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Things To Do In Gatlinburg In Summer


The summer season in Gatlinburg is the busiest time of year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your time here. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained!

Summer is the peak season for tourism, with July being the busiest time of the season. Expect a larger crowd as many people visit Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Ober Gatlinburg

From scenic chairlift rides to thrilling mountain coaster rides, cool off with ice skating or slide down a tubing hill, adventure awaits at Ober Gatlinburg!

Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park

From sightseeing and hiking to fishing and swimming, there is so much to explore in this world-class attraction.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

This state-of-the-art facility is home to thousands of aquatic animals, including sharks, stingrays, and penguins.

Ride the Gatlinburg Sky Lift

 The three-seat chairlift provides breathtaking views of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains as it carries guests up 1,800 feet to the top of Crockett Mountain.

Whitewater Rafting

Dive into summer with adrenaline-pumping white water rafting in the Smokies!

Lower Pigeon River Rafting Tour

Family friendly rafting tour!

Upper Pigeon River Rafting Tour

Challenging adventure!

Rent a Cabin

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

Bear’s Wilderness Lodge

Curved Arrow

ATV Riding

While the national park has no off-road ATV trails, there are a few available street-legal ATV/UTV rentals in Gatlinburg.


Ziplining in Gatlinburg is an exhilarating way to see the Smoky Mountains!


There are many campgrounds in Gatlinburg that offer a variety of amenities, If you're looking for a more rustic experience, there are also plenty of options for primitive camping.