Ober Gatlinburg to Host New Spring Festival: Maifest

Two German maypoles at Maifest.

We’re excited to report that Ober Gatlinburg is bringing more German-themed fun to the Smoky Mountains! This spring, the amusement park in Gatlinburg, TN will host its first annual Maifest. Much like Ober Gatlinburg’s popular Oktoberfest celebration in the fall, Maifest will include German-style beer and time-honored traditions from the Old World. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a convenient guide to the Ober Gatlinburg Maifest. Continue reading

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All You Need to Know About Gatlinburg Weather in the Spring

Aerial view of Gatlinburg TN in the spring

With flowers blooming and temperatures warming up, that can only mean one thing: It’s springtime in Gatlinburg. When you visit the Smoky Mountains during the spring, you’ll be able to find countless outdoor activities to enjoy. When getting ready for vacation, it’s important to have an idea of what the weather will be like so you know what to prepare for and what to pack. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of everything you need to know about Gatlinburg weather in the spring: Continue reading

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New at the Gatlinburg Aquarium: Ripley’s Shipwrecks Exhibit

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has opened a new exhibit called Shipwrecks! The exhibit is the perfect combination of history, education and fun. Now when you visit the Gatlinburg aquarium, you’ll not only be able to interact with sea life, walk through an underwater tunnel and enjoy other unique experiences, but you’ll be able to learn about shipwrecks from around the world! Here is all you need to know about the Gatlinburg aquarium’s new exhibit and other things to do while you’re there: Continue reading

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8 of the Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg TN in April

Enjoying the spring scenery in the mountains is one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg TN in April.

There is certainly no shortage of things to do in Gatlinburg TN in April! Now that spring is in full swing, the Smokies are bursting at the seams with incredible events that celebrate East Tennessee’s culture and the great outdoors. To help you make the most of your vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to all of the best Gatlinburg events in April.

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Blake Shelton to Bring Ole Red Restaurant to Gatlinburg

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Exciting news, Blake Shelton fans! Shelton’s Ole Red restaurant and entertainment venue is coming to Gatlinburg! On March 21, 2018, Shelton and his partners at Ryman Hospitality Properties announced on Facebook Live that they will be bringing the Ole Red brand to East Tennessee. Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Stay in a Gatlinburg TN Cabin For Your Spring Vacation Instead of a Hotel

View of the mountains from the deck of a cabin in Gatlinburg

One of the most important decisions you have to make when planning a vacation is where you want to stay. When you stay in the Smoky Mountains, you’ll have a variety of options, from hotels, to condos, to cabins and more. When you plan your spring vacation, you might be leaning toward booking a hotel. However, we recommend staying in a cabin in Gatlinburg instead! Here are 5 reasons to stay in a Gatlinburg TN cabin for your spring vacation instead of a hotel: Continue reading

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Gatlinburg Taffy: Find Out How It’s Made

Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen in Gatlinburg TN.

For over 50 years, Gatlinburg taffy has been a go-to treat for visitors and locals alike. If you’ve ever been to Gatlinburg, you’ve probably walked by the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen and watched taffy being made right from the store windows. Continue reading

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8 of the Best Outdoor Activities for Warm Weather in Gatlinburg TN

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We’ve already gotten to experience some warm temperatures in Gatlinburg, and more warm weather is on its way! In Gatlinburg, weather typically starts getting warmer in March, and temperatures raise as the spring months go on. The average high during spring last year was 71 degrees, with a low of 62. That’s perfect weather to try all the amazing outdoor adventures Gatlinburg has to offer! When spring hits, we want you to enjoy the beautiful weather. We’ve put together a list of 8 of the best outdoor activities for warm weather in Gatlinburg TN: Continue reading

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Gatlinburg Ranked Among “Top 20 Small Towns in America”

Stunning view of Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains.

Architectural Digest magazine recently released its picks for “The 25 Best Small Towns in America,” and we’re pleased to report that Gatlinburg, TN made the list! Our Smoky Mountain city took the #16 spot, beating out well-known destinations like Mystic, CT, Breckenridge, CO, and Hot Springs, AR. Although it attracts over 11 million visitors each year, Gatlinburg is indeed a small town, with only around 4,206 permanent residents. Continue reading

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Gatlinburg Improv Fest Returns with Hilarious Shows and Workshops

Gatlinburg Improv Fest 2018 - Live Comedy.

If you’re looking for some laughs during your next vacation in the Smoky Mountains, you can’t beat the Gatlinburg Improv Fest! Returning to Gatlinburg, TN this February, this annual festival brings some of the best improv comedy troupes in the Southeast to the Smokies for two days of gut-busting fun. Popular with both locals and visitors alike, the Gatlinburg Improv Fest features a great collection of interactive shows and workshops. To help you plan your getaway, Visit My Smokies has put together a handy guide to this year’s festival. Continue reading

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