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3 of the Best Attractions in Gatlinburg for Kids

Families that are planning on spending time in Gatlinburg and the Smokies will find plenty of great attractions to explore. However, there are some that stand out among all of the others. We have put together some information for you about 3 fantastic attractions to enjoy with the kids during your stay with us at Old Creek Lodge!

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley's Aquarium of the SmokiesIn the heart of downtown Gatlinburg you’ll find one of the top aquariums in America. The Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is the perfect destination for the entire family and is one of the most loved spots in the area. Kids will love being able to explore life under the sea in unique ways that include hands-on education experiences and the freedom to run off some energy in the play areas. Parents with children that have sensory sensitivities will be happy to know that the aquarium is now a Certified Autism Center. The property is also wheelchair and stroller friendly and is a wonderful attraction that offers a chance for multi-generational members of the family and family members with a wide range of abilities to spend the day together.


Gatlinburg’s top family theme park is located above the city on Anakeesta Mountain. Guests can take the Ridge Rambler, a gondola or a chairlift to the top of the mountain. Anakeesta is filled with opportunities for both kids and adults. From zip lining to a canopy walk among the treetops or taking a ride on their mountain coaster, there is no shortage of things to do. If that wasn’t enough, the food is delicious and the views are breathtakingly beautiful! Plus, coming in 2020 they’ll be adding on a scenic tower with 360 degree views, a family tree house adventure and a great new BBQ spot, Smokehouse Brewery. Don’t delay on making plans to visit because this year is certainly one that you won’t want to miss in the Smokies!

Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf

Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini GolfRipley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf is an excellent outdoor attraction that is perfect for the entire family! With 36 holes on a beautiful property, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids. Choose from one of two courses or do both! Score a hold in one on the 18th hole and you’ll receive a free game! The obstacles are challenging enough to spark a little competition but balanced with a great design that allows everyone to have fun! Who’s ready for a round of putt-putt?!

The perfect family vacation starts with finding high-quality lodging that fits the needs of your family. At our downtown Gatlinburg hotel we’re not only within walking distance from the best attractions in town but we also have a great property and a deep love for families! Our Amenities include a daily complimentary breakfast and fresh baked cookies every afternoon, free parking, free wifi, in-room fireplaces and more. Each of Our Guest Rooms are located along the river and have a private balcony. Guests also have access to Discounts on Attractions and other ways to save so they can stay and play!

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