Kid-Friendly Attractions in Gatlinburg

While a vacation is fun for all ages, when you’re the one orchestrating a trip with young kids, the planning and the activities can seem more like work than a relaxing getaway. With a trip to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg though, you can pack your days with theme parks fit for the whole family, educational attractions, and some good, old fashioned bonding time. 


One attraction that gets visitors from every age group year after year, and keeps visitors entertained no matter their interests, is the Island in Pigeon Forge. The Island has shops, restaurants, and live music catering to all interests, while the carousel and games are things even young kids can participate in. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is perhaps the biggest attraction, with its 200-foot high view of the Smokies in class bulbs.


Another huge pleaser of the area is the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Walking around and getting close up to sharks, turtles, and penguins will have your young kids mesmerized… as well as you! The educational aspect of the aquarium alone is a reason to visit, but the wonder factor will stay with your kids for a long time. In addition to the aquarium, Ripley’s also has a Believe It or Not! That has more than 500 exhibits, artifacts, and oddities that provide kids with an interactive experience you can’t get just anywhere. 


Anakeesta, located just around the corner from the Ripley’s Aquarium, is a treehouse themed village with craftsmen, shopping, and restaurants. In addition to the commercial aspect attractive to parents, young kids will love climbing through the treehouse mountain while letting their imagination run wild. 


After all these high-energy and engaging activities, your kids will want to crash out at the end of the day in a familiar and comfortable cabin. Alpine Mountain Chalets offers a broad range of sizes, locations, and amenities in our cabins that will ensure a home away from home- and a relaxing night for you parents!