Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in downtown Gatlinburg.
June 7, 2018

Located at the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee offers many opportunities for outdoor adventures. If a rainy forecast puts the brakes on your plans to explore the great outdoors, however, you definitely won’t be bored! Our charming city is absolutely loaded with awesome indoor activities that are fun for guests of all ages. To help you make the most of your next vacation, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to six of the best indoor attractions in Gatlinburg TN.

1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the SmokiesStingray and fish in an aquarium.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is a can’t-miss stop for any getaway in Gatlinburg. Voted the #2 aquarium in America by the readers of USA Today, Ripley’s is home to over 10,000 fascinating sea creatures. Visitors to Ripley’s Aquarium will have the chance to enjoy a number of interactive experiences, such as a glass bottom boat tour, private penguin encounter, or even splashing around with some stingrays.

2. Guinness World Records Adventure

If you’re a fan of the Guinness World Records Book, you will love the Guinness World Records Adventure! This unique museum brings the classic book to life with a variety of memorable exhibits and interactive games and challenges. Guests will even have the chance to break a world record during their visit.

The outside of the Gatlinburg Hollywood Star Cars Museum.3. Hollywood Star Cars Museum

The Hollywood Star Cars Museum is another one of the best indoor attractions in Gatlinburg TN. Filled with some of the most famous cars to ever grace the silver and small screens, this museum is an absolute blast for TV and film buffs. Some of the iconic vehicles on display at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum include the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, the Drag-u-la from The Munsters, and two Batmobiles (Adam West’s and Michael Keaton’s).

4. Ripley’s Moving Theater

Ripley’s Moving Theater is not your typical cinema! This special theater shows short movies that interact with the audience in five dimensions. Instead of sitting still, your seat will move along with the film to create an immersive experience unlike anything you’ve tried before. Ripley’s Moving Theater is always rotating out their films, so you can come back again and again to catch the latest movies.

5. Marvelous Mirror Maze

The Marvelous Mirror Maze is the ultimate group activity! You’ll need all of the brainpower you can get to find your way out of this delightfully confusing mirrored labyrinth. Don’t worry about getting hopelessly lost because the attraction sends in search parties every half hour. The Mirror Maze is also home to an awesome candy shop, so you can snack on some sweets to reward yourself for conquering the maze.

6. Ripley’s Haunted AdventureRipley's Haunted Adventure in downtown Gatlinburg.

When it’s storming outside, exploring a haunted house can be frightfully fun! Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is a 10,000 sq. ft. renovated mansion that is overflowing with terrifying costumed characters. The Haunted Adventure operates 365 days a year and is open to guests who are at least 6 years old.

When you stay at The Appy Lodge, you will be minutes away from all of these wonderful indoor attractions in Gatlinburg TN. Offering free parking, complimentary breakfast, indoor and outdoor pools, and walk-in showers, our hotel has everything you need for an incredible escape. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of Gatlinburg hotel rooms!

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