Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have their staples. Attractions, restaurants, activities that have stood the test of time and are at the top of many vacationers’ must-do lists. Skiing at Ober Gatlinburg. Exploring underseas at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Breakfast at the Pancake Pantry. Outdoor fun in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Shows at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. Old-time photos and airbrush t-shirts. Creamy fudge and fresh-pulled taffy. The annual Great Smoky Arts & Crafts shows. Fun days at Dollywood. Dinner shows on the Parkway. All come to mind when we think of the Smoky Mountains.
And while you probably look forward to the “classics” when you’re in the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s always nice to try something new. Gatlinburg is nothing if not forward-thinking when it comes to creating fun new experiences for visitors. From delicious new restaurants to family-friendly attractions, new things are always popping up.
So if you’re planning a getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains, check out what’s new in Gatlinburg!
Delauder’s Smoky Mountain BBQ
One of the newer barbeque spots in the Smokies, Delauder’s is a family owned restaurant that aims to feed guests like they’re family. From pulled pork sandwiches and baby back ribs to sausage and their Smoky Mountain Slaw Dog, they have plenty of tasty BBQ options.
Gatlinburg Brewing Co.
Craft beer has seen a boom in recent years, and the trend hasn’t missed Gatlinburg. Recent law changes have allowed moonshine and whiskey distilleries to pop up, but if you lean towards beer over liquor, head to the new Gatlinburg Brewing Company. The locally owned brewery serves craft beer – brewed right in Gatlinburg – at their brick-and-mortar site (1349 East Parkway) and at many local festivals and events.
Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts
What’s better than a creamy scoop of ice cream while you’re playing in Gatlinburg? How about a fresh-made donut served up alongside it? Get both at Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts (731 East Parkway), where you’ll find ice cream flavors like black cherry, Yellow Brick Road, Super Cow, white chocolate raspberry, orange pineapple, and Smoky Mountain Fudge, to name a few. Order your scoop with a donut on the side, choosing from favorites like red velvet with cream cheese icing, blueberry cake with lemon zest, caramel with sea salt sprinkles, apple fritter, and peanut butter & jelly.
Landshark Bar & Grill
Check back on their website for updates – Landshark Bar & Grill will be coming to Gatlinburg summer 2017!
Mama’s Chicken Kitchen
What’s more Southern than fried chicken? Stop in for the fried chicken and sides you love from Mama’s Farmhouse (in Pigeon Forge), or grab a to-go bucket of chicken for a picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They offer 8, 12, and 20-piece chicken bucket meals, along with buffalo wings, salads, biscuits, fries, and sides like mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed corn, and chicken and dumplings. (1244 East Parkway)
Joe and Pop’s Sub Shoppe
Not far from Rocky Top Sports World (great for feeding a team after a tournament!), this local sandwich shop offers fresh ingredients with subs, wings, cheesesteak sandwiches, and more. Get your sandwich just how you like it, choosing from white, wheat, or a gluten-free wrap; cold, toasted, or steamed; and a nice selection of meats, cheeses, and fresh toppings. They have build-your-own sub options or you can choose from favorites like the Philly Cheesesteak, Scrambled Burger, or the Reuben. They also serve hot dogs, beer, desserts, fries, and kids’ meals.
Coming this summer to Gatlinburg, Anakeesta is a family-friendly attraction with a little bit of everything. Hop on the Chondola for a 12-minute ride up to Anakeesta Mountain (from the Parkway) and get ready for stunning views and plenty of fun. Anakeesta will feature 70 acres of adventure, from ziplines on a treetop canopy tour and a dual-racing zipline to a mountain coaster and treehouse playground. At the Anakeesta Village, shop at the treehouse-themed stores, sit down for a meal at the picnic pavilions, check out views of Mt. LeConte, or stick around to watch the sun set over the mountains!
One of the newer attractions on the Parkway, TopJump Trampoline Park offers high-action fun in the trampoline area, or you can satisfy a sweet tooth in the Sugar Rush Candy Store, try Astro-Ball and lots of climbing lines in the Clip ‘n Climb area, or play for tickets and prizes in the 5,000-square-foot arcade!
Alacatraz East Crime Museum
Learn more about the history of crime while browsing 5 unique galleries: History of Crime, Crime Scene Investigation, The Consequence of Crime, Crime Fighting, and Pop Culture. Each gallery features interactive exhibits for kids and adults.
Smith Creek Moonshine
Located at the Tanger Outlets, Smith Creek Moonshine features a moonshine cocktail bar, tasting bar, and a store with bottles of moonshine, clothing, jams and sauces, dry rubs, and more!