Celebrate America’s Heroes at the Gatlinburg Midnight Independence Day Parade

People writing USA in sparklers

Of course, every day is a great day to be an American, but July 4th might be the most fun! With fireworks and barbecues, Independence Day celebrations are the highlight of the summer. In addition to all of the entertainment and food, it is important that we remember the incredible sacrifices people have made to keep America safe and free.

The Gatlinburg Midnight Independence Day Parade celebrates the fun of July 4th while also honoring America’s veterans and other heroes. This year’s parade will feature the 572nd U.S. Air Force Band and members of all military branches. Continue reading

Mermaids Are Real at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Mermaid under the sea

When you visit Ripley’s Aquarium, you’ll see all sorts of undersea life: sharks, stingrays, penguins…and mermaids! This summer, the world’s most famous mythical ocean dwellers are visiting Gatlinburg as part of Ripley’s Live Mermaid Shows. Guests at the aquarium will watch mermaids swim in shark infested tanks, and even have the chance to pose for a picture with the stars of the show. Read on to learn everything you need to know about the mermaids at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Continue reading

Summer Packing Tips for a Comfortable Cabin Stay in Gatlinburg

friends laughing together in grass

The long-awaited summer is finally here! And while many will be heading to the beach, we suggest folks to come visit the Smoky Mountains for a nice getaway from the beach crowd, whether for a weekend or a nice, long stay. To make the visit even better, there’s nothing quite like a secluded cabin in Gatlinburg for a true retreat from the everyday. Continue reading