From outdoor adventures to endless family fundowntown 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, attractionsand restaurants, access our free Vacation Guide! Learn about the best parks in the area, as well as some excellent bars, shopping, and more. 

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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 townand 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 sepanoramic 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, trmini-golf in GatlinburgThis 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 SmokiesThe aquarium holds 1.4 million gallons of water and houses more than 100,000 sea animals. Aside from thmany 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  

Stay in Downtown Gatlinburg at Edgewater Hotel! Suite

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 poolno detail is overlooked. 

To visit Gatlinburg, check our availability and book your stay todayWe look forward to having you!