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Ober Gatlinburg is a ski resort and an amusement park that guarantees a good time for the whole family. Great winter activities at Ober Gatlinburg include skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and tubing. There are many attractions designed just for kids such as the wildlife encounter, carousel, mini golf and an arcade.

For the times when it is just too cold to be outside, visit a museum or one of the many haunted houses in Gatlinburg. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has educational presentations, exciting dive shows, and hands on stations where kids can pet a stingray or hold a horseshoe crab. Not to mention the 12-foot sharks and thousands of exotic sea creatures.


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If you’re visiting the Gatlinburg area this holiday season and need to get out of the cold, visit the Hollywood Star Car Museum in downtown Gatlinburg featuring some of the best cars from Hollywood movies, TV, and real life music superstar cars that you are sure to remember! They have classics from The Dukes of Hazzard and the Beverly Hillbillies, as well as new Blockbluster hits, such as The Fast and the Furious and Gone in 60 seconds. This is a great activity for the whole family, and a great way to spend time together this holiday season.

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12Built in 2001, the  Museum of Aviation is located in Sevierville near Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge airport runway. This unique location allows for the history of aviation to be brought to life by the vintage aircrafts flying overhead for the visitors. The mission of the museum is to honor the history of aviation and to advance aviation education. The museum offers daily tours, children’s programs, school field trips, an in-museum theater, lecture series, a modeling expo, and more. A few exhibits you will find in the museum are the artifacts gallery, a huge aircraft hangar, and a PBY-5A 104 wingspan aircraft. Warbirds Weekend is once every spring and every fall, which attracts numerous visiting airplanes providing extra photo opportunities and exciting flyby formations. This is truly a place that everyone must see to appreciate.  

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The Hollywood Wax Museum in Gatlinburg is one of three in the United States. The sets and stars of the museum are so realistic and magical, that you will want to touch the figures! You will be able to stand beside and have your picture taken with stars such as Julia Roberts, Katherine Hepburn, Tom Hanks, and the celebrity list (both old and new) goes on. These wax figurines are so detailed and life-like you can’t help but wonder how difficult they are to recreate. It can take up to four pounds of wax from 56,000 bees just to make one head! And the final product would not be complete without the help of sculptors, hair stylists, eye and teeth specialists, make-up artists, costume and set designers, and special effects technicians. The museum is located on the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, call (865) 430-1800 to plan your visit. This is the only Hollywood Wax Museum on the east coast, so while your visiting be sure to make a point to go see the stars!

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christus-gardensPossibly one of Gatlinburg’s most famous attractions are the Christus Gardens. These gardens withhold a world famous marble sculpture of the Carrara face of Christ. This park displays many attributes telling the story of Christ’s life through dioramas, 3-D structures and murals. Due to the high demand for condominiums in the Smoky Mountains, this area was ordered to be torn down. However, since the downturn in the economy happened, the funds were not available to demolish the gardens. Instead they are being reopened called, “Christ in The Smokies Museum and Gardens”.

For further information regarding the fate of the gardens, check out http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/jul/09/gatlinburg-residents-opening-christian-themed-attr/

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pigeon_forge_homeTake a trip back to relive the real replica of the infamous cruise-liner, The Titanic. The highly awaited attraction will be opening in April 2010 in Pigeon Forge. This 3 story, half sized, ship will hold 20 galleries to display many of the actual artifacts surfaced from the Titanic. Some of its greatest attributes will be exact models of the grand staircase, the wireless marconi room, and the first and third class cabins. These areas will be open to the public for an essentially first-hand-account of how the experience aboard the Titanic felt, including a real boarding pass which has a name of an actual passenger aboard the sinking ship. The guest will be able to view the person’s pass to view a memorial wall to determine how each passenger’s fate ended up.

This part of the tour as well as many others in which you can read about at http://www.titanicpigeonforge.com/ will be able to take you back to 1912 to that chilly, starry night and see how the mighty ship took it’s first and final sail.

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car museumSince 1956 the Smoky Mountain Car Museum has showcased famous cars, classic cars, vintage cars, and antique cars.  Some of the famous cars displayed at the museum include a James Bond “007” Aston Martin from the movie Goldfinger, Elvis Presley’s Mercedes CPE, an Evel Knievel jump bike and the Silver Dollar Car of Hank Williams, Jr.  The museum is open each Spring until late Fall.  Admission is $7.50 for adults and $2.00 for children 3-10.  It is located at 2970 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. For more information call (865) 453-3433.

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