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Gatlinburg Attractions

Since there are so many things to do while visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee we have made a guide to help you decide on which attraction is a must see. While planning your Cabin Vacation review the below list of attractions. Also remember the savings you receive by using Heartland Cabin Rentals Gateway To Fun Pass.  We hope the list of Gatlinburg attractions is helpful in planning your trip. 

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Ripleys Aquarium Of The Smokies

There was a time when all that visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains wanted to do was catch a glimpse of a real-life black bear. For more than a decade now, thanks to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the mighty bear has been sharing the spotlight with some unlikely competition—sharks. The aquarium’s collection of sharks and other fascinating ocean creatures has helped make this downtown Gatlinburg attraction most visited attractions in the area.  You will receive a free Ripley Aquarium ticket with each paid night of your reservation!

Ripleys Believe it or Not

There is always something strange going on in downtown Gatlinburg and on any given day, there’s a good chance it’s taking place at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium.  This Ripleys museum of the strange and unusual is located on the corner of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail near the Space Needle.

Hollywood Car Museum

The Hollywood Star Cars Museum in Gatlinburg is the place for you. That’s where you’ll find more than 40 cars made famous by Hollywood. And in the process, you’ll also learn a lot about the secrets of movie magic.

Gatlinburg Space Needle

You don’t always have to climb a mountaintop or stay in one of our Gatlinburg Cabins to get a bird’s-eye view of the Gatlinburg area. In fact, some of the best views in town are just an elevator ride away when you head to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, located downtown at the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort

Make suure to plan you activities ahead of time so that you can enjoy every moment of your trip. When you think of Ober Gatlinburg, the first images that come to mind may be of skiers and snowboarders shushing their way down a snow-packed mountainside. And while that’s how the resort first made a name for itself, this Gatlinburg attraction has a lot to offer Smoky Mountain visitors all year long.

Cooters Place

For anyone who grew up during the days when Bo and Luke Duke spent one night a week in our living rooms trying to outrun the law in the General Lee, Cooters Place is just the ticket for all you fans of The Dukes of Hazzard. And it’s got your name written all over it.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts have always been a part of Gatlinburg's very identity, from the day-to-day culture and folkways of 19th-century survival to the sales of local crafts in the early 1900s that helped launch the Smokies tourism industry. For nearly 50 years, the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts has played a crucial role in carrying on those traditions by teaching them to new generations.

Gatlinburg Winterfest

Gatlinburg has been a tourist destination for some 75 years, but for much of that time, the city was primarily a summertime stop. However, for nearly 25 years, folks have been flocking to Gatlinburg and its nearby Great Smoky Mountains during what was traditionally referred to as the "off season." That off season isn't as off as it used to be thanks to Winterfest, a four-month-long celebration of winter that is observed in Gatlinburg as well as in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

Gatlinburg Dinning

At Heartland Rentals, all of our Gatlinburg cabins come with fully equipped kitchens, complete with modern appliances, cookware, dishes and everything else you could need to prepare your own feasts. But we also know that when you're on the road, it's fun to dine out. So if you're staying in one of our Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals, Gatlinburg has lots of restaurant options. In fact, there are more than we could cover in just one page, so we added a second page of Dinning. The good news is that Gatlinburg has something for every palate and every pocketbook.

Sweet Fanny Adams Theater

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, is the area’s oldest music theater with nearly 35 years of merriment and mayhem under its belt. They bill themselves as the area’s only alternative to country music shows, and what you see after settling into your seat is, indeed, 100 percent unique, which may also explain why the theater was designated by the city of Gatlinburg as a Historical Treasure in 1996.

Trout Fishing

Consider doing a little trout fishing on your next trip to Gatlinburg. That’s right, fishing. This area is known for its trout, and whether you’re alone as a couple or hanging out as a family, you’d be surprised how much fun and bonding time you can have trying to get one of those shiny little swimmers to take the bait.

Creepy Fun in Gatlinburg

Looking for a scary good time in Gatlinburg, Tennessee? You don’t have to be in town during Halloween to tangle with ghosts and goblins. In fact, there are several ways you can get the creeps all year long thanks to some spooky Gatlinburg attractions.

Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community

After the Great Smoky Mountains and the national park themselves, it was arts and crafts that brought the first tourists to Gatlinburg in the 1930s. For the area’s early settlers, activities like making quilts, baskets, candles and pottery were simply a way of life and a matter of survival. However, in the early 20th century, folks turned their skills into a profit-making venture, and the seeds of the crafts industry were sown.

White Water Rafting near Gatlinburg

Rafting season in the Smokies generally runs from spring into early fall, although the most popular visitation times are between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That’s when the water flow—often controlled by dams, depending on the river—is both its steadiest and its warmest. Earlier in spring and later in September, you may find an East Tennessee river to be a breathtakingly chillier experience.