FamilyFun magazine, a sister publication of Parents, listed Gatlinburg, Tenn. as number 6 on their list of 10 winners of The FamilyFun Travel Awards. The publication surveyed 2,000 families that travel with children from ages 3 to 12 on their preferences on 464 destinations in five categories. Parents could only rate within their home region – Northeast, South, Midwest or West – with the exception of casual restaurant chains. Winners were required to reach a certain number of votes in order to qualify. While we know there are endless reasons why a Gatlinburg family vacation is the best getaway there is, let’s take a look at a couple factors that earned our Smoky Mountain hometown the number 6 spot out of 464 destinations throughout the country.
Family Friendly Gatlinburg Attractions
With enough things to see and do to keep you busy visit after visit, Gatlinburg is acclaimed not only for the great number of attractions to enjoy, but also for their quality and the value they add to a Gatlinburg family vacation. Whether your family is composed of a couple adults and a few school-age children or you have older family members or a pair of young toddlers in-tow, Gatlinburg is inherently accommodating to your family regardless of age and interest, so everyone is guaranteed to have a relaxing and fun time during your visit.
Gatlinburg is home to a collection of indoor attractions that are sure to “wow” the entire family. From Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies and the Space Needle to shows like Country Tonite, fun is never out of sight. If you’re looking for some fun outside, Gatlinburg has created a name for in the outdoor adventure world, especially among skiing enthusiasts and white water chasers. Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort is the premiere destination for skiing in the Southeast, offering skiing, snow tubing and ice skating throughout the winter. Ober doubles as an amusement park as the weather warms up, offering mini-golf, slides, an arcade, chair swings, a carousel and more. For warmer weather fun, Gatlinburg offers great Smoky Mountain white water rafting opportunities with class 1 through class 4 rapids, so newbie and novice rafters will both enjoy a Gatlinburg rafting trip. For those looking for a slower pace, tubing down the Pigeon River is a popular way to enjoy the scenery while cooling off.
Smoky Mountain Beauty
Gatlinburg is also noted for providing families direct access to the most visited national park in the United States – the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With more than 800 miles of trails, 2,900 miles of fishing streams, 19 waterfalls, 200 species of birds, 30 types of salamanders and 65 varieties of fish, the Smokies are alive with beauty and excitement that you and your family can’t miss out on. And did we mention it’s all free?
The Smokies also serve as a breath-taking backdrop for your entire Gatlinburg family vacation, so even if you’re checking out the excitement in the city, you always spot the Smoky Mountains on the horizon and enjoy a deep breath of mountain air. Gatlinburg offers you and your family the best of both world during your vacation – natural beauty surrounding you and attractions of every kind.
Gatlinburg’s convenient and scenic accommodations are also noted, offering an endless selection of places to stay during your Gatlinburg family vacation. Stony Brook Cabins offers a selection of cabin rentals that are suitable for families of every size and amenity preference. We know being able to include every family member is important, which is why we have a range of cabin sizes. For smaller family getaways, we offer 1 bedroom cabin rentals all the way up to 6 bedroom cabins for larger families. We also have several Gatlinburg pet friendly cabins, so your furry family members won’t be left behind. Our cabins come with a variety of incredible amenities, such as fully-equipped kitchens, toasty fireplaces, bubbly hot tubs, game rooms and much, much more.
We’re proud to call Gatlinburg our home, and we’re delighted to know that so many others love it as much as we do. Be sure to read more about the Gatlinburg area and start planning your Gatlinburg family vacation today!