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Things to Do in Gatlinburg

From the shopping and dining of downtown to all of the things to do in the Smoky Mountains, there's no end to all you can see and do when you getaway to Gatlinburg. The city and surrounding areas offer some of the most fun things to do in Tennessee. Walk with the sharks in the enormous underwater tunnel of Ripley's Aquarium in the Smokies. Hit the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg. Take in a sky-high view from the tramway or Space Needle. Take the kids go-cart racing, or test your skills at some of the wildest mini-golf courses you'll ever find. There are arcades, shows and amazing Gatlinburg attractions around every corner.

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The Dukesof Hazzards store and museum showcases exhibits and memorabilia from the hit TV series, which was broadcast from 1979-1985. Cooter's Place is the brainchild of Ben Jones, who portrayed Cooter Davenport, expert mechanic and loyal sidekick to the Duke boys. View the famous 1969 Dodge Charger known as the General Lee, as well as Cooter's Wrecker, Daisy's Jeep and Roscoe P. Coltrane's Police Car, among dozens of other exhibits, including costumes, props and rare photos.

Visit Online: http://www.cootersplace.com/museum/gatlinburg/

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ripleys_aquarium_copy.jpgRipley's Aquarium of the Smokies

The state-of-the-art Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies features a fascinating 1.4-million-gallon aquarium that is home to more than 8,000 exotic sea creatures, including giant Japanese Spider Crabs and dangerous Red Bellied Piranhas. Take an incredible journey through the world's longest underwater aquarium tunnel on a 340-foot glide path and view deadly 11-foot-long sharks, as well as moray eels and stingrays. Dive and fish feeding shows take place every hour. Explore marine life seven miles down at the new Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ABYSS attraction, which contains more than 40 fascinating interactive exhibits. View other exciting exhibits such as Tropical Rain Forest, Coral Reef, Shark Lagoon, Discovery Center, Gallery of the Seas and Touch-A-Ray Bay.

Visit Online: http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/

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gatlinburg-attractions_s01_copy.jpgRipley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium

Take a self-guided tour through strange exhibits and oddities secured by the museum's founder, Robert Ripley, who traveled to 1998 countries and was known as the "modern Marco Polo." Hundreds of bizarre artifacts, including genuine shrunken heads and the world-famous Fiji Mermaid, can be viewed at the three-floor Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum.

 

Visit Online:  http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/

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RDC3_copy.jpgRipley's Davy Crockett Mini Golf

Join the fun at the newest miniature golf attraction in the Smokies! Billed as the “world’s most interactive, state-of-the-art mini-golf course,” Ripley’s Davy Crockett offers golfers the opportunity to play two unique 18-hole courses full of animated animals and offbeat props such as a “hillbilly outhouse.” Also look for the "Bluegrass Critter Band."

 

Visit Online: http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/your-visit/ripleys-mini-golfs/

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06-050406RHA-Building_copy.jpgRipley's Haunted Adventure

An old haunted factory that was once home to the "Grimsby & Streaper" Casket Company (Est. 1891), along with ghoulish-looking live actors and incredible special effects, combine to make for a horrifically entertaining experience at Ripley's Haunted Adventure. Take a self-guided tour through the 3-story, mazelike structure and prepare to be scared out of your wits! Enter at your own risk!

 

Visit Online: http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/your-visit/ripleys-haunted-adventure/

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RMM2_copy.jpgRipley's Marvelous Mirror Maze

Ripley’s Enchanted Mirror Maze is one of the most exciting and unique attractions that the entire family can enjoy! See infinite reflections of yourself in every direction! Encounter surprising corners, dead ends and continuous circles! Never the same experience twice!

 

Visit Online: http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/your-visit/marvelous-mirror-maze/

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ripley-s-moving-theater_copy.jpgRipley's Moving Theater

Buckle up and prepare for a wild ride as the 3D virtual reality simulator, giant screen and digital surround sound at Ripley's Moving Theater allow you to TRULY experience all the excitement of an action-packed movie! Located in downtown Gatlinburg, Ripley's Moving Theater boasts "dynamic live action" and is open 365 days a year.

 

Visit Online: http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/your-visit/ripleys-3d-moving-theater/

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Gatlinburg-Space-Needle_copy.jpgSpace Needle

Travel 342 feet above downtown Gatlinburg in a glass elevator to a towering observation deck for incredible, 360-degree views of Gatlinburg and the surrounding Smoky Mountains. The ground floor of the Gatlinburg Space Needle contains Arcadia, a family fun center with video games, Laser Tag, pool tables and air hockey, as well as an indoor championship miniature golf. Don't miss Gatlinburg's New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Pyrotechnics Show on December 31, at the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Billed as "The Family Fun Center with a View!"

Vist Online: http://www.gatlinburgspaceneedle.com/

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Formerly Christus Gardens, the inspirational Christ in the Smokies Museum features incredibly realistic life-size figures, dramatic settings depicting the life of Christ, a remarkable sculpture of Christ and gift shop.

 

Visit Online: http://christinthesmokies.com/

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-tmp-jpg25vivu_644_427_copy.jpgGatlinburg Aerial Tramway

One of America's Largest Aerial Tramways departs regularly from downtown Gatlinburg, going directly to the Ski Resort and Amusement Park. The two 120 -passenger counter-balanced cars provide an experience for all ages, from the young to the young at heart. The convenience of parking your car downtown and taking the tram is just one of the things we do at Ober Gatlinburg to make your experience a pleasant one.

Visit Online: http://www.obergatlinburg.com/activity/aerial-tramway/

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gatlinburg-ziplines_copy.jpgGatlinburg Ziplines Family Adventure

The most memorable hour and a half journey you will have in Gatlinburg! Soar through the treetops with two guides on 9 exciting ziplines to 6 treetop canopy platforms, a skybridge and optional self guided 14 ropes course snowboards and trapezes, ladders and bridges, all overlooking downtown Gatlinburg, the Space needle and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one block from downtown Gatlinburg.

Visit Online: http://www.ziplinesfamilyadventures.com/

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3194674645_50cbd88017_z_copy.jpgGatlinburg Sky Lift

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift transports you to "Gatlinburg's No. 1 Scenic Overlook!" The thrilling ride to the top includes spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains and a fascinating glide over the Little Pigeon River on the way to the top of Crockett Mountain, which towers more than 500 feet over the town of Gatlinburg. Don't forget to bring your camera or camcorder along for the journey. A large gift shop, snack bar and picnic area are available once you arrive at the top of the mountain on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, which is open daily (seasonal hours; call ahead before visiting the Gatlinburg Sky Lift).

Visit Online: http://www.gatlinburgskylift.com/

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guinnessworldrecords_copy.jpgGuinness World of Records Museum

Take a self-guided tour through 10 galleries that contain hundreds of incredible exhibits based on the superlatives that can be found in the bestselling Guinness Book of World Records, which was first published in 1955. View tons of memorabilia from legendary feats and famous stars such as Elvis, Princess Diana, The Beatles and Houdini, as well as the Batmobile from the 1960's Batman TV series at the Guinness World Records Museum, which is located on the Parkway at Baskins Square Mall. The Guinness Worlds Record Museum is open daily from 10 AM to 11 PM.

Visit Online: http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/your-visit/guinness-world-records-museum/

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imagesCAHWP7PZ_copy1.jpgHollywood Star Cars Museum

View more than 30 cars from classic movies and TV shows, as well as the vehicles driven by superstars over the years at Hollywood Star Cars Museum in Gatlinburg. The diverse collection boasts the Ghostbusters Ectomobile (a 1959 Cadillac ambulance), General Lee from "Dukes of Hazzard," The Munsters' Drag-u-la, the 1969 SS Convertible used in "Charlie's Angels," the Flintstones' Flintmobile, the 1981 DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future, a squad car from "The Andy Griffith Show", the Beverly Hillbillies' jalopy, a Daytona Spyder from "Miami Vice" and much more! Open 7 days a week from 9 AM to 10 PM.

Visit Online: http://starcarstn.com/

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