4 Unique Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains for Families

cades cove loop road
February 1, 2024

Do you need help finding fun activities for the kids that won’t break the bank? We want to help you get excited about your Smoky Mountain vacation and keep the whole family entertained. You’ll make memories to last a lifetime! Here is our list of unique things to do in the Smoky Mountains that families will love:

1. Watching our lumberjack feud supper show.

lumberjacks with kids

The best thing about Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud is that it’s an incredible value for the price. Not only do you get incredible entertainment, but also a hearty Southern supper, complete with a drink and dessert. But unlike other dinner show experiences, you get to be a part of the action, too! The audience has the opportunity to pick a side to cheer for, and you’ll be up and on your feet in support of either the McGraw or Lawson family. Kids also have the chance to interact with the lumberjacks and lumberjills on stage during the show, as well as a meet-and-greet time after the show!

2. Playing mini golf at Sky Pirates of Mermaid Bay.

A stop you must add to your Pigeon Forge itinerary is Sky Pirates of Mermaid Bay! It’s the ultimate mini-golf attraction, with both an indoor and outdoor 18-hole course. The pirate-themed rooftop course features a fantasy world of pirate ships and treasure troves, while the indoor mermaid course is an under-the-sea adventure. Both are suitable for ages and are guaranteed to bring out your competitive side! Additionally, you can save money by getting the Family Attractions Pass for multiple locations around Pigeon Forge, including Top Jump and Crave Golf Club.

3. Hiking to a waterfall in the national park.

rainbow falls

Some of the best Smoky Mountain waterfall hikes that are fairly easy and family-friendly include Cataract Falls (its trailhead is easily accessible from Sugarlands Visitor Center) and Grotto Falls, which is located off of the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Laurel Falls is another beginner hiking trail that is just over 2.5 miles roundtrip. The trail is also paved! If you’re up for a more moderately strenuous hike, we suggest the trail to Rainbow Falls, a stunning 80-foot waterfall, the tallest single drop falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

4. Explore historic sites along the Cades Cove Scenic Loop.

Cades Cove is one of the most popular areas in the Smokies for a reason! Many, in fact- from wildlife viewing and biking to historic homesteads. A few highlights along the loop road we recommend stopping at are the John Cable Mill, the Primitive Baptist Church, the Henry Whitehead Place, and the Elijah Oliver Cabin. And don’t forget to visit the visitor center, located about halfway through the loop beside the grist mill, where you’ll find lots of exhibits and information about Appalachian history.

These are just a few of the many unique things to do in the Smoky Mountains. You and your family will have the adventure of a lifetime when you visit the Smokies, so get your supper show tickets today. We hope to see you soon!