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3 of the Best Indoor Activities in Gatlinburg TN

DATE : July 28, 2022

When you think of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is the amazing scenery and fun things to do in the great outdoors, which there is certainly no shortage of. However, there’s a good chance during your stay with us at our downtown Gatlinburg hotel that you’ll want to find a great activity to do indoors as well. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of 3 of the best indoor activities in Gatlinburg TN. Check them out below and then start planning your next vacation.

1. Explore Ripley’s Aquarium

In the heart of downtown Gatlinburg sits one of the top aquariums in the country. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has received countless great reviews, has been voted on of the top spots for getting up close and personal to marine life multiple times, and is the perfect indoor activity for guests of all ages. As you walk along the self-guided tour, you'll see rainforest creatures, unique creatures that live in the sea, and so much more. There's a whole section of the aquarium dedicated to penguins, and you'll want to travel under Shark Lagoon so you can find Sally the sea turtle!

2. Fun at Fannie Farkle’s

Another one of the classic indoor activities in downtown Gatlinburg TN is Fannie Farkle’s. Enjoy a fun as you challenge your family, friends, or sweetheart in the arcade. There are hundreds of games, and each one will win you points for the prize counter! You'll find all kinds of cool prizes, from plushies to gaming systems. Snack on concession style foods, including an Ogle Dog, the biggest and best corn dog in the Smokies, or you can try one of the signature sausage, pepper, and onion sandwiches. Fannie Farkle's been in business for over 40 years, and they’d love for you to be one of the many folks that have made great memories with them.

3. Visit a Museum

hollywood star cars museum in gatlinburgGatlinburg has an abundance of museums for you to enjoy while you’re in town. One of the most interesting museums located in town is the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum. It has a unique concept, and you'll find thousands of unique shakers there. Hollywood Star Cars is a museum that will take you on a journey that’s filled with nostalgia as you explore famous cars that you’ve seen over decades of time in Hollywood films. You can’t go wrong with a visit to Ripley’s Believe It or Not as well. If you plan to visit the aquarium, the museum, or a mix of any of their 8 attractions in the Smokies, consider purchasing a combo pass to save money.

Are you ready to start making your itinerary and getting everything set for your vacation? One of the perks of staying at our downtown Gatlinburg hotel on the river is being within walking distance of the great indoor activities in the area, including the ones on our list!  Look through our Gatlinburg hotel rooms, and pick the perfect one for your next trip to Gatlinburg!