Family Friendly Attractions

The Smoky Mountains and the towns around them are known for the attractions and activities that they have lined up for tourist that come to the area throughout the year.  From theme parks with kiddie rides to hiking and exploring the great outdoors, there are literally options for everybody and every family.

  • WonderWorks - If you’re taken aback by the upside down house that rests beside the Pigeon River in Pigeon Forge, you wouldn’t be the first. WonderWorks, a combination arcade/science museum, is one of handful of Pigeon Forge attractions that not only stand out because of their rave reviews, but because of their outward appearance. Constructed to look … Continue reading "WonderWorks"
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies - When Ripley’s announced they were going to put an aquarium in Gatlinburg, there were two questions that everybody asked:  Where? & When?  Well, they built it in the center of town, right off River Road at traffic light 5.  It is impossible to miss this complex that has become as much a part of the … Continue reading "Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies"
  • Ober Gatlinburg Set to Open Friday for Snow Tubing - *Ober Gatlinburg is scheduled to open their snow tubing park Friday, November 16th, 2012. The idea that good skiing can only be found in the northeast or out west has been debunked by places like Ober Gatlinburg in the recent years. With the number of great changes every year to the current resort, things look … Continue reading "Ober Gatlinburg Set to Open Friday for Snow Tubing"
  • Tweetsie Railroad - You know, Dollywood isn’t the only theme park in the Smoky Mountains. A quick drive east in the charming mountain town of Blowing Rock, NC, you’ll find Tweetsie Railroad – one of the most original Wild West attractions in the nation. Since the 1950s, Tweetsie’s famous steam engine, No. 12, has taken park-goers on the … Continue reading "Tweetsie Railroad"
  • Gem Mining - The gem mining industry in North Carolina has been a part of that culture for decades.  When the first settlers came to the Smokies to put down roots, they discovered that the soil of the mountains contained precious and semi-precious stones.  All of a sudden, the economy in these quiet mountain towns changed.  People came … Continue reading "Gem Mining"
  • Great Smoky Mountain Railroad - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s history is forever tied to the nation’s railroad industry. So much so that the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is still one of the best ways to re-live the history of the Smokies while getting an up-close view of its natural beauty at the same time. Obviously, the scenic train … Continue reading "Great Smoky Mountain Railroad"
  • Teepees in Cherokee - I remember as a child, when we were vacationing in the Smokies, the signs in Cherokee, NC advertising “real live indians” always intrigued me.  Now that I am an adult, I realize that at that time, the people of Cherokee were giving the people that visited the mountains what they expected.  They were giving the … Continue reading "Teepees in Cherokee"
  • Hiking Trails - Hiking is probably the most popular activity in the Smokies.  There are hikes for every level of hiker.  Strenuous to easy, leisurely walks in the woods to all day and overnight hikes that require permits to stay in the backcountry the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has everything a hiker could want in a trail. … Continue reading "Hiking Trails"
  • Go-Kart Tracks - Who doesn’t like to ride go-karts.  For small children this might be their introduction to driving.  For young adults this is the height of competition, racing around the track at breakneck speeds trying to see who can cross the finish line first.  For the older ‘kids’ in the group this is a chance to be a kid … Continue reading "Go-Kart Tracks"
  • Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show - Lumberjack Feud is  now Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures. Information is maintained below for historical purposes. One of the newest entertainment venues in Pigeon Forge, TN is the Lumberjack Feud.  The Lumberjack Feud is one of the first non-musical shows in Pigeon Forge and it’s a dinner show to boot.  Their state of the art theater is … Continue reading "Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show"

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