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Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area

#7 in Best Things To Do in Gatlinburg

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  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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The Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area is open 365 days a year. During the winter months from mid-December to mid-March, skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes and even non-skiers enjoy snow tubing. The amusement park, which offers several rides, including a mountain coaster, an indoor ice skating rink, a kiddie park, shops and restaurants and a small zoo, is open throughout the year. Although the resort itself does not offer accommodations, its location just a few miles from Gatlinburg makes it easy to find lodging. You can drive up to the resort (weather permitting) or take the aerial tram from downtown.

Winter visitors raved about the ski instructors, but bemoan the long lines and lack of tickets for snow tubing on weekends and during holidays when the demand for this activity far exceeds the available reservation times. Recent travelers also loved the views from the aerial tram and all of the dining and shopping options at the park, as well as the rides like the mountain coaster, but said the facility could use some maintenance.

In the winter season, slopes are open from noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Adult rates apply for ages 12 to 59: $36 Monday through Friday and $65 on weekends and holidays for full sessions. Amusement park attractions and activities are priced individually. Visitors can drive up on Ski Mountain Road from Gatlinburg and pay to park ($5) or can take the tram from downtown ($12 round trip). Note: The resort closes part of April and May for annual maintenance. For more information, check out the Ober Gatlinburg website.

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