Most visitors come to Gatlinburg for spring break vacations in March and April. Better yet, as the spring brings warmer temperatures, all of the attractions and activities are open for business after the slower winter season.
Grab the kids and plan a trip they will remember forever with a Gatlinburg spring break. With the incredible amount of things to do, you and your family will want to keep coming back until you have seen it all!
1. Visit Dollywood
Check out one of the area’s best attractions, Dollywood. This theme park is owned by entertainer Dolly Parton and offers a full day of fun for the whole family. If you won’t be in Gatlinburg for the end of ski season, you may be just in time to visit Dollywood! After a brief break, Dolly Parton’s theme park reopens by the 3rd week in March. In 2017, Dollywood will open its gates on March 18th.
Not only is the famous Smoky Mountain theme park less crowded during the spring season, but it also has a brand new roller coaster. Lighting Rod, the world’s fastest wooden coaster, will join a great lineup of rides including Thunderhead, Wild Eagle, and Mystery Mine.
2. Go to Ober Gatlinburg
Ober Gatlinburg has a lot to offer its visitors. From its skiing to the Ski Mountain Coaster, you and your family are guaranteed to have a wonderful time. If your spring break is early, the slopes at Ober can be open into March when the weather cooperates. Check out their slope report to see if you can make your spring break into a ski trip! Also, since your vacation would be near the end of the season, you’re bound to get a better deal on your lift ticket.
3. Check Out Ripley’s
Ripley’s offers a multitude of different attractions located all over Gatlinburg. From their Haunted Adventure to the Aquarium Of The Smokies, you’ll find the perfect activity for everyone.
4. Visit the Smoky Mountain Brewery
Enjoy some alone, adult time away from the kids at the Smoky Mountain Brewery. With great food and even better drinks, you and yours will have a fabulous time.
5. Experience the Smoky Mountain Outdoors
There are some incredible experiences to be had in the Smoky Mountains. From hiking the Chimney Tops in the national park to whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River, you’re bound to have an action-packed spring break in the Smoky Mountains. Here are a few more thrilling experiences to have in the Smokies:
- Bungee Jumping
- Indoor Skydiving
- Go Kart Racing
- Zip Lining
- Horseback Rides
- ATV Tours
6. Ride Up the Space Needle
The Space Needle is one of the most popular Gatlinburg attractions. With the perfect Gatlinburg weather in the spring, you’ll be able to see the entire city from the top.
7. Catch a Production at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre & Music Hall
Have a wonderful time at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre & Music Hall. With their spectacular comedy shows, plan on laughing the night away.
8. Take a Walk in the Woods
While visiting such a beautiful place, make sure to take it all in with a walk in the woods. Whether you choose to do a guided tour or hike on your own, you’ll be able to see the beauty of Gatlinburg that keeps people coming back for years to come.
9. Zipline Through Gatlinburg
Create unique memories that will last a lifetime by ziplining through Gatlinburg. With ZipGatlinburg, you will be able to see amazing sights from high up in the trees.
10. Get a Hole-In-One
Gatlinburg features many different mini golf spots and opportunities. Grab the kids and head to one of the fun courses around the city. Winner gets bragging rights for the rest of the trip!
11. Experience The National Park in Spring
Everyone can agree that the Smoky Mountains National Park is an unforgettable place to explore. Better yet, spring is a gorgeous time to visit and there’s something for everyone. Families can go on easy hikes to see spring wildflowers or to see famous sights like Laurel Falls or the Sinks. For challenge-seekers, there are also strenuous hikes to high peaks in the Smokies like Alum Cave Trail and Charlies Bunion. Historic cabins in Cades Cove and Elkmont ensure that this break from school can be both educational and fun! Best of all, all of these gorgeous highlights are only a few minutes drive from Gatlinburg.