3. Conquer an Escape Room
Follow clues while you race the clock. Escape haunted houses, explore Atlantis, steal a moonshine still, and much more! Gatlin’s Escape Games and Breakout are just two of Gatlinburg’s escape rooms.
4. Explore the Mountains
In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, rangers offer kids’ programs all year. Kids ages five through 12 can become Junior Rangers and learn about this historic natural wonder.
5. Hit the Slopes
Ober Gatlinburg features snow tubing, ice bumper cars, skating, and snowboarding. In warmer months, visit animals at Wildlife Encounter, try kiddie rides, or jump on the mountain coaster.
6. Get Close to Sea Creatures
All ages enjoy the 10,000 creatures, from penguins to sharks to clownfish, at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Ride in a glass-bottomed boat, touch a stingray or watch penguins paint at this world-class aquarium.
7. Drive Like a Movie Star
At the Hollywood Star Cars Museum, imagine you’re Batman or a Ghostbuster, taking on bad guys and bad ghouls in your fabulous ride. Kids and teens can see dozens of vehicles used in films and on TV.
8. Experience SkyLift Park
Dare the kids to walk over a valley with nothing but glass between them and the ground! At SkyLift Park, the amazing SkyBridge is a safe stroll over the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. The views will make you gasp!
9. Zip Through Treetops
Sail through the forest and spend hours without touching the ground. Gatlinburg and surrounding areas boast plenty of family-friendly ziplines, some for kids as young as three.
10. See Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Investigate wildly weird exhibits, from a scrap-metal dragon to shrunken human heads. Kids will talk about the “Odditorium” for years.
11. Make Memories in a Gatlinburg Cabin
Bake cookies together. Play pool or arcade games in a cabin with a game room. Hang out by the fire pit, making s’mores. Your cabin is family central! Browse our Gatlinburg cabins today.