The Great Smoky Mountains are a fun place for the whole family, but your kids might not be as interested as you in hiking along the gorgeous trails in the national park. Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do in Gatlinburg for kids that won’t break the bank. Let’s take a look at 4 of our favorite attractions in the Smokies:
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1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
If your kids love animals, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is a can’t miss vacation destination. Featuring over 350 different species and dozens of shark, penguins, stingrays, and more, Ripley’s Aquarium has more residents than the city of Gatlinburg! With so many awesome animals to see, it’s no surprise the users of TripAdvisor have named Ripley’s the best Aquarium in the United States.
2. Country Tonite
No matter whether you enjoy country music or not, you’ll love the Country Tonite show. It’s filled with infectious music and hilarious comedy that the whole family will enjoy, and it’s repeatedly been rated the Smoky Mountain’s premiere show. Want to know the best part? Kids 12 and under get in for free with a paid adult admission!
3. Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini Golf
Are you raising the next Tiger Woods? Your little golfer will love Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini Golf! This awesome course features 54 exciting holes amidst animated farm animals, challenging water features and fun surprises for the whole family.
4. Five Oaks Riding Stables
Five Oaks Riding Stables is perfect for kids, even if your little ones have never gone horseback riding before. The friendly guides at Five Oaks will take your family on a scenic trail ride through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Children absolutely love riding their new four legged friends as they explore one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
Looking for even more things to do in Gatlinburg for kids? Visit our Attractions page to get a complete list of the best ways to spend your next Smoky Mountain vacation!