Summer Attractions In Gatlinburg TN

Summer in Gatlinburg offers each visitor coming to the area with plenty of opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities in either Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. All of the local attractions are in full swing during the warmer spring and summer months. A lot of the attractions are family friendly so you can bet there is something for everyone! If your family loves the outdoor and new adventures or if your family would rather enjoy more low key and indoor attractions Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge has it covered. Below is a list of great attractions for your entire family to enjoy indoor or outdoor while vacationing in the Smokies.

Gatlinburg Summers Attractions


One of the best ideas for your vacation in regards to attractions is reserving a Gatlinburg cabin with a private pool or pool access. Having access to a pool is great for families on a budget. Plus, nothing seems better than relaxing in a pool during the hot summer months.


Trout fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities to enjoy during a summer vacation in the Smokies. Gatlinburg has several streams and rivers that is perfect for anyone needing to spend some time relaxing while you are fishing. The streams and rivers are well stocked and you can enjoy fishing inside the Gatlinburg city limits or in the National Park. You do need a fishing license though if you plan on fishing in Gatlinburg.

Whitewater Rafting

Rafting in the Smokies is a fun activity that any age can enjoy. If you are an avid rafter or just a beginning rafter there are rapids for everyone to enjoy. A must-try rafting company is Rafting in the Smokies. They have 32 years of rafting experience and are friendly and professional with every trip they take you on. The prices are reasonable and the rapids are fun. What better way to spend a hot summer day in the Smokies?

Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the most talked about attractions in the Smokies and there is a new exhibit that just opened so if you love penguins you do not want to miss this!! Ripley’s Aquarium has everything from river fish to sea fish and at Ripley’s you can even get up close and personal to a real sting ray in the “touch a ray, bay”. This is a once in a lifetime experience you will need to the entire family for.

Ober Gatlinburg (Alpine Slide; Water Rides)

Ober Gatlinburg isn’t just a ski resort because in the summer time it turns into your very own amusement park. Hop on the Alpine Slide and twist and turn down the ski slopes while controlling your own speed or wear some water-friendly clothes and hop on some of the many water rides. Check out the Blue Cyclone Rapids and have fun sliding down the water slide, all while catching an amazing view of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.


Check out the view of Gatlinburg from the treetops at Gatlinburg Zip Lines. This 30 minute “zip” through the treetops will have you going down 9 exciting ziplines with 6 swinging treetop canopys. Trained and certified employees will harness you in and make sure you will have the time of your life at Gatlinburg Ziplines. There is also now a Twilight Night Tour, in case you are feeling ready for a thrill.


If you are an avid hiker there are plenty of hiking trails to enjoy in the National Park and Cades Cove. There are small trails for beginners and larger, more strenuous trails for those that enjoy hiking on the side. Hiking gives you the chance to get up close and personal with wildlife and the beautiful scenery in the area. Pack snacks, water, and bring your hiking shoes for a long day of hiking in Gatlinburg.

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