Cabins USA Gatlinburg Logo
Loading Page
RESERVATIONS
(800) 584-9872
Cabins USA Gatlinburg Availability Search Icon Availability Search Small Icon


Activities in Gatlinburg For Groups

Blog Home : Category Posts : Activities in Gatlinburg For Groups

With church retreats, conferences, and family reunions happening all year long, Gatlinburg is a favorite destination for bringing people together.

Chances are, you'll want to plan a fun activity that everyone can enjoy, no matter their age or interests. But what should you plan to do with your large group?

To make your big gathering a fun success, we've made a list of the 10 best activities for groups visiting Gatlinburg! Make the most of your group vacation with these fun attractions that have something for everyone.

Wild Eagle Roller Coaster at Dollywood

1. Experience Dollywood

Located only a few minutes away from Gatlinburg, you'll find Dolly Parton's famous Smoky Mountain theme park, a great place for your group to spend a fun day in the Smokies.

As the top-rated attraction in the Smoky Mountains, everyone should experience Dollywood at least once. With world-class roller coasters, a terrific atmosphere, shows, and crafts shops, Dollywood has something that everyone can enjoy.

Better yet, Dollywood offers special group rates for parties of 15 or more. To save on your ticket, simply contact group reservations before you visit.

2. See Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Gatlinburg, you can see an awe-inspiring collection of sea life at the Aquarium of the Smokies!

This indoor attraction is great for visiting no matter the weather or the season and it's probably one of the best group attractions in Gatlinburg. Better yet, the exhibits at Riply's Aquarium are truly top-notch like the 340-ft walk-through tunnel that passes through a giant tank filled with toothy sharks. The Penguin Playhouse and a stingray petting area are a big hit with kids.

3. Go Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting on the Little Pigeon River may be just what your group is looking for! Whether you need a fun, team-building exercise to round out your group's experience or you're traveling with a party of thrill-seekers, taking on whitewater in the Smokies is just right for your trip.

The best season for rafting runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day when there are regularly scheduled dam releases on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturdays.

4. Try Smoky Mountain Ziplining

You can explore the forest canopy like never before when you try ziplining in the Smokies! With long courses and big drops, visitors of all ages love the thrill of soaring through the trees. There are several outfitters with ziplines and ropes courses throughout the Smoky Mountains to try and several offer group rates for larger parties.

5. Picnic in the National Park

For groups of all ages, going for a leisurely activity like picnicking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect way everyone can enjoy some time together. Spots like Metcalf Bottoms only a short drive from Gatlinburg are a great place to host a cookout.

Metcalf Bottoms rests by a pristine mountain river, so the adults can relax in camp chairs while kids play by the fire. This picnic area is also near several hiking trails if more adventurous members of your group want to explore the mountains.

6. Explore Downtown Gatlinburg

With unique shops, fun attractions, and great restaurants, Downtown Gatlinburg is the perfect place to keep your group entertained. Your group can enjoy seeing free sights like the historic Ogle Cabin or going to the Old Smoky Candy Kitchen to see saltwater taffy being made. During summer and the Christmas season, Gatlinburg features street performers in period dress who share authentic songs, stories, and dances from the Smoky Mountains.

7. Play Mini Golf

If you're looking for a cheaper group activity in Gatlinburg, playing putt-putt golf is a great way to have some fun on a budget. There are dozens of mini golf places in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, so you'll have your pick of fun themes to experience. Better yet, the competitive folks in your party will get a kick trying to make par at these fun courses.

8. See A Show

Gatlinburg has great live entertainment at two theaters that offer something for everyone. Sweet Fanny Adams is home to a hilarious, vaudeville style theater act that puts on new shows every year. In the Gatlinburg Space Needle, you can stop by the Iris Theater to see a comedy show, a magic act, an illusionist, or a hypnotist. In nearby Pigeon Forge, there are several variety music shows and new dinner shows like Dolly Parton's Lumberjack Adventure.

9. Explore Cades Cove

This historic community is nestled in a valley surrounded by tall mountain peaks has been called one of the most picturesque places in the country. To see it, groups can drive on the 11-mile loop road that follows the edge of the valley. On your way, you'll see gorgeous mountain views and historic homesteads that belonged to the valley's past residents. Cades Cove is also one of the best areas of the park to spot wildlife like bear, deer, and turkey.

10. Hike To Waterfalls in the National Park

Waterfall hikes in the Smokies are often easier hikes that offer big rewards. Many of the most spectacular waterfalls in the park are by the roadside or are only a couple miles by trail. As a result, a wider range of hikers can enjoy beautiful destinations in the park like Laurel Falls and the Sinks.

Check out our guide of the best waterfalls in Gatlinburg to find the best waterfall for your group to visit!

Final Thoughts

Booking a large cabin rental is a great way to get the most out of your group vacation. A large cabin that sleeps 15 or more guests is likely to be cheaper than booking multiple hotel rooms. Better yet, a group cabin in Gatlinburg will also come with features like game rooms, swimming pool access, hot tubs, theater rooms, and full kitchens for keeping your group happy and fed.

See how much you can save on a cabin for your group when you book online with Cabins USA Gatlinburg!

Save On Your Group Cabin!

Written by

Recent Articles

Visiting Gatlinburg In July | The Ultimate Guide

Gatlinburg July Vacation Guide

Check out our guide for visiting Gatlinburg in July! There are tons of things to do and see during this exciting time of year!
10 Things You Don’t Know About The Smoky Mountains National Park

10 Surprising Facts About The Smokies

Come explore the Great Smoky Mountains, a truly stunning area of the Southern Appalachian mountains. Here are some interesting facts you may not have heard about this truly beautiful part of the country.
Easter In Gatlinburg | Events, Activities, And Easter Eggs

Easter in Gatlinburg, TN

Experience the beauty of spring in the Great Smoky Mountains when you visit Gatlinburg during Easter Weekend! Be sure to check out these fun things to do!

Categories

Blogger Bear's Adventures In The Smoky Mountains

Blogger Bear's Smoky Mountain Adventures

Meet our new guest blogger! This blogging bear loves sharing the Smoky Mountains with everyone. He knows his home well - read more...
Hiking Blog In The Great Smoky Mountains

Hiking in the Smokies Blog

Planning adventures in the great outdoors? Our hiking blog has tips and tricks for vacationers in Gatlinburg who want - read more...
Seasonal Events And Celebrations In Gatlinburg, Tn

Seasons in Gatlinburg

Any time of year is a great time to visit Gatlinburg and the Smokies! Explore these articles to learn more about fun e - read more...
Gatlinburg Vacation Tips

Vacation Tips

Make the most of your vacation in the Smoky Mountains with our tips and tricks! - read more...

Please Note: Cabins USA Gatlinburg's area information, area events, and blog pages are provided as a public service. Cabins USA Gatlinburg does not endorse any of the products, vendors, consultants, or businesses referenced in these web pages. Any mention of vendors, products, businesses, or services on the Cabins USA Gatlinburg web site is for informational purposes only. Users of this web site are responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness, currency and/or suitability of all information. The inclusion of this information does not imply endorsement by Cabins USA Gatlinburg. Furthermore, specific questions regarding any content should be directed to the appropriate organization and not necessarily to Cabins USA Gatlinburg.

Cabins USA Gatlinburg Official Logo
star star star star star
510 Ski Mountain Road
Gatlinburg, TN  37738
(865) 436-5031

VLS #157
Smoky Mountain Cabin Rentals
Guest Reservations
(800) 584-9872
2 Night Minimum

















































Cabins USA Gatlinburg Help Icon
Join Our Newsletter
Guest Sign In
Copyright 2013-2017, Cabins USA Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg, TN

Want to receive up to date information on cabin specials and events in the Smokies? Sign up for our newsletter! Simply provide a contact name and email so that we can reach you. Cabins USA Gatlinburg respects our guest's privacy and never shares this information with third-party sites. We treat any information that you share as confidential.

For each of the fields, please provide the following information:

There are several boxes that can be checked to broaden or narrow your search. Once you select your desired amenities or locations, simply click "search" to filter out available properties for your desired date. Once search results are provided, you can sort your results by bedrooms, name, rate, and rating.

After your first search, it isn't necessary to click the "search" button again as this feature will automatically filter your results for any new search features you provide, unless you change the date, the number of nights, or go to a new webpage.

It isn't necessary that you wait for a search to be completed before you select or deselect different search features.

When browsing results, you can add them to your "favorites" by clicking the red plus mark on the bottom left of your desired property. You can view your selected properties by click the "favorites" tab at the top of the search bar.

Add/Remove Favorites
When using our "search" feature, you can make a list of favorites. After doing an availability search for your desired vacation date, our site will produce a list of available cabins. Simply click the "+" sign on the lower left side of the property you are interested in.

Doing this will add the rental to your favorites list. You will notice that the "+" has now changed to a "-". You can click this minus sign to "unselect" this property from your favorites list.

You can also remove a property from your favorites list by clicking the minus sign to the right of the property name under the favorites tab. Additionally, you clear your favorites list by clicking "remove all" on the favorites bar. After doing this, you will have to perform a new availability search.
The number next to the favorites tab is the number of properties you have selected.

View List
To see all of your favorite rentals on one page, simply click "view list"

Compare Favorites
Under the favorites tab on the search bar, you can view your selected favorites. By checking the box next to your selected rentals, you can compare up to three properties.
Simply select the 2 – 3 properties you wish to compare, then click "compare" to see these rentals side-by-side.
Once you find your perfect rental for the right date, simply click "book now" to begin the booking process.