We have the remedy for your cabin fever – a trip to two of our favorite cities in the Southeast! Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, two bustling small towns nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, offer so many fun winter activities for people of all ages. You can enjoy great food, interactive attractions, and many of them are located indoors. And there’s something for everyone here – your kids will be talking about it for years to come!

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving

Nothing defeats cabin fever quite like the experience of flight – floating weightless above the world, laughing and carefree. But, did you know that experience is easily accessible with a trip to Pigeon Forge?

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving offers a truly exhilarating experience for adventure-seekers of all ages. As America’s first vertical wind tunnel, Flyaway offers the unique sensation of body flight without the fear or concern of jumping from a plane. 

Breaking the bonds of gravity, you will feel truly free. And never fear – the experts at Flyaway will teach you their tricks for achieving all-over body flight, whether you have prior experience or not!

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving is a perfect winter activity for large groups, as they offer a Block Party Experience so you can enjoy the adventure with all of your friends. They also offer experiences for solo flyers and small groups as well – adventurers of all ages are welcome (children must weigh at least 40 lbs, and maximum weight for adults is 230 lbs).

Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg

Can you imagine any better way to embrace the winter weather than with a thrilling ride down a snowy slope, feeling exhilarated with the cold wind on your face? If so, Ober Gatlinburg amusement park and winter sports destination is not to be missed!

Offering skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and ice skating, Ober Gatlinburg is the best place for winter activities. There’s no better way to take in the views of the Great Smoky Mountains than speeding down the side of one of them on skis or a snowboard. For your younger kids, snow tubing offers a whole day of fun. 

When you need a break from the cold, Ober Gatlinburg offers state-of-the-art indoor facilities to enjoy food, drinks, warm firesides and a play area for your little ones. We have a hard time imagining anyone who wouldn’t just love a day at this premier resort – the only one of its kind in the region!

You can even board the Aerial Tramway in downtown Gatlinburg, enjoy beautiful views of the mountains, and arrive at Ober without driving! It’s a truly unique experience that you can only enjoy in the Great Smoky Mountain area.

Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Beat the wintertime blues with the warmth of laughter and a hilarious show! For theater buffs and murder-mystery-novel aficionados alike, the Murder Mystery Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge is a “must” on your travel agenda. Located just a short drive from Gatlinburg, this attraction is a fun, exciting experience with the energy and creativity of live theater.

The comedy murder-mystery shows are executed by professional actors, and the stories revolve around local “legends” – like The KillBillies, Moonshine Murders, and Who Shot the Sheriff! The live comedy shows are family-friendly, but they are just as much fun for adults, too. You’ll also be treated to a delicious three-course meal throughout the show – win, win!

Just be aware – in joining them for a night of murder and mayhem, you might just laugh until you die! From personal experience, we can attest to the joy of this one-of-a-kind attraction in the Smokies.

Shoot ‘em Up Cinema 7D

Shoot em up cinema

Have you been feeling the inactivity of the winter season sinking into your bones? Well, we have the remedy – saddle up, cock your pistol, and get in on the action! Another unique and truly fun attraction for theater-lovers and Wild West connoisseurs is the Shoot’em Up 7D Cinema in Gatlinburg! An exciting experience for all ages, the Cinema draws you into a world gone by – full of gunslingers, Old-West towns, standoffs, and heroes.

The Shoot’em Up 7D Cinema makes it possible for you to be part of the action – with moving sets, realistic effects and several action-packed movies to choose from, they provide hours of excitement for you and your family.



Escaping into a favorite book or movie is a common pastime during the colder months but, wouldn’t it be better if you could experience the story yourself? If you have an appreciation for fantasy and adventure, you will love MagiQuest, located in Pigeon Forge!

This unique experience combines three amazing attractions in one: MagiQuest, Special FX Pirate Golf, and Odyssey – A Mirror Maze Adventure (new improvements coming soon). Each offers fun, magic, adventure, and lifelong memories for the whole family.

MagiQuest is a live-action, interactive role-playing adventure, set in a rich and exciting fantasy world. As you move through the challenges, you get to use real magic wands to interact with the environment! This is a perfect experience for those who love solving mysteries while being immersed in a bright and colorful fantasy world.

Special FX Pirate Golf, set in a Caribbean pirate village (and enhanced by a black light!) is a unique 18-hole interactive miniature golf course. Located indoors, it’s a fun and challenging escape from the “real world”.

As you can see, there’s no shortage of fun activities to enjoy in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in the winter months! And, so many of the attractions here are not only welcoming, but designed for families of every shape and size to enjoy memorable experiences together. 

So, the next time you and your family are itching to escape from the wintery inactivity of your normal routine, plan a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. Be sure to add each of these destinations to your travel agenda – you will be happy with the results!

For more winter activities and attractions, check out our Things to do in Gatlinburg and Things to do in Pigeon Forge pages, as well!

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About Alison Price Bergh

Alison Price Bergh is a writer, artist and performer who resides in Asheville, NC. She studied language, writing and music at The New School in New York City, and is an accomplished poet and songwriter. Alison’s other passions include cinema, horticulture and rock climbing, and she enjoys exploring this beautiful region she has chosen to call home.

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