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4 Affordable Things to Do in Gatlinburg as a Family

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Who said a vacation in Gatlinburg had to break the bank? You can enjoy the many attractions, shows, and restaurants the Smoky Mountains have to offer without worrying about how much it will cost. We’ve made a list for you of 4 affordable things to do in Gatlinburg:

1. Gatlinburg Space Needle

Photo of the Gatlinburg Space Needle from the Parkway.One of the best places for phenomenal views is the Gatlinburg Space Needle. With its 360-degree view and 400-foot-tall observatory, you can take in the panoramic beauty of the Smoky Mountains and learn about the history of Gatlinburg too! Adult tickets are $12.95 and kids tickets are only $7.95. They even offer senior and military discounts. The family pass for $29.99 is probably the best value for families. It includes 2 trips up the observation tower for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old.

2. Mini Golf

Playing a round or two of mini golf is always a fun activity for any age! At Gatlin’s Fun Center and Davy Crockett’s Mini Golf, adult tickets are only $13.99. Kids who are 3 to 11 years old can play at Davy Crockett’s for only $9.99! Both places also offer combo passes and deals. At Gatlin’s Fun Center, mix and match activities such as mini golf, laser tag, or bumper cars for only $19.99. They even offer unlimited gold tickets for $19.99 so you can play the two outdoor courses and the indoor blacklight mini golf every day of your vacation! Because Davy Crockett’s is a Ripley’s attraction, you can buy tickets to multiple Ripley’s attractions all at once and save a lot of money!

3. Cades Cove

cades coveCades Cove is a beautiful part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park you will not want to skip. The best part is, it is completely free! Not only can you spot all of the wildlife, such as deer, turkeys, raccoons, coyotes, and even black bears, you’ll also see the variety of plants and trees along the trails. Besides nature itself, there is more to Cades Cove than you might realize. Along the trails are eighteenth and nineteenth century churches, barns, log homes, and other beautifully restored structures, including a working grist mill. You can pick up a self-guiding information booklet and discover these places at your own pace when you go around the Cades Cove Loop.

4. Haunted Gatlinburg Tours

Looking for an exciting and scary adventure in the Smokies? Look no further than the Ghost and Haunt Tours! At only $20 for adults and $12 for kids, this is a very affordable attraction you and your family will love. An investigative tour has been opened, where you can take twice as long on the tour and use ghost hunting equipment! This tour is not something to take lightly; it combines the real history of the area with legends, old tales, and twists you won’t see coming.

You’ll find fun, affordable things to do as a family in the Smokies! To help you save even more, check out our cabin specials and enjoy the savings on all of the affordable things to do in Gatlinburg!