Things To Do At Ober Gatlinburg
It was around 1 pm and Steve and I wanted to take the aerial tram to Ober Gatlinburg. We hesitated because we knew it would be getting dark early as it’s still winter. We wondered if we’d have enough time to do anything.
However, we didn’t feel we’d be back anytime soon and wanted to scope it out for our readers so we went ahead, purchased our round trip tickets and got in line for the tram.
And…. the line felt like any other line you’d wait in at any theme park.
On the walls were pictures of families enjoying the many activities to do once you arrive at the top of Ober Gatlinburg. There were also videos playing showing what fun it was to ride the Alpine Slide. (Great marketing. It gets the kids to beg mom and dad to “go!”)
We waited about an hour before actually boarding our tram.
Once we began our ascent, I grabbed some photos. So, we’re off! Here we go!
And up higher!
Once we exited the tram, we arrived inside the Ober Gatlinburg enclosed mall. Here you can do any number of things:
- Ride the Carousel
- Play Arcade Games
- Watch fudge being made (and of course treat yourself!)
- Ice Skate
All the activities cost money. You’ll want to plan ahead especially if you’re on a budget and have a few kiddos in tow. You can visit their website here for up to date ticketing information.
Or you can head outside for outdoor activities. Depending on what season you’re visiting, obviously you’ll do winter snow things or summer things. Again, check the website to find out what’s open and what’s not as most of these are seasonal due to weather. Here’s a list of things to do outside, again for cost:
- Amaze’n Maze
- Kiddie Land
- Water Raft Rides
- Chair Swing
- Mini Golf
- Wildlife Encounter
- Scenic Chairlift
- Alpine Slide
- Ski Mountain Coaster
- Snow Tubing
Want the current picture of what’s going on at Ober Gatlinburg?
Grab yourself a ski lesson or just take hit the slopes
WHEN IS SKI SEASON?
According to their website, here’s what they say:
“On average, we OPEN the slopes in EARLY TO MID DECEMBER and CLOSE in EARLY TO MID MARCH. Exact opening and closing dates for the ski slopes are determined by Mother Nature. It’s never the same dates from one ski season to the next and usually not predictable until just days in advance.”
Read how they make their snow here! It’s really cool!
Okay, so let’s talk food. We ate at the Seasons of Ober Restaurant and didn’t care for the taste/value at all. We were really disappointed. Perhaps because it’s the only real sit down restaurant with no competition that makes it less than par or maybe it was just what we ordered, I don’t know. But we wouldn’t go back again to eat. Here’s their menu for you to check out.
The Loft Lounge may be another story, I don’t know. The atmosphere was great and it seemed a wonderful place to hang out with family, friends and other vacationers for a good time and a good beer. You can check out their menu here.
We hung out for a few hours, long enough to get the feel for what’s going on before getting in line again to take the tram back down the mountain. It took us about an hour in line wrapped around the inside of the Ober Gatlinburg Mall before actually getting on board.
For us, it wasn’t that big of deal. However, if we loved to ice skate, needed a ski fix, or had kids in tow, it would be fun. I’m glad we went to share what we saw and report to you.
Fun for us is seeing a live show offered in the area like the Soul of Motown for example, eating where the locals and visitors go like the Old Mill Pottery House Cafe’ & Grille, exploring historic venues like the Old Mill or the Ogle Homestead, meeting local artists like Randall Ogle and his wife, strolling the quaint cobblestone paths through specialty shopping areas, and riding the wheel over at Paradise Island.
So, what has us in Gatlinburg anyway?
I got hooked up with a lifetime travel club membership back in 2007 and it’s pretty darn amazing. Here’s why. We paid a one time low price for the membership and it gives us access for LIFE, to timeshare resort properties without having to sit through one of those darn presentations or having to buy a timeshare.
It’s literally the back door, the hidden path, to stay at these amazing resorts. PLUS, as a member, you only pay for the week(s) you want as you vacation and you pay wholesale for the week. I kid you not. You pay between $398 and $799 for the entire 7 night/8 day stay and no funny business. No monthly or annual fees. No nothing.
I’ve talked about this travel club for years and nobody has heard of it. It’s the best kept secret!
Our stay for the week at the Wyndham Smoky Mountain Resort was only… (drum roll)…. $398. Total. Done. Check out the pictures of the place! It’s truly a home away from home. It’s a fully furnished 2 bed condo. There’s over 5,000 resorts worldwide you can stay at!
Anyway, I can hook you up if you want more info. Just put your name and email in the box on the side of this blog and you’ll get all the info.
Happy Travels and Live Your Life on Vacation!
Debbie and Steve (after an afternoon at Ober Gatlinburg)