One of the hardest parts about planning a vacation in advance is predicting the weather. While there are numerous resources available filled with information about what the weather might be like, it’s unlikely that you’ll really know just what it’s going to do until a week or so before your trip – and even then, mountain weather can be rather unpredictable (even though the weather is typically very nice!). The great thing is that no matter the weather, there are plenty of fun things to do in the Smokies, and here are 4 fun ideas for things to do in Gatlinburg when it rains during your vacation:
1. Ripley’s Attractions
One of the most popular things to do in Gatlinburg when it rains is to visit the various Ripley’s attractions that are scattered throughout the downtown area. Ripley’s also offers package deals for combo tickets purchased to visit multiple attractions in the same day that will keep you dry and help save you money. Start the day at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, grab lunch at a nearby restaurant and then head up the Gatlinburg strip to Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Ripley’s 5D Moving Movie Theater or one of the five other Ripley’s attractions along the way.
2. A Day at the Spa
Few things are more relaxing than a rainy day with nothing to do, and since we know you’ve likely come to the Smokies needing a little R&R, one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg when it rains is to spend the day being pampered at one of our luxurious local spas. Treat yourself to a long overdue Swedish Massage at Quiet Reflections Massage, or go for the ultimate pampering experience with a massage, facial and more at Fox Place Salon and Spa.
3. Wine Tastings
Something that may not currently be on your list of things to do in Gatlinburg when it rains is visiting our local wineries for a wine tasting – but it definitely should be! The Rocky Top Wine Trail is comprised of 5 wineries and a moonshine distillery that offer more than 70 unique wines for you to try giving you plenty to do to spend a whole day (or two) tasting, should the weather require you to stay indoors.
4. Museums & History Centers
It’s no secret to those who come to the Smokies that the area has a rich and vibrant history that’s definitely worth learning about. Spending the day at a museum or cultural center should definitely be part of your plan for things to do in Gatlinburg when it rains. Check out one of the many visitor centers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to learn about native Americans and the early European settlers who first came to the area, as well as farming and mountain life, and enrich your appreciation for all that the Smokies are now!
With so many great things to do in Gatlinburg when it rains, you’ll never have to worry if the forecast for your trip isn’t filled with sunshine each day. For more fun things to do in Gatlinburg when it rains, take a look at our Gatlinburg Family Fun Pass and use one of your free tickets to see a show or visit the aquarium!