If you’ve never been to the Smoky Mountains before, you may be wondering what you should do while you’re here. Visiting Gatlinburg should definitely be at the top of your list, because it’s a great little mountain town with several shops and attractions you won’t want to miss! If you need some guidance on what you should do while you’re in town, check out these top 4 things to do in downtown Gatlinburg:

1. Visit The Village Shops

the village shops in gatlinburgAnyone who loves shopping will want to stop by The Village Shops in Gatlinburg. This is an outdoor shopping mall full of eclectic stores, and it is modeled after European villages for a quaint feel. You can find all kinds of shops here, from fine art to a specialty sock store! The Honey Pot has home decor and souvenirs, while The Tea and Spice Exchange is a foodie’s dream with spices, blends, teas, and more. Cartoons & Toys is a great shop where the kids will find all kinds of cool items they’ll want, and you can even find something for your furry family members at the Bonediggity Barkery. You’ll definitely want to check out The Village Shops!

2. See the Views at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

One experience people want to have while they’re in downtown Gatlinburg is taking in the views of the mountains. A fantastic attraction that provides you with these views is Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. Hitch a ride to the top of the mountain on the chair lift, and step onto the observation platform where you will see breathtaking views of the Smokies. Snap a picture in front of the mountains, then cross the SkyBridge, if you dare! Don’t miss out on walking around the SkyTrail and getting a new take on the mountain views from Tulip Tower. Everyone will love Gatlinburg SkyLift Park!

3. Experience Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

ripley's aquarium of the smokiesAnother family friendly attraction you can’t miss in downtown Gatlinburg is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Young children, teens, and adults of all ages will love seeing unique creatures you won’t find anywhere else. Walk through the rainforest exhibit to see piranhas and poison dart frogs, then make your way towards the coral reef exhibit where you’ll find all kinds of colorful fish and coral. Don’t miss out on going through the tunnel under Shark Lagoon or getting hands on in the Discovery Center where you can touch moon jellies and horseshoe crabs. There’s so much to take in at the aquarium!

4. Eat With Us

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll be looking for somewhere to eat. There’s no better restaurant in downtown Gatlinburg than Smith & Son! We serve a variety of cuisines, so no matter what your crew is hungry for, you’ll find it on our menu. Try some of the smoked barbeque plates or get a juicy burger with crispy french fries. You can’t go wrong with sizzling hot fajitas, chopped steak, or fish and chips. If you’re in the mood for a drink to go with your meal, you will want to look at our signature cocktails. There’s one that’s perfect for everyone, or you could always get your favorite beer or wine!

After spending an exciting day in downtown Gatlinburg, there’s no better way to wind down than with a delicious meal at our restaurant. Reach out to us with any questions you have, and we’ll be happy to answer them for you!


Smith and Son Corner Kitchen
Smith & Son Corner Kitchen in Gatlinburg, TN