Matt’s Guidebook

Matt
Matt’s Guidebook

Breakfast/Brunch

With all the great breakfast places to visit you'll wish you had more mornings in the area.
Be prepared for a wait, lines get long later in the mornings. Get there early to avoid the long lines.
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Pancake Pantry
628 Parkway
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Be prepared for a wait, lines get long later in the mornings. Get there early to avoid the long lines.
Delicious local donut shop. Famous withe the locals. Located in the Village.
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Donut Friar
634 Parkway
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Delicious local donut shop. Famous withe the locals. Located in the Village.
Great breakfast place. Can get crowded so expect a wait for this delicious food. Park in the lot behind Texas Roadhouse.
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Crockett's Breakfast Camp
1103 Parkway
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Great breakfast place. Can get crowded so expect a wait for this delicious food. Park in the lot behind Texas Roadhouse.
Less crowded but still very good breakfast place.
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Log Cabin Candy Kitchen
327 Historic Nature Trail
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Less crowded but still very good breakfast place.
Small place, no non-sense, just good ole fashioned food.
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Little House of Pancakes
807 East Pkwy
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Small place, no non-sense, just good ole fashioned food.
Very good Family Breakfast buffet style. Located in The Island in Pigeon Forge so getting in and out quick won't be easy. Best to go when planning to enjoy the rest The Island has to offer.
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Paula Deen's Family Kitchen
131 The Island Dr
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Very good Family Breakfast buffet style. Located in The Island in Pigeon Forge so getting in and out quick won't be easy. Best to go when planning to enjoy the rest The Island has to offer.
This is the newest place on this list but a new favorite for sure.
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Five Oaks Farm Kitchen
1638 Parkway
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This is the newest place on this list but a new favorite for sure.
Old fashioned country breakfast
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Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
240 Apple Valley Rd
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Old fashioned country breakfast
Long time favorite for locals and visistors, best known for its baked apple pancakes.
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Atrium Pancakes
432 Parkway
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Long time favorite for locals and visistors, best known for its baked apple pancakes.

Lunch/Dinner Places

There are a large amount of restaurants trying for your business in the area. I am going to recommend some of my favorites and mainly places that are not large chains, that you might not have at home.
Upscale steakhouse. Overall the nicest(most expensive) place in Gatlinburg. Famous for their meats and huge salad bar.
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The Peddler Steakhouse
820 River Rd
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Upscale steakhouse. Overall the nicest(most expensive) place in Gatlinburg. Famous for their meats and huge salad bar.
Owned by The Peddler, this is their more casual dining restaurant. Same great food and service just in a more casual and wallet friendly setting. Overall, probably our favorite restaurant. One big plus is it's located at the end of the strip in Gatlinburg, so it's almost never any traffic getting to it. Plus it has it's own parking lot(in front and behind it) so no need to pay for parking.
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The Park Grill
1110 Parkway
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Owned by The Peddler, this is their more casual dining restaurant. Same great food and service just in a more casual and wallet friendly setting. Overall, probably our favorite restaurant. One big plus is it's located at the end of the strip in Gatlinburg, so it's almost never any traffic getting to it. Plus it has it's own parking lot(in front and behind it) so no need to pay for parking.
Paula Deen's famous country food served family style with unlimited portions. Located in The Island at Pigeon Forge surrounded by tons of activities.
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Paula Deen's Family Kitchen
131 The Island Dr
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Paula Deen's famous country food served family style with unlimited portions. Located in The Island at Pigeon Forge surrounded by tons of activities.
All around good American food. Very good salads, and reasonable prices.
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Local Goat- New American Restaurant
2167 Parkway
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All around good American food. Very good salads, and reasonable prices.
This hidden gem is in the Arts and Craft community. Absolute local favorite. Vegetarian and vegan friendly.
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Wild Plum Tea Room
555 Buckhorn Rd
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This hidden gem is in the Arts and Craft community. Absolute local favorite. Vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Off the beaten path local BBQ place. It's a local's secret. Very good BBQ of all kinds. Bit of a drive, but worth it.
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Delauder's BBQ
1875 East Pkwy
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Off the beaten path local BBQ place. It's a local's secret. Very good BBQ of all kinds. Bit of a drive, but worth it.
Think Cracker Barrel just better. This is a very old restaurant with a local of historical ties due to it's local on the river. Good old fashioned country food. I prefer to go for "lunch" and avoid the dinner rush.
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The Old Mill
164 Old Mill Ave
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Think Cracker Barrel just better. This is a very old restaurant with a local of historical ties due to it's local on the river. Good old fashioned country food. I prefer to go for "lunch" and avoid the dinner rush.
Never had anything here I didn't like.
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JT Hannah's Kitchen
3214 Parkway
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Never had anything here I didn't like.
Newer place getting great reviews.
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Five Oaks Farm Kitchen
1638 Parkway
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Newer place getting great reviews.
Great local brewery. Good wings, burgers, and beer.
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Smoky Mountain Dreams
1004 Parkway
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Great local brewery. Good wings, burgers, and beer.
One of Gatlinburg's only real Mexican joints. Good food, good atmosphere.
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No Way Jose’s Mexican Cantina
555 Parkway
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One of Gatlinburg's only real Mexican joints. Good food, good atmosphere.
Locals place, mainly bbq and american meals.
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Three Jimmy's Good Time Eatery
1359 East Parkway
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Locals place, mainly bbq and american meals.

Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries

Gatlinburg has become known for its local wineries and distilleries. All the places offer tastings, and you'll be sure to find a new favorite.
Our favorite winery. Be sure to go to the main location down from light #10. This place has free wine tastings, and always has great local quality. Makes a nice dinner/drinks combo with The Park Grill across the street.
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Sugarland Cellars
1133 Parkway
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Our favorite winery. Be sure to go to the main location down from light #10. This place has free wine tastings, and always has great local quality. Makes a nice dinner/drinks combo with The Park Grill across the street.
Most popular local brewery. Good wings, burgers, and beer.
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Smoky Mountain Dreams
1004 Parkway
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Most popular local brewery. Good wings, burgers, and beer.
Located at The Island in Pigeon Forge it's a great spot for some drinks before exploring all the rest The Island has to offer.
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Yee-Haw Brewing Co.
131 The Island Dr
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Located at The Island in Pigeon Forge it's a great spot for some drinks before exploring all the rest The Island has to offer.
Great place to sample whiskey and moonshine. They put on a bit of a show, it's a good time. $5 tastings, with $5 instant credit for any purchase making it free.
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Sugarlands Distilling Company
805 Parkway
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Great place to sample whiskey and moonshine. They put on a bit of a show, it's a good time. $5 tastings, with $5 instant credit for any purchase making it free.
The original and most famous moonshine.
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Ole Smoky Moonshine
903 Parkway
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The original and most famous moonshine.
Known for semi-sweet to sweet wines made from locally grown fresh fruits.
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Tennessee Homemade Wines
643 Parkway
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Known for semi-sweet to sweet wines made from locally grown fresh fruits.
Located in "The Holler" the ladies can try the Homemade Wine while across the way the boys can taste Old Smoky Moonshine. Live music always going in "The Holler"
Bootleggers Homemade Wine
903 Parkway
Located in "The Holler" the ladies can try the Homemade Wine while across the way the boys can taste Old Smoky Moonshine. Live music always going in "The Holler"
A newer winery in Gatlinburg on the strip, but has some already very popular selections. I'd put it in the Top 3 Wineries. Must stop and sample
Elkmont Winery
754 Parkway
A newer winery in Gatlinburg on the strip, but has some already very popular selections. I'd put it in the Top 3 Wineries. Must stop and sample

Scenic Park and Nature Spots

Gatlinburg and The Great Smoky Mountain National Park has some of the best scenic trails, drives, and views anywhere in the world.
The Cades Cove Loop winds for 11 miles through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a picturesque drive with a backdrop of the mountain peaks and its lush, rolling greens.
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Cades Cove Loop Road
Cades Cove Loop Road
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The Cades Cove Loop winds for 11 miles through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a picturesque drive with a backdrop of the mountain peaks and its lush, rolling greens.
The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail twists and turns for six-miles, forming a one-way looping scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountains. The drive along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail begins at the Noah “Bud” Ogle farmstead, where you can take a walking tour of the historic buildings and pick up a tour map of the roadway sights. The trailhead for Rainbow Falls can be found just beyond the farmstead, a moderate hike to a stunning waterfall. It’s a 5.4-mile roundtrip hike to Rainbow Falls (it’s less than 3 miles one way!) and your reward is the 80-foot high waterfall, the tallest single-drop waterfall in the national park.
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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
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The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail twists and turns for six-miles, forming a one-way looping scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountains. The drive along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail begins at the Noah “Bud” Ogle farmstead, where you can take a walking tour of the historic buildings and pick up a tour map of the roadway sights. The trailhead for Rainbow Falls can be found just beyond the farmstead, a moderate hike to a stunning waterfall. It’s a 5.4-mile roundtrip hike to Rainbow Falls (it’s less than 3 miles one way!) and your reward is the 80-foot high waterfall, the tallest single-drop waterfall in the national park.
The Sugarlands Visitor Center is the perfect spot to begin your Smoky Mountain vacation! The visitor center features knowledgeable rangers, maps, restrooms, animal exhibits, informative museum, and a free movie. Stop here to stretch your legs, get your bearings, and speak with experts about your itinerary.
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Sugarlands Visitor Center Bus Parking
107 Park Headquarters Rd
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The Sugarlands Visitor Center is the perfect spot to begin your Smoky Mountain vacation! The visitor center features knowledgeable rangers, maps, restrooms, animal exhibits, informative museum, and a free movie. Stop here to stretch your legs, get your bearings, and speak with experts about your itinerary.
Credited as the highest point in Tennessee, Clingmans Dome sits at 6,643 feet above sea level. It’s the third tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River. Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can travel along the seven-mile stretch of Clingmans Dome Road to Visitors Center and trailhead that leads to the summit’s observation tower. Along Clingmans Dome Road are several scenic areas with pullouts that allow for photo opportunities of the Smoky Mountain range.
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Clingmans Dome Road
Clingmans Dome Road
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Credited as the highest point in Tennessee, Clingmans Dome sits at 6,643 feet above sea level. It’s the third tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River. Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can travel along the seven-mile stretch of Clingmans Dome Road to Visitors Center and trailhead that leads to the summit’s observation tower. Along Clingmans Dome Road are several scenic areas with pullouts that allow for photo opportunities of the Smoky Mountain range.

Hidden Gems

Theses are places that you may not know about or see advertised. While they are popular they can't compete with the mainstream blitz of advertising.
This is a very affordable small and exotic zoo. Has a petting/feeding area. Not near as large as many zoos, but the price reflects that. They always run a groupon special, so buy your tickets on Groupon. One of the best bang for your buck value places in town.
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Rainforest Adventures
109 Nascar Dr
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This is a very affordable small and exotic zoo. Has a petting/feeding area. Not near as large as many zoos, but the price reflects that. They always run a groupon special, so buy your tickets on Groupon. One of the best bang for your buck value places in town.
This is a large shopping store that many pass by without ever knowing the hidden jewel inside. The owners rescued 4 bears and built and habitat area for them. It's very affordable, and you get to a close up encounter with real live bears. You can even feed them for a couple dollars more. My son absolutely loves this place! Better than the much more expensive O'Ber Gatlinburg bear exhibit.
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Three Bears General Store
2861 Parkway
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This is a large shopping store that many pass by without ever knowing the hidden jewel inside. The owners rescued 4 bears and built and habitat area for them. It's very affordable, and you get to a close up encounter with real live bears. You can even feed them for a couple dollars more. My son absolutely loves this place! Better than the much more expensive O'Ber Gatlinburg bear exhibit.
This place is so much fun. My son loved digging and panning for gems. It is not the cheapest place, in fact it's rather expensive. You get to find different types of real gems, fossils, shells, and rocks. Then they tell you about what all you found and give you the option to make it into jewelry for an additional charge of course.
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Pigeon Forge Gem Mine
2865 Parkway
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This place is so much fun. My son loved digging and panning for gems. It is not the cheapest place, in fact it's rather expensive. You get to find different types of real gems, fossils, shells, and rocks. Then they tell you about what all you found and give you the option to make it into jewelry for an additional charge of course.
It's amazing to me how little known this gravity park is. Every heard of Zorbing?.. This is the place! Ride down the hill inside a giant inflated ball, what could be more fun!
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Outdoor Gravity Park
203 Sugar Hollow Rd
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It's amazing to me how little known this gravity park is. Every heard of Zorbing?.. This is the place! Ride down the hill inside a giant inflated ball, what could be more fun!
My favorite Zip Line adventure. Worth the drive!
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Wahoo Ziplines Smoky Mountains
605 Stockton Dr
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My favorite Zip Line adventure. Worth the drive!
HUGE indoor trampoline place and much more. Has a adult and kid ninja warrior course, as well as a toddler room.
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Sevier Air Trampoline and Ninja Warrior Park
266 Collier Dr
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HUGE indoor trampoline place and much more. Has a adult and kid ninja warrior course, as well as a toddler room.

Top Attractions

This is a list of the area's Top Attractions(not including the National Park).
Large outdoor shopping complex with rides, games, attractions, shops, restaurants and more. Anchored by the giant Ferris Wheel, you can't miss it. Also a part of it is Paula Deen's Country Kitchen and Alcatraz East Crime Museum.
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The Island Dr
The Island Drive
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Large outdoor shopping complex with rides, games, attractions, shops, restaurants and more. Anchored by the giant Ferris Wheel, you can't miss it. Also a part of it is Paula Deen's Country Kitchen and Alcatraz East Crime Museum.
Like reading history about mobsters, serial killers, and famous criminals? Then this is the place for you! Not recommended for smaller children as there is not a lot for them to do.
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Alcatraz East Crime Museum
2757 Parkway
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Like reading history about mobsters, serial killers, and famous criminals? Then this is the place for you! Not recommended for smaller children as there is not a lot for them to do.
Very nice museum dedicated to the Titanic. Very informative and interactive. We loved it!
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Titanic Museum Attraction
2134 Parkway
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Very nice museum dedicated to the Titanic. Very informative and interactive. We loved it!
O'Ber Gatlinburg has a lot of offer year around! Indoor ice skating, animal habitat, scenic sky lift, alpine slide, and mountain coaster. In the winter they have snow tubing, snow skiing, and snow boarding.
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Ober Gatlinburg
1339 Ski Mountain Rd
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O'Ber Gatlinburg has a lot of offer year around! Indoor ice skating, animal habitat, scenic sky lift, alpine slide, and mountain coaster. In the winter they have snow tubing, snow skiing, and snow boarding.
Year round indoor snow tubing!
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Pigeon Forge Snow - Pigeon Forge Attraction
2533 Teaster Ln
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Year round indoor snow tubing!
Gatlinburg Space Needle is a classic landmark. At the bottom is a large arcade, and up top a large 360 degree observation deck.
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Gatlinburg Space Needle
155 Historic Nature Trail
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Gatlinburg Space Needle is a classic landmark. At the bottom is a large arcade, and up top a large 360 degree observation deck.
Gatlinburg Sky Lift is a classic. People have been enjoying the views and having their picture made here since the 60s. Great spot to start a family tradition. Opening in late Spring 2019, new observation deck and the Skybridge.
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Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
765 Parkway
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Gatlinburg Sky Lift is a classic. People have been enjoying the views and having their picture made here since the 60s. Great spot to start a family tradition. Opening in late Spring 2019, new observation deck and the Skybridge.
Parrot Mountain and Gardens is nestled on four acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. Hundreds and hundreds of beautiful tropical birds and thousands and thousands of flowers and plants and trees.
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Parrot Mountain and Gardens
1471 McCarter Hollow Rd
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Parrot Mountain and Gardens is nestled on four acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. Hundreds and hundreds of beautiful tropical birds and thousands and thousands of flowers and plants and trees.
The fastest mountain coaster in Gatlinburg. It's a shorter trip, but in my opinion the fastest ride.
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Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster
306 Parkway
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The fastest mountain coaster in Gatlinburg. It's a shorter trip, but in my opinion the fastest ride.
While not as big as Chattanooga or Atlanta, this is a very nice and fun aquarium! The tunnel is amazing.
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Rd
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While not as big as Chattanooga or Atlanta, this is a very nice and fun aquarium! The tunnel is amazing.
Incredible new attraction that is the largest pedestrian suspension bridge in the county. Unbelievable views! A must do.
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SkyBridge Gatlinburg
765 Parkway
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Incredible new attraction that is the largest pedestrian suspension bridge in the county. Unbelievable views! A must do.
New exhibit featuring the most famous tabloid scandals and rumors. Area 51, Princess Diana, Bigfoot, and more.
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Beyond The Lens! Family Fun
2115 Parkway
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New exhibit featuring the most famous tabloid scandals and rumors. Area 51, Princess Diana, Bigfoot, and more.
Rowdy Bear Snowpark has a lot of different activities for the whole family.
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Rowdy Bear Ridge Adventure Park
2155 Parkway
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Rowdy Bear Snowpark has a lot of different activities for the whole family.
Similar to Epcot's "Soarin" this is a state of the art virtual adventure. Very fun experience.
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SkyFly Soar America
131 The Island Dr
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Similar to Epcot's "Soarin" this is a state of the art virtual adventure. Very fun experience.
This place has so much to do and specializes in Horseback Riding.
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Jayell Ranch
1131 Jayell Rd
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This place has so much to do and specializes in Horseback Riding.

Sweets & Desserts

Gatlinburg has a number of places famous for sweet homemade candy's and desserts.
The best fudge anywhere. Been going here for 30+ years. It's a tradition every visit.
Fudge Shoppe of the Smokies
716 Parkway
The best fudge anywhere. Been going here for 30+ years. It's a tradition every visit.
Kilwins has all kinds of homemade sweets. I love their chocolate dipped strawberries and candies. White chocolate is my favorite.
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Kilwin's Chocolates
645 Parkway
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Kilwins has all kinds of homemade sweets. I love their chocolate dipped strawberries and candies. White chocolate is my favorite.
Local candy store made famous viral from the black bear visitor they received one day. Lots of good home made candies.
Aunt Mahalia's Homade Candies Store 2
708 Parkway
Local candy store made famous viral from the black bear visitor they received one day. Lots of good home made candies.
Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen was founded in 1950. The original place for Gatlinburg Taffy logs.
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Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen at The Village
744 Parkway
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Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen was founded in 1950. The original place for Gatlinburg Taffy logs.