Things to See and Do During Your Stay in Gatlinburg

When you stay with Gatlinburg Condominiums by Vacasa, you’ll be in the heart of it all. Just how you plan to spend your trip here is up to you. Here, we’ve compiled some of the best of what there is to see and do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Explore All the Smokies Have to Offer

Covering over 500,000 acres, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park features hundreds of miles of hiking trails, shorter nature trails, fishing streams, magnificent waterfalls, and wildlife. It is visited by over 10 million travelers annually, making it the most popular park in the system. It’s definitely a can’t-miss destination if you’re coming into town. 

 

Besides the National Park, there are many state and federally run recreation centers around the Smokies. Tubing, horseback riding, ziplining, and every other outdoor adventure can be found in the Smoky Mountain Area.

 

Here are a few of our favorite state parks that offer up some unique experiences:

  • Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park.Here, you’ll find some of the best kayaking and rafting in the state. Plus, you can visit the Ocoee Olympic site.
  • Warriors' Path State Park. This park has lots of history and plenty of recreational activities, but it’s Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground that makes it extra special. This playground is designed for those children with special needs, who often get left out of the excitement in some traditional playgrounds. 
  • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.Historic sites, a museum, and a theater depicting the history of the area are just a few of the reasons to visit Sycamore Shoals State Park. 

Catch a Dinner Show

There’s plenty of dinner theater options in the Gatlinburg area, one of the most notable being the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud. At this show, the Hatfields and the McCoys invite you to help settle their differences “mountain-style.” There’s singing, dancing, stunts, and comedy—plus an all-you-can-eat southern meal.  

 

Alternatively, the Grand Majestic Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge offers several distinctive and entertaining shows—there’s sure to be something here for everyone. Fan of Motown? Catch the Soul of Motown, a tribute featuring songs by Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and much more. Prefer country music? You’ll love Country Tonite, which features singing, dancing, comedy, gospel, American patriotism, and much more.

 

No trip to the Gatlinburg area would be complete without a little Dolly Parton, so don’t miss Dolly's Stampede. For magic enthusiasts, check out Terry Evanswood at The Grand Majestic Theater for mind-boggling acts. Finally, get your tickets for Hit Parade if you’re interested in a high-energy singing and dancing sensation that will take you on a trip from the 50’s and 60's. 

Visit a distillery 

There’s plenty of distilleries to choose from in the area depending on what you’d like to try. Gatlinburg is the home of Sugarlands Distilling Company, known for their moonshine, whiskey, and unique spirits like Sippin’ Cream in a range of flavors. Drop in for tours, tasting, workshops, and other events. 

 

Also local to Gatlinburg is Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, where you’ll find authentic, working moonshine stills and distillers happy to teach visitors about the history and lore of moonshining in Tennessee.

 

If you’re staying in Pigeon Forge, check out sister site Ole Smoky Moonshine Barn. This smaller setting provides a more intimate experience with the same thrills of an onsite still and tasting area. The Barn also sells Ole Smoky products, including moonshine, and has a performance stage for entertainment acts.

Explore Local Attractions 

There’s no shortage of unique and interesting tourist attractions in close proximity to our vacation rentals. 

 

  • Dollywood. This theme park has something for everyone. There’s more than 50 world-class rides, including a water park, exclusive shows, and award-winning dining—mountain views are the cherry on top. 
  • Ripley’s Odditorium. Get ready to have your curiosity piqued and be delighted by all the eccentric exhibits Ripley’s Odditorium has to offer—there’s even an aquarium. It may be the weirdest place in Gatlinburg, but how many other people can say they’ve seen the Last Supper made out of lint?
  • Titanic Museum. This interactive Titanic ship replica includes options to steer the ship, send an SOS signal, touch an iceberg, and learn about the ship, passengers, and crew.
  • Gatlin’s Fun Center. Located in the center of downtown Gatlinburg, Fort Fun provides eight family activities to choose from, making it easy to spend an entire day here. Check out their mix of indoor and outdoor activities: 2 mini-golf courses, laser tag, a laser maze, bumper cars, escape rooms, and more.