Pouring rain, hot days or cold snaps don’t have to bring you down in Gatlinburg. This little mountain town is brimming with indoor entertainment. Here are 10 climate-controlled outings that never feel like a backup plan.

Go ice skating

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ice skatingGo ice skating at Ober Mountain’s indoor arena. Open year-round, the rink is the centerpiece of Ober’s enclosed mall. Build new skills or perfect old techniques in this year-round winter wonderland.

Ride down memory lane

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Hollywood Star Cars MuseumRide down memory lane at Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Featuring classic rides from some of the best-known movies, TV shows and celebrities of the last half-century, the museum houses 45 must-see vehicles. 

Make a splash

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Embassy Suites PoolMake a splash in one of the many indoor and outdoor pools at Gatlinburg's area hotels and cabins. Relax in the all-new lazy river at Embassy Suites by Hilton Gatlinburg Resort or enjoy the outdoor slide and splash pad at Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg.  Stay in a cabin at Gatlinburg Falls Resort and take a dip in their onsite swimming pool. 

Break out or step into a real-life video game

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Gatlin's Escape GamesBreak out of one of Gatlinburg’s adrenaline-pumping escape rooms. Gatlin’s Escape Games offers multiple 60-minute adventures, some with Smoky Mountain themes. The Escape Game Gatlinburg can hold up to 8 guests in its family-friendly escapades or Step into a real-life video game at Gatlin’s Gel Blaster Nexus in the heart of Gatlinburg. The first of its kind in the nation, this thrilling experience combines elements of paintball, laser tag and video games into exciting, safe real-life battles.

Sip a vintage concoction

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Crazy Mason Milkshake BarSip a vintage concoction at Glades Soda Fountain. An authentic throwback experience, this family-owned spot serves up retro delights including phosphates, floats, sodas, sundaes, milkshakes and malts or cool down with a delicious treat that's also a souvenir at The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar which specializes in crazy creations. Try over the top milkshakes, ice cream, desserts, and more. Where every crazy milkshake is served in a keepsake mason jar.

Get reflective

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Ripley's Mirror mazeGet reflective at the Amazing Mirror Maze, featuring a spectacular light and sound show. Bring your camera to capture frame-worthy shots at this fan-favorite indoor destination.

Experience wonder

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Impossibilities showExperience wonder at Impossibilities – Magic, Mindreading & Mayhem. This comedy show stars Master Mentalist Erik Dobell, providing world-class family entertainment at the IRIS Theater in the Gatlinburg Space Needle lobby.

Go classic Gatlinburg

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Ripley's Aquarium

Go classic Gatlinburg. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not has fascinated families for decades, with unique exhibits and interactive activities. Ripley’s Moving Theater makes movies come to life, and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies offers a dive into deep-sea majesties. 

Practice putting

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Gatlin's Blacklight Mini GolfPractice putting in a unique indoor mini golf course. Along with its outdoor options, Gatlin’s Mini Golf features an Indoor Black Light Mini Golf Course for those days when the weather just doesn’t cooperate. 

Do some retail therapy

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NOC GatlinburgDo some retail therapy with a mountain-style shopping trip to NOC Gatlinburg. This outpost at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park sells a wide assortment of technical gear, apparel and local goods.