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Activities Guide: Wander Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg Getaway: Unique Activities to Enjoy in the Area

 Natalie Kowalewski
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Activities Guide: Wander Smoky Mountains

Explore the abundance of activities nestled in the mountains of Gatlinburg, catering to families, friends, and couples seeking both indoor and outdoor adventures. From thrilling ziplines, exciting whitewater rafting, and world-class golf to serene fishing and over 800 miles of hiking trails in the surrounding area, Gatlinburg stands as a premier outdoor destination.When you’re not visiting Great Smoky Mountain National Park or summiting the Gatlinburg Space Needle, here are 3 unique and uncommon activities you should check out in the area:

Moonshine Mountain Coaster

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  • Distance from Wander Smoky Mountains: 3.4 miles 

  • Location: 306 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

  • Hours: 10AM-9PM Sunday-Thursday; 10AM-10PM Friday & Saturday

  • Phone: (865) 430-5577

  • Website: https://www.moonshinemountaincoaster.com/

Moonshine Mountain Coaster, formerly known as Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, is a thrilling roller coaster situated on 10 scenic acres in Gatlinburg's mountains. Under new management since 2021, the coaster underwent extensive upgrades to meet the latest safety standards and features over 3000 ft of track with a 250ft altitude difference. With a ride duration of approximately 5 minutes, riders can control their speed, reaching up to 30mph, and enjoy a night ride illuminated by new safety lighting, making it a family-friendly attraction for all ages.

Tip: If you're a rollercoaster enthusiast, consider trying out these thrilling options in the area: Ripley's Mountain Coaster and 7D Dark Ride Adventure.

Hollywood Star Cars Museum

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  • Distance from Wander Smoky Mountains: 3.8 miles 

  • Location: 914 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

  • Hours: 9AM-9PM daily

  • Phone: (865) 430-2200

  • Website: https://www.starcarstn.com/

Explore iconic Hollywood cars from your favorite movies at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum, a top-rated attraction in Gatlinburg! Immerse yourself in recreated settings with sound, lights, and action, showcasing the best movie and TV cars, including creations by George Barris, known for the famous 1966 TV Show Batmobile. Discover cars from blockbuster hits like The Ghostbusters Ecto-1, The Munsters Drag-u-la, General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard, and more, making it a must-visit destination for movie enthusiasts.

Tip: For museum enthusiasts or those seeking indoor activities on a rainy day, don't miss these intriguing museums: Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum, and Hollywood Wax Museum. Explore unique exhibits, crime history, and wax figures for an engaging and educational experience.

Mysterious Mansion

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  • Distance from Wander Smoky Mountains: 3.7 miles

  • Location: 424 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

  • Hours: 3PM-10PM Monday-Wednesday; 12PM-11PM Friday & Saturday; 12PM-9PM Sunday

  • Phone: (865) 436-7007

  • Website: https://mysteriousmansion.info/

The Mysterious Mansion is a Victorian-themed haunted mansion, renowned as East Tennessee's most chilling haunted attraction for over four decades, offers year-round self-guided tours with spine-tingling surprises. Brave visitors can confront their deepest fears while navigating through secret passages, eerie corridors, winding staircases, and spine-chilling chambers within this terrifying three-story haunted house experience.


Need more activity suggestions? Reach out to Wander's Concierge Team anytime via text at 737-377-3205. They're available 24/7 and can help you plan the best trip ever!

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