Dad does a lot for you all year long, so now it’s time to celebrate him a little! While we can never repay our dads for all they’ve done in our lives, we can show them some extra appreciation on the one day a year devoted to them – Father’s Day. And what better way to show Dad you love and appreciate him than a trip to a place where the great outdoors is celebrated – Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the Great Smoky Mountains. With so many great attractions that dads love, opportunities for outdoor activities, delicious restaurants, breweries, and shops filled with gear for dads of all types – outdoorsmen, techies, movie buffs, music lovers, and athletes – it’s the perfect getaway for a Father’s Day he won’t forget.
If you need some help finding a way to treat Dad this Father’s Day, read on. We have some great places to visit and fun things to do as you celebrate Dad in Gatlinburg this Father’s Day!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Spend a day in the great outdoors as you hike, bike, fish, and go horseback riding with Dad. He’ll love stretching his legs, getting some fresh air, enjoying the views, and getting some quality time with his kid! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited in the national park system for a reason. The scenery is unmatched and there are countless things to do. Best of all, most activities are very inexpensive or completely free. You can treat Dad without breaking the bank, so you’ll have more money to spend on some comfortable accommodations or a great gift to remind him of his time in the Smokies.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
If your Dad loves the unusual, this place is for him. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium features interactive exhibits, a shrunken head, a 12-foot-tall Transformer, a spinning vortex tunnel, and more. There are 16 galleries within the 12,500-square-foot space and 500 exhibits and artifacts across three floors. You could spend hours exploring this house of wonders, and Dad will be impressed with all the one-of-a-kind sights!
Ole Smoky Moonshine
For the dad who wants a taste of the mountains, Ole Smoky Moonshine is a must. Located in the Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler in the heart of Gatlinburg, enjoy tastings of a variety of moonshines – apple pie, cinnamon, butterscotch, margarita, orange, White Lightnin’, and Original, to name a few – and live music just outside. Let him pick out a hat, t-shirt, and a jar of moonshine to take home, and he’ll be a happy camper.
Rocky Top Sports World
Hosting sports events throughout the year, this huge sports facility is the place to check out games and tournaments, from basketball and volleyball to soccer and kickball. Really want to impress Dad this Father’s Day? They even offer party packages for all ages – what a unique and awesome experience for Dad!
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
Offering haunts year-round, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is for the dad with guts. Live actors in Hollywood-grade costumes and makeup are hiding among the state-of-the-art scenes. He’ll love getting spooked around every corner and seeing you get freaked out as well!
The Pancake Pantry
Before a day of fun in town, let Dad fill up with a stack of fluffy pancakes and a plate of crispy bacon. The Pancake Pantry is one of the area’s most popular breakfast spots, serving up all your favorite breakfast staples, plus unique flavors.
Give dad a Father’s Day he won’t forget with a Gatlinburg getaway! And don’t forget to find an awesome cabin to stay in. Our cabins offer something for everyone, and many have all the amenities a dad could want. Pick one with a big screen TV, a game room, a private indoor pool, or a nice grill on a deck with a view. Let him kick back, relax, and enjoy some downtime on his day. It’s sure to be a Father’s Day to remember!