Your tiny traveler has gone by boat, by plane and even by train. But by gondola? That’s an original that will earn her serious playground cred. After all, it’s not every day she gets to ride over rivers and rugged mountainscapes to find high altitude adventures like roller coasters, suspended slack lines and geyser-fueled splash pads. We found 12 awesome rides, so flip through to find your fave!

Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway, Gatlinburg, Tn

What could be better than a tramway ride into the Smoky Mountains in the summer time? How about one that lands you and yours smack dab in the middle of a Mountain Mall? Ride one of the two counter-balanced Ober Gatlinburg cars over 2.1 miles of colorful terrain to get there. Then take full advantage of the day’s activities that start with the Ski Mountain Coaster, with its hairpin turns and breathtaking views. It’s one of quite a few carnival-themed rides and activities that are all part of the experience up top. The Wildlife Encounter is another with total kid appeal. Here your crew can log some face time with river otters, bobcats, and an adorbs black bear family that has two cuddly cubs, Holly and Chief. We’re thinking stay and play for this one!


photo: Ober Gatlinburg’s Facebook

Which one looks like fun to you? Have you ridden one of our picks? Tell others about it in a comment. 

— Allison Sutcliffe