Top things to do in February 2021 around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Snow tubing in the Smoky Mountains

Now you can go snow tubing on either the Tennessee or the North Carolina side of the Smoky Mountains (stock photo)

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February is a great month to visit the Smoky Mountains and enjoy winter activities.

If you are planning a trip to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge this February, check out this list of top things to do around the area:

Ober Gatlinburg
Ober Gatlinburg is one of the area’s top destinations for winter activities (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

7. Ski or snow tube at Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg may be open 365 days a year, but the winter season is definitely prime time to go visit Tennessee’s only ski and snowboard destination.

On Feb. 9, 2021, Ober is hosting a Ladies Night at the Slopes, where ladies can bring 10 canned food items or donate $10 and get a free night ski area ticket.

If skiing isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy one of Ober’s many other fun winter activities, like snow tubing and ice skating.

Be sure to plan ahead if you wish to snow tube, as reservations can fill quickly during the weekends.

Visit the website for more information.

Read Also: Anakeesta vs. Ober Gatlinburg: Which attraction is better? 

6. Visit Maggie Valley in North Carolina

If snow-filled fun is on your wish list, also consider venturing to the other side of the Smokies into Maggie Valley in North Carolina.

Maggie Valley is home to the Cataloochee Ski Area, which also offers ski slopes and snow tubing.

Reservations are required, so be sure to make your plans online ahead of time.

Gatlinburg SkyBridge
The Gatlinburg SkyBridge lights up in red and white lights during the month of February (SkyLift Park media photo)

5. Walk across the SkyBridge at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

In February, the world-famous SkyBridge at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park transforms into a romantic dreamland for Valentine’s Day.

Throughout the month, the SkyBridge is adorned with red and white lights along with floral garland to create a tunnel of love.

Don’t miss this romantic scene if you plan to do a romantic getaway this month!

Visit the website for more information.

4. Check out some some live music venues

Yes, it is still possible to find some live music in the Smoky Mountains this month.

Puckett’s offers free music (and excellent barbecue) on most Saturday nights starting at 7:30 pm.

Ole Red, Blake Shelton’s live music scene, also features hand-picked talent every Friday and Saturday night.

And on Thursdays and Fridays, be sure to check out Junction 35, who will feature live music from 6-9 pm (and free admission).

Read Also: February 2021: Upcoming events in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg

Ted Bundy's stolen VV Bug is now on display at Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)
Ted Bundy’s stolen VV Bug is now on display at Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

3. Enjoy local appreciation days at Alcatraz East

If you’re a local who somehow hasn’t been to Alcatraz East crime museum, now is your chance!

Residents who work or live in Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox or Sevier County can get admission tickets for only $12 from Feb. 25 through March 7.

This offer includes state welcome center employees. Just bring a resident ID or current pay stub.

Visit the event page for more information.

2. Check out one of the other museums in the Smokies

If you’re looking for an excuse to get inside and away from the cold, the winter season is a great opportunity to check out one of the areas many fine museums or walk-through attractions.

February is considered to be the off season for the Smokies, so odds are the museums will be a little less crowded, and many offer a full schedule for the month of February, unlike other seasonal attractions in the area.

Read Also: Top 10 museums and walk-through attractions in the Smokies

Beth, our tour guide, points out waterfalls along the way that are often overlooked by most tourists (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

1. Take a tour of the Great Smoky Mountains

If you’re reading through this list and don’t know where to start, try a Smoky Mountain tour to learn more about the area with a local guide.

Our favorite type of tour happens to be in a Pink Jeep. Tell them we sent ya!

Read Also: Smoky Mountain Pink Jeep Tour review: Not the tour you’re expecting

What are YOUR plans for February? Let us know in the comments!

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at info@thesmokies.com for questions or comments.

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