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Are you thinking about planning a family vacation to the Smoky Mountains this year? You’re probably wondering what all you can do in the area with your kids! There is so much to see and do, you may have a hard time squeezing it all in! Check out these top 5 things to do on your family vacation in the Smoky Mountains:

1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

ripley's aquarium of the smokiesOne of the top attractions is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. People of all ages love visiting the aquarium. You can enjoy looking at all kinds of amazing sea creatures, including sharks, fish, and crabs. There are penguins you can watch, or you can travel under the tank of Shark Lagoon. Spot Sally the sea turtle and enjoy all kinds of interactive portions, such as Touch-A-Ray Bay. You can even add extra experiences to your admission, from riding the Glass Bottom Boat to getting a penguin painting.

2. The Island in Pigeon Forge

Another great place to go on your family vacation to the Smoky Mountains is The Island in Pigeon Forge. Small kids will love riding the carousel or browsing through the candy shop. Kids and teens will want to go on The Island Ropes Course and The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. Adults can enjoy trying moonshine at Ole Smoky or getting a drink at Dude’s Daiquiris. Everyone will want to play in the arcade together and grab a bite at one of the amazing restaurants.

3. Dollywood

the dollywood signOf course, we can’t talk about attractions perfect for families without mentioning Dollywood! This popular theme park is a huge hit with people of all ages. Small children love riding everything in Wildwood Grove and the Country Fair sections. Kids and teens will want to try all of the roller coasters, including the Wild Eagle and Lightning Rod. Guests who don’t enjoy rides can watch amazing shows and concerts or walk through the Chasing Rainbows museum that’s all about Dolly Parton. Plus, there are several festivals and events going on through the year you won’t want to miss!

4. WonderWorks

Work out your mind on vacation when you visit WonderWorks! This attraction is an interactive museum that focuses on the wonders of science. Kids really love it because they get to learn in a fun, unique way. Lay on a bed of nails, climb a rock wall, or experience a shuttle taking off into outer space. Adults will also enjoy visiting WonderWorks!

5. Lumberjack Feud

lumberjack feud signAnother place you have to visit on your family vacation to the Smoky Mountains is Lumberjack Feud. You’ll all love watching the two lumberjack families compete in 13 different events, from the boom run to axe throwing. After you catch the show, you should head over to their Adventure Park. This area has all kinds of fun activities you can explore, from the High Woodsman Challenge to the Flying Ox Ride.

You definitely won’t want to miss out on a family vacation to the Smoky Mountains this year! Are you ready to start planning your trip? Look through our Smoky Mountain cabins and book one for your family trip soon!