When it comes to fun attractions and activities, you just can’t beat downtown Gatlinburg! Although The Strip is only a few blocks, there is so much going on in the area that you could easily spend your whole vacation on the Parkway without running out of things to do. Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals is pleased to offer a number of wonderful properties that are just minutes away from the center of town. When you stay at our Gatlinburg cabins close to downtown, be sure to check out these three things to do:
1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
A trip to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is an absolute must for anyone visiting Gatlinburg. This awesome attraction was ranked among the top 10 aquariums in the United States by the users of TripAdvisor! Ripley’s is home to over 10,000 sea creatures from all around the world.
One of the most popular exhibits at the aquarium is the Shark Lagoon, where visitors can ride a moving sidewalk through an underwater tunnel that is teeming with the ocean’s most fearsome predators. Another highlight of Ripley’s is the Penguin Playhouse, an indoor and outdoor habitat for some adorable African penguins. For an additional fee, you can even pet a penguin and get a photo taken with your new feathered friend!
Downtown Gatlinburg boasts more moonshine distilleries than any other city in the nation. For the uninitiated, moonshine is unaged whiskey that was traditionally made by the light of the moon. These days, there is no need to make moonshine during the dark of night, because it is 100% legal.
When you visit the many distilleries on The Strip, you will have the chance to enjoy lots of samples for a small fee. Modern moonshine comes in a variety of tasty flavors, including Apple Pie, Blackberry, Orange, and even Sweet Tea. If you don’t want to sample some moonshine, the distilleries are still worth visiting because they frequently host free live entertainment and have some great souvenirs available. Here is a quick rundown of the moonshine distilleries in downtown Gatlinburg:
- Ole Smoky Distillery
- Doc Collier Moonshine
- Sugarlands Distilling Company
3. Gatlinburg Space Needle
When you vacation at our Gatlinburg cabins close to downtown, you will be right around the corner from one of the best vantage points in the Smokies. Modeled after the Space Needle in Seattle, the Gatlinburg Space Needle is a 407 foot tall observation tower that provides breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains and the city below.
In addition to the wonderful vistas, the Gatlinburg Space Needle is also home to a number of fun onsite attractions. Arcadia is a massive arcade with state of the art video games and awesome prizes. Slice Pizza Bakery offers mouthwatering New York style pizza with your choice of gourmet toppings. The Iris Theater is home to a rotating slate of wonderful shows, with Las Vegas quality magicians and performers frequently on the playbill.
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