Ober Gatlinburg is most famous for its excellent skiing and snowboarding during the winter months. However, lots of people don’t know that Ober is also one of the best places in the Smokies to visit over the summer! When the weather gets warmer, Tennessee’s favorite ski resort is transformed into an awesome family fun center complete with rides, wildlife viewing, games, and more. Read on to learn about all of the amazing things to do at Ober Gatlinburg this summer.
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1. Wildlife Encounter
Ober Gatlinburg’s Wildlife Encounter is an incredible way to safely see some of the Smoky Mountain’s most iconic animals. Visitors will enjoy up close views of playful river otters, majestic birds of prey, and off course, plenty of black bears.
2. Scenic Chairlift and Alpine Slide
What goes up must come down! This double feature adventure begins with a chairlift ride up one of the most scenic spots in the Great Smoky Mountains. At the top of the chairlift, you will be greeted with free bluegrass music starting this Memorial Day weekend and lasting until Thanksgiving. Finally, you will zoom down the mountain on a 1,800 foot wooden track full of awesome twists and turns. You haven’t seen the Smokies until you’ve seen them from the Alpine Slide!
3. Ice Skating
There’s no better way to stay cool than Ober’s indoor ice skating rink. Open all year round, this huge arena is the perfect place to spend a sweltering summer afternoon.
4. Mini Golf
Ober’s 18 hole miniature golf course is always a hit with families. Your kids will love all of the course’s unique obstacles and decorations.
5. Ober’s Lightnin’ Raft Ride and Shoot-the-Chute
This thrilling raft ride takes guests on a 40 foot vertical drop down a high speed flume. There’s no need to wear a swimsuit, because this water filled attraction keeps splashing to a minimum.
River Edge Motor Lodge is just minutes away from all of the wonderful things to do at Ober Gatlinburg this summer! With high speed wireless internet, bubbly jacuzzi tubs, and private balconies, our hotel in Gatlinburg has everything you need for a superb vacation in the Smokies. Visit our Reservations page to book your stay with us today, or give us call at 1-800-544-2764.