Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

What to Do

Where to Dine

Where to Shop


What to Do

Hit the Arts & Crafts Trail, hike the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, soar through the trees on a zipline, and enjoy the rides at Dollywood…all in the same vacation. A dizzying array of activities, entertainment, dining, history, art and outdoor adventure is sure to make your visit to the Smokies truly unforgettable.


Family-Friendly Activities

If you’re looking for a fun family vacation, you’ve come to the right place. The Smoky Mountains offers everything from skiing at Ober Gatlinburg, the only combined ski resort and amusement park in Tennessee, to ziplines and ropes courses, to a Dollywood's Splash Country water park and Ripley's Aquarium of the name just a few. Check out the list below for an idea of what your family can experience during your memory-making getaway to beautiful eastern Tennessee.

Enjoy Family Fun in the Smokies

  • Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf
  • Gatlin’s Mini-Golf
  • Motion Ride Movie Theater
  • Westgate Wild Bear Falls
  • Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze & Candy Factory
  • Arcadia
  • Space Needle
  • Speedzone Fun Park
  • WonderWorks
  • Dollywood
  • Foxfire Mountain Adventures
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • NASCAR SpeedPark
  • Cades Cove


Museums & Attractions

Fun and exciting attractions such as ziplines, miniature golf courses, entertainment theaters, indoor skydiving and more abound in Sevier County, but the Smoky Mountains also has a vibrant history well worth exploring. The pioneering past of the Smokies is remembered and celebrated via the thriving, historic arts and crafts community. Skilled artisans create items such as quilts, pottery, jewelry, dolls, baskets, ceramics, stained glass, fine photography, trolls and much more. Various other museums also explore and celebrate the heritage of this beautiful mountain region.

Get to Know the History & Culture of the Smokies

  • Gatlinburg Art Tour (a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail)
  • The Old Mill Square
  • Sevierville’s Art Galleries
  • Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts
  • Cades Cove Visitor Center & Museum
  • Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum
  • Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
  • Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum
  • Sevier County Heritage Museum
  • Smoky Mountain Car Museum
  • Smoky Mountain Knife Works
  • Tennessee Museum of Aviation
  • The Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum
  • Titanic Museum Attraction


Dinner Shows & Nightlife

There’s so much to do once the sun sets in the Smokies. From an extensive array of dining options, to unique bars and karaoke joints, to daytime activities that stay open late night like mini-golf, after-dark entertainment options are plentiful in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, TN.

Things to Do After Dark

  • Club 812 (Gatlinburg’s only dance club)
  • Davy Crockett’s Distillery
  • Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show
  • Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud
  • Hazzard County Hoedown
  • Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction
  • Ghostwalk of Gatlinburg
  • Gatlinburg Space Needle
  • Ole Red Gatlinburg
  • Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
  • Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (prime star watching)


Great Smoky Mountains National Park

An 800-square-mile mountain wilderness wonderland, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is comprised of the largest area of upland forest east of the Mississippi. As America’s most visited national park, it plays host to upward of 9 million visitors each year who come to experience the stunning mountain views, vibrant wildflower fields, awe-inspiring forest, and pure mountain streams.

Things to See & Do in the Park

  • Wildlife Viewing (black bears, white-tailed deer, elk, and more)
  • Preserved Log Cabins, Churches & Grist Mills
  • Horseback Riding
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Waterfalls
  • Bicycling
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Auto Touring

Where to Dine

Dining in Sevier County can be an adventure in and of itself. The sheer variety — from down-home Southern cooking, to international fare, to local favorites, to chain restaurants, to dinner theater — ensure there’s something for everyone. Have a sweet tooth? Indulge in a sweet treat. Irresistible ice cream, fudge, baked goods and candy shops are sprinkled throughout Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.


Gatlinburg Dining

Start your day with a towering stack of Gatlinburg’s world-famous flapjacks and end it with some of the best barbecue in the South. In between, sample everything from pizza, to burgers, to Mexican, Italian and Japanese cuisine, to homemade ice cream and mouthwatering fudge. With more than 100 restaurants, Gatlinburg has you covered no matter what you’re craving.

Gatlinburg Restaurants & Eateries

  • Alamo Steakhouse and Saloon
  • Atrium Pancakes
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
  • Best Italian Café and Pizzeria
  • Big Daddy’s Pizzeria
  • Bones BBQ Joint
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Burg Coffees
  • Calhoun’s Restaurant
  • The Cherokee Grill
  • Dick’s Last Resort
  • Fudgewrights
  • Geno’s Pizza
  • Glades Homemade Candies & Ice Cream
  • Glades Soda Fountain
  • Greenbrier Restaurant
  • Howard’s Steakhouse and the Wild Boar Saloon
  • Log Cabin Pancake House
  • Luigi’s Pizzeria
  • Ma’s Kitchen
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • No Way Jose’s Cantina
  • Ole Red Gatlinburg
  • Pancake Pantry
  • Park Grill
  • Smoky Mountain Trout House
  • Vista Grill
  • The Wild Plum
  • Wine a Little - Wine & Tapas Bar


Pigeon Forge Dining

Down-home country cookin’ for breakfast, endless pizza for lunch, and finger-licking good bar-b-que for dinner. That’s just a small sample of what’s on the menu in Pigeon Forge. From pancake houses to steakhouses, not to mention Italian, Japanese and Mexican cuisine, there’s a range of options to suit everyone’s taste.

Pigeon Forge Restaurants & Eateries

  • Apple Valley Creamery
  • Baskin Robbins Fun Center
  • Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
  • Blue Moose Burgers & Wings Family Sports Grille
  • AnnOlivia’s
  • Angilo’s Pizza
  • Cakes by Bakin’ Bishop
  • Calhoun’s Restaurant
  • Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin
  • Golden Corral
  • Huck Finn’s Catfish
  • Old Mill Restaurant
  • Captain Jim’s Seafood Buffet
  • JT Hannah’s Kitchen
  • Kinkaku Japanese Steak House
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
  • Little House of Pancakes
  • Little Tokyo Hibachi Grill & Sushi Bar
  • Mama’s Farmhouse
  • Mellow Mushroom at The Island
  • Old Mill Pottery House Café and Grille
  • Ole Red Gatlinburg
  • Parkway Pancake House
  • Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
  • Poyner’s Pommes Frites
  • Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina
  • Smokies Cuban Cafe
  • Smoky Mountain Pancake House
  • Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt
  • Villa Zapata Mexican Cantina

Where to Shop

Crisp mountain air. Thrilling family attractions. Unique arts and crafts. Stellar shopping? Shopping may not be the first thing you think of when you think of the Smokies, but Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are full of interesting stores featuring everything from the latest fashions to handmade arts and crafts. With the variety of shopping options, one thing’s for sure — you won’t leave empty handed.


Gatlinburg Shopping

Gatlinburg’s stores have everything you need, and lots of things you never knew you needed! From clothes and candy, to fine art and kitschy souvenirs, shopping in Gatlinburg is an opportunity to explore and discover items that tell the unique story of the Smokies. In between sampling homemade candy and checking out t-shirts, be sure to stop by one of the many galleries for a look at the work of some of Gatlinburg’s finest artists and craftsmen.

Gatlinburg Shops and Stores

  • All Sauced Up
  • Aunt Mahalia’s Candies
  • Baskin’s Square Mall
  • The Caramel Candy Company
  • Celtic Heritage
  • Cliff Dwellers Gallery
  • Covered Bridge in the Glades
  • The Day Hiker
  • Fudgewrights
  • The Gallery at Gatlinburg
  • Gatlin-Burlier Tobacconist
  • Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway Mall
  • Glades Homemade Candy
  • Glassblowers of Gatlinburg and Jewelry Shop
  • The Hayloft
  • Help Me, Rhonda Concierge Service
  • The Honey Pot
  • Log Cabin Candy Kitchen
  • Marketplace
  • Master’s Editions Fine Art Gallery
  • Mountain Mall
  • Natural House of Jerky
  • Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen
  • Pepper Palace
  • The Shops at Ober
  • Smoky Mountain Angler
  • Smoky Mountain Art
  • Smoky Mountain Farms Jelly House
  • The Village


Pigeon Forge Shopping

Photos aren’t the only way to remember your trip to the Smokies. Pick up a souvenir at one of the many shops in Pigeon Forge. A plethora of souvenir and gift shops feature unique wares made right here in Sevier County: arts & crafts, homemade specialty food items, cowboy boots, pottery and more. If you’re looking for a deal on brand-name items, head to one of the many outlet stores in the area.

Pigeon Forge Shops and Stores

  • Atkins Orchard Country Store
  • Barn Owl
  • Circle E Western Shop
  • Country Candy Kitchen
  • Ernest Tubb Record Shop
  • Help Me, Rhonda Concierge Service
  • The Incredible Christmas Place
  • The Island in Pigeon Forge (shopping mall)
  • Kilwin's Chocolates and Ice Cream
  • Lodge Factory Store
  • Mountain Cove Trading Post & Gift Shop
  • Old Mill Candy Kitchen
  • Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall
  • Pigeon River Crossings
  • Pigeon River Pottery
  • The Shops of Pigeon Forge
  • Settler Village
  • Smoky Mountain Candy Makers
  • Smoky Mountain Jerky
  • Stages West Western Store
  • Three Bears General Store