There is nothing better than sharing your love of the Smoky Mountains with the ones you love, especially if they have never been before. That is why we have put together a simple guide of all our favorite things to do in Gatlinburg with toddlers that both kids and parents are sure to love!
1. Tour the Fish Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is home to hundreds of colorful fish and other sea creatures, all waiting for you and your children to come say hello. In addition to the fish, you will find a ton of fun and educational interactive exhibits that will keep you and your family entertained for hours. This is a great way to spend an afternoon and keep your toddlers mesmerized.
Official website: https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/
2. Experience the Hands-On Activities at WonderWorks
If you like hands-on activities but you aren’t sure the aquarium will do the trick, be sure to check out WonderWorks. Located in an upside down house, this huge, kid-friendly museum attraction near Gatlinburg is great for guests of all ages.
There’s so many hands-on things to do at WonderWorks, you won’t have to worry about letting your child get 2 steps ahead of you – it’s okay if they touch things here! You can learn how electricity works, climb a rope course, trek through a mirror maze and catch a magic show, all at the same place!
Official website: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge/
3. Cheer on the Horses at Dixie Stampede
Everyone who visits Dixie Stampede is guaranteed a fun and exciting evening, especially parents looking for fun things to do with toddlers! Not only do you get to enjoy a delicious campfire-style dinner, but you also get to cheer on your favorite team of trick horse riders and comedians! There’s plenty of food to share, so you don’t need to worry about purchasing your toddler his/her own plate.
Official website: https://dpstampede.com/pigeon-forge
4. Visit the Bald Eagles at Dollywood
Dollywood is always a great escape for families looking to experience a thrilling afternoon of roller coaster rides, exciting shows, unique artistry and delicious food. Not to mention, the amusement park even has its very own American Bald Eagle sanctuary for guests to see bald eagles. Kids will love looking throughout the sanctuary, trying to spot the birds!
Official website: https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Rides/Eagle-Mountain-Sanctuary
5. Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
For families looking for a fun and free thing to do in Gatlinburg with toddlers, look no further than our very own beloved Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With over 800 miles of scenic hiking trails to choose from, there’s plenty of nature trails and short hikes to take your toddler on. You can even stop by one of the visitor centers or take a driving tour through Cades Cove or along Newfound Gap Road.
Official website: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm
Plan Your Vacation Today!
The first thing to do when you’re planning a Gatlinburg vacation is to choose the best Gatlinburg cabin rental for your family or group. We offer a great selection of cabins with a variety of amenities, including hot tubs, game rooms, theater rooms and much more.
If you have any questions or you need help with choosing the best cabin for your vacation, give us a call.