It is not just the number of family activities available in Gatlinburg, but the variety. There is something for the adventurous, athletic, artistic, the young, the old and everyone in between. The following are just some of the opportunities available to make great family memories.
The more daring may choose to soar over the beautiful Gatlinburg scenery, skimming the treetops on one of the many zip lines available. For a truly breathtaking ride, reserve time at sunset. Those preferring a more sheltered journey should try the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster. You are in control of your speed as you glide down the mountain course.
At the Ripley’s Believe it or Not complex, the Moving Theater offers a 5D experience with incredible special effects. Become part of the animation as the theater seats sway back and forth in response to the action on screen. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies spotlights amazing sea creatures with chances to get up close and personal with them. Pet a penguin, swim with stingrays or even have a pajama party as you watch the sharks. Stroll through exhibits at the Guinness World Records location. A number of challenging games are part of this experience. Follow the lights and giggles as you and your family make your way through the Mirror Maze. Not for the faint of heart, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is a thrill a minute as live characters take you through their spooky surroundings.
Supernatural adventures continue at the Ghost and Haunt Tours of Gatlinburg. Follow your guide on a two-hour journey as you listen to area stories from the past, and search for ghosts using fun equipment.
A great way to cool off and relax is to visit the Wild Bear Falls Water Park. Located inside the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort, this enclosed park features a tree house with slides, a lazy river style ride, tube slides, a swimming area and hot tubs.
Ober Gatlinburg is the perfect place for a day of family fun. From alpine slides, ice skating and mini-golf to the carousel, kiddie park and nature center, this park is fun for all ages.
Families with older children will find escape games a memorable way to spend time together. The Captured is a problem-solving adventure as you and your group use clues to plot your escape from your chosen room for which there is no obvious way out. Headcase Escape Adventures features several themed rooms where staff members offer riddles and puzzles to help you plot your escape. Oh yes, there is some technology involved. This is a great team experience.
Nature lovers can’t get enough of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore the park on foot, by bicycle or automobile, or on an exhilarating horseback ride. Gaze at the amazing waterfalls, fish in over 2,000 miles of streams, observe wildlife in their natural habitat, or enjoy hundreds of wildflowers. Families can spend their entire vacation in this spectacular natural resource.
When you choose a Gatlinburg cabin rental for your family vacation, you will never be bored.