With dozens of fun attractions, a beautiful national park, and great lodging options, the Smoky Mountains are a natural choice for vacationing families. But with so much to do and see, you may want some tips on how to get the most of your stay.
So you can have a truly exceptional stay, here's 5 family vacation ideas for your trip to the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge, TN!
1. See Dollywood and Top Attractions
This one may be a no-brainer, but if you've never been to Dollywood, Splash Country, or Ripley's Aquarium, you're missing out on some of the best attractions in the Smokies. Rest assured, there's a reason that Dollywood and the Aquarium are some of the highest rated attractions in Pigeon Forge.
Better yet, Dollywood is a must see for families with younger kids. With special shows and performances aimed at youngsters, Dollywood is a natural choice. While you're there, there are also awesome roller coasters, delicious food, authentic mountain crafts, and a friendly park atmosphere to enjoy.
2. Go On Lots of Outdoor Adventures
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is right in Pigeon Forge's back yard, so there are plenty of exciting ways to play the great outdoors. From white water raft trips to zip lines to horseback riding, you'll have your pick of some great options.
There's also something for every comfort level. River tubing is a fun, laid-back way to spend an afternoon, while mountain biking or ATV tours are ideal for thrill seekers. No matter what outdoor adventure you settle on, your family will love experiencing the beauty of nature while they have a great time!
3. Check Out Fun Attractions For Families
By taking a short drive down the Pigeon Forge Parkway, you can find tons of options for family fun. Arcades and laser tag places are ideal for having a blast on a rainy day. For some high-octane thrills, check out one of Pigeon Forge's popular go kart tracks. Or just enjoy some friendly competition playing 18-holes of mini golf. Needless to say, there are a number of smaller, fun attractions in Pigeon Forge worth seeing.
Here's a short list of attractions downtown that are great choices for families with kids:
- The Titanic Museum
- The Tomb
- The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
4. Take a Great Smoky Mountains Hiking Vacation
With 800 miles of hiking trails – the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a treasure trove of natural beauty to experience. Exploring all the cascading waterfalls, tall mountain peaks, panoramic views, wildlife, and historic sights and buildings in the Smoky Mountains can take a lifetime – so you'll have no problem filling up your vacation itinerary. This vacation idea is best suited for families with older children that have lots of energy and a love of adventure.
If you want to take beautiful scenic drives or find excellent hiking trails, try exploring some of these regions of the national park:
- Newfound Gap
- Clingman's Dome
- Metcalf Bottoms
- Cades Cove
5. Do Nothing at All
Though there's so much to do on your Smoky Mountain vacation, there's nothing wrong with taking your vacation time seriously. Plus, you'll find plenty of in-cabin entertainment thanks to excellent cabin amenities.
Play billiards in the game room, watch a movie on your rental's home theater system, take a dip in the resort pool, or sink into the warm waters of a hot tub while you admire an inspiring mountain view. You're bound to have an awesome time when you book a comfortable Pigeon Forge cabin for your family!
Final Thoughts on Family Vacation Ideas
Mix and match these fun ideas to take your dream vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee! No matter how you choose to spend your time in Pigeon Forge, you'll have a great trip connecting with your family and making fantastic memories that you'll never forget.
When planning your trip, be sure to check out these Pigeon Forge vacation tips to make your stay a breeze!
On top of it all, you can find the perfect cabin for your family for an excellent price. Simply book online with Cabins USA to save 15% when you earn a special discount!
Written by Adam Shafer