Educational Things To Do In Gatlinburg, Tennessee


The idea of making a vacation intellectually stimulating often falls by the sideline, but not anymore. 

From museums and historic sites to outdoor activities and more, a trip to Gatlinburg can be educational in so many ways.

The Gatlinburg Space Needle is a 400-foot tall observation tower that offers breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg Space Needle

It also has an exhibit called "Higher Learning", which features facts and history about Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.

This world-class facility offers a variety of interactive exhibits and activities designed to engage and educate guests about marine life and aquatic ecosystems. 

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Ober Gatlinburg is an amusement park and ski resort that offers something for everyone.

Ober Gatlinburg

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Wildlife Encounter

Ober Gatlinburg also has "Wildlife Encounter" where visitors can get an up-close viewing of native wildlife in a safe environment, including their black bear family.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for its rich biodiversity, historic sites, and stunning landscapes, making it an ideal outdoor classroom for visitors of all ages. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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800 miles of trails

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Ranger-led tours, workshops, and seasonal events

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Historical structures

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Wildlife observation, plant identification, and ecological studies

The Odditorium features over 500 odd and interesting exhibits from all over the world.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium

By fusing technology and physical activity, Activate Games creates a live-action gaming experience that is not only entertaining but also educational.

Activate Games

Where to stay in Gatlinburg?

Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts District Less than 10 minutes from Downtown Gatlinburg

Bear’s Wilderness Lodge

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