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Things to Do in Gatlinburg

If your idea of the perfect getaway begins and ends with a poolside lounger or a fireside Adirondack chair and a frozen margarita, then you’ve come to the right place. However, if you’re more in the mood for outdoor adventures and exploring one of the country’s most inviting destinations, then Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg is happy to oblige. Gatlinburg is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, meaning the park’s hiking, fishing, historical sites, and more are right at your fingertips. Take a look at all the activities you’ll be able to enjoy in the area.

Fall Activities & Events in Gatlinburg

Discover Gatlinburg’s most colorful season with a host of fall activities and events — from an annual chili cookoff to the Craftsmen’s Fair, you’ll find something festive for everyone!

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Great Smoky Mountains

Adventure in the National Park

The park truly has something for everyone to enjoy, from boundary stretching outdoor adventures to relaxing drives through the mountains to picnics by a stream to watch the sunset. There is an activity to fit every interest and fitness level.

Explore the Smokies

Whitewater Rafting

Thrilling Adventures in the Smokies

Rafting in the Smokies offers whitewater rafting, zip-lining, and a ropes challenge course. Locally owned and operated by Mark and Brenda Shultz who love raising their kids in the Smoky Mountains and believe that the best way to see nature is to get as close as possible. Every detail of their business reflects their philosophy of sustainable tourism.

Guided River Excursions


Trails for Every Adventure

Whether you're looking for the best views, breathtaking waterfalls, or family-friendly trails, check out our list of can't-miss hiking trails near Gatlinburg!

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Winter Activities

Embrace the Season

With millions of light displays, snow tubing, and holiday dinner shows, discover the holiday season in Gatlinburg with these top 6 winter activities.

Top 6 Things to Do

Summer Activities

From scenic bike rides to river tubing, experience a summer like no other in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains with our helpful guide.

Top 5 Things to Do


Cast a Line Near Gatlinburg

There are over 700 miles of fishable streams in the Great Smoky National Park; with several local guide services available that can help enhance your casting skills and take you to the best fishing spots. Don't forget to get a fishing license before you enter the park.

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The Island in Pigeon Forge

A short drive from the Resort, The Island in Pigeon Forge offers families affordable fun both night and day. Showcased by The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot-high observation wheel, and their multi-million dollar show fountain, The Island provides the area’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment options in the East Tennessee area.

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There are many spectacular rapids and breathtaking waterfalls in the park. Check with Sugarlands Visitor Center to find out which waterfalls are best suited to your interest and hiking level.

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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Enter into an underwater world of wonder at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies across the street from the Resort. Soar through moving glide paths alongside rays and sea turtles, soak up the beautiful colors of exotic fish, and come face-to-fin with thousands of other fascinating creatures, from barracudas and sharks to jellies and eels. Ripley’s Aquariums’ animal experts also entertain and educate through many hands-on experiences, including touch tanks and behind-the-scenes encounters.

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Ole Red

Whether Ole Red is at the top of your country music bucket list or you just wandered in itchin’ for a little fun in the heart of Gatlinburg, they will be glad you made it.

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Ober Mountain

Ober Mountain Ski Area and Amusement Park offers a variety of year-round family fun at the top of Mount Harrison. Spring, Summer and Fall, their amusement park is a family-oriented theme park offering “snowless” Summer Tubing, Ski Mountain Coaster, Ice Skating, Ice Bumper Cars, Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift and Wildlife Encounter.

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Located across the street from the Resort, Anakeesta has elements of adventure and relaxation, that will sure offer a memorable experience in the Smokies. Immerse yourself in nature as you stroll along the 16 bridge Treetop Skywalk with over 800′ of connected bridges hanging 50-60′ in the air. Be sure to visit the new AnaVista Tower which is the highest point in downtown Gatlinburg.

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Spanning 150 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood offers more than 40 world class rides, high-energy entertainment, award-winning dining and the friendliest park atmosphere in the world.

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Spring Activities in Gatlinburg

With warmer weather and nature in bloom, there’s no better time to make your escape to Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg than spring!

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