Summer at Ober Gatlinburg

Happy July everyone! Summer is in full effect and it’s time to start making all of our last minute plans for our annual family vacation. This is the time of year when we want to get outside as much as possible and soak up some sunshine. We know that finding a place to visit that has plenty of things to do for every member in your party is a must. Luckily for us, the Smokies can check that box right off your list. With gorgeous rolling hills, plenty of shopping, dining, and attractions, and endless amounts of things to do, our charming area will pull you right in from the moment you get to town and you won’t ever want to leave. Another essential part of vacation planning is finding a clean and comfortable place to stay at that can accommodate the entire family. When you stay with us at Big Bear Resort, we offer beautiful two bedroom, two bath mountain view luxury condos at an affordable price. You will get to look out over Bluff Mountain in Wears Valley from your private balcony and trust us when we say, you won’t get sick of seeing these views. As a thank you for booking with us, you receive FREE TICKETS to numerous shows and attractions in the area, as well as a free dinner and drink each night at Mama’s Farmhouse, saving you up to $275 a day! Are you looking for an attraction to visit that will be entertaining for everyone? We’ve got just the place for you. Let’s take a look at what a Summer at Ober Gatlinburg could look like!

Aerial Tramway

Is this your first time visiting this popular Gatlinburg attraction? You’re in for a really good time. Head on over to traffic light #9 and get ready to climb aboard their aerial tramway, one of the largest of its kind in America. This is one experience you may never forget and whether you take it in the morning or at night, you will fall in love with the sights. Their tram will lift you high up into the mountains where you will see some of the most magnificent views of the Smoky Mountains around. This is one of the best ways to beat having to drive up the steep Ski Mountain Road. It can hold up to 120 passengers and travels at about 17 mph, with the entire trip being about 10 minutes long. The tram will bring you to the top and you’ll get to enter their exciting amusement park! They have indoor and outdoor activities, so you don’t even have to worry about the weather that day. So what do they have in store for you? Let’s first look at what activities they have to offer that are all indoors.

Indoor Attractions

The first thing you will notice when you walk in is that they have an incredible ice skating rink right in the middle of the building. For just $9 a person, skates included, all ages are able to get three hours of continuous ice time. This is one of the best ways to beat the heat during the summer and have a great time while doing so. New this summer, they will be having ice bumper cars on the rink. This exciting attraction is fun for ages three and up and is sure to have you smiling the entire time. You receive a ten minute session which will feature a short orientation on how the cars work and then it’s seven minutes of ride time. Get ready to spin, glide, bump, and zoom around the ice with your loved ones, laughing the entire way through. Ages three and four are free with each paying adult. You may never want to get off this brand new attraction! Next up, they have a large shopping mall that circles around the rink and has amazing and unique shops like Puzzled and different clothing stores. For the kiddos, they have a carousel and an arcade so if you need a little break from the heat, they make sure to keep everyone entertained. They also have a bunch of quick dining options as well as a sit down restaurant called Seasons of Ober (complete with a mountain view!)

Outdoor Attractions

Ober Gatlinburg has so much to do outside that really helps to let you take advantage of being able to soak in the sun again after a long winter. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or just something relaxing to do, they have it all. We recommend starting off with the Wildlife Encounter where you can see bobcats, river otters, snakes, our infamous black bears, and much more. If you’re looking for some family fun, they have mini golf as well as a maze and chair swing. It is the summer and you may want to cool off a bit, so don’t forget to check out their two amazing water raft rides. The kids can also run around and stretch their legs at the kiddie land. Now it’s time for the rides to get that adrenaline rush that you maybe craving. They have an amazing mountain coaster, so if you want to get up close and personal with the views, you will absolutely love this. Control your own speed (up to 25 mph) as you fly down a mountain, with drops and turns all along the way. We’re sure you’ll have a smile on your face from beginning to end. They also have an alpine slide, where you get to ride their scenic chairlift to the top and then fly down the slide with another control your own speed descent. This is a guest favorite and one slide that you are sure to never forget. Speaking of the scenic chairlift, if you’re looking to just relax for a bit, you will absolutely enjoy this. I recommend riding it more in the evening time so you can watch the sunset as you descend down the mountain, it’s a truly beautiful sight to see, and offers some of the best views of the Smokies that you can find. They also have complimentary bluegrass music when you reach the top as a little added bonus. New this year, they also have a huge rock wall that the kids will love. Ready for a family friendly competition? Who’s going to make it to the top first? We’ll have to wait and see to find out!

We hope you enjoyed this insider’s look at what a Summer at Ober Gatlinburg could look like! This amusement park has fun written all over it and offers so many exciting, thrilling, and entertaining things to do for the entire family. Nothing beats being able to find a spot that you can bring every member of the time family to. Get ready to create some amazing memories with your loved ones that you all are sure to remember for a lifetime. So what are waiting for? Book Your Smokies Summer Vacation now or give us a call at 1.865.325.2382 and one of our friendly reservationists would love to assist you with finding the perfect condo for your stay. Come and join our family here at Big Bear Resort, we would love to have you! Don’t forget to let us know what you think about a Summer at Ober Gatlinburg, we love to hear your thoughts!

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