You’ll find plenty of great outdoor activities when visiting the Smoky Mountains, like scenic hiking trails and incredible mountain views! But sometimes the weather doesn’t exactly cooperate with your plans to spend time outside. Will you have a backup plan if that happens? Gatlinburg is home to several exciting indoor activities to enjoy when heavy rains or even snow comes! Here are 5 must-try indoor activities in Gatlinburg:
1. Family Fun at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Explore more than 350 different species of fascinating aquatic animals inside Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! One of the more informational and educational indoor activities in Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Aquarium is an 85,000 square-foot facility full of interactive exhibits including a shark lagoon, an ocean realm of fish, a stingray lagoon, a tropical rainforest full of unique animals, a penguin playhouse, a coral reef and a discovery center! Children in particular love to see these animals in person while learning all about their history, habitats and unique characteristics.
2. Explore the Hollywood Star Cars Museum
Explore some of the most interesting cars from some of the most famous movies and TV shows in history at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum! If you have a passion for fast cars and popular movies/TV shows you’re going to have a blast here! Hollywood Star Cars Museum features these famous cars in recreated settings, displayed with lights, sound and action! Many of the cars you’ll find are creations of George Barris, who has created more famous movie and TV cars than anyone.
3. Experience Adventure at Gatlin’s Fun Center
The number of exciting things you can do inside at Gatlin’s Fun Center just goes on and on! Gatlin’s Fun Center provides high-quality fun for everyone in your group regardless of age! You’ll find multiple escape rooms, laser tag, bumper cars, black light golf, a laser maze and shopping inside. Your children can spend a whole day here having a blast! The best part is that parents end up having a great time too, so bring the whole family along.
4. Try Beers at Gatlinburg Brewing Company
Folks with a passion for craft beer love stopping by Gatlinburg Brewing Company! This establishment serves “evolutionary craft beer and cutting-edge craft pizza”! Gatlinburg Brewing Company always has a long list of craft beers on tap, from hearty stouts to pales ales to IPAs to seltzers to fruity saisons! Make sure to try out several different styles by ordering a tasting flight. Ten-inch, brick-oven pizzas offer a tasty meal while you sip on some ice cold brews.
5. Moonshine Tasting at Ole Smoky Moonshine
The best moonshine in the country is served here in the Smoky Mountains! Ole Smoky Moonshine crafts its liquors from a century-old recipe, distilled with eyebrow-raising flavor! In addition to moonshine, Ole Smoky serves up whiskeys and canned cocktails. Try moonshine flavors like Butter Pecan, Mountain Java, Margarita, seasonal Shine Nog and much more. Whiskeys include options like Mango Habanero, Peach and Root Beer. Participate in a free tour of the distillery to see just how these delicious moonshines are crafted!
Learn more about our Adventure Power Pass to learn how you can receive free tickets to indoor activities in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains! We look forward to seeing you soon!