Aerial view of Gatlinburg

Choosing the best Smoky Mountain attractions for your family can be difficult. With so much to do, you don’t want to miss out on all of the fun, but you may not have a lot of time to visit absolutely everything on your list. Here’s a breakdown that should help you choose which attractions to visit during your stay:

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Which Attraction is Best for You?

There’s plenty of great Smoky Mountain attractions for spending time during the day or evening. With so much to do, you should decide, first, which type of attraction you want to visit. Are you looking for adventure? Thrill rides? A relaxing dinner show? There’re so many options, so you need to narrow the search by deciding which is best for your entire group or family.

Museums in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Salt and Pepper shaker museum in GatlinburgThere’s a variety of museums in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg that are perfect, especially for any rainy days in the mountains. Whether you want to visit a museum attraction like Titanic in Pigeon Forge or you want to see the world’s only Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg, there’s something for everyone. Don’t let a rainy day in Gatlinburg ruin your entire trip. Go ahead and plan on visiting some of the great indoor attractions in the area during your trip.

Adventurous Activities

When you choose an adventurous activity like ziplining in Pigeon Forge or hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you will get to experience the mountains from a whole new perspective. You can soar above the trees, or take everything you need for a picnic in the mountains.

Maybe your family is looking for a different kind of adventure? Try visiting Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge where you can take your mind through an interactive adventure. The attraction features hands-on activities for kids and adults, and will stimulate your kids’ minds enough to get them thinking about math, science and more (and they won’t even notice!)

For more information about these attractions, visit their websites:

Official website for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge: http://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge/

Dolly's closet storefront in DollywoodThrill Rides & Family Activities

There’s many thrilling attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. A trip to Dollywood is perfect for families and also a great way for families to spend quality time together on vacation. For thrill seekers, there’s roller coasters and fast-moving rides that are sure to guarantee you an adrenaline rush.

The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is a great family attraction in Pigeon Forge, located on Wears Valley Road. The coaster is good for kids of all ages as well as adults. It takes families on the longest downhill ride in the USA, at a mile long! You make your way up the mountainside and can experience a great view of the Wears Valley area as you come down, in your speed-controlled cart. Each cart is designed to seat 2 people comfortably, but single rides can easily manage the cart.

To learn more about the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, you can visit their website here: http://www.smokymountainalpinecoaster.com/

There’s also numerous go-kart tracks and putt-putt courses throughout Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. You won’t have to look far to find them, they are right around every corner. So, for a little family fun, grab a bite to eat and then head to one of the putt-putt golf or go kart locations.

Dinner Shows

Dixie Stampede Dinner Show in Pigeon ForgeOne of the most popular things to do in the Smoky Mountains is attend dinner shows. For one price, you can experience an entertaining show, dinner and have a fantastic evening with your family. From comedy shows to theaters that showcase the true Southern lifestyle, everyone will find something they will enjoy. During your vacation, go ahead and plan to see a show for a couple of nights. This way, you don’t even have to worry about making dinner or deciding where to make your dinner reservations. You can have dinner and a show together!

Smoky Mountain Cabin Rental

Of course, many people love spending time in their Smoky Mountain cabin rental. At Top Cabin Rentals, each of our cabins is set up perfectly for your vacation. Each cabin is equipped with our guests in mind. With everything from fresh linens to a fully-equipped kitchen and theater rooms, you are sure to be pleased with your choice.

If you rent a cabin with extra amenities like a game room or theater room, you will probably want to spend a day or two just enjoying the view of the mountains, relaxing in your cabin.

Check out our website for more information about all of the Smoky Mountains attractions.