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5 Fun Things to do near the Gatlinburg Space Needle

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January 3, 2019

If you’re looking for a fun and action-packed attraction that the whole family will love, look no further than the Gatlinburg Space Needle! This 407-foot attraction is home to not only scenic views but some of the best entertainment for miles around! To help you make the most of your time here, check out these 5 fun things to do near the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

1. Enjoy the Views

The adventure begins as you ride the glass elevators over 400 feet to the Gatlinburg Space Needle observation deck. From there, you can take in the 360-degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains and downtown Gatlinburg. The scenic vistas are unmatched and you can even enrich your experience with free viewfinders! You will also find higher learning exhibits rich in facts and history about Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.

2. Play Some Arcade Games

arcadia space needle

This 25,000 square foot amusement center houses the largest selection of amusement games, simulators, and activities in Gatlinburg! The goal is to earn as many eTickets as possible so that you can cash them in at the elite redemption counter. It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon in the arcade, so if you are looking for a fun way to keep the kids occupied, this is a perfect choice!

3. Try an Escape Room

Put your thinking skills to the test in one of the state-of-the-art escape room adventures! You’ve been invited to dinner, but you have to get away before you’re the next thing on the menu when you enter into The Captured ! There are also various escape experiences at HeadCase , including Blazin Breakout. For this challenge, you’ve been locked up for some unlawful doings. Fortunately, the Sheriff has to step out to take care of some business, and you’ll have 60 minutes to break free!

4. Watch a Magic Show

For an evening of family fun, stop by the Iris Theater to be entertained by magical comedian Chris Collins, and master mentalist Erik Dobell. You’ll experience stunning magic, reality-shattering mindreading, and hilarious mayhem as impossibilities are brought to life right before your very eyes! This is one of the best shows in Pigeon Forge, so you won’t want to miss a second of it!

5. Grab a Bite to Eat

new york style pizza

After an exciting day of games and entertainment, it’s likely you’ll work up an appetite. If you’re in the mood for some New York style pizza, you don’t have to go too far. Enjoy a taste of the Big Apple at the Slice Pizza Bakery . They have everything from fresh salads and calzones to hand-crafted sandwiches and appetizers. Their portion sizes are generous, so you can split them or count on taking some delicious leftovers home.

The Gatlinburg Space Needle is open 365 days a year, so you can enjoy it and the many things to do surrounding it anytime! While you’re in town, be sure to check out these other fun attractions in the Smokies, and save with our Luxury Pass!

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