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Top 7 Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains With Your Kids

ripley's aquarium of the smokies

Are you planning a trip to the Smokies but you’re not sure what you should do with your kids while you’re in town? There are several fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains with your kids! Whether they love animals or want to ride rides, this area has a little bit of everything for everyone. Check out these top 7 things to do in the Smoky Mountains with your kids:

1. Nascar Speedpark

nascar speedpark

If your kids love to ride go karts, you should definitely take them to Nascar Speedpark. There are all different kinds of tracks, from curvy to twisted. Little kids will love the Baby Bristol track while teenagers will want to try The Competitor. There is a track that’s for people 16 and older where the cars are 3/8 the size of real Nascar vehicles. You can also ride other rides, play mini golf, or have fun in the arcade.

2. Smoky Mountain Deer Farm

Do your kids love animals? Smoky Mountain Deer Farm is another great thing to do in the Smoky Mountains. They have a petting zoo where you can pet all kinds of cool animals, from deer to goats. You’ll also see camels, zebras, and emus. They also have pony rides for small children and horseback riding for everyone else!

3. Dollywood

dollywood entrance signA great thing to experience with your kids is Dollywood. This is one of the most popular attractions in the area. There are several areas in the park dedicated to kids, from the Country Fair to Wildwood Springs. There are fountains they can run through, mini roller coasters, and all other sorts of rides. Plus, teens and older kids will want to ride the roller coasters, water rides, and possibly even see shows. You’ll also love the food and shops!

4. WonderWorks

For a fun and educational experience with your kids, you should take them to WonderWorks. This is an interactive museum where your kids will learn about natural disasters, light, sound, space, and much more. You can lay on a bed of nails, experience an earthquake, and play all sorts of games. There’s also an indoor blacklight ropes course, laser tag, and a magic show.

5. The Island in Pigeon Forge

show fountain at the island in pigeon forgeAnother fun thing to do in the Smoky Mountains with your kids is take them to The Island in Pigeon Forge. There are all kinds of fun rides, from spinning rides to the huge ferris wheel you can’t miss. Play games at the arcade and bring home all kinds of cool prizes. Stop by Build-A-Bear and make a new stuffed animal together. Grab a snack at one of the many eateries, or just enjoy spending time together by the Island Show Fountain.

6. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

For more animal fun, you should take your family to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. You will get to see and interact with all kinds of unique creatures, including penguins and stingrays. Your kids will have a blast seeing these amazing animals in their own habitats and enjoying the other fun aspects of the aquarium.

7. Gatlin’s Fun Center

gatlins fun center gatlinburgGatlin’s Fun Center is another great place to take your kids to have fun. There are outdoor and indoor mini golf courses where you can try to beat each other’s score. Face your fears and go on the outdoor ropes course. Play laser tag, laser maze, or an escape game together. Your whole family will have fun at Gatlin’s!

These fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains will definitely help you make memories with your kids. Are you ready to come to the Smokies? Look through our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals  and book one for your next vacation!