Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies:
Explore the lush and unique worlds of the Tropical Rainforest and Ocean Realm, Nature’s Kaleidoscope in Coral Reef, the Best Shark Exhibit in the Most Spectacular Underwater Tunnel in Shark Lagoon, have fun in a kid’s paradise in the Discover Center and see the deadly but beautiful sea creatures in Gallery of the Seas. All the world’s oceans and water bodies are waiting for you at Ripley’s Aquarium.
Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community:
Designated a historic pathway on the Tennessee Arts and Crafts Trail, the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Since its inception in 1937, the community has grown to encompass more than 120 studios, galleries and shops, as well as restaurants, cafes and a tearoom, in its eight-mile loop, located three miles east of downtown Gatlinburg along East Parkway (Hwy 321 North).
Ober Gatlinburg is your destination for fun in the Smokies. From Downtown Gatlinburg, the 120 passenger Aerial Tramway transports you to the mountain resort where you’ll find a full day’s excitement with indoor ice skating, 3 water raft rides, kiddie rides, games galore, Wildlife Encounter and, of course, there’s the best winter snow skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing around.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum:
There’s always something new or undiscovered at Ripley’s! Over 500 astonishing and unusual artifacts collected from the far-corners of the world. All guaranteed real and mind-boggling. Join us for your challenge to simply Believe It or Not!
Soar through the treetops on an aerial adventure of a lifetime overlooking the Smoky Mountains National Park and Downtown Gatlinburg. Trained, certified guides will be with you every step of the way as you fly through exciting treetop ziplines, platforms, skybridges, trapeze swings and more.
Guinness World of Records:
The Guinness World of Records Museum features hundreds of astounding exhibits from the famous Guinness Book of World Records and the Guinness Prime-time TV Show. Go deep into a cave to see natural wonders, board the Ark with Noah and the animals, come to the circus to meet unusual people.
Ride the glass elevators over 400 feet and step out to a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Smokies by day or Gatlinburg’s lights by night. Enjoy “Higher Learning”, an educational experience from the Space Needle’s perspective, including free view finders.
Sweet Fanny Adams:
One of the area’s longest lasting theatres, Sweet Fanny Adams has maintained a reputation into a legacy and still going strong. Two new comedy shows are presented on alternating nights throughout the season. The original shows are quick-witted sensations, filled with the broadest of humor and the silliest of slapstick, all guaranteed to be like nothing else ever seen. It’s 2 hours of hilarious fun, lively music, top-notch performers and lots of audience participation!
Christ in the Smokies:
Formerly “Christus Gardens”, this is one of Gatlinburg’s oldest and most dignified attractions. Christ in the Smokies is a museum dedicated to the story and portrayal of Jesus Christ with over 100 life-sized wax figures and the famous “Carrera” face of Christ.
A Brit of Magic With Keith Fields:
Gatlinburg does have a small vein representing a UK culture in the area, and that small but pleasant vein grows with the entertainment of Keith Fields – world champion street magician who has appeared on Broadway in New York, London’s West End, Las Vegas, and apparently even had Robin Williams as a warm-up act. How many entertainers like that do you get to see in the Smokies?
Are you into the darker side of the night? Got a thing for local folklore? Come check out the Appalachian Ghostwalks of Gatlinburg where you can experience remnants of the seedy past and relive the mysteries that quite literally haunt the mountains. Some people have even captured ghosts on film (this writer included!)
Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster:
After becoming a big hit on Wears Valley Road, the people who own the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster brought one to North Gatlinburg to add a new unique attraction for visitors to enjoy. Come soar through the hills of the city like never before!