Whether you’re traveling with a large group or a small party, Memorial Day in Gatlinburg is an unforgettable experience. Plan ahead to optimize your getaway from start to finish. Here are some of our tips on curating a trip that you’ll remember for years.

Pool’s Out for Summer

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Margaritaville Resort PoolMaking the most of your Gatlinburg Memorial Day weekend starts with lodging. Max out on laid-back by booking a room with a pool. Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg will put you in an island state of mind with its outdoor slide and splash pad. The Appy Lodge is an authentic Gatlinburg experience, inspired by the Appalachian Trail and featuring an epic outdoor slide.

Picnic in the Park

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Picnic in Great Smoky MountainsAmericana vibes prevail at park picnics. Everyone’s welcome at Gatlinburg’s free city parks. Along with picnic tables and grills, Herbert Holt Park features a children’s-only fishing stream. Mills Park is known for its disc golf course and dog-friendly zone, while recently renovated Mynatt Park is popular for pickleball and playground play.

Soak Up the Sun

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Jeep rentalMemorial Day weekends means warmer weather in Gatlinburg, and blue skies always invite us to adventure. Gatlin’s new Rugged Ropes Course is fun for the whole family, with activities for groups or solo adventurers. Rent a ride from Car and Jeep Rentals to make the most of your family’s summer kickoff in the mountains.

Pile on the Comfort Food

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Joe's sub shopPut homemade dishes and classic flavors on your menu. J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe never disappoints with freshly made subs, wings, and sides. Locally owned Bennett’s Pit BBQ has served up hickory wood smoked specialties for almost three decades.

Music in the Mountains

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Ole Red GatlinburgMark the shift from spring to summer with music.Grab your friends for some cold drinks and Blake Shelton-approved live music at Ole Red. Summer-long street music festival Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales entertains visitors all season long.

Gatlin's mini golfMini golf brings the family together for nostalgic fun, just right for Memorial Day weekend.  Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf and Gatlin’s Mini Golf both feature two 18-hole courses, providing hours of entertainment.