Top Gatlinburg Attractions For Kids

Top Gatlinburg Attractions For Kids

Gatlinburg is a great place to bring your whole family in the Smoky Mountains. This city offers stunning mountain views and quick access to Smoky Mountain National Park. There are also many attractions within Gatlinburg to keep your children entertained the entire stay. Explore some of the best Gatlinburg attractions for kids before you book your visit.

1. Gatlinburg Space Needle

This 407-foot observation tower in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg is the perfect place to get a bird's-eye view of the city and its surrounding mountains. To get to the top, you'll ride in a glass elevator to an observation deck. Once there, you can use viewfinders to get a closer look at the surrounding landscape. 

2. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Spend a few hours under the sea at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, one of the best family-friendly Gatlinburg attractions. This aquarium has 10 themed galleries with sea creatures like sharks, sea turtles and exotic fish. You can also add experiences like penguin encounters and live dive shows to your visit.

3. Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

If your family has a taste for adventure, the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster offers an exciting way to take in the mountain sights while speeding along at up to 35 miles per hour. You can ride down the mountain in a single or double car, using a handbrake to control your speed.

4. Cades Cove

One of the most popular sightseeing destinations in the Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove contains a broad valley with many opportunities to see local wildlife. Driving around the loop circling the cove is a fun, free activity to do when camping in Gatlinburg with your family. You can stop along the way to visit different historic buildings, including three churches, a grist mill, barns and log houses. 

The cove also has several hiking trails for families that want to get out of the car and walk around a bit more. 

5. Roaring Fork Motor Trail

Another free, family-friendly attraction is the Roaring Fork Motor Trail. This 5.5-mile loop trail provides views of nature and historic buildings. Along the route, several hiking trails grant access to some of the most famous waterfalls in the Smokies. 

Explore the Smokies From Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA Holiday

If you're planning a trip to see some top Gatlinburg attractions, you'll need a place to stay. The Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA Holiday is an excellent option for families. The campground has affordable lodging and camping options along with amenities like frisbee golf and a pool to keep everyone entertained. 

Browse the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA Holiday website and book your stay today!

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