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Top 5 Things to Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN to Keep Cool This Summer

A swimming pool at a cabin resort.
June 20, 2018

There is no better place to spend your summer days than in the Smoky Mountains! There are so many ways to soak up the sweet sunshine and enjoy the beautiful weather. If you get too hot, you can easily find things to do that help you beat the summer heat! Here are the top things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN to keep cool this summer:

1. Visit Dollywood’s Splash Country


What better way to cool off than at a water park? Dollywood’s Splash Country isn’t just any water park though — it has something for everyone! Whether you want to relax in a cabana or race down thrilling water slides, you can do it all at Splash Country. Some of the most popular rides include Fire Tower Falls, the water park’s tallest and fastest slide, and RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster! If you’re looking for a more relaxing ride, experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains on the Downbound Float Trip.

2. Splash Around in Your Resort Pool

Another great way to keep cool this summer is to splash around in your resort pool! Many of our cabins have access to a resort pool that you can splash around in during your summer vacation. You can play pool games, swim laps, or just float around, all just minutes from where you’re staying. The best part about taking advantage of the resort pool is that it’s completely free! You don’t have to buy a ticket to a park to have fun in the water. Just dive right in!

3. Enjoy Indoor Attractions

Family looking at fish close to our cabins near Ripley's Aquarium Gatlinburg.

If you’re looking to get away from the summer heat for a while, there are numerous indoor attractions that offer just as much excitement. You can visit Ripley’s Aquarium and see thousands of your favorite aquatic animals, and even interact with some of them! You can also explore WonderWorks Indoor Amusement Park , which has more than 35,000 square feet of education and entertainment. Pass through different wonder zones to learn about space, natural disasters and more, then play a game of laser tag or challenge yourself on the indoor ropes course! Other exciting indoor attractions include the Hollywood Star Cars Museum , Pigeon Forge Snow and MagiQuest .

4. Get Ice Cream

We all scream for ice cream! Ice cream is delicious all year round, but it’s the perfect frozen treat to help you cool off in the summer. If you visit Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts , you can choose from 24 different flavors of ice cream, or you can get sundaes, banana splits and milkshakes! If you stay in one of our pet-friendly cabins in the Smokies, you can bring your four-legged friend with you to the ice cream shop! Mad Dog’s has dog treats, toys and bowls of water for you dog. Other popular ice cream shops are The Old Mill Creamery , Glades Soda Fountain and The Village Cafe and Creamery .

5. Take Advantage of In-Cabin Entertainment

Watch a movie in your cabin's theater room

After spending all day out in the summer sun, head inside your cabin to take advantage of all its incredible amenities. Whether you want to watch TV, cook a meal in the fully equipped kitchen or play a board game with the family, there is plenty to do! Some of our cabins come with game rooms that have arcade games, pool tables, air hockey and foosball, so you’ll be entertained all night long! We even have cabins with home theaters, so you can pop some popcorn and end the night watching your favorite movie on the big screen.

Now that you know the top things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge to keep cool this summer, you’re ready to visit! Browse all our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals and start planning your summer trip.

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