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Top 4 Activities You Need to Try at Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg
August 9, 2021

As one of the top attractions in the area, Ober Gatlinburg provides the opportunity to enjoy all your favorite winter activities all year round. They have a ton of activities for people of all ages, which makes it the perfect place to visit on your next family vacation. Here are the 4 best activities you need to try at Ober Gatlinburg:

1. Ice Skating


Located right in the center of the enclosed mall area, the ice arena offers families the opportunity to go ice skating during all times of the year. The skating rink is indoors so it is the perfect place to take a break from the outdoor activities. The rink is perfect for all members of the family because of the accommodations it offers. There is a handrail all the way around the perimeter that makes it easier on young skaters to keep their balance. It is also big enough for everyone to skate comfortably without the fear of running into each other. Whether you are trying to get in the holiday spirit or escape the summer heat, the ice skating rink at Ober Gatlinburg is a fun activity for any time of the year!

2. Ice Bumper Cars

Who says you need athletic ability to have fun on the ice? With the Ice Bumper Cars, all you have to do is take a seat and control where your car goes. The colorful tubes have wheels and a built in engine to take you where you want to go. Whether you want to just take laps around the skating rink or ram into other tubes, you will have a blast!

3. Alpine Slide


As one of the most popular attractions at Ober Gatlinburg since 1976, the Alpine Slide is one of the most unique attractions at the park. In order to get to the ride, guests take the chairlift to the midway point and will enjoy great views of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains on the trip up the mountain. Once you are on the Alpine Slide, you will take a seat on the sled carts for a thrilling adventure! The best part about this attraction is that you can control how fast you travel down. Each sled has a unique pull lever that controls how fast you travel. You can choose whether you want to enjoy a scenic ride or race your friends and family to see who can be the first one to the bottom. However you decide to ride the Alpine Slide, you are guaranteed to have a great time!

4. The Trails at Ober

As the newest attraction to the park, the Trails at Ober offer a fun hiking adventure for people of all ages. The hiking adventure covers 1.5 miles and travels through the woods that surround the ski slopes. You will not have to worry about getting off the trail because each hike has a trained guide leading the way. Not only can the guide help to stay on course, but they will also provide you with the interesting history of the area and can identify the many seasonal flowers along the trail. The best features of the trail include scenic photo opportunities, ponds, a bridge, and even a wishing well! Take a break from skiing down the slopes and hike up them instead with the newest attraction at Ober.

Now that you know about some of the best activities at Ober Gatlinburg, be sure to check out some of the other attractions near our hotel. We hope to see you soon on your next vacation to the Smoky Mountains!