The Ripley's Aquarium and Ober Gatlinburg, in particular, are recommended stops for family fun here in the city. Ober Gatlinburg is the city's personal amusement park located at the top of one of the high mountains here in Gatlinburg (which means you can take a scenic tram flying over Ski Mountain Rd. to get a bird's eye view of everything) And Ripley's Aquarium, besides being the largest and most exquisite Aquarium in East Tennessee, is largely the city square for many events and activities. Don't leave the Smokies without visiting them!
Allow us to suggest just a few of the many restaurant choices in Gatlinburg:
Locations in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg will satisfy your hunger wherever you are! With ribs, steak, and chicken, an extensive salad bar, and an in-season “Good Morning!” breakfast bar, there is something here for everyone. Dine-in, take-out, child's menu, and catering services available from the award-winning taste of Bennett's. www.bennetts-bbq.com
Located in downtown Gatlinburg, Mellow Mushroom is by far the most unique pizza place offering such pizza designs as “Mighty Meaty”, “Mega Veggie”, “Gourmet White”, “Kosmic Karma”, “Magical Mystery Tour”, “Philosopher’s Pie”, “Funky Q. Chicken” and more. If you’re the kinda person that likes to get the “munchies”, you know where you need to go now
North China Restaurant:
Tucked away on River Road, just a little bit behind some of the shops in downtown Gatlinburg, is Gatlinburg’s go-to restaurant for Chinese delicacy as it has been for over 30 years. Specializes in Szechuan and Mandarin style food with varieties of Beef, Pork, Chicken, Soups, Vegetables, Chow Mein, Curry and more.
The Fox and Parrot Tavern:
The Glades of Gatlinburg are already famous for their Irish/English mysticism and The Fox and Parrot is the icon of that atmosphere. As genuine a public house as any you would find in Edinburgh or Dublin, The Fox and Parrot offers genuine Anglo-Saxon/Celtic cuisine with drinks to match with a family-friendly environment. www.fox-and-parrot.com
The Best Italian:
The Best Italian is a Gatlinburg tradition going back 30 years, and we have since expanded into a second location on the parkway in Gatlinburg. Now we have two locations serving your favorite pizzas, spaghetti, seafood medley, fettucini alfredo, ravioli, eggplant parmigiana, and the list goes on. Try our famous garlic knots and you'll quickly find out why they're famous. www.bestitalian.com
Winner Best Overall Restaurant in Sevier County for 2011! One of the best casual dining restaurants in Gatlinburg serves appetizers, soups, sandwiches, Black Angus steaks, chicken, chops, seafood and more with a special Children's Menu. The Alamo Steakhouse Restaurant in the Smokies is the perfect dinner setting, for anything from an intimate dinner for two to a big family dinner, including private seating to accommodate reunions, wedding parties, anniversary celebrations and more. www.alamosteakhouse.com
Bear Creek Grill:
All your favorite dishes under one roof at Bear Creek Grill. Enjoy elegant dining over the creek and deeper in the heart of the Smokies than many other fine dining restaurants in the area. Live entertainment, a serene atmosphere, the famous steaks from Howard's Restaurant and the famous garlic knots from The Best Italian all combine for a dining experience you won't soon forget. www.bearcreekgrill.com