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5 of the Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg with Teens

Apr 05, 2017

A family with teenagers in the forest.Vacationing with teenagers can sometimes be difficult, because they are too old for kiddie attractions but too young for adult activities, like winery tours or antique shopping. Fortunately, the city of Gatlinburg is home to a number of great attractions that your whole family will love! To help you make the most of your next getaway, Acorn Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to five of the best things to do in Gatlinburg with teens.  

1.Playing Gatlin’s Escape Games

Gatlin’s Escape Games is one of the newest and most talked about attractions in the Smokies. When you play Gatlin’s signature game, The Legend of Atlantis, you will have 60 minutes to solve an Indiana Jones-esque puzzle. Featuring Hollywood-quality set pieces and special effects, this fun adventure is sure to impress. Completing the challenge takes a lot of brainpower, so your whole family will need to work together to succeed.

2. White Water Rafting with Smoky Mountain OutdoorsA family white water rafting on a river.

White water rafting is another one of the most popular things to do in Gatlinburg with teens. Located 40 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg, the Pigeon River is the third most rafted river in the United States. For an exhilarating rafting experience, we suggest booking a tour with Smoky Mountain Outdoors, the largest rafting company on the river. Smoky Mountain Outdoors is famous for their friendly and knowledgeable guides, who will take your family on an unforgettable rafting adventure filled with Class 3 and Class 4 rapids. 

3. Touring the Mysterious Mansion

The Mysterious Mansion is Gatlinburg’s oldest and scariest year-round haunted house. Designed to look like a creepy estate from the turn of the last century, the Mysterious Mansion features winding stairways, secret passageways, and plenty of things that go bump in the night. If your teenagers like horror movies, they will love the Mysterious Mansion!

4. Riding a Mountain Coaster

Teenagers love thrilling adventures, and there's nothing more thrilling than riding a mountain coaster! They'll get to be in control as they use a lever to control their speed around the track. Most mountain coasters in Gatlinburg go as fast as 35 miles per hour. Not only is this a fun activity for teens to enjoy, but they'll get to take in some pretty great views along the way as well! For more fun, take them to Rowdy Bear Mountain in Gatlinburg. This attraction not only has a mountain coaster, but the Mountain Glider as well! This is a single rail coaster that combines both free falling and hang gliding!

A young woman riding a zipline.5. Ziplining at CLIMB Works

CLIMB Works offers an awesome outdoor adventures that teenagers are sure to love. Visitors can take a 2 ½ hour canopy tour in the Smoky Mountains that features nine ziplines, three sky bridges, and a surprise ending. CLIMB Works is also home to a special mountaintop tour that has higher vantage points and longer lines than ever before. Your zipling tours also include an ATV ride to the top of the mountian, aerial bridges and rappels.

When you stay with Acorn Cabin Rentals, you will be just a short drive from all of these wonderful things to do in Gatlinburg with teens. Our cabins come with your choice of excellent amenities, including hot tubs, mountain views, game rooms, theater rooms, and swimming pool access. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 8 bedroom cabins, we are sure to have the perfect accommodations for your vacation. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of cabin rentals in Gatlinburg!