Top 4 Things to Do in Gatlinburg on Your Winter Vacation

A log cabin in Gatlinburg covered in snow.

Gatlinburg is beautiful all year round, but there is something magical about visiting Gatlinburg in the winter. You’ll never run out of things to do in Gatlinburg when you visit during the wintertime! From snow activities to indoor entertainment, there is something for everyone! Here are the top 4 things to do in Gatlinburg on your winter vacation:

A man snowboarding down a slope.1. Visit Ober Gatlinburg

From skiing, to snowboarding, to tubing, Ober Gatlinburg has everything you need for a fun day in the snow! Grab your skis and hit the slopes for hours filled with fun! If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, don’t worry. Ober Gatlinburg has qualified instructors that offer lessons in both skiing and snowboarding! The lessons are mandatory for first-time skiers and snowboarders – before you know it, you’ll be hitting the slopes like a pro! Ober Gatlinburg has other exciting activities for visitors to enjoy as well, such as ice skating, the Ski Mountain Coaster, and even an arcade!

2. Go for a Winter Hike

Going for a winter hike is a great way to explore all the beautiful sights in the Smoky Mountains while staying active! Depending on how cold it is, you’ll have the chance to see icicles, snow-covered mountaintops and frozen waterfalls. You’ll want to bring your camera to capture the amazing sights. It’s a great opportunity to escape from all the stress of your everyday lives and spend time enjoying nature. Whether you’re visiting with your family, friends or a significant other, a winter hike is a great activity for everyone to enjoy!

3. See Gorgeous Winter Scenery

A beautiful winter scene in Gatlinburg.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Gatlinburg is stunning during the winter. Luckily, there are plenty of spots to catch the most breathtaking views of the area. Head to the Gatlinburg Space Needle to see the town from 400-feet above, or ride the Gatlinburg Sky Lift to see incredible views of Gatlinburg and the surrounding mountains. See snow dusting the tops of the mountains, and picture-perfect scenery of the whole town. Another great place to spot beautiful views is from the deck of your cabin! We offer cabins with mountain views, so you can sit on your deck or relax in the outdoor hot tub as you stare at the beautiful sight of the Smoky Mountains.

4. Go to Ripley’s Aquarium

If you’re looking for a fun indoor activity to avoid the cold weather, you’ll love Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Ripley’s Aquarium is a fun attraction for people of all ages! You’ll be able to see sharks, sea turtles, jellyfish, stingrays and more during your visit to the aquarium, and you won’t have to worry about the weather getting in the way! If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Glass Bottom Boat Adventure, where you’ll venture into the heart of Shark Lagoon. Just 3 inches of glass will separate you from 12-foot sharks and other exotic sea creatures! It’s the perfect way to spend a fun afternoon in Gatlinburg before returning to your cabin.

With all the entertaining things to do in Gatlinburg, your winter vacation will be a blast! Check out all our amazing vacation rentals and start planning your trip today!