With our spacious suites, incredible amenities and fantastic location, families love staying at the Edgewater Hotel! While you’re here, you’ll be close to some of the best attractions in town. You can explore the sights, see all kinds of sea life and even ride roller coasters! Here are the top 5 family-friendly things to do in Gatlinburg:

1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is an incredible experience for the whole family and is within walking distance of our Gatlinburg hotel. Both kids, teens and adults will have fun at the top aquarium in the country! You can walk through an underwater tunnel and see all kinds of sea life, from a sea turtle, to 12-foot sharks, to stingrays! You can even interact with some of the animals through unique experiences the aquarium offers. The kids will love the chance to touch a jellyfish or waddle with penguins in a special penguin encounter! You’ll make unforgettable memories with your family at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

2. Hiking in the National Park

family-hiking-in-smoky-mountainsThe Great Smoky Mountains National Park has more than 850 miles of hiking trails that visitors can explore. The trails all range in difficulty, but there are plenty that are great for families! Try Laurel Falls for an easy hike that provides gorgeous views. This is one of the most popular trails in the park because you are rewarded with a stunning view of an 80-foot waterfall! Another trail that is great for families is Porters Creek Trail. This is a perfect trail to hike in the spring or summer because you’ll get to see hundreds of beautiful Smoky Mountain wildflowers!

3. Gatlinburg Space Needle

The Gatlinburg Space Needle is another popular family-friendly attraction in Gatlinburg. The Space Needle offers panoramic views of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains from 407 feet above ground. People of all ages will enjoy the breathtaking scene. After you finish sightseeing, ride the elevator back down and head to Arcadia, Gatlinburg’s largest family fun arcade attraction, which is located below the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Have a good time as a family challenging each other to the different games and try to win enough to earn an amazing prize at the redemption center!

4. Dollywood

dollywood-express-trainWhen you mention family fun in Gatlinburg, at the top of everyone’s list is Dollywood. This popular theme park is filled with plenty of entertainment for the whole family, from rides, to shops, to dining, to shows! There is something for everyone at Dollywood. The park has plenty of kid-friendly rides to enjoy, along with exciting thrill rides for those looking for an adrenaline rush. Spend the day trying all the different rides before heading to The Grist Mill to taste the world-famous cinnamon bread! You’ll never run out of things to do when you visit Dollywood.

5. Mini Golf

All families love mini golf! When you stay at the Edgewater Hotel, you’ll be near some of the best mini golf adventures in town. Take the family to Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf for 36 holes of family fun and try to win a free game by getting a hole in one! For more mini-golf fun, head to Gatlin’s and play Gatlin’s Mini Golf. Gatlin’s Mini Golf is the area’s largest mini golf destination, offering 45 holes of fun! There are two outdoor courses set on a unique and peaceful hillside for you to explore.

Try all the amazing family-friendly things to do in Gatlinburg when you stay at Edgewater Hotel! Browse our Gatlinburg hotel rooms and start planning an unforgettable family vacation.