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If you've ever been to the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, then you know how much fun it is to walk around the different exhibits and see all kinds of cool creatures. One of the coolest exhibits is Shark Lagoon where you can go through a tunnel built under the tank to get up close and personal with the sea creatures. But did you know there's a way you can get even closer? Keep reading to learn more about Ripley’s Glass Bottom Boat Adventure!

Once the busyness of the holiday season wears off, the Smokies get ready for the spring season! While Gatlinburg doesn’t really have an “off season,” March tends to see fewer crowds than the upcoming warm weather months. If you want to enjoy shorter wait times and less traffic, start planning your March vacation! To help you plan, we’ve made a list of 7 of the best things to do in Gatlinburg in March:

Gatlinburg is known for being the gateway to the Smokies and a great place to try some exciting attractions. But did you know there's a community that is dedicated to the culture of the Appalachian people? The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is the largest independent organization of artisans in the country. They preserve history by continuing several arts and crafts that have been passed down to them over the years. Here's your guide to the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community:

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is home to more than 100 artists and craftsmen located along an 8 mile loop. The community recently opened a new unique shop for visitors to enjoy! Fallen Desires Tattoo Shop & Oddities is home to so many different handmade items that the owner refers to as “oddities.” We’ve got all the details on this new shop in Gatlinburg and other things you can find when you visit the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community.

To say 2020 has been a crazy year is an understatement. But, as the year comes to an end, we want to reflect on some of the great things that happened in the Smoky Mountains this year. From new restaurants and festivals, to surprises from our Smoky Mountain hometown hero, plenty happened in the Smokies in 2020. We’ve put together a list of the top 6 things you forgot happened in the Smoky Mountains in 2020.

The winter months are some of the best times to visit the Smoky Mountains! The area is decorated with millions of twinkling lights and holiday displays, and snow-covered mountaintops aren’t hard to find. It’s a magical time of year to plan your vacation! Whether you want to end the year on a good note or kick off the new year right, we invite you to spend your winter vacation in the Smokies with us. When you visit, there are a few activities you can’t afford to miss! For help planning your trip, we’ve come up with 5 suggestions for what to do in Gatlinburg in the winter:

Ole Smoky Distillery has released a special edition of its famous blackberry moonshine! The new, commemorative Ole Smoky ‘Friends of the Smokies’ Blackberry Moonshine is part of the distillery’s partnership with the Friends of the Smokies organization. A portion of the sales of each moonshine jar benefits Friends of the Smokies. Learn more about this special blackberry moonshine and where you can find it!

Are you looking for a way to escape all the crowds in downtown Gatlinburg? We can help! While there are so many great attractions, restaurants and shops along the main Gatlinburg Parkway, you can have just as much fun away from all the hustle and bustle. Take a break from all the action on the Gatlinburg Strip to explore some of the other places in the Gatlinburg area! Here are 5 things to do in Gatlinburg TN off the beaten path:

It’s no secret that the Smoky Mountains come alive with vibrant colors during the fall season. Millions of visitors travel to the area to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous fall foliage. While the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is, of course, one of the best places to see the fall colors, you’ll also have great views at the attractions in Gatlinburg! Gatlinburg attractions provide hours of fun for the whole family while allowing you to take in the beautiful scenery. Here are 4 of the best attractions to see the fall colors in Gatlinburg TN:

We have exciting news! The Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association just named the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park the 2019 Attraction of the Year in Tennessee. With everything this attraction has to offer, it’s no surprise why it’s so popular! We’ve got all the details on this award and what you can expect when you visit the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park.

One Anakeesta visitor had the ride of a lifetime on the attraction’s Rail Runner Mountain Coaster. As he was coming over the hill, a family of black bears came out of the woods, crossing the tracks as he started toward them! The whole thing was caught on video and shared on TikTok for everyone to see. We’ve got the video of the black bears at Anakeesta for you below, as well as information on what to do if you see a black bear in the Smoky Mountains!

Anakeesta is undergoing a $6.5 million expansion that will create more fun for everyone! The 70+ acre family adventure park is continuing to grow, with plans to add new dining options, a new shop, new activities, and more. We’ve got all the details on what the expansion has had and will have in store for Anakeesta in Gatlinburg.

The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the country is getting an upgrade! Now, visitors will have 30 feet of glass panels to walk across. This new addition will make the experience even more incredible because you’ll be able to see the ground below you for a longer stretch on the bridge! We’ve got all the details on the Gatlinburg SkyBridge upgrades!

Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg has added a new event for families to enjoy! Ripley’s Curious Campout is a sleepover experience made just for families with young children. If you’ve been wanting to spend a night underneath the sharks with your little ones, now is your chance. We’ve gathered all the details on the Curious Campout at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies!