Gatlinburg Area Attractions

Looking for things to do during your stay in Gatlinburg, Tennessee? Check out the attractions below to get an idea of all the fun attractions Gatlinburg has to offer. Black Bear Inn & Suites Gatlinburg is just minutes from all the best things to do in the city, so just walk out of our door and explore.

Ober Mountain

Snow tubing, skiing, snowboarding, and ice-skating — Ober Mountain (formerly Ober Gatlinburg) is your source for all sorts of winter fun. The park isn’t only open in the winter though; guests can enjoy rides on our alpine slide, indoor carousel, scenic chairlift, and chair swing all year round. Additional attractions and activities at Ober include a wildlife encounter, arcade, and Kiddie Land with kid-friendly rides, swinging bridges, ladders, chutes, and more. You’ll also find a number of shops and restaurants to please every taste and budget. Catch a ride up to the park on the Aerial Tramway and enjoy the best view of the Smokies.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Become one with nature at America’s #1 national park — Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Covering 800 miles of pristine backcountry, the Smoky Mountains are full of waterfalls, wildlife, valleys, and vistas that are just waiting to be discovered. Hit the trails, take a scenic drive on Newfound Gap Road, have a picnic with the family at Cades Cove picnic area, and observe the thousands of species of plant and animal life throughout the park. Don’t forget your camera, because this park is packed full of picture-worthy stops.

Ripley’s Attractions in Gatlinburg

When it comes to family fun, no company offers more unique and entertaining attractions than Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®. Gatlinburg is home to a number of Ripley’s attractions, most of which are less than a mile from our hotel, including America’s #1 aquarium – Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, and the classic Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium, which features more than 500 outstanding and incredible artifacts from around the world. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Marvelous Mirror Maze & Candy Factory, Moving Theater, Penguin Playhouse, and Super Funzone are a few other popular Ripley’s attractions near our hotel.

Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery

For hundreds of years, mountain people hid their craft of moonshine making, but not anymore. Now, you can experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of moonshine culture at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, located less than a half mile from our hotel. Taste the 100+ proof original moonshine or spice it up with unique flavors like apple pie, peach, and butterscotch.

Gatlinburg Space Needle

For breathtaking views of Gatlinburg and the surrounding Smoky Mountains, visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle. You’ll ride one of two glass elevators to the top observation deck, which is 400’ above downtown Gatlinburg. There you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of the city and mountains, as well as an inaformation-packed experience through Higher Learning Exhibits, which are rich with facts and history about the area.