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Guinness World Records Adventure
See the Amazing Book come to Life at the ALL NEW Guinness World Records Adventure! Unbelievable Exhibits, Authentic Memorabilia, Incredible displays, cool games, trivia, themed galleries and videos! Over 20 Interactive games & challenges including: Block Breaker, Quick Draw, Lumberjack Tree Hack, Frisbee Toss & more!
3D Blacklight Circus Golf at The Amazing Mirror Maze
Special FX blacklight mini golf, 1/2 circus fun house, 1/2 golf, equals 18 holes of 100% fun!
Amazing Mirror Maze
The original & largest mirror maze in Gatlinburg featuring a state-of-the-art light & music show inside.
Shoot Em' Up Cinema at The Amazing Mirror Maze
Shoot Em’ Up Cinema – a horse ridin’, six shootin’, score keepin’, 7D movie ride you have to try!
Tipley's Davy Crockett Mini Golf
With the Great Smoky Mountains as the backdrop, this fun-themed course replicates the “old days” when a Tennessee hero named Davy Crockett roamed “them thar hills”. Family and friends will enjoy spending a day with Ripley’s.
Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park
Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park located at 386 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN is home to 2 of Gatlinburg’s most exciting rides! Soar through the treetops of East TN on the world’s first mountain glider or join a friend or family member on our alpine mountain coaster that reaches up to 35mph!
Anakeesta is located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg. Ride a Chondola and arrive at the summit in Firefly Village and enjoy the tree-based adventures in a 70-acre natural forested playground.
HeadCase Escape Adventures
Join us for an amazing journey through creative room concepts, compelling technology, and innovative design. Our friendly themed staff will skillfully guide you through your adventure of choice in an interactive, team-building environment. Come challenge your mind with puzzles and riddles, all while testing your ability to collaborate with others throughout the adventures. The games at HeadCase accommodate almost any age. Book with HeadCase Escape Adventures for a quest you won’t forget!
Shooting Gallery at Ripley's Super Fun Zone
Grab a blaster and put your aim to the test! Who can hit the most targets?
Miniature Golf at Ripley's Super Fun Zone
Challenge yourself to 18 holes of indoor mini golf. Rain or shine, this indoor course will totally test your skills!
Laser Tag at Ripley's Super Fun Zone
Grab a vest and play head-to-head in one of our laser tag arenas! Both beginners and experts are welcome.
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre
Proclaimed a “National Historical Treasure”, the theatre has premiered over 50 original musical comedy productions since opening in 1977. TWO New Comedy Shows are presented on alternating nights throughout the season.
Welcome to the scenic and exciting four-seasons world of Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area. A mountaintop of fun, excitement and beauty high above Gatlinburg, TN, is waiting for you!
Ripley's Aquarium of The Smokies
Voted Best U.S. Aquarium by USA Today 10Best.com and One of the Top 5 Aquariums in the USA & the World by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice! Explore the Amazing Aquatic World Up-Close! Marvel at 12-foot sharks, the giant sea turtle, thousands of exotic sea creatures and playful penguins swimming as you enjoy the State-of-the-Art Clear Underwater Tunnels throughout! An Ultimate Underwater Experience without being wet!
Ride the Incline 300 feet straight up to the mountaintop above the city. Two challenging 18-hole courses await you. Both are riddled with mountaineer hazards — from outhouses to stills, rocky walls, and lush native plants. It’s great fun and excitement for the whole family. A truly unique adventure you aren’t likely to forget.
Earthquake The Ride
Subway train No. 13 is ready for departure. Get on board for a heart-pounding, catastrophic, live action ride loaded with gut-wrenching high-tech special effects. Experience sensory overload through sights, sounds, motion, and live action destruction.
Gatlinburg Space Needle
The iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle is a 407′ observation tower that overlooks downtown Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. Ride our glass elevators to our observation deck for a 360° view of the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg.
Whether you are riding the yellow SkyLift chairs, conquering the SkyBridge, relaxing on the SkyDeck, or refueling in the SkyCenter, the SkyLift Park can provide you with an unforgettable Smoky Mountain Experience.
World of Illusions
Make your friends DISAPPEAR and REAPPEAR at your command! Stop a tornado with the wave of your hand! See Merlin the Wizard levitate right before your eyes! Join Ali Baba’s Genie who is trapped inside a glass bottle!
Gatlinburg's Mysterious Mansion
We invite you to join us in a terrifying excursion to explore this classic “turn of the century” haunted mansion. Let your fears awaken and discover the startling secrets of this dreadfully daunting domain. If you dare to step inside this once grand abode you shall take an unguided tour finding your way through secret passageways, eerie dark corridors, winding staircases and spine chilling chambers that will curdle the blood of even the bravest of souls! But BEWARE! You never know what restless, rotting residents might be lurking around the corner in each foreboding room ahead! …or BEHIND YOU! Join us and Release Your Screams in Gatlinburg’s original haunted house! IF YOU DARE!
Ripley's Believe It of Not Odditorium
The weirdest place in Gatlinburg is back and better than ever with an ALL NEW experience. Get up close to a car completely covered in crystals, see a dragon made out of recycled scrap metal, check out the National Anthem on license plates from the 50 states, you will not believe the beautiful Last Supper artwork made out of lint!
Gatlin's Mini Golf
Come play a timeless game in a timeless place! Gatlin’s Mini Golf is the area’s largest miniature golf destination—offering 45 holes of fun! Our TWO award-winning outdoor miniature golf courses are set on a unique, serene hillside. Travel back in time and learn about Gatlinburg’s history as each hole tells you the story of the area’s first settlers and fascinating past.
Ripley's Mirror Maze and Candy Factory
Hey! Who’s that good looking person in the mirror? That’s you! You’ll come face-to-face with your cute mug over and over as you attempt to find your way out of our labyrinth of mirrors and LED lights. Don’t worry, we send search parties every half hour. Also at this location candy lovers rejoice! Ripley’s Candy Factory has got hundreds of your favorite candies, from old-time classics to the latest treats that are sure to appeal to any sweet tooth.
The Captured: A Live Escape Experience
The captured is an interactive live escape game (a game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape) located at the base of the Gatlinburg Space Needle. You have just unwittingly entered into the Craft holding cellar…in other words…you’ve been captured. Sebastian Craft has locked you and your group in his cellar. You will have 60 minutes to escape by finding clues, solving riddles, and completing puzzles. You will have to use your intellect, skill, and every bit of courage to escape becoming dinner.
A Walk in The Woods
Walk in the Woods now offers a wide range of Driving Tours and Step On Services for Bus Tours to help you enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to its fullest! With all our tours, we try to engage all your senses in a fun, hands-on environment. We mix interpretive scenic drives, stops at beautiful vistas, and short easy walks presented by Park Trail Guides.
Gatlin's Escape Rooms
One of a kind, Gatlin’s themed escape rooms feature props, lighting and sound effects. Solve puzzles, conquer challenges, while experiencing adrenaline pumping surprises around every corner. Work together in a 60-minute race against the clock to escape Gatlin’s live action escape games.
Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens
In the center of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, at Christ in the Smokie Museum & Gardens (located on the former Christus Gardens property) you will have the remarkable experience of walking through a Biblical world of 2000 years ago, seeing life-size, life-like representations of important scenes from the life of Jesus Christ.
Located in the heart of Downtown Gatlinburg, the IRIS Theater is the place to go for shows and entertainment in Gatlinburg. At the IRIS Theater, we have the best performers, the funniest shows, the most eye-popping performances, and most importantly, the biggest fun in Gatlinburg.
Since 1981, Fannie Farkle’s, under the leadership of owner Marion Paul, has been a premier Gatlinburg entertainment and dining attraction. Millions of people have passed through our doors to dine and play with us. Our hope is that every single guest walks away with happy memories of their time in the Smoky Mountains at Fannie Farkle’s.
Treasure Quest Golf
Treasure Quest Golf is a championship 18-hole indoor miniature golf course filled with unusual and spectacular scenes. And NEW this year – 5 of the holes are in Amazing Black Light! It’s exciting, challenging and fun for all ages.
Ripley's 5D Moving Theater
It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Better strap on your seat belts for this seriously REAL-D 5D Moving Theater experience. Our state of the art theater with digital effects and motion seats will have you feeling like you’re in the movie! We advise expectant mothers and people with certain medical conditions not to ride this ride. Fun for a date night, or a trip with the entire family, but hold on tight!
Experience nine zipline treetop canopy tours and the 14 Element self guided Tree Trek! A Family Adventure everyone can experience.
Gatlinburg's Craftsmen's Fair
Filling the 150,000 square feet of downtown’s Gatlinburg Convention Center, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair hosts Artisans and Craftsmen from all over the nation. Two hundred booths with unique and one-of-a-kind handmade products, are beautifully displayed, as these skilled craftspeople demonstrate their talents.
Gatlinburg Pinball Museum
The Gatlinburg Pinball Museum is an interactive museum where you can play over 100 pinball machines and retro arcade games. Our collection of pinballs and retro games is one of the largest in the US. The museum has countless limited edition and rare pinballs and all your favorite arcade games from days gone by.
Gatlin's Rugged Ropes Adventure Course
Come take towards the sky on our brand-new high ropes adventure course! Gatlin’s Rugged Ropes Adventure Course is the first of its kind in Gatlinburg. Adventurers, while safely harnessed in an overhead track, will be able to climb three stories in the air to face thirty-eight challenges including rickety bridges, suspended ropes and other balancing obstacles.
Rafting in The Smokies
While you are in town, you’ll want to get as close to nature as you can, and there’s no better adventure than to raft the Pigeon River. We offer outdoor fun for all ages: a thrilling whitewater trip (age 8+) and a family friendly float trip (age 3+).
Enjoy over 100 of the hottest games in this 25,000 square foot amusement center. Located below the Gatlinburg Space Needle, Arcadia’s brand new multi-colored facade came to life in 2008. Now, you can follow the glistening, lighted pillars right into our front entrance. There our friendly staff will greet you, ready and eager to supply you with play cards for the ultimate gaming experience. You can pick up play cards purchased from our online store at the ticket booth, or use one of our many kiosks on location.
Double Decker Bus Tour
Hop on board this unique, never-been-done-in-the-Smokies mobile attraction. With 14 stops that make a continuous loop from Sevierville to Gatlinburg, your sure to find a the perfect place to spend the day!
Appalachian Ghost Walks
Do the spirits of early pioneers still frequent old frontier trails? What former actress still haunts a popular overnight stay? Learn about the lost, but not forgotten graves of original native people. Which well-known attraction of the town is still haunted by the spirits of several early settlers? You and your family, or friends will be amazed by these and other even more intriguing discoveries presented throughout the NEW "Haunted Historic Gatlinburg GhostWalk" - a true Smoky Mountain haunted history and heritage tour!
The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum
A celebration of America’s favorite collectible, with over 20,000 sets of shakers in all sizes, shapes and materials. Children under 12 and Under are free.
Amazing Gatlinburg Race
Teams of 3 or more (max 10) meet at a common location and receive the first of a series of clues which will lead them to the next location and so on until you reach the finish line. You’ll need your clue solving prowess, your energy, and your willingness to have fun as you race the clock and your competition in an attempt to be the first team to unlock the codes and cross the finish line. Sign up with your team or by yourself, we’ll place you. Amazing Gatlinburg Race will take place EVERY Friday @ 9 a.m. starting May 29, 2020 this season.
Smoky Mountain Adventures
You drive family Adventure Tours. Experience the mountains, Scenic Vistas, River Passes and Hidden roads of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains aboard various sport model side-by-sides & UTV’s.
Westgate Wild Bear Falls
60,000 square foot indoor waterpark open year round with tube slides, body slides, 900 foot long lazy river, hot-tubs, toddler-only area, swimming pool and grills.
Ole Red Gatlinburg
MISBEHAVE A LITTLE, GATLINBURG STYLE. Whether Ole Red is at the top of your country music bucket list or you just wandered in itchin’ for a little fun in the heart of Gatlinburg, we’re glad you made it. Country fans already know this place gets its name from superstar Blake Shelton’s breakout hit, “Ol’ Red.” Being here is a lot like hanging out with the guy himself: laid-back and genuine, up for anything, a bit irreverent (but always fun)—and set to great music. Ole Red has a little something for everyone in the heart of the Smokies!
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
Described as a cross between a ski lodge and a Bavarian beer hall, the Smoky Mountain Brewery features an enclosed deck overlooking Calhoun’s Village with the Smoky Mountains in the background.
Smoky Mountain Winery
A taste of the winemaster's finest art awaits you at the Oldest Winery in East Tennessee.
Little Bear Winery
Experience Gatlinburg’s newest winery, located in the heart of Downtown across from The Village. Little Bear Winery offers don’t-miss wines that are vibrant, fun, and – most importantly – delicious.
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Experience free, behind-the-scenes Stillhouse tours, or book a premium, private group tour in advance to learn how to craft quality moonshine and Tennessee whiskey is made. Then stay a while and enjoy a wide variety of seasonal, handcrafted cocktails on the Back Porch.
Tennessee Cider Company
Gatlinburg’s first true Cidery, located in the heart of downtown. It’s an Old General Store feel with incredible locally made Ciders and wet goods made by great local folks.
Tennessee Homemade Wines
Rooted deep in family tradition, Tennessee Homemade Wines is a true taste of Gatlinburg. Made with local fruit, crafted by local folk, and served by local friends. Stop in for free tasting. Open 7 days a week.
Bootleggers Homemade Wine
No machines or fancy equipment, these two sisters make small-batch Appalachian Wine with just the stuff you'd find in most southern kitchens. Stop by for a free wine tasting.
Come in for a tasting at our Gatlinburg location where we offer over ten different wines grown at Goodwater Vinyards.
Sugarland Cellars in Gatlinburg, TN takes pride in its focus on local history and heritage of the surrounding area. Our winery is built from local barn wood taken from farms where the barns just couldn’t stand anymore. Enjoy a taste of our wines while drinking in the rich history of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains!
Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery
Along with tasting some of the finest moonshine in Tennessee, you can see some of the equipment that William “Doc” Collier and his family have used for generations to make their moonshine up in the mountains. Doc’s Shine Shop is setup just like an old-fashioned country Mercantile Store, like the one his daddy first sold ‘shine.
The Holler Ole Smoky Distillery
The Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, "Ole SmokySM Moonshine HollerSM" also known as "Ole Smoky HollerSM" or simply "The HollerSM" is America’s most visited distillery and produces all of our signature flavors. A visit to Ole Smoky Distillery is the true moonshine experience. As you approach the entrance, the distinct smell of cooking and fermenting grains takes over your senses. Here, you’ll see authentic-working moonshine stills and take in the entire process - from beginning to end. Our distillers like to visit with folks. They’ll be glad to answer your questions about the history and lore of moonshining in East Tennessee.
Gatlinburg Golf Course
eing off is a little different in the mountains. The natural landscape in Gatlinburg makes for quite a few uniquely designed holes. Grab your clubs and test your skills on the beautiful Gatlinburg Golf Course, situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Fly Fishing The Smokies
Learn to Fly Fish with the Best Guides in the Smoky Mountains. We offer private all inclusive Wade Trips, Drift Boat Trips, Beginner Classes and instruction. Your choice of 2hr Fun Trip, Half Day, and Full Day Trips. We also offer the most guided expeditions in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, epic trips such as Hazel Creek Day Trips, Forney Creek Day Trips and overnight and multi-day backcountry camping trips.
Smoky Mountain Angler
We have an authorized fishing guide service for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our guides can help the most experienced fly fisherman have a trip to remember or turn a beginner into a lifelong fly fishing enthusiast.
Sugarland Riding Stables
good horse beneath you. A blue sky above. Just the creaking of saddle leather and the smell of fresh air. That's the beauty of a visit to Sugarlands Riding Stables - Gatlinburg TN. Enjoy a peaceful view of the Great Smoky Mountains on the back of a well trained horse. Our natural beautiful horseback riding trails inside the National Park await you with an experienced guide that just might lead you into a flock of wild turkeys, a herd of wild deer or even black bear climbing a tree.
Smoky Mountain Riding Stables
Smoky Mountain Riding Stables - Gatlinburg TN is an established horseback riding stable. It has been in operation for over 20 years. No experience is necessary to ride. All horseback rides are great for beginner through advanced riders, with beautiful wooded scenery and mountain streams.
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