Experience a 360-degree panorama that celebrates the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains are one of the most unique and treasured environments throughout North America, and the community of Gatlinburg is proud to be the gateway to this special locale. Of course, the rolling summits and lush forests look magnificent from any vantage point, but there’s nothing like getting to view this incredible spectacle from a height of 407 feet!
When you visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle you’ll be whisked up via elevator to the top of the tallest man-made structure in town. At over 400 feet in elevation, you’ll be treated to stunning, 360-degree views of the mountains and the city itself, allowing you to immerse yourself in these distinctive surroundings and appreciate the beauty.
After ascending to the observation deck located in the top of the Space Needle, you can use the free viewfinders situated throughout the panoramic deck to get a closer look at the mountains and the goings-on about town. Then don’t forget to browse through the learning exhibits to discover more about the history of the Great Smoky Mountains, and learn how the city of Gatlinburg rose to prominence along with them.
The Gatlinburg Space Needle is lots more than a great view
At the base of the needle lies the Iris Theater, home to many of the most innovative and entertaining shows in downtown Gatlinburg. Currently, the Iris features the magic extravaganza known as Impossibilities, which is sure to bend your mind, expand your senses, and make you laugh all at the same time. Be sure to catch a showing on your next visit to the Space Needle.
And if you’re into games, your visit won’t be complete without a stop at Arcadia, Gatlinburg’s largest family fun center with over 25,000 square feet of space to play and win. From traditional arcade classics like skee-ball to new favorites such as Star Wars Battle Pod, there’s something for everyone in this massive entertainment complex. Load up your play card, find your game, and prepare yourself for hours of fun!
We’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to the amazing experiences at the Gatlinburg Space Needle. You can grab an authentic NY-style pizza at Slice Pizza Bakery, or if you’re feeling very adventurous you can attempt to survive The Captured, an interactive and spine-tingling live escape experience. Whether you’re in town with your family, looking for a romantic date night, or having a blast with a group of friends, the Gatlinburg Space Needle has the perfect experience for you.
New Year’s Eve Ball Drop & Fireworks
The view from the top of the Space Needle is beautiful any time of year, but there are also some special events throughout the seasons that you won’t want to miss. Seeing the winter magic lights is always a favorite for visitors, and the when the leaves change in the fall, people come from all over the country to witness the magnificent colors. Additionally, the Gatlinburg Space Needle is home to Gatlinburg’s annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks spectacular. You can join over 50,000 other revelers at the base of the Space Needle to ring in the new year with one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world.