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Gatlinburg is known for all kinds of fun activities you’ll want to experience on your next trip to the Smokies! You can have a blast just exploring downtown Gatlinburg, or you can go moonshine and wine tasting while you’re in town! No matter what you decide to do, you’ll have a great time! Here are 4 of the best things to do in Gatlinburg on your next trip:

1. Walk Around Downtown

downtown gatlinburgMost people who vacation in the Smoky Mountains visit downtown Gatlinburg. It’s a popular place to walk through the eclectic shops and find some souvenirs to take home, or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. You’ll find plenty of activities that are great for kids, teens, and adults, and sometimes just walking around is fun! While you explore downtown, you can also watch people, which is almost as fun as the attractions you’ll find in the area! During the different seasons, you’ll notice the city and businesses put decorations all over the place for visitors to enjoy. Everyone will have fun walking around downtown Gatlinburg!

2. Go Shopping

One of the best things to do in Gatlinburg is to go shopping! There are several outdoor malls and local shops you’ll want to check out if you need some retail therapy! The Village Shops is a popular place to browse through the stores, and you’ll find small cafes that serve coffee and ice cream, a store dedicated to hiking, and much more! Of course, you’ll always be able to find souvenir t-shirts, magnets, and more at a variety of stores downtown, but you also might find some new home decor, handmade items, and Smoky Mountain themed gifts to bring home at some of the shops lined up the Strip. No matter where you go shopping, you’ll find something you want to bring home!

3. Taste Moonshine and Wine

ole smoky moonshineA favorite pastime for many visitors of Gatlinburg is to go moonshine and wine tasting! If you want to taste moonshine, you will have to pay a $5 tasting fee at all of the distilleries, but every distillery puts this fee towards a purchase in their gift shop. One of the most well-known distilleries is Ole Smoky Moonshine, and you can try some of their signature flavors, including Apple Pie. Sugarlands Distillery and Tennessee Shine Co. are a couple of other distilleries in the area where you can taste a variety of moonshine flavors! If you prefer wine, you’ll be glad to know almost all of the wineries in Gatlinburg offer free tastings! Some of the most popular wineries are Tennessee Homemade Wines, Little Bear Winery, and Bootleggers Homemade Wine.

4. Visit Rowdy Bear Mountain

Of course, we can’t talk about the best things to do in Gatlinburg on your next trip without mentioning our adventure park! If you’re looking for thrills that will have your heart racing, you can’t miss out on our rides! Ride by yourself or with someone else on the alpine coaster through the Smoky Mountain woods as you twist and turn along the track. You even get to control the speed of your cart so go as fast as you want! Don’t miss out on experiencing a one-of-a-kind ride on the mountain glider, a ride that combines the thrills of hang gliding with free falling! You’ll want to visit us again and again!

Now you know about some of the best things to do in Gatlinburg while you’re in town. We know you’ll want to try all of these fun activities, starting with Rowdy Bear Mountain! Since you’ll want to visit our adventure park, buy your tickets today to make sure you reserve a spot!