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Gatlinburg is full of fun attractions for the whole family to enjoy! But are you having a hard time deciding what your kids will want to do the most while you’re staying with us? We want to share some of the most popular places kids will love in the area. Check out these top 6 kid friendly things to do in Gatlinburg:

1. Hollywood Star Cars Museum

hollywood star carsIf you love movies, TV shows, and cars, then you have to take your family to the Hollywood Star Cars Museum! This attraction is popular with people of all ages because you get to see real vehicles that were used in movies and TV shows. You can even pay an extra fee to take a photo in one of your favorite cars! Some of the highlights in the museum include cars from the Fast and the Furious franchise, Batmobiles, and a few vehicles from Transformers.

2. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

A fantastic kid friendly thing to do in Gatlinburg is visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Your family will be able to walk through the aquarium and find all kinds of unique creatures you may not be able to see anywhere else! Young kids will love being able to touch moon jellies and horseshoe crabs, and there’s nothing better than watching the penguins play! Plus, you won’t want to miss out on exploring the tunnel underneath Shark Lagoon!

3. Ober Gatlinburg

ober gatlinburg sign downtown gatlinburgOber Gatlinburg is another great place to take your kids while you’re in town. Hitch a ride to the top of the mountain on the aerial tramway and enjoy the views of the Smokies. During winter, you can enjoy the slopes on skis or snowboards, as well as snow tubing! Throughout the year, you can go ice skating, play in the arcade, see native wildlife in the Wildlife Encounter, and take a ride on the alpine coaster.

4. Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf

Are you really on vacation in the Smoky Mountains if you don’t play at least one game of mini golf? Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf is a great kid friendly thing to do in Gatlinburg. With two courses to choose from and plenty of fun characters to look at throughout the game, your kids will have a blast seeing who will win the family mini golf tournament!

5. Anakeesta

Anakeesta village Kids of all ages will enjoy visiting Anakeesta when you’re staying with us. As soon as you step into the village, they will want to explore the playgrounds and challenge courses. Spend time together walking along the wooden bridges suspended in the trees as zipliners rush overhead, then grab a bite to eat at one of the snack stands or restaurants in the village. There are shops to browse through, a garden walk to explore, and an observation tower you can’t miss!

6. Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

Another kid friendly thing to do in Gatlinburg you won’t want to miss out on is Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. Half the fun of this attraction is getting to the top of the mountain, because you get to ride on the famous chairlift! Once you’re at the top, you’ll love taking in the views of the Smoky Mountains, and you don’t want to miss out on walking across the SkyBridge!

When you plan a family vacation, you want to find fun activities the whole family will love. These kid friendly things to do in Gatlinburg are a great way to spend time together and have fun! Are you ready to start planning your next trip? Look through our Gatlinburg hotel rooms, and book one for your trip today!