Things to Do in Gatlinburg With Young Kids

The Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg is a top family-friendly vacation spot. But finding fun and different things to do with young kids isn’t always easy. If you’re planning a Gatlinburg vacation with young kids, you’ll want to check out the places below to create lasting memories! 


Ripley’s Aquarium

Kids love aquariums! This is why Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg with kids. The Aquarium includes more than 10,000 sea creatures and 350 different species. It also has the Penguin Playhouse where your little ones crawl through tunnels and watch the Penguins swim and play.  Creating memories that will last a lifetime is easy here! 


Gatlinburg Space Needle

This is one of the top family attractions in Gatlinburg and a great place to take your young kids! The space needle reaches more than 400 feet into the sky and offers unbeatable views. While you may be thinking your younger kids may not enjoy the space needle itself, not to worry. Not only will they be captivated by the view up top,  Arcadia is a 25k square foot playground suited to kids of all ages once you hit the ground! Image may contain: sky, plant, tree, flower, cloud, outdoor and nature


Ober Gatlinburg

If you and your littles are fans of amusement parks, Ober Gatlinburg is the place for you!  It is not only an amusement park, but also has an aerial tramway, ice skating and a wildlife encounter. The wildlife encounter is one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg with the little ones and the Tram is one of the country’s largest, offering amazing views of the town below. 


The Great Smoky Mountains

Let’s not forget about the National Park itself! While you may not be the type of family that loves to hike the trails or get out in the woods, this truly is a place that has so much opportunity for fun for young kids.  


Alpine Mountain Chalets

Of course, after a long fun-filled day of activities and adventures for the kids, head back to your Alpine Mountain Chalets cabin rental for even more family fun. Many of our cabin rentals include hot tubs, large living spaces and game rooms for the entire family and kids to enjoy, making it a great escape for a family vacation in the Smoky Mountains.