8 of the Best Things to Do at Ober Gatlinburg During the Summer

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Many people visit Ober Gatlinburg during the winter for hours of fun on the slopes, but did you know there are more incredible things to do during the summer when the weather is warm? From rides, to mini golf, to shopping, you can do it all at Ober Gatlinburg! Here are the best things to do at Ober Gatlinburg during the summer:

1. Ski Mountain Coaster

The Ski Mountain Coaster is Ober Gatlinburg’s newest thrilling attraction! The attraction is open year round, but it’s even more fun to do when the weather is beautiful during the summer. The Ski Mountain Coaster begins with a relaxing ride to the top before you’re put in charge of your own speed. Glide down 2,750 feet of twists and turns up to speeds of 25 miles an hour! You can choose to take a leisurely ride down the coaster and enjoy the view, or you can go full speed for a thrilling adventure! The coaster has room for two riders.

aerial tramway ober gatlinburg2. Aerial Tramway

When you ride the Aerial Tramway during the summer, you’ll be able to see breathtaking views of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. The Aerial Tramway departs from downtown Gatlinburg and continues for a 2.1-mile ride to the Amusement Park and Ski Area of Ober Gatlinburg. The relaxing ride is great for people of all ages.

3. Alpine Slide

The Alpine Slide at Ober Gatlinburg is a fun way to coast down the mountain. To start off your experience, you’ll get to take a Scenic Chairlift ride up the mountain and see incredible views. Your ride down will be even more fun! You’ll go on a weaving and dipping descent on an 1,800-foot track through the woods and ski trails.

4. Wildlife Encounter

The Wildlife Encounter is a great experience for all ages! If you’ve ever wanted to see a family of black bears, this is the attraction for you. You’ll also be able to see river otters playing underwater, bobcats and even birds in an enclosed aviary. The Wildlife Encounter also features a Nocturnal House, which has various species of native Smokies wildlife, like raccoons, skunks, flying squirrels, turtles and more.

mini golf at ober gatlinburg5. Mini Golf

For 18 holes of family fun, play mini golf at Ober Gatlinburg! Summer is the perfect time to go play the course. Enjoy the beautiful sun shining as you putt, and try to get a hole in one! Mini golf is a fun activity for families to enjoy while at the park.

6. Water Raft Rides

During the summer, satisfy your sense of adventure when you try the Water Raft Rides at Ober Gatlinburg! No swimsuits are required — all you have to bring is your desire to have a good time. Try the Blue Cyclone Rapids for a waterslide full of twists and turns, or ride the Shoot-The-Chute and Lightnin’ Water Rides for a fast and thrilling water adventure.

7. The Shops at Ober

Shopping is great at any time of the year! Head to The Shops at Ober for an incredible shopping adventure. The shops start downtown in the Tramway Mall. You’ll be able to find clothing, outerwear, shoes, accessories, arts and crafts, and more. At the top of the mountain, you’ll find even more shops. If you’re looking for a souvenir to remind you of what a great time you had, stop by the Galleria Gift Shop!

8. Kiddie Land

kid on slide at ober gatlinburgOf course Ober Gatlinburg has something that’s just for the kids to enjoy! Kiddie Land is a playground full of exciting activities for kids! There are tunnels to explore, ladders to climb and chutes to slide down. You’ll be able to enjoy the summer weather as your kids run around having the time of their lives.

With countless activities, Ober Gatlinburg is a blast during the summer! Check out all the other amazing things to do in the Smoky Mountains and start planning your summer vacation.

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