Four Winter Attractions in The Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains: Find Your Winter Wonderland

It doesn’t matter if winter is your favorite season or ranks at the bottom of your list, the Smokies has something for everyone. Whether you want to find yourself outdoors on the slopes of Ober or find warmth as you stroll through the aquarium, Smoky Mountain Navigator has your back on all the best winter attraction buzz.

Here’s a look at some of our top four favorite contenders for prime winter spots to check out:

Ripley’s Aquarium

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No matter the season, one of the best things to do in the Smokies is to visit Ripley’s Aquarium located in downtown Gatlinburg. There are plenty of attractions for adults and kids alike, including a penguin parade that lets you see the best-dressed, tuxedo-wearing bird friends and an exhibit that lets you touch jellyfish and stingrays!  

It’s a great place to spend time if you’re looking for a fun winter attraction that’ll keep you out of the cold. 

Ober Gatlinburg

Ober is THE winter attraction for skiing and snowboarding in the Great Smoky Mountains. But if the outdoors aren’t your thing, fret not, they’ve got your back! With an alpine slide, mountain coaster, indoor ice skating rink, shopping, dining, and so much more, Ober’s a great place to visit all year round. Ober’s got your back with both indoor and outdoor attractions that are definitely worth the visit.

Dolly Parton’s Stampede

If you’re looking for a dinner show , Dolly Parton’s Stampede is worth the hype. After a long day of walking around in the cold, there’s nothing better than sitting down and enjoying a four-course feast extravaganza. This exhilarating dinner spectacle is more than a story. 

According to Dolly, it’s the most fun place to eat in the Smokies!

Pigeon Forge Snow

Do you love the THOUGHT of winter more than the cold temperatures? If you’ve ever wanted to experience the thrill of sledding without having to bundle up, Pigeon Forge Snow was MADE for you. They even have a Snow Zone for kids to have good, old-fashioned snowball fights, build snowmen, and make snow angels!

Kept at a toasty 60-70 degrees year-round, Pigeon Forge Snow is the perfect winter attraction.

All in All

Hopefully, this quick read was enough to get you excited about winter attractions in the Smokies! If you want to learn about more things to do in the Smokies, check out our Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok! Give us a follow and stay in the know on all things fun and affordable in the Great Smoky Mountains! 

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