Top 5 Gatlinburg Attractions Within A 10 Minute Drive of Highlands Condos

family at Gatlinburg aquarium

We are very fortunate in our neck of the woods to be located within a day’s drive of over two-thirds of the United States’ population. However, that being said, we also understand that once visitors finally arrive for their relaxing Gatlinburg condo vacation, the last thing they probably want to do is to get back into the car and drive a while until reaching their family’s favorite attraction. Because of this, we at Highlands Condos have put together a short list of all the thrilling attractions in Gatlinburg that are within a brief 10 minute drive from our front door.

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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies (8 minutes)

Filled with hundreds of exotic aquatic exhibits, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is the ideal place for you and your family to spend an exciting afternoon. While you’re there, you can touch a jellyfish, feel a stingray, or pose with a penguin, all of which are perfect ways to create long-lasting family memories.

Hours:

  • Weekdays 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Weekends 9 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Tickets:

  • Adults $26.99
  • Children 6-11 $14.99
  • Children 2-5 $6.99

Gatlinburg Space Needle (9 minutes)

Gatlinburg space needleOne of the tallest attractions in Gatlinburg, the Gatlinburg Space Needle is full of fun things for you and your family to enjoy. Here, you can grab a bite to eat at the Slice Pizza Bakery, play your favorite video game inside the large Arcade City, or reach new heights by taking a trip to the top of the Space Needle. Not to mention, there is also an exciting show housed inside the Space Needle’s theater where mentalist Bill Gladwell digs deep into visitor’s mind for an evening of entertainment. Magician Keith Fields and hypnotist Guy Michaels also perform here.

Hours:

  • Sunday-Thursday 9 a.m.- 12 a.m.
  • Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.- 1 a.m.

Space Needle Tickets (if purchased online):

  • Adults $7.50
  • Children 5-12 $3
  • Seniors 60+ $4
  • Children 5 and under FREE

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (2 minutes)

scenic overlook of the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkThere is no question as to why the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is considered to be the most popular national park in all the United States. With its majestic views, exciting wildlife, and thrilling outdoor adventures, there is no better attraction near Gatlinburg filled with more of a variety of things for your family to enjoy. The best part is our condos are just a short drive to the entrance of the park, so you and your family can spend more time exploring the area and less time spent stuck in a car.

Hours:

  • The GSMNP is open 24/7/365, however some roads and visitor facilities may close during the cooler months.

Tickets:

  • FREE

Ober Gatlinburg (7 minutes)

View from Ober GatlinburgThe only ski resort in Tennessee, Ober Gatlinburg has been a fun family destination for over 50 years. Open year round, this thrilling Gatlinburg attraction has a delicious restaurant, ski and tubing slopes during the winter, an ice rink, and alpine coaster, and a wildlife exhibit. It was also recently announced that the resort will be opening a brand new slope this year, so for all the snow birds that love traveling to the Smokies, book your next winter stay now by giving us a call today!

Hours:

Tickets:

  • Aerial Tramway Adults $12, Children 5-11 $9.50
  • Alpine Slide $7 per person
  • Ice Skating $9 per 3 hour session
  • Wildlife Encounter Adults ages 12+ $7, Children 5-11 $5
  • Scenic Chairlift $7
  • Chair Swing $3.50 per person
  • Kiddie Land & Rides $7 all day
  • Mini Golf $3.50 per person
  • Ober’s Lightnin’ Raft Ride and Shoot-the-Chute $3.50 per person, per ride

Gatlinburg Ziplines & Ropes Course (9 minutes)

person zip lining in GatlinburgHave you ever wanted to feel as if you are flying high above the tree tops in the Smoky Mountains? Well now is your chance at the Gatlinburg Ziplines & Ropes Course. Offering a memorable one and a half hour outdoor adventure in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg Ziplines has a total of 9 different lines, as well as a 27 element ropes course that is sure to challenge even the most skilled outdoor enthusiast.

Hours:

  • Tours run every two hours from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. seven days a week

Tickets:

  • Now through May 22, 2014 tickets are $89 for two people plus tax
  • Standard tickets are $59 per person

The one thing all these exciting Gatlinburg attractions have in common is their short distance from our secluded condo rentals. Start planning your next Smoky Mountain vacation today by reserving your next stay with us and giving us a call at (877) 382-3423. Our friendly reservation team will be more than happy to help you and your family plan the perfect relaxing mountain getaway.

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