5 Fun Ober Gatlinburg Attractions to Enjoy During the Summer Months

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Ober Gatlinburg is not only a mountain with winter skiing and snow tubing runs, but this popular destination is also home to several awesome summer attractions! The best part is that Summit Manor is within easy walking distance of the Aerial Tramway that shuttles you from downtown Gatlinburg to the top of the mountain at Ober Gatlinburg! Here are 5 fun Ober Gatlinburg attractions that you can enjoy during the summer months:

aerial tramway1. Aerial Tramway

If you ever heard the phrase that “half of the fun is getting there,” this is certainly true on the Aerial Tramway to Ober Gatlinburg! This tramway is not only a convenient means to reach the top of the mountain, but is an attraction on its own! This unique transportation system features two 120-passenger counter-balanced cars that depart regularly from downtown Gatlinburg and provide a breathtaking journey to Ober Gatlinburg. Along the way, you will witness incredible views of the Great Smoky Mountains, so be sure to bring your camera along for the journey!

2. Ski Mountain Coaster

Prepare for a unique roller coaster style attraction where YOU control the speed on the Ski Mountain Coaster at Ober Gatlinburg! This coaster puts you in the driver’s seat as you enjoy a relaxing tow ride to the top of the mountain before zipping back to the bottom through thrilling twists and turns! You can choose whether you want a leisurely ride or an action-packed experience by controlling the brake level on your ride vehicle. The Ski Mountain carts have been designed for comfort and can accommodate up to two riders.

3. Wildlife Encounter

Experience a beautiful black bear family and other cute critters at Ober Gatlinburg’s Wildlife Encounter! This is a unique opportunity to see river otters playing in an underwater viewing area and birds of prey in an enclosed aviary. You can also visit the Nocturnal House to view various species of native Smokies wildlife including turtles, snakes, raccoons, skunks and flying squirrels! The Wildlife Encounter is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer months, and tickets can be purchased at the time of visit at any ticket location on the mountain.

4. Alpine Slide

alpine slide rideHop into your personal sled and enjoy a fun trip down the mountain on the Alpine Slide, another one of the Ober Gatlinburg attractions that you can enjoy during the summer! Your ride combines a scenic chairlift ride up to the top of the mountain with an action-packed ride back down to the bottom! You can choose from one of the two 1,800-foot tracks that wind through the woods on their dipping descent!

5. Water Raft Rides

If you are experiencing a hot summer afternoon in the Smokies, purchase a ticket for one of the water raft rides at Ober Gatlinburg! Choose from the Blue Cyclone Rapids, Shoot-The-Chute or Lightin’ water rides, or try out all three of the slides! While there is no swimsuit required, keep in mind that you may get soaked on these rides!

Check out all of our Gatlinburg condo rentals today to plan your summer vacation near these exciting Ober Gatlinburg attractions! We hope to see you this summer at Summit Manor!

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