Family Fun at the Gatlinburg Space Needle

The Gatlinburg Space Needle might just be the best view in town. On your next visit to White Oak Lodge and Resort, check out that giant attraction towering above the Ripley’s building.

You can’t beat a view of the Great Smoky Mountains from 400 feet. The tower itself has a 360-degree view with educational exhibits rich in facts and history about Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.

But that’s just the tip of the needle! In addition to the view, there’s lots to do on site.

Stay, play and win prizes at the enormous two-story arcade located in the Gatlinburg Space Needle.
Arcadia is game heaven at the base of the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Photo courtesy of Gatlinburg Space Needle


Play, play, play and win at this huge two-story playground arcade with the latest video and redemption games. Delight in a vast variety of amusement games, simulators, and activities and redeem tickets at the redemption counter for cool prizes.

Iris Theatre

The Iris boasts live shows ranging from comedy to magic. You won’t find any bluegrass or overalls here, just good family fun.

Slice Pizza/Bakery

Need a break from the country cuisine? Get a pizza or delicious calzone from Slice, which brings authentic Italian food and New York-style pizza to the Smokys.

“The Captured” Escape Room

Escape experiences are all the rage, and the Space Needle has it’s own version, with several different scenarios from which your team must escape within 60 minutes.

Bet you didn’t know the Gatlinburg Space Needle had so much going on! You can easily spend the better part of a day enjoying all the fun.

How high have you gone to look out over the Smoky Mountains? Tell us about your favorite elevated attractions.

Main image courtesy of Gatlinburg Space Needle

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.

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