is built on the side of the mountain. It is one of Gatlinburg’s oldest attractions and is definitely an activity you will not want to miss!

5. Ole Red Gatlinburg

ole red restaurantsBlake Shelton’s Ole Red restaurant will not disappoint after a busy day of activities. You will enjoy amazing food, live music 7 days a week, and a gift shop! Whether eating here has been on your bucket list or you’re craving a good burger, don’t skip this one-of-a-kind restaurant. You never know who might show up while you’re there!

6. Ripley’s Attractions

Ripley’s attractions are enjoyed by people of all ages.There are 8 Ripley’s attractions in Gatlinburg, including the Believe It or Not Odditorium, the Haunted Adventure, and the Marvelous Mirror Maze. No matter which Ripley attraction you choose, your whole family will not believe what they see! You can even save some money by taking advantage of their combo passes that combine your aquarium tickets with other Ripley attractions of your choice.

7. Gatlinburg Space Needle

gatlinburg space needle in gatlinburg tennesseeVisiting the Gatlinburg Space Needle is something you have to experience. This panoramic view reveals the beauty of Gatlinburg from over 400 feet in the air! At the top, you’ll learn about the history of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains, all while taking in the beautiful views.

8. Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster

The Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster is a thrilling ride through the mountains. You can control the speed of this coaster, and you can reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour! They have also opened a mountain glider, the first of its kind ever, safely gliding you over the treetops of the mountains.

9. Gatlin’s Escape Games

gatlin's fun centerGatlin’s escape rooms are fun activities for your family that take interactive entertainment to a whole new level! With three different themes to choose from, your family will love the challenge and may want to go back and try all three! If you want the place to yourself, book your own private escape room party for your group!

10. Hollywood Star Cars Museum

For the car-lover in your family, take them to the Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Many of the classics from your favorite movies! Even your kids will love seeing all of the old and new cars. Not only can you relive Hollywood history, you can also buy collectibles and an in-the-car photo in the gift shop!

Downtown Gatlinburg attractions will keep your days filled with laughter and fun. Book one of our Gatlinburg cabins with us today and begin your family vacation!