Enjoy all the exciting things to do in the Gatlinburg area.
Attractions, shops, restaurants, and more.
Gatlinburg and the surrounding area are full of fun things to do for everyone! Whether you want to go for a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains or take a relaxing ride on the Gatlinburg SkyLift, you’ll never run out of activities to enjoy when you visit. The best part is that all the popular shops, restaurants, and attractions are a short walk or drive away from The Gatlinburg River Inn by Rocky Waters!
Browse some of the best things to do in the Gatlinburg area below:
The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge is one of the most popular area attractions! Just a short drive from our hotel, you can see what it was like to be a passenger on the ship. This museum attraction is a celebration of the Titanic, its passengers and its crew. Visitors can walk the Grand Staircase, try to stand on the sloping decks, and learn what it was like on the Titanic by experiencing it first hand!
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
As one of the most popular destinations in Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies brings you close to all kinds of animals. Touch manta rays and horseshoe crabs, watch sharks swim overheard, and learn about all the unique creatures that live in the deep. Just a quick 15 minute walk away, you’ll definitely want to head to the aquarium for lots of fun and learning!
Just a 0.7-mile walk away, Anakeesta is an outdoor family experience everyone will love! Your adventure starts with a Chondola ride up the mountainside to reach Firefly Village’s shops, restaurants, and eateries. The kids will love being 40 to 60 feet above the forest floor on the Tree Canopy Walk, or they can burn off energy on the Treehouse Village Playground. If you’re looking for a thrill, try the Dueling Zipline Adventure or the Rail Runner!
For some of the best views of the Smoky Mountains, ride the Gatlinburg SkyLift! You’ll glide over the forest and be able to look down into the trees and see wildlife. At the SkyDeck, you’ll see scenic views you can’t get anywhere else, and you’ll love the thrilling feeling of walking across the SkyBridge with glass panels at the highest point. On the way back down the mountain, you’ll have an amazing view of downtown Gatlinburg. The SkyLift is only 21 minutes away from us if you walk!
While you’re in the Gatlinburg area, make time to visit one of the top attractions in Tennessee — Dollywood! Dollywood is home more than 40 world-class rides, incredible entertainment, award-winning dining, and more. New its 2019 season is Wildwood Grove, an area where imaginations run wild and visitors can enjoy a variety of family fun. Dollywood is only a 15-minute drive from our hotel! You don’t want to miss the chance to experience everything this theme park has to offer.
Gatlinburg’s Arts & Crafts Community
If you’re searching for the perfect souvenir to remember your Gatlinburg vacation, there is no better place to visit than Gatlinburg’s Arts & Crafts Community. Less than 5 miles from our Gatlinburg hotel, this 8-mile loop road features over 100 artists and craftsmen. You’ll find carvers, weavers, potters, and dozens of other artisans. It’s also home to some delicious restaurants, like Three Jimmy’s and Glades Soda Fountain.
Ole Smoky Moonshine
When you visit Gatlinburg, don’t miss the chance to sample some Smoky Mountain moonshine! One of the best places to visit is Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery. Also called “The Holler,” this location is America’s most visited distillery and is only a mile from our hotel. You can tour the distillery, sample some of their homegrown shine, and listen to live music! Other popular distilleries in the Gatlinburg area include, Doc Collier Moonshine, Sugarlands Distilling Company, Old Forge Distillery, and the Ole Smoky Moonshine Barn at The Island.
Ober Gatlinburg is a fun attraction to visit in Gatlinburg all year round! One of the most popular things to do in Gatlinburg is hit the slopes at this attraction during the winter, whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing. During the summer, you can cool off on exciting water rides. Throughout the year, visit Ober Gatlinburg to go ice skating, see wildlife, ride a mountain coaster, or try a scenic chairlift! The Aerial Tramway station in downtown Gatlinburg is less than 2 miles from our hotel.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
There’s a reason the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country. With more than 850 miles of hiking trails, 2,000 miles of streams, and an abundance of wildlife, the national park is the best place to visit to see the natural beauty of the Smokies up close. Our hotel puts you just minutes away from the entrance to the park, which means you can have a blast exploring everything it has to offer!