No need to wait for warm weather to find family fun in Gatlinburg. Kids of all ages will get a kick out of these winning winter activities. Adventures await, from slopes to trails, while skill-building classes, mind-blowing curiosities and friendly competitions can’t lose with the young at heart.
Go for gold at Ober
The snow-sports jewel of the South, Ober Gatlinburg is a wonderland in winter. Active kids will find plenty of powder on the slopes for skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing, and little ones’ frosty dreams will come true in the Cubbies Snow Zone. Get the whole family out on the indoor ice rink, open to skaters of all experience levels.
Make a winter escape
Board game lovers can bring Clue to life at Breakout Games of Gatlinburg. In partnership with Hasbro, Breakout has created the first “Clue: The Escape Room” experience, bringing the classic characters and case to life in a private room perfect for families. This is just one of many escape games available in Gatlinburg.
Visit mind-blowing museums
No need to take a vacation from learning in Gatlinburg. Here, curious children will find mesmerizing memorabilia and a big dash of whimsy, from the quirky Gatlinburg Pinball Museum and the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum to classics Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the Hollywood Star Cars Museum.
Take a class
Dive into immersive courses at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, which provide enriching lessons and hands-on labs. Whether you’re looking for a Scouting adventure, a school field trip destination, a homeschool intensive, or a day of learning with your family, Ripley’s Education Department is ready to help.
Grow your creativity
The colder months are a great time to learn a new craft, and Gatlinburg’s vibrant arts community features classes for kids and families. From artisanal instruction at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts to paint parties and classes at Art Studio of the Smokies, children can cultivate their creativity in Gatlinburg.
Get in the games
Kids need free reign to play, especially in winter. Gatlinburg’s next-level play experiences include indoor mini-golf at Gatlin’s Black Light Golf and Circus Golf, the epic 30,000-square-foot Arcadia arcade. For nostalgic fun, check out Fannie Farkle’s.