What to Do on a Rainy Day in Gatlinburg

When you’re in the Great Smoky Mountains, rainy days and Mondays don’t have to get you down. With dozens of fun indoor attractions, even the wet weather offers a chance to play. From a world-class aquarium and dinner shows to arcade games and shopping, there is no shortage of things to do on a rainy day in the Smokies.

And while we can’t do anything about the Monday blues when you’re at home, we can say that the thoughts of the upcoming work week will be far away when you’re relaxing at your cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains or playing the day away in downtown Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.

 So as you plan your next vacation to the Smokies, forget about weather worries. Know that you’ll have plenty of things to do on rainy days, and we have a few great rainy day activities on your vacation to the Smoky Mountains. 

  1. Explore underseas at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
  2. Walk in a passenger’s shoes at the Titanic Museum Attraction.
  3. Play games and share an Ogle Dog at Fannie Farkle’s in downtown Gatlinburg.
  4. Get in some laughs at The Comedy Barn Theater.
  5. Try to avoid the zombies – while you avoid the rain – at Outbreak: Dread the Undead.
  6. Play pool, foosball, arcade games, air hockey, and more in a cabin with a rec room.
  7. Meet some new animal friends at the Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo (plenty of animals live inside here).
  8. Sit back for an awesome show at the Smoky Mountain Opry.
  9. Spend the afternoon putting around with indoor mini golf at Crave Golf Club! 
  10. Stay dry while twirling around the rink with indoor ice skating at Ober Gatlinburg.
  11. See how you stack up against the record makers at Ripley’s Guinness World of Records Museum.
  12. Forget bad weather and splash around in your private indoor pool in your cabin rental. 
  13. Take a tour and sip on some wine at Sugarland Cellars Winery.
  14. Watch the athletes in action at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud dinner show.
  15. Try to break out of prison at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge at The Island.
  16. Step out of the rain and into the blacklight miniature golf course at Circus Golf on the Parkway in Gatlinburg.
  17. Meet and pose with celebrities at the Hollywood Wax Museum.
  18. Let the kids have some educational fun at the upside-down building – WonderWorks – on the Parkway in downtown Pigeon Forge. 
  19. Take a drive around Cades Cove; you’ll still get some awesome views while staying in the car.
  20. Wind your way through Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze before filling up a bag at the Candy Factory – perfect for enjoying on a rainy day back at the cabin.
  21. Check off “go to a zany niche museum” on your bucket list with a stop at The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. 
  22. Chow down on a hearty meal while watching talented performers with their incredible horses at Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge. 
  23. Grab an umbrella and pop in and out of the stores at the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville.
  24. Catch one of the many shows at Dollywood if a rain shower puts a pause on your roller coaster riding. 
  25. Play laser tag at the LazerPort Fun Center in Pigeon Forge.

Rainy Day Activities in the Cabin
Downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge boast lots of rainy day fun, but curling up in your Smoky Mountain cabin is a great rainy day activity as well. Our cabins feature fully equipped kitchens that are perfect for baking cookies and making your favorite comfort foods on those rainy days in the mountains. They also feature comfortable living rooms where you can play board games and watch TV, soothing hot tubs on covered decks (for soaking no matter the weather), Wi-Fi for some online shopping or catching up on the news, and so many other perks that will make rainy days memorable days during your getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains. 

Our Perfect Rainy Day at a Smoky Mountain Cabin​​

  • Wake up, brew a pot of coffee, and sip away as you sit in a rocking chair and watch the rain fall over the trees
  • Whip up a quick breakfast in the cabin before putting on some cozy socks and curling up in front of the fireplace with a good book
  • Flip on the TV for a bit or play around in the game room with friends
  • Make lunch for an indoor picnic – or a picnic on the deck
  • Cozy up for a quick afternoon nap in a king-size bed
  • Finish the day with movie night in the theater, a big family dinner at the dining table (maybe with a view?!), card games late into the night, s’mores and chats around the firepit, or cocktails in the cabin

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