Summer in Gatlinburg means that the hugely popular Tunes and Tales has begun, running from June 9 through August 12, 2017, and now in its 12th year. Highly talented musicians, performers, actors and artisans offer live music, storytelling and interaction in small performance groups at unknown spots along Parkway, starting at 6 pm each evening.
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You can find plenty of fun and free things to do in Gatlinburg, TN. Along with people-watching from the free trolley or a window-shopping stroll along the bustling Parkway, visitors enjoy free entry to every attraction inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park – the only national park in the country with free admission. There are multiple scenic motoring and hiking excursions nearby.
Here are some points of interest that are both free of charge and potentially some of your most splendid memories during your stay.
Have you tried ziplining yet? Maybe it’s time, next time you’re in the area. Soaring downhill above the treetops and through the beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery – it’s so safe a child of 3 can do it, and so exhilarating that even those with a fear of heights can relax and enjoy it.
The Smoky Mountains boasts some of the longest and best zip lines in the world. Our friends at Legacy Mountain Ziplines have more than 400 acres of stunning scenery to play around in, as well as 4.5 miles of travel in 7 different zip lines – one of them is 2,500 feet long!
One of the great fun activities in Gatlinburg is to stroll along Parkway, catching the numerous sights and attractions. Summer raises the fun level for evening strollers with the city’s annual Tunes & Tales street performances, starting this year on June 10 and running through July 30, 2016 – now the 11th year of this hugely popular event.
Waldens Creek Stables is one of the best horse riding stables in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area. A winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, the riding stables offers 500 acres of beautiful scenery, fun guides who even sing, bonfire suppers, carriage rides and even weddings.
The guided horse-riding experience at Waldens Creek is so well managed that even if you’ve never been on a horse before, you can discover what every rider knows, that the best scenic view of all is from the saddle – it’s better than your car, and less work!
Country Tonite in Pigeon Forge is one of the longest running shows in town, consistently wining awards for its high-energy performance. In 2016, the show enters its 20th year of delighting show goers of all ages, from young to old. Country Tonite is acclaimed as The One Show You Don’t Want to Miss!
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg is the most visited aquarium in the country, and voted #1 on TripAdvisor. It’s a large and exotic place, containing several different marine environments from around the world, teeming with more than 10,000 sea creatures from more than 350 different species.
The created environments include both salt water and freshwater domains, and range from deep ocean to shallow lagoon habitats, from coral reef to shoreline, and even an Amazon Rain-forest environment. The colors of the many creatures are brilliant and dazzling, with perfect lighting.
At Cabins Of the Smoky Mountains, not only do we have more than 500 luxury cabins of all sorts to choose from, we have a variety of packages that cater to your needs. You can even create your own package. Save time and money by choosing from some of these packages.
When you book a cabin with us, you’ll get free Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge coupons. It’s a $400 value to help you make the most of your stay.
Tunes & Tales in Gatlinburg
Summer begins for sure when Gatlinburg opens its season of Tunes & Tales, starting Friday evening, June 12, 2015, and lasting through August 1. This is a time when strolling the town becomes not just filled with wonder but also filled with surprises, and the casual stroller can run into music, song and street performance at any turn along downtown Parkway, every evening from 6 pm.
Tunes & Tales started only in recent years, and has become immensely popular, turning the evenings into magic as characters in period costume, bluegrass musicians and storytellers celebrate the legacy of Appalachia and share it with all who care to gather ’round. (more…)