When you’re planning a vacation in the Smokies you’ll want everyone to have a good time and that includes the little ones. There are a lot of activities in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg that the whole family can do. Most attractions allow children 3 and under to get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket. You’ll be able to save money while also creating a vacation itinerary that everyone loves. Here are 7 things to do with toddlers in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
1. Learn All About Fish at Ripley’s Aquarium
There is something calming about looking at fish swimming around. Toddlers will love learning about all the fish at Ripley’s Aquarium. You can watch the penguins play, touch jellyfish, and even go on the glass bottom boat ride. The whole family will enjoy this aquarium trip.
Helpful Tip: Children tickets age 2-5 are $7.99. Children under 2 are free.
2. Play Mini Golf
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg both have a lot of mini golf places to choose from. Your family can choose the mini golf place that speaks to you the most. No matter what you choose, toddlers will love walking around the course and hitting the golf ball around.
Helpful Tip: Make sure you choose a golf club for your toddler that is the right size. Most places will match their height and give them the appropriate club size based on that.
3. Enjoy a Picnic With the Family
You have to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park when you’re in town. One of the best things to do on vacation is pack a picnic and take it to the park. You’ll find designated picnic areas where you can enjoy eating with your family. Toddlers can also run off some energy outside.
Helpful Tip: Check out these designated picnic areas at the park before you go.
4. Spend the Day at Dollywood
There are a lot of rides at Dollywood that toddlers can enjoy. Dollywood is one of the best amusement parks because it has a little something for everyone. Toddlers love the “Busy Bees” ride in the Country Fair section of the park. The “Lucky Ducky” ride is another one younger kids will enjoy and it’s in the same section of the park.
Helpful Tip: You can look at these Dollywood rides to see which ones your family will enjoy. Children 3 and under are free.
5. Take a Short Hike
If you want to give your family a chance to see the gorgeous mountain views, then taking them on a short hike would be the best option. You can choose to hike an easy trail that everyone can do. Everyone will love spending time in nature.
Helpful Tip: Check out these kid friendly hikes before you set out for the park.
6. Explore Kids Obstacle Course at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park
Toddlers will love being able to explore the kids obstacle course at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park. They are not old enough to go on a ziplining tour, but they can still have some fun. They’ll enjoy spending time at the play area and navigating through the obstacle course.
Helpful Tip: Children 3 and under are free.
7. Visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle
You and your family can get the best view of Gatlinburg from the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Toddlers will love riding the glass elevator and looking out at the gorgeous sights. It’s a great way to get aerial views of the city.
Helpful Tip: Children 3 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. They also offer senior and military discounts.
You and your family can enjoy all of these things to do with toddlers in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg on your next vacation. Check out our Smoky Mountain coupons and discounts to see how you can save money on your next visit to the Smokies.