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Your Guide to the Top Things to Do in Gatlinburg for Athletes at Rocky Top Sports World

Gatlinburg is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country! When you participate in a tournament or event at Rocky Top Sports World, one of the best parts is having the chance to explore the area. Whether you’re celebrating a big win at one of the delicious Gatlinburg restaurants or spending your downtime visiting the attractions, you’re sure to have a great time in the Smoky Mountains. To help guarantee you have fun, we’ve made a list of the top things to do in Gatlinburg that you won’t want to miss.

Top Attractions in the Gatlinburg Area

When you visit Gatlinburg for your sports tournament or event, take time to visit some of the most popular attractions in the area! Here are some of the best:

Outdoor Adventures

white water rafting in the smoky mountainsFor unforgettable white water rafting right outside of Gatlinburg, visit Outdoor Adventures! White water rafting is a great activity for groups, so the whole team can enjoy the experience together. Try the Upper River Trip for a little bit of a thrill, or do the Lower River Trip for a relaxing ride down the river. Whichever trip you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Outdoor Adventures also offers a rafting and ziplining combo package. For the ultimate adventure, enjoy both a white water rafting trip and a waterfall zipline tour!

The Track

For a thrilling adventure, visit The Track! The Track has a variety of go-kart tracks for every skill level. If you’ve got a need for speed, try the Wild Woody, the attraction’s signature track. This multi-level track has drivers race up three and a half elevated stories before circling back down with an exciting drop at the bottom. Before you leave, spend time at The Track’s signature arcade that has a variety of games, candy, and gadgets.


wonderworks in pigeon forgeWonderWorks is an indoor amusement park that combines education and fun. There are more than 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination. Explore the different Wonder Zones, like the Physical Challenge Zone and the Light & Sound Zone, then head to the Indoor Ropes Challenge. If you visit with your sports team, you’ll love battling each other in the Laser Tag Arena!

Young athletes are sure to have a blast at all the wonderful attractions in the Gatlinburg area!

Top Restaurants in the Gatlinburg Area

Whether you want to enjoy a celebratory meal with your team or just grab a bite to eat with your family, there is a restaurant in the Gatlinburg area that is perfect for you.

Golden Corral

people at a buffetWith more than 150 items on the buffet, Golden Corral is one of the top restaurants for athletes to dine at! There is something for everyone. Start your morning off right with a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, biscuits, and more — their breakfast buffet is the best deal in town. Or, you can enjoy a delicious dinner of steak, fried chicken, and all your other favorites. Be sure to save room for dessert!

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que is home to the area’s best pork ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and beef briskets that are basted in their own special sauce and smoked for up to 14 hours. Visit for lunch or dinner to try their famous barbeque, or head there for breakfast for a full breakfast buffet with all your favorite breakfast items.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co in GatlinburgBubba Gump Shrimp Co. not only serves up some delicious meals, but it’s great for groups as well, so the whole team can dine together! The menu includes everything from shrimp served every way to award-winning ribs. There is something for everyone at this restaurant.

Bonus: Food City

If you’d rather pick up some groceries and prepare meals in your cabin or want some snacks for your hotel, stop by Food City! Food City not only has everything you need to make a delicious meal, but it also is home to a convenient deli and refreshing drinks.

About Rocky Top Sports World

Rocky Top Sports World and the Great Smoky Mountains.Rocky Top Sports World is an 80-acre athletic campus that’s just minutes away from all of the best things to do in Gatlinburg. Our facilities have 7 fields, 6 basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, and more. We can accommodate just about any event and host a variety of camps throughout the year for young athletes. When you’re in town for an event at Rocky Top Sports World, be sure to visit all these attractions, shops, and restaurants in the area!

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