If you haven’t been to Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge yet, then fall is the perfect time to visit with your family. The mild weather, sunny skies and fall foliage make it a beautiful sight to see. Plus, there is so much to do both indoors and out. Here are just six of the fun activities that you can do with kids this fall in Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge:
Adventure Park at Five Oaks
Children of all ages can zip line at the Adventure Park at Five Oaks in Sevierville, Tennessee, just outside of Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge. Zip lines range from 450 to 2,000 feet in length and offer beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Five Oaks Riding Stables
After zip lining through the fall foliage, ride your own horse down a trail at the Stables at Five Oaks. You and the kids can walk, trot and gallop through the Smoky Mountain area. Rides last between 30 minutes and one hour and little ones can be paired with mom or dad. Packages are available, which can save the family money on zip lining, too.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Kids will get a kick out of seeing octopuses, jellyfish, crabs, sharks and other sea creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. There’s a Penguin Playhouse, too, where visitors can crawl through tunnels to see the colony of penguins up close. Hands-on activities are also offered, such as a stingray touch tank and a Discovery Center where kids can hold horseshoe crabs.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum
Located just a few minutes from the aquarium, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum is another sight to see when in Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge. Check out more than 500 unique exhibits, which include a two-headed cow and a shrunken human head. Combination tickets can be purchased for other attractions, too, including the Ripley’s Aquarium.
Lazerport Fun Center
If the weather isn’t exactly fit for an outdoor adventure, head to Lazerport Fun Center for indoor fun. Play an afternoon round of black-light mini golf; get the adrenaline flowing with a game of laser tag; or show off your NASCAR skills on the go-kart track. An arcade also offers games for kids of every age.
Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo
Have you ever seen a zonky? Well you can at the Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo (it’s a mix of a donkey and a zebra, by the way). Kids will love petting the deer, goats, camels, sheep and other soft animals, as well as seeing the pot-bellied pigs and reindeer. Pony rides are offered and horseback riding is available at the Deer Farm Riding Stable across the way.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz