5 of the Best Family-Friendly Activities in Gatlinburg

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When you’re looking for family friendly activities in Gatlinburg, you’ll be surrounded by plenty of awesome things to do everywhere you turn. The downtown area is packed with exciting attractions, great shopping, and award-winning restaurants! When you stay with us at Black Bear Inn & Suites, you’ll be just a short walk or drive away from all the action. Here are 5 of the most entertaining activities that your family is sure to love!

1. Games With the Kids

Gatlin's Smoky Mountain Fun mini golf in Gatlinburg TN.Chances are good that when you’re here with the family you’ll find the best options involve a place where you can do multiple fun things. We recommend taking them to ​Gatlin’s Fun Center​, which is an attraction where you can choose your own adventure — or maybe even all of them! It’s a great one-stop fun attraction where you can do exciting things like play a game of laser tag, bumper cars, or mini golf.

2. Shopping

Shopping is one of the many family friendly activities in Gatlinburg that visitors love, so it should come as no surprise that you’ll have a wide selection available to fit your family’s interests. There is a sports team shop here with tons of different merchandise where you’ll likely find gear from your favorite college or pro team. Also, you’ll have a good variety of souvenir shops carrying items from T-shirts and hats to purses and accessories. A good find is certainly in this mix somewhere, no matter who you’re shopping for!

3. Food Frenzy

pile of homemade fudgeWhen you’re feeling a bit hungry after all the games and shopping, you’ll be drawn to the aroma of food nearby. There’s a frenzy of choices here where you can satisfy your sweet tooth, or get something a little more savory. You can sample fudge at the ​Fudge Shoppe of the Smokies​, and then wander into the Chicken Hut where comfort awaits in the form of chicken fingers and fries.

4. Coffee Break

Whether you’re just getting started or finishing up the day with your family friendly activities in Gatlinburg, coffee is always a great idea. ​Burg Coffees​ won’t just give you a hot cup of coffee, they also specialize in serving high-quality lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos to keep your motor running. They also have dessert options which go nicely with your hot beverage. Give them a visit, and you’ll likely return again each day of your trip!

5. Rest and Observe

Gatlinburg Sky Lift during summerAnother thing that makes this area such a nice place to visit is the number of benches that give weary visitors a place to relax after spending much of the day on their feet. This is a chance for you and your family to stop and observe your surroundings. Take note of the Gatlinburg Sky Lift​ taking riders up Crockett Mountain. And watch the excitement of fellow visitors enjoying the experience just like you!

You’ll certainly have a full day of family friendly activities in Gatlinburg lined up! Check out more exciting attractions in Gatlinburg, then start planning your trip.