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The Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in downtown Gatlinburg.

6 Exciting Things to Do in Gatlinburg When It Rains

Weather can be unpredictable at times, but it will never ruin your fun when you visit Gatlinburg! There are plenty of exciting things to do both rain and shine. If it happens to rain during your vacation, you won’t have to worry about running out of things to do. Check out these fun things to do in Gatlinburg when it rains:

1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is perfect for both families and couples. This indoor attraction is great on both sunny and rainy days! You can see thousands of your favorite aquatic animals and even have the chance to interact with some of them. Visit Shark Lagoon, where you can walk through an underwater tunnel and see 12-foot sharks, stingrays, and a green sea turtle swimming above you. You can also swim with stingrays, touch a jellyfish, and waddle with penguins. You’ll never run out of fun experiences at this Gatlinburg aquarium!

2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

The lobby of Ripley's Believe It or Not in Gatlinburg.Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is filled with odd and unusual items from all across the world! See everything from a car covered in crystals, to authentic shrunken heads, to a 19th century vampire killing kit. The odditorium has 16 themed galleries all with exhibits and artifacts that make it almost impossible to believe what you’re seeing. There is also fun interactive experiences that kids will love, like a station where you can digitally shrink your own head!

3. Hollywood Star Cars Museum

To see some of the most famous cars in Hollywood, visit the Hollywood Star Cars Museum in Gatlinburg! The cars are displayed in recreated settings with sound, lights, and action. Some of the most popular cars in the museum are the 1966 TV Show Batmobile, General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard, and cars from the Fast and Furious franchise. Not only can you see the cars and learn more about the movies and TV shows they were used in, but you can get a picture of yourself sitting in one of your favorites!

4. Go Ice Skating at Ober Gatlinburg

people ice skatingOne of the best things to do in Gatlinburg when it rains is go ice skating at Ober Gatlinburg! Ober Gatlinburg has an indoor ice skating rink for visitors to enjoy during any weather. It’s the centerpiece of Ober’s enclosed mall and is fun for everyone. Spend your day gliding across the rink, or try a fun take on a classic attraction with Ice Bumper Cars! Ice Bumper Cars takes up about one-third of the ice skating rink and allows you to zoom around the ice and try to avoid the other cars.

5. See a Show at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre

Another way to have fun when it rains is to see a show at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre is Gatlinburg’s only musical comedy entertainment attraction. You can watch as performers take turns adding their own unique twists to the comic mayhem that the theater is known for. You can choose from a variety of shows, one of the most popular being “The Biggest Little Show on Earth.” This show features one funny routine after another, as well as an old-fashioned sing-a-long. You’ll be laughing the entire show!

6. Have Fun in Your Gatlinburg Cabin

family playing poolIf you don’t really feel like going out in the rain, the best thing to do is to have fun in your Gatlinburg cabin! Gatlinburg cabins come with everything you need and more for a great stay in the Smoky Mountains. You can curl up in front of the fire and play a board game with the family, watch your favorite movie on TV, cook a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, or sit on your deck as you listen to the rainfall. Some cabins come with added entertainment that make your time there even more special, like pool tables, air hockey, foosball, theater rooms, and indoor swimming pools!

More Things to Do in Gatlinburg

Whether there is sunshine or rain, you’re guaranteed to have a great time when you visit Gatlinburg. Check out more things to do in Gatlinburg during your vacation, then start planning your trip!