Ideas For Planning Your Spring Trip With Things To Do In Gatlinburg TN
Mar 25, 2013
Spring Trip Planning Ideas with Things To Do In Gatlinburg TN
Gatlinburg Tennessee is gorgeous year-round, but it’s especially exhilarating in the spring. The streams begin to babble and flow once more and the trees come alive with buds and leaves. Most striking is when the snow melts and gives way to a tremendous display of color and fragrance: the blooming of the Smoky Mountain wildflowers. March through May in Gatlinburg is a showcase of tulips, trilliums, violets, irises, petunias, orchids – over 1,500 kinds of flowers altogether. In fact, the range of plant life here is greater than any other spot on earth, save for some tropical places. That’s because the Smoky Mountains have not been affected by major geologic forces over the centuries. Therefore, the glorious forms of wildlife in this area have never been disturbed much but instead have been allowed to grow in a diverse biosphere.
When you plan a spring vacation in Gatlinburg, which is now a major resort destination for travelers the world over, you’ll have many options in terms of attractions to visit and activities for a variety of things to do in Gatlinburg TN. There are world-class golf courses, trails for jogging, hiking and riding horses, plenty of swimming pools and a staggering number of places to fish or just lie around and sun yourself.
If you come at Easter, you can attend the Easter Show that the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community puts on each year. It offers the proverbial fun for the whole family, including demonstrations of craftspeople at work and many pieces of art on exhibition. In addition, Ober Gatlinburg, one of the region’s major ski resorts, offers a mountaintop Easter morning service, with transportation to the summit, and a giant buffet breakfast afterwards.
Ober Gatlinburg offers plenty of springtime recreation as well. It boasts a slide that weaves around the mountain, an indoor ice-skating arena, a miniature golf course, a scenic tram ride, an old-fashioned carousel, a park for young children, an arcade, and a section where visitors can come face to face with those veritable mascots of the Smoky Mountains, the black bears. Kids will especially adore the antics of the cubs.
Ober Gatlinburg is only one facility offering excitement in the spring. Ripley’s operates one of their signature ‘Believe It or Not’ museums in town, as well as a maze of mirrors, a haunted house and even Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, among other offerings. The Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre stages musicals and other performances throughout the year. Plenty of ziplines are available for those who like the idea of plunging down the side of a mountain. And Gatlinburg contains more than its share of quaint, rustic shops and cozy little restaurants.
Finally, what time of year is more romantic than the springtime? With that in mind, you might want to bring the love of your life to Gatlinburg to get married, or to renew your wedding vows. This greater Gatlinburg area is home to at least twenty different wedding chapels, and the process of obtaining a marriage license here is simple and streamlined.
By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.