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You and Your Kids Will Love the Aquarium of the Smokies

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Gatlinburg is full of great family attractions, including the weird and memorable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Not only does this strange world of collections have the typical odditorium full of life’s oddities, but it is also connected to another great place to check out with the littles ones – the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

Full of live shows, educational events, and beautiful exhibits to explore, the Aquarium of the Smokies is just waiting for a day of fun activities. Whether you’re trying to kill a rainy day, or just need a break from exploring the area’s great outdoors, don’t miss a chance to visit this underwater world!

Here are some of the things to check out when you visit the Aquarium of the Smokies.

  • Live Shows – Scheduled throughout each day are numerous live shows including underwater dives in one of their large tanks with their sharks, stingrays and coral reefs. Each class is designed to teach spectators about these specific species and habitats. The Mermaid Dive is always a fun one for the wee ones to imagine life under water, and the Penguin Feeding is similarly a crowd pleaser. The Marine Science Class is the perfect way to learn about the oceans and their amazing inhabitants.
  • Penguin Encounter – Take the chance to meet a penguin up close and personal and learn from one of the aquarium’s professionals about these adorable creatures and even get the chance to pet one! You can check out the live penguin cam on the website too if you’re itching to get a preview of one of the most popular exhibits.
  • Splash With Stingrays – Come to Touch-A-Ray Bay where you can get in the water with the stingrays in a behind the scenes tour of these creatures and their environment. Be sure to have your bathingsuit, though the aquarium will provide a towel.
  • Behind the Scenes – If you have a particular interest in marine biology and the life of aquarium animals, sign up for a behind the scenes tour to see the guts of this mystical world. Among the many control rooms you will have the chance to understand how everything is regulated and monitored to ensure that these animals and happy and healthy.
  • All-In-One Aquarium Experience Day – If you are looking for an all-inclusive day-long adventure here at the Aquarium of the Smokies, considering the All-In-One Aquarium Experience Day as the perfect way to see as much as possible while also saving money! All of the activities above can be included in this day of fun!

If you are planning your trip to the Smoky Mountains, be sure to have the Aquarium of the Smokies on your list of possible things to do while here. There will inevitably be some need for indoor time, whether to get out of bad weather, or simply to take a break from the sun, and the Aquarium is the perfect place to do both. Gatlinburg is the perfect place for a family vacation!

Fun Family Entertainment in Pigeon Forge TN

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The Tennessee Appalachians are a wonderful destination for a family vacation year round. Just outside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, an attraction all its own, there is a lot of entertainment in Pigeon Forge TN that will keep the whole family entertained on your stay here in the mountains. Once an isolated mountain hamlet without major roads, the town became a tourist destination at the beginning of the 20th century with the arrival of the railroad, but still holds much of its historic mountain community lore through different outlets. Don’t miss a chance to come explore this beautiful town with the family!

Entertainment in Pigeon Forge TN

  1. Smoky Mountain Opry
    Known as “America’s Ultimate Variety Show” this is a great place to see some of the area’s most talented singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, jugglers, and aerialists. It is a truly professional show featuring all genres from broadway, smoky mountain opry, and country to pop and comedy. You will never be bored at the Smokey Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge.
  2. Biblical Times Dinner Theater
    Dinner and a show is a typical night of entertainment in Pigeon Forge TN, and the Biblical Times Dinner Theater is no exception. Come hear a story of faith and miracles and see the production of Moses Mountain of God as told by the Christian explorers Jim and Penny Caldwell. Enter into this rendition of the promised land, accompanied by an epic feast.
  3. The Old Mill
    The Old Mill was built in the 1836 to grind grains and flours for the area, and was a bustling economic center of the Great Smoky Mountains for nearly a century, providing crucial sustenance and commerce opportunities for the residents. It eventually powered the surrounding towns and housed troops during the Civil War as well as the first post office. Visiting the mill today is a trip through the area’s rich history and one of the best places for a delicious meal and to buy wonderful local goods.
  4. Titanic
    Pigeon Forge is home to the world’s largest Titanic museum, which celebrates the sunken ship’s passengers and crew. Come remember the most luxurious liner of its time with monthly events where guests can experience the extravagant culture of the aristocrats of the time, and check out the underwater webcam to learn about the famous dive to the ship’s sunken remains.
  5. Dollywood
    This Appalachian theme park not only celebrates the life of the beloved country singer, Dolly Parton, but it is also a wonderful way to experience the area’s culture through its many historically themed rides and shows, as well as its beautiful setting in the mountains. Dollywood is always a blast!

There is no lack of entertainment in Pigeon Forge TN, and these options are just the beginning of all the great things you’ll find when you come enjoy a stay at Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg. If you’re looking for a rustic trip exploring the mountains with some good old country entertainment thrown in the mix, you can’t get any better than the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and its beautiful surrounding towns.

See One-of-a-Kind Crafts at the Gatlinburg Craftmen’s Fair

Gatlinburg Craftmen’s Fair


Craft fairs bring together so many talented artists and the Gatlinburg Craftmen’s Fair is no different. Held annually each summer and fall, this large craft fair attracts thousands to the Gatlinburg Convention Center to view and buy one-of-a-kind creations, as well as meet the artists, watch demonstrations, and enjoy food and live entertainment.

This event may be the perfect place to buy a special gift or souvenir. Items sold at craft fairs such as this one are handmade, unique treasures that reflect each artists’ vision, creativity and hard work. You’ll find that the Gatlinburg Craft Fair is fun for the entire family and even features a children’s area! As you walk around to view the artists and listen to the live music, the children in your group are sure to be just as amazed – and inspired – by the artists and musicians as you will!


3 Things to Do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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While the Great Smoky Mountains National Park draws more than 9 million visitors per year, there are plenty of places to escape from the real world and awaken the nature lover within. Hike or bike one of the many trails to enjoy gorgeous views of majestic mountains and beautiful waterfalls. Go fly fishing in a cool mountain stream. Or, if a leisurely drive is more your speed, try one of the park’s scenic routes.

There are so many wonderful things to do and see, the following are just a few suggestions to get you started. No matter what activity you choose, a day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one you’ll remember for years to come!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg Video Contest

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You don’t have to wish you were in Gatlinburg to come back to the home of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Have a video of your experience in the Smokies? “Like us” on Facebook and share your favorite moments and memories made with your family and friends in our fan video contest for a chance to win a FREE 2 nights stay in a Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg property or other awesome prizes. The second place video will receive a $75 Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg gift card and the third place entrant will receive a $50 Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg gift card. Entries will be accepted in the video contest from Monday, April 21st at 12:01am until Monday, May 11th at 11:50pm EST. Voting will take place from Tuesday, May 12tth at 12:01am until Tuesday, June 2nd at 11:59pm EST. The videos with the most “Likes” during the voting period wins. The first, second and third place winners and notable mention entries will be announced on Friday, June 5, 2015.

So, grab those flash drives and search your phone and computer for a chance to relive your memorable moments made in the Mountains.

Here’s how to enter:

  1.  “Like” our Facebook Page.
  2.  Locate your video file.
  3. Upload your video to YouTube and include the hashtag #mrgvideocontest in the video description as as a tag.
  4. Head back over to our Facebook Page and visit our “Video Contest” tab to submit your entry.
  5. Once voting has begun, encourage your Facebook friends and family to vote on your video.

This video contest is open to U.S. residents who are 25 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Click Here for complete contest rules and Good Luck!


Video Contest F.A.Q.’s

  1. Do I have to make a reservation to or have stayed at Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg property in order to enter? No, it is not required for you to have stayed with us or for you to make a purchase in order to enter our video contest. We only ask that the submissions you enter are in fact of you in the Gatlinburg area.
  2. Can I submit more than one video? Yes, you can submit more than one video in the contest. In fact, we encourage you to do so however duplicate entries of the same video are not allowed.
  3. Can I share my video to other contest submission sites to gain more “Likes?” No, entrants and entries found to be submitted/circulated via social contest submission voting sites or similar groups in an effort to obtain votes will be disqualified.
  4. How will I know who’s in the lead or how many votes my video has? You can check the number of votes your entry has had by visiting our Video Contest tab on Facebook. Votes are updated in real-time.
  5. What if I do not have a YouTube account? A YouTube account is required in order to submit your video. If you have a Gmail account, you also have a YouTube account. If not, you must create one in order to enter and you can do so in just a few minutes.
  6. What if I have questions about the video contest? Questions about the video contest can be sent via a Facebook message on our Page or you can e-mail us at


10 Reasons to Stay at Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg

Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg LogoSurrounded by scenic beauty and serene nature, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a little town of 3,944 residents that attracts more than eleven million visitors a year. The Great Smokey Mountains, the most visited national park in America is miles away from downtown Gatlinburg. In the area, there are many lodging accommodations to chose from that range from inns, hotels, condos, lodges, chalets and log cabins. However, here are 10 reasons when visiting Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, you should consider staying at Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg.

1. Accommodations. Mountain Rentals Of Gatlinburg has over 250 cabins, chalets and condos. We have 1 – 8 bedroom cabins that can accommodate 2 – 22 people. Many of our rentals have features like Smoky Mountain views, creek and river views, hot tubs, jacuzzi, game tables and swimming pool access.

2. Home Away from Home. Our properties are your home away from home. Why pay for a hotel room when you can afford the whole house? We offer more room, more fun, more value and experiences you will remember. With fully equipped kitchens, dining in and spending time with the family saves your money versus eating out.

3. Location. Nestled in the Smokey Mountains and splendid beauty of nature, fun and adventure with shopping, attractions and eateries are minutes away.

4. Affordable. We have accommodations that can fit jut about any family and budget size.

5. Cabins By Amenities. One of the amazing features of the Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg is our expanded rental availability search by amenities. Whether you want a cabin with a pool, one that’s dog friendly, a spectacular view of the Great Smokey Mountains, a honeymoon cabins, a outdoor fire-pit or Internet access; we have one that’s right for you. We want to make we can offer the best in-services to our guests to ensure that your vacation is a memorable one.

6. Vacationer’s review. As a company, we are proud of a current 4.43 rating out of 5 based on 575 customer reviews and 20,232 customer surveys. “My wife and I stayed here for our 45th Anniversary and we loved it. It was very secluded and that’s what we liked very much. We also liked that it was the last cabin on the road so there were no cars were driving past the place to disturb us. “My wife fell asleep in my lap on the porch swing the very first thing, that how peaceful it was. We are looking forward to staying in this cabin again very soon or possibly one of the other cabins from Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg. The staff was very nice and helpful, the cabin was very clean and is highly recommended.” –Kenneth, OH

7. Reputation. Mountain Rentals Of Gatlinburg has been in business since 1985. Our missions is to provide superior value to our guests while enabling them to have the whole mountain experience. We have been providing caring and quality service to our visitors for over 20 years, and we are proud of our reputation for professionalism with a personal touch.

8.  Guest Appreciation Program. MRG Points are Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg’s way of showing our appreciation for your loyalty and referrals. You earn MRG Points for every reservation made online at or by phone at 1- (866) 482-1044. Once you accumulate enough Guest Appreciation Points, you can redeem them online or by phone for a stay in your favorite vacation rental. The more points you have, the more nights you earn.

9. Certificate of Excellence. Mountain Rentals Of Gatlinburg earned the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence. This unique distinction speaks to our commitment to our mission and our customers. Founded in 2010, the Certificate of Excellence award honors hospitality businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

10.  Superior Service & Maintenance Staff. We believe that your time is valuable, your experience should be superior, your memories should be fond and though you are visiting – Gatlinburg should feel like home. Emergency Maintenance is available 24/7, our Office is open 7 days a week to provide courtesy service and our Housekeeping Department is available 7 days a week for any assistance you may require; we look forward to serving you during your vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Happy Holidays

From the entire Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg staff and family to yours, Happy Holidays! May you enjoy the season and we wish you well into the New Year! We look forward to serving and seeing you again in the Smokies.

Stay and Save

Stay and SaveDon’t miss your chance to stay and save! Spend time in the #Smokies while staying in Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg rental between Jan. 3rd-March 31st and save 10% when you book by Nov. 30th, 2014. Use promo code EARLY.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy ThanksgivingFrom our staff and family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving from Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg. What are you most thankful for?

Gatlinburg Farmers Market

Are you looking for fresh, healthy or organic Smoky Mountain food?  The Gatlinburg Farmers Market is a great place to shop for these unlimited amounts of produce, breads, honey, granola, plants, tea, soap and so much more.  This event will be open every Saturday from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. through October 15. You can find this event set up at the Alamo Steakhouse parking lot located in Gatlinburg. The produce selection changes with the seasons, so you never know what you might come across. All of these foods come fresh from the ground of the Smoky Mountains. It does not get much better than that!

Farmers, vendors and members of the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community set up and demonstrate their cooking and craft skills for those that are interested. If you have ever wanted to learn how to own your own garden, then this is the place to come for great information and tips from the experts. This has always turned out to be a big success so come out and enjoy another year of delicious and abundant amounts of Smoky Mountain food and merchandises.  You can contact Jennifer Bradbury at (865) 332-4769 for more information.