Traveling to a new and exciting place can leave your mind spinning with plans…and perhaps a little fear of an unknown area. While attractions are aplenty in the Great Smoky Mountains, an easy way to play, shop, and dine all day is visiting one-stop attractions. This way you get to try local food favs, pick up nice souvenirs, and keep everyone entertained without eating phone battery with GPS, missing the right turn (several times), and hopping in and out of the car all day.
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have a unique selection of all-in-one fun attractions — outfitted with activities for all ages, shops galore, and top restaurant picks! Whether you’re in TN for a romantic retreat, family vacation, corporate retreat, or girls’ getaway, have a blast in town without the hassle at one-stop Smoky Mountain attractions.
Featuring skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in winter plus year-round activities, Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area offers fun for all in every season. Pirouette on the ice rink, tap friends aboard your ice bumper car, zoom at your chosen speed on the Ski Mountain Coaster, climb the rock wall to new heights, greet river otters at the Wildlife Encounter, putt putt to victory at mini golf, and ride the classic carousel…to start!
And don’t forget the many shops filled to the brim with Smoky Mountain souvenirs! Purchase sweets from Mountaineer Kandy Kitchen, visit O’Bears Playhouse, browse jewelry at The Silver Galleon, and grab new snow gear at Ski Mountain Sports. In between playtimes, recharge with snacks and meals at convenient eateries, like the Sidewalk Cafe with pepperoni pizza and the Seasons of Ober Restaurant with homemade dishes.
When: Varies by Activity (open year-round minus 11 days for maintenance, April 22 – May 2)
Where: 1001 Parkway, Suite 2, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Play from dawn until dusk at Anakeesta — an aerial adventure park atop a majestic mountain with stunning panoramic views. This magical experience will have you grinning from ear to ear for years to come. Journey to the top aboard the scenic Chondola, stroll 60 feet in the air along the Tree Canopy Walk, challenge your bestie to a race on the Dueling Zipline Adventure, be enchanted by Vista Gardens, and oh-so-much more!
Refuel with char-grilled burgers and relax with specialty cocktails at the Cliff Top Grill & Bar or dine at Anakeesta Smokehouse, where top-notch BBQ and Alabama hot slaw will make your mouth water. Either way, you must try a creamy and cool sundae at Pearl’s Pie in the Sky! And before you head down the mountain, stop by the Great Outdoors Trading Company and Catching Fireflies for a nifty souvenir.
When: 10AM – 8PM daily (subject to change with inclement weather)
Where: 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Envisioned and brought to life by Dolly Parton, Dollywood embodies the heritage of the Smokies in a creative and fun way so visitors to the area can return home with a little Smoky Mountain charm in their memory pockets. Epic rides, seasonal shows, local crafts, musical events, annual festivals, delectable eateries, tons of shops, and more await!
Scream aboard the Tennessee Tornado, attend the Wings of America aviary show, visit the Chasing Rainbows interactive museum, watch closely as local crafters showcase their skills, and take the VIP Tour. Stay energized with cinnamon bread at The Grist Mill, buffet bonuses at Aunt Granny’s Restaurant, and 50s favorites at Red’s Drive-in. And remember to pick up something special before leaving, like magic tricks, fashion statements, old-timey goods, and toys.
Visiting in summer? Check out Dollywood Splash Country, boasting cool rides, a chill lazy river, and a refreshing wave pool.
When: Varies by Season
Where: 2700 Dollywood Parks Boulevard, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Offering affordable fun for all, The Island is a local favorite for sure! This entertainment and shopping complex harbors a unique mix of family-friendly activities, noteworthy restaurants, and unique boutiques. Attempt to flee prison at The Escape Game, kiss your sweetheart at the tippy top of the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, find your way through the ropes course, shoot targets at a moonshine camp, and snap a few old-time photos in full costume.
Ready to shop and dine? Hit up Timberwood Grill for a salmon avocado salad, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen for Georgia fried catfish, or Dick’s Last Resort for a rack of ribs (and a bucket of laughs). Browse through 43 shops spread across the isle, buying everything that strikes your fancy — from beef jerky, rock candy, and wine to home décor, jewelry, and monogrammed shirts!
When: Varies by Season (open year-round)
Where: 131 The Island Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Cabins for YOU
Speaking of all-in-one fun, forget bland hotels and opt for a memorable cabin experience in the Smokies. From private pools and outdoor hot tubs to home theaters and game-loaded rec rooms, Cabins for YOU offers tons of entertaining amenities plus homey conveniences, like FREE Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens, and washer/dryer sets. Browse 350+ properties ranging from 1-16 bedrooms or fill out our Options for YOU easy-peasy online form, and we’ll send our top picks straight to you!
When: 24/7 & 365!
Where: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, TN
Get ready for terrific times and memorable moments with loved ones at all-in-one attractions and amenity-packed cabins in the Great Smoky Mountains!