Attractions & Activities
Gatlinburg and the surrounding area is a paradise for children of all ages with so many things to do that it will take many visits to see it all! And... much of it is free! Starting with a plan is important. Check the weather and plan your outdoor activities when the weather is right saving the indoor activities for other days.
Our top suggestions include:
- Take the kids fishing in Gatlinburg.
There are two designated children's fishing areas which are heavily stocked with trout. These are located at North Gatlinburg Park, at the northern Parkway entrance to the city, and Mynatt Park off Historic Nature Trail. Both of these sites are marked with signs which indicate the boundaries of the designated areas. What! You forgot your fishing tackle! NO PROBLEM, just go to Smoky Mountain Angler, they will have what you need. Please read the fishing regulations before you go fishing.
- There is also a Youth Trout Rodeo that is put on by the Gatlinburg Recreation Department that celebrates the start of FREE Fishing Week by hosting its annual Children’s Trout Rodeo in June. This annual youth tournament is FREE to all anglers age 16 and under. Prizes will be awarded in several divisions (6-and-under, 7-9, 10-12 and 13-16) based on total weight of fish caught. Creel limit is five trout per person. Click on the link above or For more information, contact Danny Gray at the Gatlinburg Trout Rearing Facility, 436-4558.
- Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta - Gatlinburg’s popular River Raft Regatta takes place at noon on Saturday, July 4th, on the Little Pigeon River in downtown Gatlinburg and it is FREE. This unmanned river raft race is open to anything floatable except balls and plastic eggs. In the past, families have entered boats made out of matchsticks, floating rocks, as well as little rubber ducks. Registration takes place between 10 a.m. and noon, with the race beginning promptly at noon. Support for the River Raft Regatta is provided by the Gatlinburg Recreation Department. Toll-Free: 800/568-4748
- Take in the wonderful sights, entertainment, and rides at Dollywood, WonderWorks, or any of the many local area attractions.
- Go tubing, swimming and play in the Little Pigeon River just 2 miles east of our office at Greenbrier.
- Go on a short hike in the park. You should inquire about trails at the Sugarlands welcome center.
- Bicycle the Cades Cove Loop, (7+ Miles) on Wednesday morning to see the wildlife and enjoy a picnic lunch.
- Take a drive to the Clingmans Dome overlook and hike to the observation tower.
- Visit the Gatlinburg Community center for indoor swimming, basketball, racquet ball, bowling, and other sports. Minimal fees apply.
- Ride the aerial tram up to Ober Gatlinburg where there are many activities including, ice skating, the bear habitat, skiing in winter, and wonderful scenery.
For information and rules on fishing in the Gatlinburg area, contact the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce, 520 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Phone: 865-436-4558; 1-800-568-4748 or go to the following link: Tennessee / Gatlinburg Fishing License Information
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