The South is famous for a lot of things: savory cuisine, hospitality, and ice-cold sweet tea to help cope with some of those hot summer afternoons. So, it would be hard to believe, that in the heart of the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg would come to be known for snow attractions. But in the heart of Gatlinburg, one classic attraction has brought some snowy and icy favorites to the mountains!
Ober Gatlinburg has combined a classic theme park ride and frozen water: ice bumper cars. And just a few miles up the road, Pigeon Forge has acquired an indoor snow facility with numerous lanes of tubing and a snow play area where the whole family can build a snowman and make snow angels…in August! There are more ways than your cabin’s indoor pool to cool off during some of these warmer summer afternoons, so take the Pigeon Forge Trolley down to these fun mountain towns and discover snowy fun in the South!
Ober Gatlinburg’s Year-round Ice Bumper Cars and Ice Skating
One of Ober Gatlinburg’s newest attractions is ice bumper cars, and it’s a doozy! With their large indoor ice skating rink open year-round, it was simple to take half the rink and create a new, fun activity with space and ice already present! Whether you are watching from the viewing deck from up above or co-piloting an inflatable tube on the ice, the whole family is guaranteed laughs and smiles from ear to ear.
Guests as young as 3 years old (at least 36 inches tall) can join in the bumpin’ and spinnin’ around the ice, with an adult copilot for passengers 6 years and younger. These oversized bright tubes are sure to be a hit with the kids with the flashing neon lights, easy navigation, and, of course, the good-hearted horseplay, ramming, and nudging. It’s $10 per person (ages 3 and 4 are free with a paid adult) and includes 7 minutes of on-ice fun!
Once the family has had their fun bouncing off one another in the ice bumper cars, jump on over to the indoor ice skating to glide and dance around the rink in ice skates. It’s just $10 and includes skate rentals – with kids 4 and under FREE with a paid adult.
Ober Gatlinburg offers tons of other fun attractions to explore during your visit to the top of the Aerial Tramway from downtown Gatlinburg. Check out all these other fun-filled adventures during your day at Ober:
Ski Mountain Coaster
Race through the trees and down the mountainside in a single-car coaster that will kick your adrenaline into overdrive as you weave and fly down the tracks!
Outdoor Rock Wall
This impressive outdoor climbing wall will test your strength and will as you work to reach the top, racing your friends and family!
Water Raft Rides
3 water slides and no swimsuits required! Take the plunge down the Blue Cyclone Rapids, Shoot-The-Chute, and Lightnin’ Water Rides for big splashes and a whole lot of fun!
The Scenic Chair Lift carries you slowly up the mountain to enjoy breathtaking views before hopping on the Alpine Slide for a curving and diving descent down 1,800 feet of ski trails!
Meet the Smoky Mountain mascot, the black bear, along with otters, birds of prey, and more of the area’s exotic wildlife.
It’s going to take a sense of direction, wit, and instincts to find your way out of this intricate maze with very few clues!
Scenic Chair Lift
This peaceful lift is an open-air ride down the mountain and back up lending you some of the most incredible views of the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains.
Pigeon Forge Snow
The first attraction of its kind in the country, Pigeon Forge Snow has already drawn tons of Smoky Mountain visitors and media coverage to this incredibly fun and unique attraction. Inside, enjoy 60- to 70-degree temperatures while racing down icy lanes made of real snow-100% water with no additives! Parents can join in the fun or watch from the viewing deck above the slopes.
Construct forts, build snowmen, and make snow angels in the Snow Play area; no reservations are necessary for either attraction inside Pigeon Forge Snow. After hours of flying down the snowy slopes and playing in the winter wonderland, hit up the nearby snack bar for a tasty treat and some rest.
Be sure to check out their website for deals and prices!