There is a place that is eager to share its natural beauty, and welcomes you into town with some of the top family-friendly attractions in the South. Both of these things can be yours when you plan a family trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Although it might be just a short trip from your front door, The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains feels like it is miles away from anywhere else. You'll meet people from all over the world during your Gatlinburg family vacation, and make lasting memories along the way.
Eastern Tennessee is a coveted vacation spot because of its proximity to the breathtaking Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Like any other resort community, there are lots of great places to stay in Gatlinburg with your family. Enjoy a few nights at the charming Kingwood Inn. It's close to many of the fun family attractions in Gatlinburg, such as the National Park, Dollywood and the Aerial Tramway. This two-story lodge also has an outdoor heated pool, a sun deck with barbecue grills and rooms with WiFi. However, you may choose instead to stay at the Sidney James Mountain Lodge when you plan your family trip to Gatlinburg. You'll be close to downtown attractions like the Convention Center, and outdoor attractions like the Historic Nature Trail. You can walk a few blocks to one of the many great places to eat in Gatlinburg, or enjoy a ride on the trolley.
If you're looking for a more urban vibe, try the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort. You and your family can enjoy a weekend in your own condo complete with kitchen facilities. This Gatlinburg resort is packed with things to do with kids, such as the two swimming pools outside. There's also a convenient on-site store to pick up last-minute items. There are plenty of other kid-friendly hotels in Gatlinburg. Each guestroom at the Reagan Resorts Inn is designed to help you relax and unwind for a few days. The Reagan Resorts is also close to many of the great places to eat in Gatlinburg, like Fannie Farkle's Family Fun Parlor and Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze and Candy Factory.
If your family enjoys water parks, a Gatlinburg tour is a terrific idea. The massive 60,000 square foot Wild Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark is the largest of its kind in the South. You can drift along the lazy river or plummet down the Laurel Falls waterslide. Kids three and under are free. If you're more of a land-lubber, check out Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. With more than 10,000 fish from 350 species, the Aquarium is one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg with kids. Younger visitors enjoy the interactive Discovery Center, while teens and tweens flock to the one-of-a-kind Touch a Ray exhibit. When you plan a family trip to Gatlinburg, don't miss Dollywood. More than 2.5 million visitors come to the park every year, and it's easy to see why. You can enjoy the huge thrill rides or visit a craft store to pick up some authentic Smoky Mountain gift items; you can even hit the ski slopes if you visit during the winter. At the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park, you can enjoy alpine sledding and ice skating. In warmer weather, the ski lift is a great way to take in all the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.
This charming resort community is a great place to unplug from your busy life for a few days and connect with one another. It all starts when you plan a family trip to Gatlinburg.