Most people already realize Gatlinburg, Tennessee is an amazing destination for romance, especially on Valentines Day. What tends to be overlooked, is Gatlinburg has a lot to offer for families as well.
Ripley’s Aquarium is an amazing family destination. The entire family will enjoy the playful penguins, sleek sharks and shimmering jellyfish. The sea life is absolutely beautiful, and there is a lot to learn about numerous interesting creatures. The Aquarium features an underground tunnel called Shark Lagoon, surrounded by sting rays, ten foot long sharks, turtles and thousands of fish. The tunnel is 240 feet long, and one of the biggest in the world. An afternoon spent watching the penguins being fed is certain to make an everlasting memory.
The view from the Gatlinburg Space Needle will be appreciated by the entire family. The panoramic view showcases the Smoky Mountain valley, and the peak of Mt. LeConte. This is the second highest peak in the Smoky mountains, and the observation tower provides a spectacular view. The Gatlinburg Space Needle was built in 1969, and is 407 feet tall. The view during sunset is sensational, and the lights from Downtown Gatlinburg delightful. The Iris Theatre is an additional bonus, and hosts numerous performances and funs shows. This is quality time with the family, and a whole new perspective of Gatlinburg.
Ober Gatlinburg is the place to take the family for a winter adventure. The park has ten different ski trails, including trails designed for beginners. Experts offer lessons in both snowboarding and skiing, and snow tubing is always a fun option. The kids will love sliding down the big hill on an intertube. Provided the tracks are not frozen, the Ski Mountain Coaster is the perfect adventure. The family can enjoy ice skating, browse through the shops, and enjoy a meal together at the food court.
This community features the biggest collection of traditional artists and crafters anywhere in the United States. The eight mile loop is filled with more than 100 different businesses including soap makers, glass blowers, woodworkers and potters. All the businesses and shops are open throughout the winter with the same variety available the rest of the year. The family can watch the glassblowers making their amazing creations, and see the pottery as it is formed and shaped. This is a part of the Appalachian culture at its very best.
The Cabin Fire
After spending the day enjoying everything Gatlinburg has to offer, there is nothing quite like relaxing in front of a roaring fire in one of our nice warm cabins. Cobbly Nob cabins are peaceful, quiet, and an excellent way for the family to connect with nature. The views are breathtaking, and the sun reflects the icicles, and snow on the trees in detailed glory. This is an opportunity for a family to talk, laugh, play board games, enjoy delicious family meals, and spend time enjoying their own little world.