Christus Gardens is very inspirational. The museum is divided into scenes, and you go as a group from one scene to the other. The scenes show the life of Jesus, from birth to death. They are each rather long, and you can spend over an hour in this place. I almost teared up during his crucifixion scene, and I smiled during the resurrection scene. The characters are not animatronic; it is like a religious wax museum that tells a story. Instead, there are speakers with a voice that tells about each scene, and most scenes end with a full song so you can reflect on what you just saw. When you exit the museum portion, you enter a beautiful garden full of plants and fountains. When you leave the garden, you enter back into the main hall which holds the museum entrance, theater, and gift shop. The two men who run the place were very nice, and were surprised to see two teens (me and my friend) come in! I recommend this attraction to anyone who would like some time to get away from the hustle and bustle of Gatlinburg, relax, and possibly have their life changed by this unique attraction. P.S. - Christus Gardens is now called Christ in the Smokies.
The Space Needle is a very unique way to observe Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. When you enter the Space Needle building, you see a huge fun center, an amazing pizzeria, and the elevator that goes up to the top. The fun center had ton of things to do including a hurricane simulator and an arcade with tons of games and prizes. The pizzeria had some amazing pizza! It only costs about $8 to go up the Space Needle, which is cheap for Gatlinburg. The glass elevator ride to the top is fun in itself. Once you arrive at the top, you are able to see a 360 degree view of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. I actually gave someone directions from the Space Needle! There are binoculars on top which you can pay a small fee to use. After staying on top as long as you like, you can ride back down the glass elevator. Overall, the Space Needle was a very interesting experience.
Earthquake the Ride is a fun experience! It's worth the $8. My favorite part was when the ceiling caves in and you see and feel tons of rats crawling everywhere! The woman running it was nice. The only reason people give it such bad reviews is because they go expecting Universal Studios-style effects, and that's not what they get. Lower you expectations from Universal Studios-style effects to normal, and you'll have so much fun that you'll thinks about it for days!