Gatlinburg is nestled at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in America. There are three entrances to the Smokies from downtown Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg attracts more than 11 million visitors a year and can grow to a population of 40,000-plus on any given night. This little town of 4,000 + residents is dedicated to welcoming all of its guests with a taste of Appalachian hospitality at its best. Folks come from all over the world for vacations, outdoor adventures, family fun and memory-making.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Don’t leave the Smokies without visiting Ripley’s Aquarium. This is one of Gatlinburg’s most premier attractions and one look at the complex on River Road will show you why. Whole oceans worth of sea life await you and your family at Ripley’s Aquarium with video presentations, classes, divers, play area, interactive fun stuff, and African Penguins (you heard that right). Ripley’s Aquarium is also often the site for Gatlinburg’s special events. There is nothing to not love about the Aquarium, so make sure you don’t leave Gatlinburg without a visit! https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/
An icon in the large roster of attractions in Gatlinburg, Ober has been a site for many things for over 40 years in the city. In the winter time, it’s the only place for miles around to go for skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. In the warmer season, it’s a mountain-high family fun park with mini-golf, arcade, park rides, shops, indoor ice skating and more. www.obergatlinburg.com
The tallest structure in Gatlinburg is a center place for a good portion of the entertainment in the city. From the top of the tower, you can see for miles and miles around of the Smokies. At the bottom is Arcadia, a 25,000 square foot arcade and family entertainment center and Jon Dee’s Hypnotized Comedy Show. Watch for the Space Needle on New Years Eve where the city of Gatlinburg traditionally lines the whole structure up with fireworks and creates one of the most spectacular displays you’ll ever see. http://www.gatlinburgspaceneedle.com/
A big mountain-high village attraction managing to tower over and be absorbed by the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountains at the same time, Anakeesta Village is a family-oriented attraction area that is sort of a cross between Ober Gatlinburg and Gatlinburg’s own Village section of town. You take an airborne tram to reach a mountaintop destination that has a beautiful setting on its own while providing equally gorgeous views of Mt. LeConte. Other worthwhile attractions here include the Tree Top Canopy Walk, Ziplines, the Treehouse Playground, Gem Mining, a Mountain Coaster and more. https://www.anakeesta.com/
Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster
After becoming a big hit on Wears Valley Road, the people who own the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster brought one to North Gatlinburg to add a new unique attraction for visitors to enjoy. Come soar through the hills of the city like never before! www.smokymountainalpinecoaster.com
Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts
The reason the city is here – The Arts and Crafts Community is famous throughout the country as being the largest collection of independent artists and artisans in The U.S. Potters, painters, broom-makers, fine restaurants, sculptures, sketchers and incredible stores of all kinds could take days to see in full. http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com/
Few things are more thrilling to modern men than soaring through the skies and Gatlinburg Ziplines gives you the opportunity to see and experience the Smokies like you never have before! This is one of the most adrenaline-filled attractions you can find in Sevier County, and it’s well worth the visit no matter what time of the year you come to town. http://zipgatlinburg.com/
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre
Gatlinburg’s premier theater for serious comedy and theatrical entertainment enthusiasts, Sweet Fanny Adams has had 35 successful seasons in town with no signs of slowing down! If country music isn’t your thing, come to Sweet Fanny Adams for comedy stylings in the vein of Monty Python, Mel Brooks, and more. http://sweetfannyadams.com/
Guinness World of Records Museum
Consider this to a compliment to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. Also owned and managed by Ripley’s, Guinness World is a sister site where you can indulge in more interactive weirdness and awesome displays of official incredulity like the world’s tallest man, the world’s fattest woman, the longest jump by a human being and much more. The world’s most incredible display of dominos and much more! http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/
Christ in the Smokies
Formerly “Christus Gardens”, this is one of Gatlinburg’s oldest and most dignified attractions. Christ in the Smokies is a museum dedicated to the story and portrayal of Jesus Christ with over 100 life-sized wax figures and the famous “Carrera” face of Christ. http://www.christinthesmokies.com/
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
Whether you come for Halloween, Spring, Fourth of July or the end of the world, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure will give you some of the biggest scares of your life. Take a tour through a disturbing canal of death that used to be the Grimsby and Streaper Casket Company here in town and you won’t soon forget it; no matter how hard you try. https://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/haunted-adventure/
Gatlinburg Craftsmen Fair
A special event so large, Gatlinburg has to throw it several times a year! Arts and Crafts enthusiasts better make some big plans, because the Craftsmen Fairs are HUGE – taking place in the mammoth W.L. Mills auditorium in downtown Gatlinburg and routinely featuring over 100 artists and artisans from East TN and way beyond. http://www.craftsmenfair.com/
Drive by Three Jimmys on Glades Road next to Family Dollar on Highway 321 (Gatlinburg) and you’re sure to see a mostly full parking lot at any given night of the week. That’s how good this restaurant and bar has been in just under a year of service! Serves lunch and dinner, offers live music, entertainment, covered outdoor patio, catering services, banquet room rental, and the best beer for miles around! www.threejimmys.com.
The premiere steakhouse in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Alamo specializes in EVERYTHING you came to the South to enjoy – Texas-sized steaks, ribs, chicken, burgers and even some seafood items to keep things interesting! See their full menu at www.alamosteakhouse.com.
Having been in the BBQ business in Sevier County for over 20 years, Bennetts has racked up in impressive amount of awards for their food and service; winning “Best Ribs, Best BBQ” again as recently as 2012. They also serve amazing chicken, sausage, catfish, pork shoulder, brisket, and more. See their full menu at www.bennetts-bbq.com.
The Smoky Mountain Brewery
One of the area’s favorite hangouts for visitors and locals alike, the Brewery is part, well, brewery, and part restaurant specializing in ribs, wings, pizzas and half-priced pizzas on Tuesday nights, sandwiches, burgers, spaghetti and a ton of other items on the menu. http://www.smoky-mtn-brewery.com.
The Peddler Steakhouse
How would you like a proper fancy dinner at one of Gatlinburg’s oldest restaurants where a fat, succulent steak, cooked over hickory charcoal is waiting for you next to some mountain trout or prime rib, New York cheesecake or hot blackberry cobbler. This is one of many amazing food combinations you’ll find at The Peddler Steakhouse. Wine Menu also available. http://peddlergatlinburg.com.
Wild Boar Saloon
Formerly Howard’s in Gatlinburg, but with the added advantage that is both a new restaurant, and the original restaurant available upon request. Some of the best steaks and steak burgers, roast beef sandwiches, grilled pork chops, chicken sandwich platters and much more just waiting for you to take your next trip to Gatlinburg! http://www.bestitalian.com/wild_boar_saloon.html
When you drive down the main street and, at any given day during the morning, you see a line from the outside of the door extending around to the inside of the Village just to get in and EAT, you know you’re looking at the best pancake restaurant in the city! Chocolate chip pancakes, sweet potato pancakes, cherry waffles, pecan waffles, western omelettes, breakfast cereals with banana slices and much more! www.pancakepantry.com
The Best Italian
Not just a boastful name, “The Best Italian” proves itself to many a visitor with starting rounds of their famous “garlic knots” and continues on with some of the best homemade pizza you’ll find in the city, or Filet Tips Linguini, Chicken Linguini with White Sauce, Tenderloin Tips Marsala and more amazing Italian dishes that earned them the name on this listing. www.bestitalian.com
If ever you needed to find a restaurant with a real mountain atmosphere in Gatlinburg; off the beaten path but offering some of the highest quality and highest class surroundings with views of the Smokies off in the distance, Greenbrier is where you want to go. Tucked back in the greenery like an exclusive secret, romantic dinners and special occasions are what Greenbrier is all about! www.greenbrierrestaurant.com.
A fan-favorite and a burst of color for the restaurant scene in the Smokies, Mellow Mushroom is a pizza restaurant offering pies with illustrious names like “Funky Q Chicken” “Magical Mystery Tour”, “Kosmic Karma”, “Mega Veggie”, “Mellowterranean” and more. Located on the parkways of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. http://mellowmushroom.com/store/pigeonforge
Previously Black Bear Grill, Crystelle Creek may seem like a new restaurant to returning visitors, but it’s largely the same high quality food, service, and romantic atmosphere subdued by the surrounding mountain wall and babbling brook underneath. If you’re new to restaurants altogether, come expecting wonderful dishes containing Steak Burgers, Catfish, Ribeye Steaks, Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Fried Chicken and much more! www.crystellecreek.com
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City Homepage – https://www.gatlinburg.com/
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City Shopping Guide – https://www.gatlinburg.com/to-do/shopping/
News – https://www.gatlinburg.com/news/
Government – https://www.gatlinburgtn.gov/