4 of the Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg in the Fall

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Fall time is the best time, especially in Gatlinburg. With the beautiful fall colors covering the mountains and the exciting seasonal festivities, it’s no wonder people flock to the area during this time of year. There are tons of things to do in Gatlinburg that’ll get anyone into the autumn spirit. Here is a list of some the most popular events and activities that you and your family are sure to enjoy.

1. Ride the Gatlinburg Sky Lift

Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Gatlinburg Space NeedleOne way to experience the beauty of fall is by riding the famous Gatlinburg Sky Lift. Enjoy views of Gatlinburg and the Smokies from up to 1,800 feet in the air! People of all ages and heights are welcome and children ages 2 and under can ride for free! Discounts for active and retired military are also available. Up to 3 people can fit in one chair, so you can share the experience with your friends and family! If you come back to ride the Gatlinburg Sky Lift at night, you will have a completely new experience as you watch the lights of the city shine below.

2. Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg

This popular and beloved event is perfect for visitors of all ages, complete with entertainment, outdoor games and German cuisine. You can look forward to the Bavarian Fun Makers Oompah Band, who have multiple daily performances. They dress in authentic lederhosen while performing traditional Bavarian folk dances, sing-a-longs and more! A Biergarten will be open for beer samples to those who are 21 and over, with different breweries being featured each weekend. You can also choose from a variety of Oktoberfest souvenirs in the outdoor vendor tent.

3. Attend the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

artist painting potteryVoted one of the Southeast’s “Most Popular Events,” the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is something you don’t want to miss. Top artisans from all across the United States gather here in October. The fair is one of the more unique things to do in Gatlinburg because you can observe and learn from the artists as they demonstrate their special skills. This event is often more popular than its summer counterpart mainly due to the increase in Christmas shopping. No surprise there! This is the perfect place to pick up handcrafted products and one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays.

4. Haunted Houses

For one of Gatlinburg’s most terrifying attractions, visit Mysterious Mansion! This victorian-style haunted house offers self-guided tours where spooky surprises await you. Their Halloween tours have a new and exciting theme every year that will keep you on your toes. This attraction is recommended for a more mature crowd but children under the age of 5 can enter for free. For spooky fun more suited for the little ones, stop by Ripley’s Haunted Adventure! Children must be at least 6 years old to participate. There are live actors lurking around every corner. Both of these haunted houses are open year round, so enter if you dare!

We’d love to share more of our favorite things to do in Gatlinburg when you come and stay with us. Take advantage of our convenient location near all the festivities. Start planning your autumn getaway in Gatlinburg and book a room with us today. We look forward to seeing you at the Sidney James Mountain Lodge!