The Ultimate Family Adventure: A Day in Gatlinburg with Kids

Published May 24, 2024
The Ultimate Family Adventure: A Day in Gatlinburg with Kids

Gatlinburg boasts unforgettable fun for kids from toddlers to teens. Whether the kids love animals, pop culture, or games and rides, it’s easy to keep them entertained here. Take a look at these ideas for enjoying Gatlinburg with kids. Mix and match outings to create a full day’s itinerary! 

1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

More than 10,000 sea creatures live in this huge, world-class aquarium. Plan to spend a whole day here. Visit the adorable penguins, touch a rubbery ray, or ride a glass-bottomed boat in the shark tank. Plan ahead and you can book an overnight stay inside the aquarium! 

2. Anakeesta 

At this theme park, the theme is nature itself. Spend a thrilling day riding mountain coasters, ziplining, and exploring the Treetop Skywalk. Play inside gigantic, whimsical birdhouses. Go mining for gems. By night, the immersive light show Astra Lumina sets kids’ imaginations on fire.  

3. Wildlife Habitat at Ober Mountain

Animal-loving kids will adore this year-round zoo at Ober Mountain. Meet native Smokies creatures including black bears, flying squirrels, foxes, bobcats, owls, and skunks. The zoo includes an underwater viewing area so you can watch river otters swim and play. In the Nocturnal House, you can visit creatures who usually are active only when you’re fast asleep! 

4. Kids-Only Fishing Streams

Gatlinburg has three locations designated as children’s fishing spots. Bring poles, bait, and a good book, because you’ll hang out on the riverbank while the kids enjoy angling–no grown-ups allowed! Combine a morning at the Wildlife Habitat with an afternoon of fishing, for a relaxing day outdoors.

5. Hollywood Star Cars Museum

If your kids are pop culture fans, the Star Cars Museum is a must! See famous cars used in “The Fast and the Furious,” “Back to the Future,” “Ghostbusters,” TV’s “Batman” and more. Thanks to recreated settings, the kids will feel as if they’re on a Hollywood set. Pair this stop with a half-day of fun at one of Gatilnburg’s arcades.

6. Game Arcades

Fannie Farkle’s offers new games like Ticket Time and Robot Storm (ask the kids!), as well as classics like Pac-Man and skee ball. Arcadia has games plus immersive simulations. 

Come home at night, tired but happy, to a vacation cabin rental located conveniently close to Gatlinburg attractions. Book your Gatlinburg cabin now and get ready to make family memories.

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