Gatlinburg Attractions

The downtown Gatlinburg attractions are one of the main events of your Smoky Mountain vacation. The attractions are your entertainment during your trip to Gatlinburg. And you’re in luck, because the attractions in downtown Gatlinburg are some of the most exciting, interesting, and just all around fun attractions that you’ll find anywhere. No wonder 1 million people visit Gatlinburg every year.

When you’re roaming around in downtown Gatlinburg soaking in the ambience of this gorgeous mountain town, you’ll notice that it’s more than a Smoky Mountain experience; it’s one heck of a good time. That’s because the downtown Gatlinburg attractions are so varied and unique that it’s extremely hard to get bored when you’re in downtown Gatlinburg – fun is around every corner.

From the most-visited aquarium in the United States to a 407’ observation deck overlooking the beautiful Smoky Mountains, the downtown Gatlinburg attractions are going to thrill you and take your breath away. So, hold on and get ready for a blast of a Smoky Mountain good time … in downtown Gatlinburg.

The Gatlinburg Space Needle

The Gatlinburg Space Needle is a Gatlinburg attraction smorgasbord. Their claim to fame is their 407’ observation deck that provides stunning 360 degree views of the Smokies and downtown Gatlinburg. But, at the base of the Needle (as the locals call it), is an entire day’s worth of fun. First, this Gatlinburg attraction boasts the largest arcade in Gatlinburg: Arcadia. Arcadia provides gaming enthusiasts with hours and hours of fun. Two stories and 25,000 square feet worth of fun to be exact. They literally have almost every game you can think of. What’s more, they’re a prize-redemption arcade, with some of the most generous prizes anywhere – it seems like someone is winning a Playstation or the like every other week. Have fun at this downtown Gatlinburg attraction and get rewarded for your play. Of course, they also have Lazer Runner, a futuristic lazer tag game, on site – by far the most modern and advanced of its kind of all the downtown Gatlinburg attractions. And did we mention they have some of the best pizza in Gatlinburg (check out the downtown Gatlinburg restaurants for more on this)? Simply put, this Gatlinburg attraction is a must-visit. Located in downtown Gatlinburg at traffic light #8 (it’s the big needle hovering over downtown Gatlinburg – you’ll see it), the Gatlinburg Space Needle is fun for everyone.

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Phone: 865-436-4629

IRIS Theater

Located in the heart of Downtown Gatlinburg, the Iris Theater is the place to go for shows and entertainment in Gatlinburg. At the Iris Theater, we have the best performers, the funniest shows, the most eye-popping performances, and most importantly, the biggest fun in Gatlinburg. The Iris Theater brings a different brand of show to the Smokies. We strive to bring unique shows to our audiences night after night. Our goal is to have you leave our shows filled with a sense of wonder, magic, and amazement. We want the show you see at the Iris Theater to be the highlight of your visit to Gatlinburg.

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Phone: 888-482-3330

The Captured

The captured is an interactive live escape game. Located at the base of the Gatlinburg Space Needle. You have to use your wits, skill and every bit of courage to escape being captured.

The Craft family have a twisted tradition that dates back to the Civil War. Simon Craft, the family patriarch, was a colonel in the Confederate Army. After the war he was deeded a piece of land between Pigeon Forge and what was then known as the Cherokee Nation. The Craft family made a fortune from selling timber to the US government. But it wasn’t always easy going. One particularly brutal winter, the Craft’s ran out of food and resorted to cannibalism. The most disturbing part was that they grew very fond of the taste of human flesh. Every week the Craft’s celebrate with a massive banquet. They feast on the unwitting tourists that make their way to the great Smoky Mountains. You have just unwittingly entered into the Craft holding chamber…in other words…You’ve been captured.

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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Explore the Amazing Aquatic World Up-Close at America’s #1 Aquarium & Top Destination to See Penguins! Experience Splashing With the Stingrays, Penguin Encounter & Painting programs! Marvel at sharks, a giant sea turtle & thousands of exotic sea creatures as you enjoy Spectacular Underwater Tunnels throughout! Dive/Feeding Shows & More!

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Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf

Play Gatlinburg’s Most Entertaining Mini-Golf! 36 times the Fun for the Entire Family!  Two Amazing 18-hole State-of-the-Art golf courses with interactive displays and animated animals. Free parking or ride the Trolley.

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Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze & Ripley’s Candy Factory

Being Lost has Never Been So Fun! Find your way out through surprising corners, dead ends, continuous circles & rotating mirrors! Strike your pose and See infinite reflections of yourself in every direction in the Infinity Room!  Never the same experience twice!

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Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

You’re Never Alone in the Dark! Frights, Fun and Screams for Everyone! Enjoy this multi-million, state-of-the-art World-class Haunted Attraction & Gatlinburg’s #1 Haunted House! New hauntings, special effects and live actors! Bring all your family and friends…there’s safety in numbers!

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

Visit the Strangest Place in Gatlinburg! Experience the Odd & Weird World of Robert L. Ripley, Adventurer & Cartoonist, that inspired the hit TV show! Explore 13 huge galleries, over 500 Unusual & Incredible Artifacts from around the World! Bizarre curiosities, cool interactives, and new videos for hours of Fun!

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Guinness World Records Museum

See the Amazing Book come to Life through incredible displays, cool interactive games, trivia, themed galleries and new videos!  Compare your height to the Tallest Man, take the Challenge and attempt to Break a World Record! Hundreds of Unbelievable Exhibits and Authentic Memorabilia from celebrity record-holders and Much More.

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