For many families summer travel is the perfect way to recharge our batteries from the stressors of work and school. My family has been traveling to the Smoky Mountains every November for the past ten years.
We love the area!
For my family, traveling to the area is a great way to unwind and reconnect before the upcoming holidays. We have many family memories of the Smoky Mountains and love when others share the same experiences that the area has to offer. But there are many family attractions & options to consider when planning and finalizing your potential fall vacation. Today I have created a small list of top educational attractions that the Smoky Mountain offers.
1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Families can enjoy auto-tours, bicycling, picnics, camping,hiking, fishing etc. I can not begin to tell you how beautiful the national park is. You can easily spend 1-3 days in the mountains enjoying its splendor and creating new family memories with your children. Visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is educational and a hands on educational experience for your family.
Dollywood is a 150 acre family adventure park in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. The theme park boasts thrilling rollercoaster rides, award winning festivals and festive holiday shows which make Dollywood one of the top themed entertainment destinations in the US. Theme parks are not for every family. My family gets our monies worth by spending all day at the Dollywood. Tickets are not cheap but are food allergy friendly and offer Ride Accessibility Passes. Also you can save money buy purchasing season passes or using coupon codes throughout the year. Like any theme park, finding creative ways to save money is always a possibility. Purchasing your food outside the park is a great way to save your family money when traveling to Dollywood.
Regular Ages 12-59 $57.00 per ticket
Child Ages 4-11 $45.00 per ticket
Senior Ages 60+ $52.00 per ticket
3. Titanic Museum
Titanic Pigeon Forge is a 30,000 square-foot, ship-shaped structure which includes a recreated forward half of the ship which is half-the size of the original Titanic. It holds 20 galleries with hundred of artifacts on two decks. The creation of the Titanic Pigeon Forge was to build a permanent monument to the 2,208 men, women and children who sailed on her. The selfguided tour can last about 2 hours for most families and also feature interactive elements for families. Since we love to incorporate educational travel, the museum fits perfectly to our vacation plans. There are exhibits that change throughout the year so all guests can enjoy a new experience when visiting. a Family Pass (2 adults, 4 children) can be purchased on their website (in advance) for $62.36 plus tax.
4. Wonder Works
Wonderworks is an interactive attraction that offers over 100 interactive exhibits for all ages. Special features include the World’s largest indoor ropes challenge course, lazer-tag and The Wonders of Magic starring master magician Terry Evanswood. Wonderworks is very similar to a children’s science museum with hands on learning and the mind. Ticket purchases can be made online and their website offers coupons as well as combo packages. General Admission is $14.99 for children and $22.99 for adults.
5. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Your family can experience 12-foot sharks, the giant sea turtle, thousands of exotic sea creatures and playful penguins! Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies was voted #1 aquarium in the United States by TripAdvisor Travelers! There are currently 8 various Ripley’s attractions in the Smokies. Families can purchase day tickets and as well as combo tickets to the several Ripley’s attractions during their stay in the Smoky Mountain area. My family has visited Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies as well as many of the other Ripley’s attractions and always enjoyed ourselves. My tip is to do as many attractions in the same area in 1 day to save on parking in Gatlinburg!
I did not mention EVERY attraction. Ziplining, family putt-putt, go carting etc is very prominent in the Smoky Mountain area. If you have an adventurous family helicopter tours, white water rafting, Zorbing etc can also be found in the area.
What type of attractions do you look for when traveling with your family?