From outdoor adventures to endless family fun, downtown Gatlinburg has a little bit of everything. You can go from playing mini-golf to enjoying a delicious meal in just a matter of steps! Best of all, most of these fantastic Gatlinburg attractions are just a short walk from Edgewater Hotel. Discover the many wonderful and exciting things to do during your Smoky Mountain vacation! If you’d like even more suggestions for entertainment, attractions, and restaurants, access our free Vacation Guide! Learn about the best parks in the area, as well as some excellent bars, shopping, and more.
What Are the Best Things to do in Downtown Gatlinburg, TN?
The Gatlinburg Trolley
There’s no better way to get to know the city than by taking a ride on the trolley! The Gatlinburg Trolley is the most popular option in town, and it’s no wonder why. The trolley fare is only fifty cents, and there are more than 100 stops! One stop is right outside our hotel. With so many conveniently located stops, it’s a breeze to explore the best of downtown Gatlinburg and its surrounding areas!
Gatlinburg Space Needle
At 407-feet-tall, the Gatlinburg Space Needle is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks! The observation tower features a glass elevator that transports visitors to the top. From the observation deck, you can see panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the downtown area, and beyond!
Mini-Golf in Downtown Gatlinburg
If you’re looking for an exciting challenge that will bring you hours of fun, countless laughs, and unique photo ops, try mini-golf in Gatlinburg! This timeless activity will keep the entire family entertained for hours on end. The best part? Gatlinburg, TN, has several challenging miniature golf courses to choose from. Wherever you decide to go, these courses will put your putt-putt skills to the test!
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
One of the best things to do during your Gatlinburg Vacation is to visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! The aquarium holds 1.4 million gallons of water and houses more than 100,000 sea animals. Aside from the many animals on display, the aquarium also features interactive experiences that fascinate kids and parents alike!
Popular Downtown Restaurants
With so much to do and see in our mountain town, it’s easy to work up an appetite. Luckily, Gatlinburg is home to plenty of excellent restaurants to keep you satisfied!
- Edgewater Hotel
- Pancake Pantry
- Ruby Sunshine
- Log Cabin Pancake House
Lunch & Dinner
- Smith & Son Corner Kitchen
- No Way Jose’s Cantina
- Alamo Steakhouse & Saloon
- Cliff Top Restaurant
- Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grill
After you’ve spent the day exploring everything Gatlinburg offers, return to the comfort of the beautiful Edgewater Hotel. We have combined the charm visitors expect with the modern comfort and amenities of a hotel. From our selection of gorgeous accommodations to our scrumptious complimentary breakfast to our relaxing indoor-outdoor pool, no detail is overlooked.
To visit Gatlinburg, check our availability and book your stay today. We look forward to having you!