When you and your family go on vacation, you want to have some quality family time and do things together so no one feels left out! Sometimes it can be hard to make sure there will be things that the whole family can do together or that is interesting for everyone involved.
We’ve got the best 6 family friendly things to do in Gatlinburg in the summer to help you out!
1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Enjoy the wonders of the sea right in the mountains! With a unique underwater tunnel that let’s you see an assortment of fish and sharks in a pseudo-natural environment, and a brand new glass bottom boat ride over the larger tanks, you’ll definitely have a lot to see and do! Plus, there’s a kidzone for the kids to enjoy as well!
Official website: https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/
2. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountains firsthand when you visit the national park! You can hike numerous trails in the park, ranging from low difficulty like the Little River Trail to a higher difficulty like Mt. LeConte. You can also visit Cades Cove and picnic there after you drive the scenic loop.
3. Sugarlands Riding Stables
If you are interested in horseback riding in the national park, then Sugarlands Riding Stable is the place for you! You and your family can saddle up and ride on a few different trails. You will get to enjoy the same views as you would on foot, but with a bit of a better look thanks to your trusty steed! Keep in mind that you can not double up with children and that riders must be at least 5 years or older.
Official website: https://www.sugarlandsridingstables.com/
4. Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf
Who doesn’t love a family game of mini golf? This golf course is located right on the parkway as you make your way into downtown Gatlinburg. This attraction is one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg in the summer because you can do it at your own pace. The course also has a nice mountain charm to it, so it won’t seem out of place while you are enjoying the course!
Official website: https://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/mini-golf/
5. Gatlinburg Sky Lift
Want to get some great pictures of the mountains and one amazing view? Visit the Gatlinburg Sky Lift! This ski lift type attraction will lift you into the air and gift you with one of the most beautiful views in all of Gatlinburg!
Official website: https://www.gatlinburgskylift.com/
6. Gatlin’s Escape Games
This attraction is great for older kids, especially those that love puzzles! The escape game is an hour long attraction that pits you against the clock to try and escape before time runs out! This attraction will force you to use critical thinking and work as a team to escape.
Official website: https://www.gatlinsescapegames.com/
We can’t wait to see you when you come visit and we know that these 6 attractions will be perfect for you and your family! You can check out our other blog posts here to see what else Gatlinburg has to offer you!