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26 Sep 2021
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Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are great places to vacation with the whole family. You’ll find an abundance of exciting, family-friendly activities in the area. Check out a few of these favorites when planning a day out with the kids!


Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Explore a captivating underwater world when you visit Ripley’s Aquarium. This incredible Gatlinburg aquarium is home to over 10,000 exotic sea animals. Move along a 340-foot long glide path under Shark Lagoon, which takes you “underwater” without getting you wet. Visit the Penguin Playhouse, where you can crawl along tunnels and watch these incredible birds swim and play. There is so much to explore and experience at Ripley’s Aquarium!


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Gatlinburg Space Needle

Ride a glass elevator to the top of this 407’ observation tower for unmatched 360-degree views of Gatlinburg and the surrounding mountains. Enrich the panoramic scenery with the free viewfinders located on the observation deck. The fun, educational experience adds to the fascination of this attraction. The entire family will enjoy learning about the rich history of the Smoky Mountains.


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Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park

Ride the Big Bear Plunge with friends, play at Bear Mountain Fire Tower, or relax on the Downbound Float Trip at Splash Country! This thrilling water park has been rated one of the Top 10 Outdoor Water Parks in the country by USA Today. Thrill-seeking teenagers love Fire Tower Falls while toddlers enjoy splashing at Little Creek Falls. Splash Country truly offers something for everyone.


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Tuckaleechee Caverns

Tuckaleechee Caverns, located in Townsend, is often called the “Greatest Site Under the Smokies.” On your cavern tour, you’ll visit the Big Room, which is almost the size of a football stadium! These amazing caves are also home to Silver Falls, which is the tallest subterranean waterfall in the eastern part of the country. What a fun family day trip!


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Fannie Farkle’s

For 40 years, Fannie Farkle’s has been a family favorite in Gatlinburg. This arcade offers all the latest video games and operates with an electronic game-card system. Play for hours and never have to keep up with any tickets! If gaming leaves you hungry, be sure to try an iconic Ogle dog before you leave. Fannie Farkle’s offers great fun and delicious food.


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Beyond the Lens! Family Fun

Explore fascinating exhibits at Beyond the Lens in Pigeon Forge. Jump in The Alien Egg Pit and go on a search for Big Foot, all in one place. Visit the Selfie Spectacular where you can have a photo op with a pile of $50,000,000 cash or ride into space with Neil Armstrong.


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Hillbilly Golf

The whole family will enjoy playing putt-putt at one of the world’s most unusual miniature golf courses. Take a funicular tram up a 300 ft. to choose which of the two courses you want to play. You’ll enjoy scenic views and fun, hillbilly culture while playing the game. Watch out for hillbilly obstacles- You never know what you might encounter along the way!


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Check out a few of these great family-friendly attractions on your next Smoky Mountain trip. The whole family is sure to have a blast and make memories that will last for years to come!


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