Say the name “Ober Gatlinburg” and people immediately reply, “Skiing.” Granted, this is one of the southeast’s greatest ski resorts with miles of exhilarating slopes, snowboarding trails and more. But did you know Ober Gatlinburg offers far more than snow-covered mountains? In fact, you can have a blast at this Smoky Mountain attraction year round.
Just some of the Smoky Mountain attractions and fun activities you can experience include:
Mountain Wildlife Encounter
Want to get up close and personal with some of the Smokies most famous residents? At the Wildlife Encounter, black bears are a guaranteed find. One stop allows you to view bears along with many other local animals, including snakes, turtles, squirrels, raccoons, skunks and otters swimming playfully in their natural habitat.
Any time of year is great for ice skating at Ober Gatlinburg. Take center stage in the midst of the mall while you glide across the rink. Surrounded by stores that are all easily accessible from the ice arena, you can keep an eye on your little skaters while you get some much-needed retail therapy.
Looking for more manageable control of direction and speed? The Alpine Slide answers your call. You can go fast if you wish, or slow your sled to a comfortable speed with the built-in braking system. Each track is 1,800 feet to allow a fun-filled treat as you weave along your downhill path. Any season is great for the ride whether you want to experience warm summer breezes or the briskness of the chilly winter air.
Warm Weather Activities
No swimwear is required on Ober’s Lightnin’ Raft Ride and Shoot-the-Chute because these are “dry-ride” adventures. A drop of 40 feet adds a big thrill to your fun and excitement. Prefer water sports? The Blue Cyclone Rapids provide a thrill a minute through 600 feet of water as you plunge 60 feet. Hold on to your raft as speeds can reach up to 30 mph.
Fun for Kids of All Ages
You never lack for something to do at Ober Gatlinburg with exciting indoor and outdoor activities year round. Whether you are on holiday or just looking for a great getaway for a few hours, there’s always something new and interesting in Ober Gatlinburg, one of Smoky Mountains’ greatest attractions.