Group vacations are a great way to spend quality time with extended family or friends. They are also very cost effective, because they often allow for carpooling and group rates on attractions and lodging.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to go as a group while on a visit to Gatlinburg.
A trip to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is perfect for groups of all ages. With over 10,000 sea creatures and 350 individual species, there are more fish in Ripley’s Aquarium than there are people living in the town of Gatlinburg! With so much to see, everyone in your group can explore the aquarium at their own pace.
Ripley’s offers special group rates for parties of 10 or more people. Childrens tickets purchased with the group rate are discounted by $4.00 and adult tickets are discounted by $3.00. Also, every 20 tickets come with one complimentary admission. To find out more about Ripley’s group rates, call 888-240-1358.
Dollywood is a world class theme park with something for everyone in your group. Roller coaster junkies will love the exhilarating Wild Eagle, the thrilling Thunderhead and the rip-roaring Mystery Mine. If members of your party aren’t keen on rides, there are plenty of non-roller coaster activities at the park, including live musical performances and a host of fantastic restaurants. A trip to Dollywood is an essential part of any visit to Gatlinburg.
Groups of 15 or more will receive one complimentary admission and a $5.00 discount per ticket. In order to receive this extra ticket, parties must make reservations two weeks in advance. If your group makes a reservation for after 3:00 p.m. (March 23 – November 1, 2013) or after 6:00 p.m. (November 9, 2013 – January 3, 2014), they will receive free admittance for the next operating day. Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-428-6789.
Stay in a Cabin
Hotels are poor options for group vacations because rooms are expensive and they lack a common area for everyone to spend time together. With cabins, everyone in your party can stay together in a scenic location for a reasonable price.
Stony Brook Cabins has a variety of cabins that can accommodate groups of any size. Whether you are eight friends enjoying a long weekend, or 42 people attending a family reunion, Stony Brook Cabins has luxurious lodging in convenient locations. Visit our Group Lodging page for more information on which set of cabins makes the most sense for your party. We hope to see you during your next visit to Gatlinburg!