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Gatlinburg enjoys a great reputation as a popular destination, and sometimes after a full day of taking in the attractions, you may be looking for some places to unwind or decompress away from the busier areas of town. Below are some general recommendations that may fit your desire for a more relaxed time.

Animals Do the Darndest Things

You can start with enjoying some of the natural exhibits in town. Gatlinburg is home to a wildlife encounter and an aquarium that kids and adults enjoy. Some people enjoy these for a rainy day activity, but they also are great for piquing kids' interest as many of the animals and fish are exotic. There's nothing like animals and their endlessly fascinating behavior to keep people of all ages entertained.

Unwind with a Challenging Game of Mini Golf

If you are into miniature golf, Gatlinburg is home to several courses that are fun and challenging too. You can try indoor or outdoor courses or even black light golf. There are even courses where you ride up 300 feet into the air to the course to play your 18 holes. You'll also find farm themed courses with interactive characters and elements to delight children. The pricing for miniature golf is very affordable for 18 holes, and it's a good idea to call ahead to ask about hours and specials.

Gone Fishin'

Whether you enjoy a lazy afternoon fishing alone, with a buddy or the whole family, you can get started exploring all the fishing opportunities in our area at TakeMeFishing.org. The Tennessee fishing information is here: http://www.takemefishing.org/state/TN/ and you can find out about everything from getting a fishing license to where the fish are biting. You'll also find helpful forums where people talk about their fishing adventures. The site also offers a variety of conservation resources, boating and fishing basics and more. Going fishing is a great way to bond, and it's fun for every skill level.

Horsin' Around

If you've never ridden a horse before or if you are a skilled rider or somewhere in between, there's nothing quite like a scenic ride through Gatlinburg on horseback. Depending on which stable you visit you can find a variety of horse related activities to pursue. Some of the stables offer guided trail rides within the National Park. Others provide themed rides; even western weddings! Horseback riding in Gatlinburg also gives you a chance to slow down and view nature as you wend your way on a trail that's set apart from some of the hustle and bustle in town. Kids will love to take a ride, and adults find it fun and peaceful.

Learn Green Tips from our Gatlinburg Goes Green Program

Many travelers today are concerned about 'green travel,' which helps them find ways to decrease their footprint while they travel. An interesting activity for anyone, including children, is to learn about the Gatlinburg Goes Green Program. There's a page dedicated to Green Travel Tips & Ideas that can inspire you and it's a great teaching tool for kids, too.

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