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Small town charm meets big city excitement in downtown Gatlinburg! The bustling streets of downtown are always lively, with folks from all over finding something special to see or do. The Gatlinburg Strip is home to many different attractions, shops and restaurants that you’ll want to check out during your next visit for the ultimate Smoky Mountain experience. Here are 5 exciting things to do in downtown Gatlinburg:

1. Relax at Tennessee Homemade Wines

Come on down to Tennessee Homemade Wines for a great time with family and friends! We all need a break sometimes, and that certainly applies to vacation in the Smokies. In between all your adventures, take some time for yourself at our Gatlinburg winery. With dozens of locally crafted wines, you’re sure to find one you’ll love. That’s easy to do when you take part in a complimentary tasting! When you land on that perfect palate-pleaser, be sure to grab a bottle or two to take with you on your way out!

2. Soak Up Stunning Views

Downtown Gatlinburg’s prime location in the heart of the Smokies means there are a handful of spots to see spectacular views! Head to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle and look down at both the busy streets and the majestic mountains in the distance. Gatlinburg SkyLift Park and the Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook provide additional picturesque views of all Gatlinburg and the Smokies have to offer.

View of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee at sunrise.

3. Visit the Historic Ogle Cabin

Did you know that you don’t have to enter Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see one of Gatlinburg’s most historic buildings? The Historic Ogle Cabin is tucked away in downtown Gatlinburg, beside the Gatlinburg Welcome Center and not far from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies on the Parkway. The first-ever cabin built in the Smokies is made from rough-hewn logs and was the former residence of William Ogle, a farmer from South Carolina who relocated his family to the Smokies in the early 1800s.

Historic Ogle Cabin

4. Shop Until You Drop

Downtown Gatlinburg is a shopper’s paradise! You’ll find a number of unique shops offering everything from souvenirs to candy and everything in between. The Mountain Mall, The Village Shops, Marketplace, Baskins Square Mall and Reagan Terrace Mall each offer quaint shops, boutiques, galleries, locally owned stores and more that you don’t want to miss out on!

5. Visit Attractions & Restaurants

Fun is around every corner in downtown! Some of the area’s top attractions are just waiting to be explored the next time you visit the Strip. Discover some of the ocean’s biodiverse creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies or head for Anakeesta where great views and fun for all ages awaits. Gatlin’s Fun Center is a favorite among families and offers mini golf, escape rooms, laser tag, bumper carts and more! Start your morning with a hearty breakfast of pancakes and classic dishes at Pancake Pantry or finish your evening with a delicious family meal at restaurants like The Peddler or Calhoun’s.

You can’t go wrong trying these exciting things to do in downtown Gatlinburg! We hope to see you soon at Tennessee Homemade Wines! Discover some interesting facts about our Gatlinburg winery!

June 2024
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