Things to Do in Gatlinburg

5 Kid Friendly Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

Happy family on a hike in the woods.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States! With over 800 miles of gorgeous trails, the Smokies have a hike for visitors of every age and ability. When you’re hiking with children, you’ll want to choose a trail that is easy, short, and full of beautiful scenery. Keeping those elements in mind, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to five of the best kid-friendly hikes in the Smoky Mountains. 

Your Complete Guide to the Shows in Gatlinburg TN

Photo of the Gatlinburg Space Needle.
Seeing one of Gatlinburg's great shows is the perfect way to spend an evening during your vacation! Our Smoky Mountain city is home to a number of popular theaters that are just a short walk from Black Bear Inn & Suites. Like the rest of the attractions in the Smokies, Gatlinburg’s shows are very family friendly so everyone in your group can enjoy the area’s world-class entertainment. To help you make the most of your getaway, we have put together a guide to all of the shows in Gatlinburg TN. 

The Top 5 Gatlinburg Ice Cream Shops

Three ice cream cones with sprinkles.
Going out for ice cream is a vacation tradition! On a warm spring or summer day, nothing is better than cooling down with a refreshing ice cream cone or milkshake. The Gatlinburg area is home to a number of ice cream shops that are guaranteed to please your whole family. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to the top five Gatlinburg ice cream shops. 

3 of the Best Gatlinburg Walking Tours

Visitors walking through The Village in Gatlinburg.
Taking a walking tour is one of the best ways to get a behind the scenes look at Gatlinburg, TN. Whether you’ve never visited Gatlinburg before or you’re a returning Smoky Mountain vacationer, it’s always useful to get insider information about the city from a local expert. There are a number of excellent walking tours of downtown Gatlinburg, and each one offers a unique perspective and theme. To help you make the most of your getaway, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to three of the most popular Gatlinburg walking tours. 

Top 5 Reasons You’ll Love Spring in Gatlinburg

Stunning photo of downtown Gatlinburg surrounded by the mountains.
Spring is one of the very best times to take a vacation in Gatlinburg, TN! When the weather starts to warm up, the Smoky Mountain area comes alive with a number of great seasonal activities and special events. To help you prepare for your getaway, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to five of our favorite things about spring in Gatlinburg. 

5 Excellent Downtown Gatlinburg Shopping Destinations Near Black Bear Inn

The Village, a downtown Gatlinburg shopping destination.
Downtown Gatlinburg is a paradise for shopaholics! The Strip is filled with amazing stores and specialty shops that are perfect for souvenir hunting, gift shopping, or just browsing. When you stay at Black Bear Inn & Suites, you will be just a short walk from all of the best places to visit for your Smoky Mountain shopping spree. Here are five excellent downtown Gatlinburg shopping spots that you don’t want to miss: