From getting knocked over by waves to sand in your bathing suit, it’s understandable that the beach isn’t always the ideal vacation destination. If you’re looking for a well-rounded trip that doesn’t involve sand, here are four things to do in Gatlinburg that cover the best of all vacations from entertainment and education to adventure and water.
Although Ober Gatlinburg is known for ski slopes and snow, the resort and amusement park is open each season with various fun, excitement and activities. There are restaurants and shops on-site, along with a year-round ice rink and carousel.
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For Adventure: Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
One of the best ways to enjoy the area and see nature close up is hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With four distinct seasons, there’s no shortage of colors and unique sights all year long. Before hiking, consider stopping in at a visitor’s center to pick up hiking booklets and speak to a ranger about trails.
Sugarlands Visitor Center
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For Education: Titanic Museum
Filled with educational tours and larger-than-life exhibits, the ever-changing Titanic Museum is a tribute to those who took the fateful trip on the RMS Titanic in 1912. Located in the Smoky Mountains, the attraction is conveniently located to other things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The attraction is open from 9:00am to 9:00pm. Self-guided tours normally take two hours, so be prepared to learn and explore.
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For Water: Gatlinburg White Water Rafting
We can’t mention a trip to the Smoky Mountains without some time on the Pigeon River. Smoky Mountain Outdoors is the premier Gatlinburg white water rafting company and is top ranked by past visitors.
We offer two varieties of trips, one that’s a slower paced and easier trip, another that is invigorating and thrilling through mid-level rapids. Whether you want a wet and wild ride or a mild float down the river, we make safety the top priority.
After safety, we think the most important part of our jobs is to help you have fun. Our guides will make sure you get wet and see some of the best views along the river, all while navigating the raft.
Ready to plan a vacation to the Smoky Mountains and a trip down the Pigeon River with Smoky Mountain Rafting? Call us today at (800) 771-7238 to speak to our reservationists about how you could save $16.95 per person on Gatlinburg white water rafting trips this spring.