Gatlinburg is a great place to bring your kids for vacation. If you’re trying to decide what some fun things to do in Gatlinburg with kids are, look no further! We’re going to share some of the best attractions for families with you! Check out these 4 fun things to do in Gatlinburg with kids on your vacation:

1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

ripley's aquairum of the smokies in gatlinburg tennesseeOne of the most popular things to do in Gatlinburg with kids is to take them to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The kids will love seeing the different kinds of sea creatures, from sharks to manta rays. They can watch penguins play together and travel through the shark tunnel. At Touch-A-Ray Bay, the kids can try to pet manta rays, and in the Discovery Center, they can hold horseshoe crabs and touch jellyfish. The hands-on experience and visibility of these beautiful creatures will help them learn about ocean life and why it’s important to take care of these animals. There are plenty of extra events and shows you can take them to, so be sure to check out what’s going on when you’re in town!

2. Anakeesta

Your kids will love riding up the side of a mountain in a chondola to the top of Anakeesta. Once you’re at the top, you can walk around the shops, grab a bite to eat, or play on the playground! Everyone loves the tree canopy walk because you feel like a bird flying through the trees. You might even see a rider on the zipline, which is also a fun activity your kids might want to do! Take a ride on the mountain rail coaster, or go gem mining. You can even take a leisurely walk through the gardens as a family. There are plenty of things to do at Anakeesta the whole family will love.

3. Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

gatlinburg skyliftIf your kids love adventure, you have to take them to the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. To get to the top of Crockett Mountain, you’ll ride on the classic yellow chairs on the SkyLift. Walk around the SkyDeck to see incredible views of the Smoky Mountains you can’t see anywhere else. The most exciting part for your kids will be to cross the SkyBridge! This bridge is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the United States, stretching a length of 680 feet over a valley. Test your bravery by walking across the 15-foot-long glass panels to reach the other side where there are even more incredible mountain views. You’ll love visiting the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park!

4. Ober Gatlinburg

No matter what time of the year you decide to visit, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Gatlinburg with kids at Ober Gatlinburg! Take them skiing or snow tubing in the winter. Ride the alpine coaster or ride on the water rides in the spring and summer. During any time of the year, you can ice skate at the indoor rink or ride on the ice bumper cars. There’s a playground every kid will love to play on. There are so many fun things to do at Ober Gatlinburg!

Where to Stay

We have a variety of room types at our Gatlinburg hotel, so your family will have no problem finding a room that’s perfect for you. Our Standard Two Double Room is a popular choice for families with kids! It has 2 Double beds, an activity table, a refrigerator and microwave, a TV and a balcony. If you visit during the colder months, your family will love staying in our Fireplace Two Double Room!

You’ll find so many fun things to do in Gatlinburg with kids! Start planning your vacation today by booking a room with us!