Ober Gatlinburg is best known for being a popular resort to visit in the winter with its slopes that are wonderful for skiing and tubing. But you shouldn’t just visit here in winter, as it’s worth a visit year-round with its many fun activities for the whole family. We’re going to give you 5 things that make this a fantastic adventure for your vacation.

1. A Ride on the Tram

The Aerial Tramway is a great way to get some spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains. Since 1973, the tram has been taking guests to and from Ober Gatlinburg for a nice and convenient 10-minute ride with awe-inspiring scenery all around you. All you have to do is walk from our hotel down to the Tramway Mall just down the road, and get ready for the ride of your vacation!

family skiing in mountains2. Tubing and Skiing in the Winter

As mentioned earlier, Ober Gatlinburg is one of the most popular places to go in the winter months — especially during snow days. Snow tubing is great for the kids, and doesn’t require much of any equipment in order for it to be enjoyable. Who doesn’t love sliding down a snow hill on an inner tube? There are also slopes for skiers of all experience levels, so you can also enjoy a downhill ride standing up.

3. The Indoor Ice Rink

If you are one of those who would rather do an activity in a controlled climate, the Indoor Ice Rink is an iconic part of the Ober Gatlinburg mall area. It serves as the centerpiece of the entire indoor area and is a perfect place to lace up those ice skates and step onto the ice for a first lesson in ice skating. Your price includes several hours of gliding — or sliding, depending on how comfortable you are — on the ice along with skate rental.

4. The Ski Mountain Coaster

At Ober Gatlinburg, you can take a ride on one of the newest and most thrilling aspects of Gatlinburg fun. Of course, we’re talking about mountain coasters. Gatlinburg has a couple in town now, but how about trying out the one up on an actual mountain called the Ski Mountain Coaster. Riders can control their speed while traveling down the half-mile plus track for some adrenaline-pumping excitement.

5. Wildlife Encounter

smoky mountain black bearDon’t be disappointed if you haven’t yet seen wildlife on your Gatlinburg visit. Ober Gatlinburg gives you a nice, miniature zoo experience where you’ll see bears, turtles, snakes, and the lovable sea otters. You can view these active sea animals through the underwater viewing area, and you’ll especially want to see their animated behavior when it comes time for feeding.

We’ve only covered a few of the things that make Ober Gatlinburg a great place to visit in the Smoky Mountains. There are events and activities throughout the year that make it more than just a winter hotspot. A stay at our hotel will allow you the benefit of experiencing these things with the whole family. What are you waiting for? ​Book a room today and stay for a “peak” at all the fun!