Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains region are known for their plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities — hiking, rafting and ziplining, among others — but if you happen to be in town on a rainy day, you need not consider it wasted. There are many indoor activities that can fill a day in Gatlinburg and then some. This is especially good news if you have kids in your travel party that you need to keep entertained. Next time it pours in Gatlinburg, we suggest you check out…
Space Needle Activities
You do not need to go very far to enjoy a rainy day in Gatlinburg. Right here at the Space Needle, we offer a number of fun indoor activities, including Lazer Tag and Arcadia, Gatlinburg’s largest arcade. You can also get a bite to eat at our Flying Saucer Italian Bistro.
Ripley’s operates a number of fun family attractions here in Gatlinburg, including Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, which boast 350 different marine species. Sharks are the aquarium’s most popular residents, but you should also check out the
piranhas, penguins and clownfish. Live shows are offered throughout the day.
Another option is Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, which like’s to call itself the “strangest place in Gatlinburg” and we are inclined to agree. If you are eager to see shrunken human heads, this is the place to go.
Indoor Water Park
Rain or shine, you can enjoy the 60,000-square-foot Wild Bear Falls Water Park, located at the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort. There are slides, shallow pools for young children, a gift shop and an arcade.
Shop ‘Til The Last Drop
Gatlinburg is a fun place to hit the stores and a rainy day is a perfect excuse to buy yourself a nice gift. So grab your umbrella and head to one of Gatlinburg’s quaint malls.
How do you like to spend rainy days in Gatlinburg? Let us know in the comments below!