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The Smoky Mountains have so many opportunities for couples, families, and friends to connect and enjoy being together. From skiing to bonfires, there is something that everyone will enjoy and remember for a lifetime. Checking out the National Parks is one way to get your Smokies trip started.

Outdoor recreation ideas

Things to Do in the Winter in the SmokiesWaterfall hikes
Guided night hiking
White water rafting
Shopping galore
Circus golf
Zipline adventures
Horseback riding
Night skiing

The Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area & Amusement Park

Located on Ski Mountain Road off from Interstate 441, the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area has tons of activities for people to enjoy like the Ski Mountain Coaster and Snow Tubing Park. Go ice skating or take a scenic tour on the chairlift. You can watch bears and otters play. There is even a special birds of prey area to watch eagles and owls as they eat in the aviary.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

Walk through the Ripley’s Haunted House and experience scary frights and ghoulish life forms. Live actors participate in the haunting, and their costumes will make you cower in fear. Visit the Odditorium, play games and mini-golf, and take a trip through the mirror maze. There is also an aquarium on-site.

Gatlin’s Smoky Mountain Fun

Formerly known as Fort Fun, Gatlin’s Smoky Mountain Fun is a place where the whole family can feel like a kid. Ride in the bumper cars, play mini-golf, laser tag, and tons of games. You can even go mining for gems.

Hollywood Star Cars Museum

Take the kids to see the cars from the Fast and Furious 7. Tour the Hollywood Star Cars Museum and see famous vehicles from Hollywood movies from the last five decades. See the General Lee, Eleanor, and the DeLorean from Back to the Future. You can even get your picture taken in many of the vehicles.

Other Places to Visit in the Smokies

Shoot em up Cinemas
Westgate Wild Bear Falls
World of Illusions
Amazing Mirror Maze
Earthquake the Ride
Fannie Farkle’s
Cooter’s Place in the Smokies
Shop til you fall over in the Smoky Mountains
Mountain Mall
The Wood Whittlers
The Jewelry Spot
Nantahala Outdoor Center
The Smoky Mountain Angler
Village Candles
Misty Mountain Soap Co.
Ely’s Mill
Pepper Palace
Paula Deen Store
Fowler’s Clay Works
Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen
Doc’s Magic and Fun Shop
Old Town Photos

You will never fit everything you want to do in one trip to the Smokies. A yearly vacation to the Smoky Mountains can give your family the chance to make lifetime memories.

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