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Posted on 7/5/2022

Top 4 Reasons Grandparents Love Vacationing in Gatlinburg


Gatlinburg is an ideal destination for grandparents vacationing with their grandchildren. Here are four reasons why it’s easy for families to make beautiful memories here.


1. OLD FASHIONED FUN

Treat the grandkids to the classic fun you had with your family when their parents were youngsters. Some things never get old!

  • Mini golf. Play on outdoor, history-themed courses at Gatlin’s Fun Center. If the weather’s bad, play indoors at Treasure Quest Golf and try their glow-in-the-dark holes.
  • Mirror mazes. The light show inside the Amazing Mirror Maze will dazzle you. Challenge the kids to escape Ripley’s Mirror Maze before you do.
  • Arcades. With games for kids, teens and grown-ups, Arcade City will keep you entertained for hours. Arcadia is a 30,000-square foot arcade with a playground, located at the famed Space Needle.
2. EASY HIKES FOR ALL AGES

You won’t need to say, “Hey, kids, why don’t you play outside?” The mountains will have them eager to explore. For an easy walk, park at the Sugarlands Visitor Center and head for Cataract Falls. The Gatlinburg Trail is another kid-friendly walk starting at the visitor center, this one on a paved trail following the river.


3. ATTRACTIONS FOR EVERY INTEREST

Your budding scientist, animal lover or movie buff will find plenty to do at attractions like these:

  • At Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, watch the kids light up when they touch a stingray, visit with penguins or help feed a sea turtle. Plan ahead to delight the grandkids with an aquarium sleepover!
  • Ober Gatlinburg has kid-friendly fun in every season, from amusement park rides to the Wildlife Encounter with native Smokies animals.
  • Hit the Hollywood Star Cars Museum to show off cool wheels from shows you grew up with, like “Batman” and “The Munsters” and movies including “Back to the Future.”
  • The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum might not seem like a grandkid magnet at first, but they’ll be amazed by 20,000 shaker sets! Create a scavenger hunt, asking them to locate shakers shaped like their favorite food or a landmark they’ve visited.
4. COMFY CABINS FOR FAMILY TIME

Snuggle by the fireplace in your Gatlinburg cabin and read the kids a book. Get a cabin with a game room and you can show them how to shoot pool, or one with an outdoor fire pit so you can build a fire together and tell stories under the stars. Cabin time is family time. Book your rental cabin today.

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