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When you go on vacation, you try to plan things to do before you go, especially when you have kids. The Smokies have plenty of kid friendly attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! Not only will the kids enjoy these fun things to do, the adults will too! Here are the top 4 kid friendly attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge:
1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Voted the number 1 aquarium on USA Today 10 Best, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is an attraction you have to visit. See all kinds of tropical fish and other aquatic creatures. In Shark Lagoon, you’ll see nurse sharks, sandtiger sharks, eels, and Sally the sea turtle. A glidepath travels under this tank so you can get up close with these animals. Kids love interaction, which is why the aquarium has the Discovery Center where they can touch moon jellies and horseshoe crabs. Touch-A-Ray-Bay is another place where kids can touch the tops of sting rays. Another popular exhibit is the Penguin Playhouse where you can watch these cute birds play together. There’s even a playground for the kids!
2. Gatlin’s Fun Center
If you’re looking for a place that has it all, Gatlin’s Fun Center is it! Knock into each other on the bumper cars and see who can get the most points in a game of laser tag. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Harness in and go on the outdoor ropes course! Play together as a family on the two outdoor mini golf courses that are themed around real places in the Smoky Mountains or in the indoor blacklight course. Test your knowledge and skill when you play one of the escape games. No matter what you guys want to do, Gatlin’s Fun Center probably has it!
We can’t talk about kid friendly attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge without mentioning Dollywood! This theme park is perfect for people of all ages since there’s something for everyone! Kids will love all the rides catered to them, from Busy Bees for toddlers to roller coasters for teenagers. The carousel is a popular ride for kids, and the entire area of Wildwood Grove is catered to kids! They’ll love meeting the characters and riding on black bears. Go on the River Rampage as a family to cool off or have them drive you around on Rockin’ Roadway. Your kids will also enjoy watching the shows throughout the park. Plus, you’ll find all kinds of snacks they’ll love, from pretzels to cookies.
4. The Island
One of the other kid friendly attractions in Pigeon Forge is The Island. They’ll love taking a ride in The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. Put on a harness and have an adventure on the four-story rope course. Your kids will love riding on the bumper cars, jumping on trampolines, and picking an animal on the carousel. Take them over to Arcade City and play games until you’re ready to go, then turn your points into prizes! They’ll want to grab snacks from the frozen yogurt shop or candy store. They also will want to check out Build-A-Bear Workshop and the other toy store.
There are so many kid friendly attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge you’ll want to check out! If you’re looking for places to eat, check out these restaurants in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. Since you have an idea of what you’re going to do while you’re in town, all you need is a place to stay! Look through our villas and condos and book one today!