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Gatlinburg SkyBridge

Gatlinburg is truly one of the best vacation destinations to visit with family, as there is so much to see and do in this area! When you come to stay with us here at The Appy Lodge, you will be located near some of the best things to do with family in Gatlinburg, and we have made it even easier to make the most of your trip by putting together this helpful guide! From interesting attractions to great restaurants and more, here are some of the best things to do with family in Gatlinburg:

1. Explore the Gatlinburg Strip

Among the best things to do with family in Gatlinburg is heading out into town to explore the Gatlinburg strip! This pedestrian-friendly street has tons of interesting shops, attractions, restaurants, and more that you can check out while you are here in town. Our Gatlinburg hotel is just a short distance from the strip, making it an easy stop while you are staying with us here in town. Plus, you can take advantage of the convenient and free Gatlinburg trolley, which has a stop right near our hotel!

2. Visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle

Space NeedleIf your family wants to take in the views of the Smoky Mountains, stop by the Gatlinburg Space Needle for stunning panoramic sights! Here, you will be able to ride the elevator up to the top of the 400-foot observation tower where you can take some excellent family photos, admire the views, and spend quality time together.

3. Walk Across the SkyBridge

Another of the best things to do with family in Gatlinburg is to walk across the SkyBridge — which holds the record for being the longest pedestrian cable bridge in all of North America! To get to the SkyBridge, you will first ride the SkyLift up to the mountaintop, where you can see the entire town and the surrounding mountains. Once you are at the top, you will be able to walk across the SkyBridge, check out the glass-bottom middle, and see other sights like the Tulip Tower. This is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy together.

4. Eat at Local Restaurants

no way jose'sGatlinburg has tons of great local restaurants to choose from while you are here in town, and eating at some of these spots is another of the best things to do with family in Gatlinburg! Head out in the morning to enjoy the town’s famous pancakes at the Pancake Pantry or Log Cabin Pancake House, or grab dinner at area favorites such as No Way Jose’s Cantina and Cumberland Jack’s LeConte Kitchen. No matter where you choose to go, good eats are waiting for you!

5. Check Out an Arcade

There are also several arcades located in Gatlinburg, which can be excellent sources of family fun. Fannie Farkle’s is one of the most popular arcades in town, and certainly qualifies as one of the best things to do with family in Gatlinburg. You can eat yummy food, play fun games, and enjoy the atmosphere at this local favorite. Or, head over to Arcadia at the Space Needle for over 30,000 square feet of fun!

When you check out some of these awesome things to do with family in Gatlinburg, your whole group will have a fantastic time and make special memories together while here in the Smoky Mountains. And if you are looking for even more things to do during your vacation, check out some of these things to do in Gatlinburg with kids! We hope to see you soon here in the Smokies.