8 Cheap Things to Do in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains

Stunning view of Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains.

It doesn’t cost much money to have fun when you visit Gatlinburg, TN! In a previous article, we told you all about the awesome free things to do in Gatlinburg. Now, we wanted to follow up with a guide to some of the best budget-friendly attractions in the area. Although they might not be free, these activities are definitely light on the wallet. Here are eight of the most popular cheap things to do in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.

1. Visit the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg is home to over 20,000 pairs of salt and pepper shakers from all around the world! Admission to the museum is only $3 and that money is applied to any set of shakers purchased in the gift shop.

2. Feed the Ducks at The Old MillThe Old Mill is home to one of the best Pigeon Forge restaurants fine dining.

The Little Pigeon River beside The Old Mill is frequented by ducks, geese, and other waterfowl. For about $1, you can pick up a bag of bird food at The Old Mill General Store and make some new feathered friends. Other budget-friendly activities in The Old Mill Square include free moonshine tastings at Old Forge Distillery, complimentary samples at the Candy Kitchen, and tours of The Old Mill (which typically cost $3 when available).

3. Play Mini Golf at Cooter’s Place

Playing putt-putt at Cooter’s Place is another one of the best cheap things to do in Gatlinburg. A game of mini golf at the attraction’s indoor course is only $5 per person. Admission to Cooter’s Place is free and includes access to a small museum filled with memorabilia from The Dukes of Hazzard TV show. Guests can purchase a mini golf/go kart racing combo ticket for around $11.

The Apple Barn Cider Mill and General Store in Sevierville.4. Enjoy Cider and Donuts at the Apple Barn

Located next door to an apple orchard, the Apple Barn is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh apple cider and apple cinnamon donuts. An 8-ounce glass of cider is about $1 and a dozen donuts costs around $5. The Apple Barn Cider Bar also serves mouthwatering fried apple pies, apple dumplings, apple stack cakes, and other treats that cost just a few dollars. The Apple Barn Winery, which is just steps away from the general store, offers free wine tastings for guests who are over 21.

5. Conquer the Rock Climbing Wall at NOC

A visit to Nantahala Outdoor Center in Gatlinburg isn’t your typical shopping experience! This awesome outdoor outfitter includes an excellent rock wall that you can climb for around $5. Other highlights of the shop include a “bear cave” for the kids, swinging rope bridge, and large fireplace.

6. Watch a Movie at The Forge Cinemas

If you’re looking for a cheap night at the movies during your vacation, you can’t beat The Forge Cinemas. Tickets are around $6 for new releases! Concessions at the theater are also reasonably priced.

7. Take in the Views at Friendly Falls

Friendly Falls is a gorgeous waterfall located right off of Wears Valley Road. It doesn’t cost anything to admire the waterfall from a distance, but visitors can enjoy even better views if they pay $1 or purchase something from the Friendly Falls craft store or snack shop. This one-of-a-kind attraction also offers awesome light shows at night for just $5.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.8. Use Coupons and Discounts from Visit My Smokies

For even more cheap things to do in Gatlinburg and the surrounding area, check out our Smoky Mountain Coupons and Discounts! These great deals will help you save money at some of the most popular shows, attractions, and restaurants in the Smokies.

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