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Top 5 Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg with Your Kids

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May 6, 2020

We know how important it is to you to have a plan for what you will do when you’re in town. You want to know where you are going and make sure the whole family will have fun. There’s so much you can do as a family! Here are the top 5 fun things to do in Gatlinburg with your kids:

1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

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The top attraction for families in Gatlinburg is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies . There are hundreds of animals you can see, from penguins to sharks. People of all ages enjoy visiting the aquarium and learning more about these beautiful animals. Kids love the tunnel that moves under Shark Lagoon, and they also love the playground where they can watch the penguins play. There are many hands-on exhibits kids can enjoy too. Plus, if you want to elevate your visit, you can try one of the extra experiences, such as Penguin Paintings!

2. Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg is a great place for you to take your kids to have some fun! In the winter, you can ski, snowboard, and snow tube. In the summer, you can go down water slides. There’s a rock climbing wall, an alpine coaster, swings, and many other fun rides. Do your kids love animals? Take them to the Wildlife Encounter where they can see black bears, otters, and other native animals. If you want to cool off, go ice skating or ride ice bumper cars any time of the year!

3. Gatlin’s Fun Center

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If you want to do all kinds of fun activities with our family, you should go to Gatlin’s Fun Center . You can play laser tag as a family, or see how fast you can get through the laser maze. There are two outdoor golf courses themed around the Smoky Mountains, as well as an under the sea blacklight golf course. Play an escape game together, and try the outdoor ropes course! Everyone will have fun at this entertainment complex!

4. Anakeesta

Another fun thing to do in Gatlinburg with your kids is to visit Anakeesta . You can ride the chair lift or a Ridge Rambler to get to the top. Once you’re at the top, walk around Firefly Village and explore the shops and restaurants. Your kids will want sweet treats from Beavertail or Pearl’s Pie in the Sky Shop. Adults will want a coffee from the coffee food truck! Take your family on the duel zipline for an adventure, or ride the mountain coaster. You’ll enjoy going on the Treetop Skywalk and walking through the Vista Gardens.

5. Fannie Farkles

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Your kids will love Fannie Farkle’s , which is a huge arcade with a ton of games you can play and delicious food to eat. Fannie’s is known for their Ogle Dogs, which are foot long corn dogs. They also serve sausage, onion, and pepper sandwiches, as well as other treats. You guys will love playing the hundreds of games in the arcade to win points. Once you’re done, you switch out points for prizes!

These are just a few of the fun things to do in Gatlinburg with your kids. Want even more ideas of what you should do with your family? Check out these top 10 things to do with your kids in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! When you book a cabin with us, you’ll receive free tickets and discounts. Look at our Luxury Pass to see what kind of perks you can get when you stay with us!

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