Gatlinburg is full of incredible sights, from the beautiful and powerful Smoky Mountains all the way to the exciting attractions. The city has something for everyone; whether you are interested in taking in the essence of nature, or just want to have some fun, the city is the perfect place to plan your vacation. With unique ways to tour the city’s finest sights – both natural and architectural, and some of the most interesting museums, theaters and shows, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the place to go. The list that follows suggests five of the best activities in the city, so you can be sure to get the most out of your vacation.
5. Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre
From the moment the show starts at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, you will have a smile on your face. The cast will take you on a journey back into the 1890s, where slapstick comedy and witty performances took the stage. You’ll be presented with an American vaudeville performance unlike any other you’ve experienced before. Currently, there are two shows being presented: “The Incredible Adventures of Mary Bright” and “Out on a Whim!” “The Incredible Adventures of Mary Bright” is styled as an 1890s melodrama. The musical comedy will have you laughing from beginning to end. Or, after you see “Out on a Whim!” you won’t be able to find the perfect adjective to sum up the show in just one word. It is silly, charming, unlikely, curious, unbelievable and spectacular. The Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre always brings a good time from beginning to end.
4. The Hard Rock Cafe
The familiar sound of a rumbling stomach is bound to reach your ears at some point during all of the activities. When that happens, the best thing you can do is make a visit to the Hard Rock Cafe. You can still soak in all of the excitement in Gatlinburg, while enjoying a delicious meal. Fans of music love this restaurant, and you will see why from the moment you step onto the premises. Right at the front of the building, a giant guitar stands tall as a beacon to welcome guests into the restaurant. Inside, the musical atmosphere strengthens. Sit among the harmonica Tom Petty used during the “Wildflowers” tour and the red suit that Buck Owens wore at Carnegie Hall. Then, while you are soaking up all the memories of classic music, enjoy the classic meals of cheeseburgers, pork sandwiches and, of course, french fries. The Hard Rock Cafe provides the best place to take a break when you’re not quite ready for the fun to stop.
3. Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram
When you’re ready to hit the sights again, the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram will take you on an incredible journey unlike any other throughout the city. This scenic adventure takes you from downtown Gatlinburg to the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park in a suspended cable car. The Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park is located on a mountaintop, high above the Gatlinburg area. It is filled with fun and exciting activities for the whole family, from ice skating to the Wildlife Encounter. The Aerial Tramway will give you a convenient way to visit the park, and to see the sights. The route of the car will take you over incredible scenes, from the architecture of downtown Gatlinburg to the beauty of the nature on top of the Smoky Mountains.
2. The Gatlinburg Sky Lift
Not quite done with the sights? The Gatlinburg Sky Lift gives you the best sights of the city and the surrounding nature. You will find unparalleled views of the Smoky Mountains, Little Pigeon River and downtown Gatlinburg from heights above the trees. You’ll start with downtown, then climb higher into the mountains to see the trees, flowers and river. A peaceful ride awaits you through some of Mother Nature’s greatest and most beautiful gifts. Your vantage point will give you the chance to truly experience the wonders of the city. It is a great family activity, or is perfect for a romantic date for two. Sit back and let the sky lift take you through the city on a tranquil ride.
1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley’s name is known across the country for being associated with peculiar things. Well, when you step foot into Ripley’s Aquarium, you won’t find a shortage of exciting, vibrant and unique sights. The exhibits in the aquarium include the Tropical Rain Forest, the Ocean Realm, the Coral Reef, Shark Lagoon, Gallery of the Seas, the Sting Ray Bay and more. Each of these exhibits is home to some of the strangest beings found under the sea. Stare face to face with a shark, watch a jellyfish float throughout the water with their long tentacles flowing behind them, then crawl through underwater tunnels to see the penguins play underneath the surface all around you. There is always much to do and much to see at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, and it always provides you with endless entertainment.
Don’t miss out on a beat when you visit Gatlinburg this year. Summer is coming just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss any of the incredible sights the season will bring. See all that nature has to offer in this beautiful city, then head out to some of the indoor attractions to experience the best of the area. When you are staying in Gatlinburg, book a room at hotel nearby all of the excitement. Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, Westgate Smoky Mountain Hotel and Best Western Zoder’s Inn are just a few of the hotels located within a half-mile of these exciting attractions.