Things to Do in Gatlinburg, TN
Tucked into the hills of the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is a vibrant city with a historic mountain charm. Gatlinburg offers exciting activities, entertainment, outdoor adventures, and attractions, including the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle, the Aerial Tramway to Ober Gatlinburg, and the Ripley's Aquarium Of The Smokies. Ride the Gatlinburg Trolley or enjoy a day of shopping and beer tasting in downtown, all just steps away from the historic Belle Aire Motel.
Our historic hotel puts you within walking distance of downtown Gatlinburg, packed with shops, restaurants, entertainment, and attractions. Explore popular sights like the SkyLift, Gatlinburg Space Needle, and the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
Have a blast this all-season amusement park and ski area in the Smoky Mountains above Gatlinburg. During winters, hit the slopes for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. During the summer, enjoy water slides and summer tubing.
Gatlinburg SkyBridge & Skylift
Experience the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the country at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. Ride the Gatlinburg SkyLift to the top of Crockett Mountain, where you can hop off on the SkyDeck and take in stunning mountain and valley views.
The Gatlinburg Trolley is the best way to get around town and see the sights. Gatlinburg has 20 trolleys that service 50 miles in and around Gatlinburg so you can hop off at your favorite attraction and explore. The Gatlinburg Trolley is only $2 for unlimited rides.
Gatlinburg Space Needle
Ride to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle for the most spectacular views of the city and the Smoky Mountains. Steps of our hotel, the Gatlinburg Space Needle is a 407-foot-tall observation tower that offers 360-degree views of the area.
Ripley’s Aquarium Of The Smokies
Explore the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies for exciting marine life experiences and encounters. Walk through the underwater tunnel and see sharks, snappers, tarpons, penguins, and giant stingrays. Touch a jellyfish, reach your hand into a tank full of stingrays, or feed a green sea turtle.
Gatlinburg Convention Center
Located right across the street from the hotel, the Gatlinburg Convention Center features 148,000 square-feet of flexible meeting and event spaces, including an auditorium, a ballroom, and the Great Hall.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Explore 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 Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the best place to admire the natural beauty of the Smokies. Hike to a beautiful waterfall, drive the Cades Cove Loop, and see historic structures. Our hotel is less than a mile away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Located in Pigeon Forge, the Titanic Museum is a celebration of the famous ship, passengers, and crew. Take a self-guided tour and see 400 personal and private artifacts from the ship and walk a replica of the Grand Staircase.
Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park
Check out Gatlinburg's top adventure park. Rowdy Bear Mountain offers thrilling rides, including the Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster - a gravity propelled coaster that reaches speeds up to 35 miles per hour as you wind through the woods and enjoy breathtaking views. Try the Mountain Glider, a suspended single rail coaster - the first of its kind in the world - that takes you through the treetops.
One of the most popular things to do in Gatlinburg is to go moonshine tasting! Gatlinburg is home to a bunch of distilleries that offer tastings for a small fee. Head to renowned distilleries including the Ole Smoky Moonshine, offering guided tours, moonshine taskings, and live music.