There’s no better place to spend your family vacation than the Smoky Mountains. Not only do we have gorgeous cabin rentals that provide the perfect amount of comfort, but you will be just minutes away from all the fun things to do in the area. To help you plan your vacation, we’ve put together a list of 5 of the best Smoky Mountain attractions to visit with your family.
1. Ober Gatlinburg
Ober Gatlinburg is known for its incredible winter activities — from skiing to snow tubing! But, there is plenty of fun to be had all year long. Whether you want to hit the slopes with your family in the winter or cool off on water rides during the summer, there is something for everyone during every season. Let the kids go indoor ice skating or try a fun take on a classic attraction with Ice Bumper Cars! You can also see some of your favorite Smoky Mountain wildlife in the Wildlife Encounter, or ride the thrilling Ski Mountain Coaster. There is even fun just for the little ones in Kiddie Land, which has slides, tunnels, a train ride, and more!
Anakeesta provides a unique outdoor family experience that everyone from the kids to the parents will love! Your adventure begins with a scenic ride to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain, where you’ll enter Firefly Village. You’ll be surrounded by stunning mountain views, shops, dining, and excitement. Try the Tree Canopy Walk and stroll 40 to 60 feet above the forest floor, or let the kids run around in the Tree House Village Playground. There is even a Dueling Zipline Adventure, where you can zip side-by-side the person of your choice. You’ll never run out of family fun at Anakeesta.
It wouldn’t be a complete list of the best family-friendly Smoky Mountain attractions without mentioning Dollywood. Dollywood is full of world-class rides and award-winning entertainment! Kids will love soaring through the sky in Flying Elephants and letting their imagination run wild in the Firehouse Fun Yard. It’s also home to the FireChaser Express, the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster! Throughout the year, Dollywood hosts a number of festivals that celebrate the seasons, like the Harvest Festival in the fall and Smoky Mountain Christmas in the winter. This attraction is closed January through mid-March, so be sure to check their operating calendar before planning your visit!
4. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is one of the top aquariums in the country, and it’s also one of the best indoor attractions in the Smoky Mountains. You can see all of your favorite aquatic animals, and you can even interact with some of them! Kids will have the opportunity to touch a stingray and even a jellyfish. You can also waddle with penguins, feed a sea turtle, and see 12-foot sharks swimming above you as you walk through the underwater tunnel. Ripley’s Aquarium is full of adventure!
5. Crave Golf Club
Your Smoky Mountain vacation wouldn’t be complete without a game of mini golf. Crave Golf Club takes mini golf to a whole new level. The attraction is home to 2 candy-themed courses that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Putt through cliffs made of cocoa, sugar safaris, and ice-cream sculpted canyons! There is both a 19-hole indoor course and a 19-hole rooftop course that provide hours of excitement. After you play mini golf, try mini bowling or enjoy a milkshake from the Milkshake Bar!