4 Things to Do in Downtown Gatlinburg That You Do Not Want to Miss
It’s no secret that Gatlinburg is known for its scenic mountain views. However, as you make your way out of nature and into the city, there are numerous attractions to keep you entertained for hours on end. You have the opportunity to see, learn, and eat new things. If you find yourself vacationing in Gatlinburg soon, here are four attractions in the downtown area.
1. Pinball Museum
Have you ever been to a museum where you could play with the exhibits? At the Pinball Museum, you can do just that. You learn about the history of the game while playing it. You will also see the largest collection of Pinballs in the Smokies. This collection has many different themes with the oldest ones dating back to the 1960’s. Some of the more modern themes include popular movies and TV shows such as Lord of the Rings and The Walking Dead. Contact the museum through their website!
2. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Get up close and personal with big and small creatures of the sea. The aquarium lets you view a piece of the ocean through underwater tunnels. You also have the chance to interact with animals. Feel the smooth skin of a ray at Touch a Ray Bay. At the Penguin Playhouse, visitors can watch penguins do footprint art and even take home a painting. If you want a cool souvenir, you can also get a picture made with a live penguin. It is no surprise that the aquarium is rated America’s #1 aquarium as well as the top destination to see penguins!
3. The Gatlinburg Space Needle
The attractions at the Gatlinburg Space Needle are sure to keep you plenty busy. Starting from the top, the ‘407 observation deck provides a breathtaking 360 degree view of Downtown Gatlinburg and the Smokies. When you come back down to the ground, you can win prizes at Arcadia. At 25,000 square feet, it is named the largest arcade in Gatlinburg. You can also engage in friendly competition by playing Lazer Runner, the Space Needle’s on-site laser tag game. When all those activities work up an appetite, you can eat some of the best Italian Food in Gatlinburg at Slice Pizza Bakery. Additionally, be sure to go check out the Impossibilities Magic Show at the IRIS Theater. It is rated Gatlinburg’s #1 show. Be prepared for Mindreading, Magic and Mayhem!
4. The Peddler Steakhouse
The Peddler Steakhouse is known for good food and rich history. In 1958, long before the building became a restaurant, it was the home of Charles “Earl” Ogle Sr. and his wife, Beth. In 1976, the building was renovated and the restaurant was open. You can see the preservation of history before you even walk into the door as the original stone chimney still stands!
There is a lot to explore in Downtown Gatlinburg and these attractions are sure to make your next vacation more fun! Are you looking for more activities in the area? Take a look at these fun things to do in Gatlinburg!