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Things To Do With Kids in Gatlinburg

There's nothing like a fantastic family getaway to Gatlinburg, Tennessee filled with snowbound adventures or summertime excursions that are sure to be a thrill-a-minute for you and your young ones! Check out all of these kid-friendly things to do in and around Tennessee's most beautiful outdoor town, as you get set for the family vacation of a lifetime!


Mountain Trails

Gatlinburg, nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, offers a plethora of hiking trails that cater to both beginners and seasoned hikers. As you traverse these paths, you'll be greeted with breathtaking vistas, cascading waterfalls, and the melodious chirping of birds. The lush greenery, combined with the serenity of nature, makes every step a rejuvenating experience. Whether you're seeking a tranquil walk or a challenging hike, Gatlinburg's trails won't disappoint.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Dive into an underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium. From interactive touch pools to mesmerizing shark tunnels, kids can get up close with marine life, making it an educational and entertaining experience they won't forget.

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

Add a dash of thrill to your family trip with the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the winding tracks amidst the scenic beauty of the Smoky Mountains, combining adventure with nature's charm.

Gatlinburg Space Needle

Elevate your family's experience by visiting the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Offering panoramic views of the town and the surrounding mountains, it's a sight that will leave kids in awe. The arcade at the base is an added bonus for some gaming fun.

Mini-Golf Adventures

Gatlinburg boasts several themed mini-golf courses that promise a fun-filled time for the whole family. From courses set in fantasy worlds to those that offer a taste of the region's history, it's a playful way to spend an afternoon.

Interactive Museums

Museums like the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum or the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium offer interactive exhibits that are both educational and entertaining, ensuring kids remain engaged and intrigued throughout the visit.

Wildlife Encounters in the Smokies

The Smoky Mountains are home to a diverse range of wildlife. Take your kids on guided tours where they can spot animals like black bears, deer, and various bird species in their natural habitat, making it a learning experience like no other.

Arts & Crafts Community

Let your kids discover their creative side at Gatlinburg's Arts & Crafts Community. With numerous workshops and demonstrations, they can learn about traditional crafts, pottery, painting, and more, igniting their artistic passions.

Magic Shows & Performances

Gatlinburg's theaters often host magic shows and kid-friendly performances that promise to leave your little ones spellbound. With dazzling tricks and engaging narratives, it's a magical experience for the whole family.

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