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Gatlinburg Space Needle

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Address: 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Phone Number: 865-436-4629
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Description: The Gatlinburg Space Needle is an all steel observation tower served by...
The Gatlinburg Space Needle is an all steel observation tower served by two elevators with a capacity of 20 persons each. Ride our safe and comfortable glass elevators over 400’ to observation deck for 360° view of the Great Smoky Mountains and the resort city of Gatlinburg. The view is a panorama of beauty without equal year round. Enjoy Higher Learning, an educational experience from the Space Needle’s perspective, with free view finders!
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This an affordable attraction to do with your kids. I have 8-15 year olds and they all enjoyed this. It was also great that you are able to visit it 2 times in 24 hours on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This an affordable attraction to do with your kids. I have 8-15 year olds and they all enjoyed this. It was also great that you are able to visit it 2 times in 24 hours on the same ticket. So, we went in the morning and stopped back through at night time and both were amazing views!

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Smiths Grove, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We just got back from our winter mountain vacation. The Smokies got hit with some snow while we were there and just about everywhere was closed. I really wanted to get some nice pictures with snow on the mountains but just about every look out, overlook, road, attraction, etc was closed. We called the space needle and they were open!... More 

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Charlestown, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Cool view at the top, with 4 free telescope viewing. So they dont nickle and dime you. Thought that was a nice touch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The space needle lets you go up to the top twice in 24 hours on your one ticket. The night time views are the best of the city. We also enjoyed the daytime view but the city lights and surround hillside views at night were awesome.

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Newport, Tennessee
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12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The space needle still stands in Gatlinburg but its dated dirty and in need of upgrade. It still provides a good view and isn't to expensive but was just so so.

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Savannah, Georgia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Once the elevator doors open up to the 360 degree view of the Smokey mountains, Gatlinburg, and all surrounding areas you're breath will be taken! It's so beautiful! I went in the dead of winter and it was still so cool to see. You can stay up as long as you want and there are viewfinders all around so you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My family and I enjoyed the Gatlinburg Space Needle & the gorgeous view it had to offer. If you are afraid of heights, like me, it can be a bit scary. The flooring of the Gatlinburg Space Needle seems to sway a bit. But, the view and overcoming my own fears was well worth the price!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Wow! We went up the Needle at night and the view was fantastic! You could really see all around Gatlinburg. The lights of the town were amazing!

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Christiansburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Ok, first of all, realize you are in a tourist town - an older tourist town - and that things are a bit overpriced compared to your hometown. Also, these places are a bit older and well-used so don't go into it with the expectation that you're about to enter a 5-star resort that was just built. For the price... More 

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The ticket allows you to go up in the needle twice in one day. The arcade games are very fun to play with boys. The needleman working the elevator is very friendly and created a positive and fun atmosphere. Once up on the needle deck, the view is spectacular. Spying children on the street using the free telescopes is fun... More 

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