20 Best Romantic Things to Do for Couples in the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

Whether your relationship is blooming or continues to endure, the Great Smoky Mountains area is a wonderful, intimate getaway destination. Staying at a romantic luxury bed-and-breakfast like Christopher Place is convenient for enjoying couples activities throughout the area.

While there are numerous activities for couples in the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are particularly ripe with fun and romantic things to do. Check out these romantic ideas for spending quality time with your significant other.

Fun Couples Things to Do in Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg

No matter when you visit the Smokies and Gatlinburg, Ober Gatlinburg is open and ready to please. Established in 1962, this amusement park and ski area are located in the mountains that overlook the city and are some of the area’s best couples attractions. It has indoor amusements in a large mall, a ski mountain coaster and a scenic chairlift that takes you to the top of Mount Harrison.

The Ober Gatlinburg’s Wildlife Encounter is an expanded exhibit with black bears, bobcats, raccoons, flying squirrels, and other native animals. In addition, the Aerial Tramway is one of the largest in the country, soaring more than 11,000 feet over Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

With some of the best and most memorable views of Gatlinburg, SkyLift Park is a landmark that opened in 1954. The SkyLift takes you up 500 feet to the top of Crockett Mountain and the SkyDeck where you get a panoramic view of the city.

The SkyBridge is another feature of the park. At 140 feet high and 680 feet long, it’s the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America and has glass floor panels at the center.

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These couples attractions in Gatlinburg are the perfect setting for a romantic afternoon or evening!

Rafting in the Smokies

Since 1978, Rafting in the Smokies has offered thrilling whitewater rafting in the Pigeon River for beginners to experienced rafters. Its experts always put your safety first but still know how to have fun.

In addition to rafting, the adventure company has a 150-foot suspension bridge that takes you to Family Adventure Island for zip lining and a ropes challenge course.

whitewater rafting is one of the best romantic things to do in Gatlinburg TN for couples
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Here are additional white water rafting outfitters in the Smoky Mountains you may want to check out.

Romantic Things to Do in Gatlinburg TN for Couples

Gatlinburg Space Needle

Standing 407 feet tall, the Gatlinburg Space Needle is another iconic landmark and one of the most romantic things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains. You can see the city and surrounding area from the 360-degree observation deck. It’s particularly romantic to see the city lit up after sundown. If you’re interested, you can enjoy the Higher Learning facts and history about the area too.

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Sugarlands Riding Stables

Taking a horseback ride through wooded areas and across mountain streams is a relaxing activity for a romantic getaway. Sugarlands Riding Stables offers leisure rides at a walking pace through the natural Smoky Mountains terrain. The horses are well-trained and can accommodate all levels of riding experience.

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Here are the best places for horseback riding in the Smoky Mountains.

Wine Tasting

One of the few things to do in Gatlinburg for adults only is wine tasting – a perfect addition to your list of romantic ideas of things to do in the Smokies for couples. There are a few local wineries that are perfect for couples to visit:

  • Gatlinburg Wine Cellar makes local wines and is open every day for free tastings. You can purchase a bottle to take back to your bed-and-breakfast or have some shipped to your door.
  • Smoky Mountain Winery is the oldest winery on the eastern side of Tennessee. Its wines have received hundreds of awards, and you can try some of them for free.
wine tasting is one of the best romantic things to do in Gatlinburg TN for couples
photo via Gatlinburg Wine Cellars on Facebook

Fun Things for Couples to Do in Pigeon Forge

The Island in Pigeon Forge

Across 23 acres, The Island in Pigeon Forge has more than 80 attractions, restaurants, and shops. This diverse selection makes it an oasis in the Smoky Mountains. Its largest attraction is The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, which stands 200 feet tall. At the center of The Island are show fountains that are programmed to perform music and lights all year and shoot water 60 feet into the air. Best of all, there’s no admission fee, and it’s open every day.



Featuring world-class entertainment and one-of-kind dining, Dollywood is a great place to disconnect from the distractions of everyday life. While you experience high-energy performances and heart-pounding thrills across 150 acres, you get plenty of time to reconnect with your partner. You’ve never been to a more friendly theme park.

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Zip Lining

If you enjoy exhilarating experiences, there are a few places that offer zip lining in the Smoky Mountains:

  • With seven zip lines and more than 4,200 feet of cable, Smoky Mountain Ziplines has the longest continually operated canopy in Pigeon Forge.
  • The Dome Ziplines is a newer attraction in the city with two courses and a total of 20 zip lines.


Romantic Things to Do in Pigeon Forge TN for Couples

Horseback Riding and Carriage Rides

There are more opportunities to enjoy horseback riding in the Smoky Mountains.

  • Big Rock Dude Ranch in Pigeon Forge offers horseback riding seven days a week as long as the weather permits. It also has a petting zoo, gem mine, and fishing pond.
  • If you want a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride instead, Heritage Carriage Rides and Gold Rush Stables can accommodate. It has five trails for horseback riding as well.
horse-drawn carriage rides are some of the best romantic things to do in Pigeon Forge TN for couples
photo via Heritage Carriage Rides on Facebook

Rocky Top Wine Trail

Established in 2008, Rocky Top Wine Trail is the first in Tennessee. It offers samples of more than 70 unique wines among its cooperative of five wineries, which includes Hillside Winery, Apple Barn Winery, and Mill Bridge Winery.

After visiting three of the wineries, you get a free souvenir wineglass. It’s a great way to commemorate your romantic getaway.

Rocky Top Wine Trail is a couples attraction in the Smoky Mountains that is perfect for romantic getaways

Other Fun and Romantic Activities for Couples in the Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you and your partner love nature, you can’t visit the area without going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can enjoy a peaceful time together while you’re hiking, bicycling, fishing, horseback riding, and water tubing.

There’s also a one-way, 11-mile trail that circles Cades Cove, which is a valley within the mountain range.

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Helicopter Tours

There are some great opportunities for touring Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Smokies via helicopter:

  • Since 1972, Scenic Helicopter Tours has been providing aerial views of the region, and it has an impeccable reputation on TripAdvisor.
  • Also with great reviews, Smoky Mountain Helicopters has been offering tours since 1964. You can even customize its tour packages.
helicopter rides are one of the best romantic things to do in Gatlinburg TN for couples
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Best Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Area Restaurants for Romantic Dining

Mountain View Dining Room

If you want a candlelight dinner with breathtaking views of the mountains, Mountain View Dining Room at Christopher Place can satisfy that desire. Serving delectable, four-course meals in a luxurious environment, this bed-and-breakfast restaurant offers the best in romantic fine dining.

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The Peddler Steakhouse

In Gatlinburg, The Peddler Steakhouse was built on tradition and serves top-quality, flavorful food. It has an intimate and comfortable atmosphere that complements the beautiful mountain surroundings. You may even have a view of the Little Pigeon River while you dine.

The Peddler Steakhouse is one of the best fine dining romantic restaurants in the Smoky Mountains
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Bullfish Grill

Serving hand-cut Grand Champion Angus beef, Bullfish Grill has savory lunch and dinner menus. Along with beef, it serves only the freshest seafood, which is delivered to the restaurant every day. It has a range of fine ales, lagers, and wines to complement its dishes as well.

Best Romantic Lodging in the Smoky Mountains

When you want a romantic getaway to reconnect, staying at a luxury B&B will give you the most intimate experience. Christopher Place sits on 200 acres of wooded land, and our rooms have views of the Smoky Mountains.

Beyond accommodations, we offer amazing amenities that make your romantic getaways even more special. Some of the rooms have jetted showers and wood-burning fireplaces too.


Our facilities are perfect for destination weddings and other intimate events in addition to romantic getaways.