Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in downtown Gatlinburg.

5 Gatlinburg Parkway Attractions You Don’t Want to Miss

A visit to downtown Gatlinburg is the highlight of any Smoky Mountain vacation! All of the area’s best things to see and do are located along the Parkway, the main road that runs through the heart of the city. Gatlinburg’s downtown area is very walkable, so once you’ve parked your car, it’s easy to spend the whole afternoon enjoying everything there is to experience on The Strip. To help you make the most of your getaway, Great Outdoor Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top five Gatlinburg Parkway attractions.

1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is ranked among the top 10 aquariums in the United States on TripAdvisor! Ripley’s owes its stellar reputation to its incredible hands on exhibits that are great for guests of all ages. Highlights of the aquarium include the Shark Lagoon, which features an underwater tunnel filled with deep sea predators, and the Penguin Playhouse, which is home to some friendly African penguins.

2. Ole Smoky Moonshine DistilleryA sign for parking at the Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Distillery.

Making moonshine has a long history in East Tennessee, and although it was once an illicit activity, it is now 100% legal. The Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery is one of the best spots to try some authentic white lightnin’ for yourself. Visitors can pay a small fee and sample the moonshine right at the distillery, or they can purchase a jar to take back home. Even if you’re not a drinker, you’ll love listening to the live country and bluegrass musicians that frequent the distillery.

3. Hollywood Star Cars Museum

The Hollywood Star Cars Museum is another one of the Gatlinburg Parkway attractions you don’t want to miss. This fun museum is home to some of the most famous cars from TV and movie history, including the Back to the Future DeLorean, the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard, and two Batmobiles. Guests even have the chance to take a photo in some of the iconic vehicles for an extra fee.

4. Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre

The Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre has been entertaining vacationers for over 40 years! Known for its hilarious comedic productions, the shows at Sweet Fanny Adams will appeal to anyone who loved the Carol Burnett Show or Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Sweet Fanny Adams hosts rotating shows throughout the year, so you can come back again and again for new laughs,

5. Aunt Mahalia’s Candies

Aunt Mahalia’s Candies opened in 1939, making it the oldest sweet shop in Gatlinburg. This candy store has stood the test of time because its products are simply that good. Popular items at Aunt Mahalia’s include the fudge, divinity, peanut brittle, and pecan logs. Aunt Mahalia’s has two locations on the Parkway, so you’ll never be far from some delicious sweet treats.

Aunt Mahalia's Candies in downtown Gatlinburg.When you stay with Great Outdoor Cabin Rentals, you will be near all of these awesome Gatlinburg Parkway attractions. Our cabins come with a variety of luxurious amenities for you to choose from, including mountain views, hot tubs, theater rooms, swimming pool access, game rooms, and high speed wireless internet. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 7 bedroom lodges, we are sure to have the ideal accommodations for your vacation. To start planning your next escape, browse our selection of Gatlinburg cabin rentals!