Unique Shops in Gatlinburg

Whether you’re coming to the Smokies with a groups of girlfriends, your family, or friends from your local community, nothing unites a group quite like shopping! Gatlinburg is just the place to begin your shopping adventure with unique shops from start to finish on the Parkway. Enjoy an afternoon at The Village Shops, or check out any number of the variety of stores we have listed in the Gatlinburg Shopping Directory.

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Through the Eyes of Babes

Fun for the youngest kids in the Smokies

The Smoky Mountains are the perfect vacation destination for all kinds of families, especially those with little ones! Sometimes, traveling with young kids can be a challenge. They are not old enough for this attraction or tall enough for that one. But in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you can find all kinds of options for even the youngest visitors to the Smokies.
Below we’ve listed four must-see attractions that will keep your little ones happy and entertained during their trip to the Smoky Mountains. And you know what that means—when you’re little ones are having a great time, you are too! So be sure to make plans to visit at least one of these exciting attractions during your family’s getaway. Continue reading

10 Things You Should Know Before Heading to Gatlinburg

1. Peak seasons include mid-summer (June 15-August 15) and the entire month of October. If you’ve traveled to Gatlinburg in the past, your one complaint might be the heavy traffic and crowded streets. To avoid this chaos as much as possible, plan to visit Gatlinburg during its less-crowded seasons. Mid-summer and October are peak seasons, but there are plenty of things to see and do all year round!

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Free Fourth-Grade Fun: Every Kid in a Park

Any fourth graders in the family? If so, your child and your family qualify to enjoy America’s natural wonders and historic sites for FREE thanks to Every Kid in a Park!
Don’t know what we’re talking about? Every Kid in a Park is a program created by President Barack Obama that allows your kids to discover the wildlife, resources, and history of the United States for one full year without paying a dime.

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Must-See Holiday Events & Attractions in Gatlinburg

The holiday season is a magical time to visit the Smokies. Starting in November, the streets of Gatlinburg will light up with $1.6 million worth of lights and displays that commemorate this special time of year. Enjoy walking the streets of downtown Gatlinburg, or you can ride the Gatlinburg Trolley to take in this amazing sight. The Trolley Ride of Lights runs at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 each evening from November 12, 2015 to January 31, 2016 and costs $5 per person.

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A Day at the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community

Located on an eight-mile loop a short drive from downtown Gatlinburg, the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community plays an important role in the area’s past and present. The community, which is the largest group of independent artisans in North America, is integral to the history, tourism, and culture of the Smokies. Today, the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community brings in thousands of tourists each year. But even before tourism was a part of the economy, the handmade goods created by the people of the area served a more practical purpose. Locals used the goods – baskets, clothing, pottery, quilts, and more – to meet their everyday needs.

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2015 Halloween Events in the Smokies

If you’re looking for the perfect place to celebrate Halloween this year, head to the Smoky Mountains. With ghost tours and live Halloween-themed magic shows, haunted mansions and so much more, the Smokies has Halloween fun for the whole family this October. Try one of these 2015 events during your visit:

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Fall Fun at Ober Gatlinburg

No Smoky Mountain vacation is complete without a visit to the one-of-a-kind Ober Gatlinburg. This one-stop shop for family recreation and fun has plenty in store for you this fall—including its 6th annual Oktoberfest starting at the end of September – and several year-round attractions that are perfect for enjoying the crisp mountain air and gorgeous fall foliage. Ober Gatlinburg is located just off the Parkway in Gatlinburg, right up Ski Mountain Road. Read on for more information about what you can look forward to at this family-friendly attraction this fall.

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