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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg

The hustle and bustle of the holidays have moved out and the spring frenzy the Smokies has yet to begin when March rolls in. This makes it one of the best times to visit Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains! Here’s a list of 5 of the best things to do when visiting during the month of March

Wildlife Life and Wildflowers

spring wildflowers in the smoky mountainsAs March kicks off in the Smokies you can find the best of both worlds when it comes to winter and spring. Many times in the higher elevations you can experience a bit of snow but in the lower elevations you’ll find plenty of early spring wildflowers beginning to bloom! Trails like Porters Creek, Chestnut Top, Little River Trail and others are perfect for taking a hike and enjoying the beauty of life returning to the hills. Wildlife begins to also emerge on warmer days. Laurel Creek Road that allows vehicle access Cades Cove is also scheduled to reopen March 1, 2020. We know that many of you missed out on exploring the cove during the winter closure so it’s a perfect excuse to come back and enjoy the heart of the Smoky Mountains!

Sleep with the Sharks

On March 7th and March 28th one of America’s favorite aquariums will be offering a Sleep with the Sharks opportunity to families that don’t meet the usual group requirements. The Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is by far one of the top attractions in town and an excellent place to visit and play at any time that you’re visiting. However, this unique experience is one that you won’t want to miss!


entrance sign to dollywoodDollywood is located just 15 minutes away from our Gatlinburg hotel. Tennessee’s top theme park kicks off their season March 14th and is certainly a great reason to visit the Smokies during the month of March! From rides to shows and everything in between, Dollywood offers plenty of fun for the entire family!

Chase Waterfalls

After the winter snow has melted and the rains have moved through, you’ll find the Smokies filled with waterfalls! Guests visiting during the summer months often miss out on seeing many of the roadside waterfalls and cascades that flow beautifully on wet weather days! The biodiversity and beauty that is found in the southern Appalachians exists because of the rainfall that we receive throughout the year, but the spring months bring a little extra magic to the mountains!

Breakfast and Wine

sugarlands cellars in gatlinburgMid-March offers up the opportunity to join in on Rocky Top Wine Trail’s Breakfast Wine event! You’ll have a chance to sample their wine as well as enjoy breakfast at three participating locations. You’ll also receive a commemorative coffee mug and a free souvenir wine glass after visiting all three locations.

Cades Cove Full Moon Hike

Experience Cades Cove under the light of the full moon on March 9, 2020 with the Great Smoky Mountain Association. Not only will it be a wonderful evening but the hike fee helps the GSMA support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! They also offer many other guided events such as Capture the Cove on March 7th. Take a bit of time to check out all that they do and consider being a member for access to info, discounts and to help the Smokies!

The events and ideas that we’ve listed are only just the beginning of many fun things to do in Gatlinburg and the Smokies in March! We would love for you to take a minute to View Our Guest Rooms and book a stay with us this spring! Our hotel offers a daily complimentary breakfast as well as fresh baked cookies every afternoon. Guests enjoy relaxing by our fire pits as well as relaxing at our indoor pool and hot tub. We also have a seasonal outdoor pool. Parking is also plentiful and free, we offer a free downtown parking pass to guests and you can purchase a $2 all-day pass for the Gatlinburg Trolley at the front desk. We have a trolley stop on property and we are located next to the Gatlinburg Spur which provides great access to downtown Gatlinburg, the Gatlinburg bypass and Pigeon Forge. If you have any questions or we can assist you in any way with booking a stay with us, feel free to Contact Us!

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