Bring the Whole Family to the Mountains for Plenty of Wholesome Fun

Pack the car, grab the kids and head for the mountains! Not only do we have lots of great outdoor activities, but we have several fun parks, the Heritage Museum, the Indian Village, the Outdoor Drama “Unto These Hills,” the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and train excursions on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Wholesome fun for all ages.

Rainy day? There’s still plenty to do in the Smokies. Click here for suggestions (pdf).

  • Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

    Contact Name: Frankie Reynolds
    Address: 1028 Georgia Rd
    Franklin
    NC
    28734

    Located in Franklin, NC, this 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns. Performances will include passion plays, musical productions, professional drama troupes, dance and choral festivals, recitals, and various genres including country, bluegrass, gospel, pop, contemporary Christian and more.

  • Carolina Bound Adventures Family Attractions

    Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal
    Address: P.O. Box 61
    Almond
    NC
    28702

    Carolina Bound Adventures offers multiple family friendly adventures like guided hiking, beginner mountain biking, guided backpacking and camping, (We’ve got all of the gear!) and Kids Adventures.  Save time making reservations and do it all at one website!  Our adventure planning and reservation concierge service consolidates your vacation research and planning in one place.  Visit our website, choose your desired adventures and we’ll make the reservations plus set up your itinerary!

  • Cherokee Historical Association

    Address: 564 Tsali Blvd (HWY 441)
    Cherokee
    NC
    28719

    CHA presents the Oconaluftee Indian Village & the outdoor drama Unto These Hills. Visit the recreated 1750s-era Cherokee Village. Regular tours by Cherokee guides present history, crafts, early homes and demonstrations of beadwork, pottery, blowguns, and much more in a beautiful forest setting. Mid-May through October. Unto These Hills tells the history of the Cherokee people from about 1540 through their forced removal from this area in the late 1830s. June-August; check the website for exact dates. General admission seating.

  • Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine

    Address: Hwy 441
    Cherokee
    NC
    28719

    Choose from a wide variety of bags and buckets; all equipment is furnished for free. All gem mining and gold panning troughs are covered and offer seating. Bring your gems to the assay office for identification and then utilize the lapidary and jeweler for polishing and setting. And don’t forget to visit the gem, gift, and rock shop before you go. Open year round.

  • Santa’s Land Fun Park and Zoo

    Contact Name: Linda Torres
    Address: 571 Wolftown Rd
    Cherokee
    NC
    28719

    Located 3 miles east of Cherokee on US 19. See Santa and his elves, browse through gift shops and exhibits, and visit the domestic and exotic animals in the zoo. Santa’s Land also features rides, picnic facilities, and eating establishments. Open daily 9 am to 5 pm from March 31st through October 31st. $19.99, children under 2 free.

  • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

    Address: 226 Everett Street
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

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    Mailing: PO Box 1490, Bryson City, NC, 28713

    Scenic rail excursions through a remote corner of North Carolina into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of mountains. Excursions include Nantahala Gorge, Dinosaur Train, Polar Express, Mystery Theatre Dinner Train and other themed events. Your excursion includes admission to Smoky Mountains Train Museum, with its collection of 7,000 Lionel engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout and children’s activity center.

  • Swain County Heritage Museum

    Address: 2 Everett Street
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

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    Located in the 1908 historic courthouse in downtown Bryson City, the museum tells the story of Swain County and its people. Through photos, exhibits and video you will learn about the life of early settlers; and how the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Fontana Dam rewrote the landscape and changed lives. You will enjoy seeing the restored log cabin porch, the 1887 church organ and one-room schoolhouse desks, and children’s activity area among other items. The museum is open daily, 9 am – 6 pm. Jan-Mar, 10 am – 5 pm. Free admission. Free parking behind the courthouse. Take a virtual tour.

  • Nantahala Outdoor Center

    Address: 13077 Hwy 19 W
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    Phone Two: TF: 800-232-7238
    Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-0301

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    Rated “One of the Best Outfitter’s on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, NOC has been the leader in the rafting industry since 1972. NOC offers family friendly adventures rafting and paddling the Nantahala River, as well as riverside dining, lodging, shopping, mountain bike rentals, lake kayaking, wilderness medicine training and our world famous Paddling School. There’s something for everyone so come see for yourself why NOC is a legend in the outdoors!

  • Xscape Bryson City

    Contact Name: Jeff Fuller
    Address: 96 Greenlee St.
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

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    Mailing: 125 Fuller Mountain Rd., Bryson City, NC, 28713

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    Brand new to Bryson City is the new Escape Room Games called Xscape Bryson City. With two different themed rooms that will blow your mind. You will be transported to another world when you enter. You must work together to solve puzzles to “escape” the room. 

  • Smoky Mountain Trains Museum

    Address: 100 Greenlee Street
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

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    The museum boasts a collection of 7,000 Lionel engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout and children’s activity center. Admission is free with your train ticket; otherwise adults $9; 12 and under $5; under 2 free. Open daily (seasonal hours will change). Not open Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day or New Year’s Eve.

  • Down Memory Lane Toy Museum

    Contact Name: Jim Geary
    Address: 51 Cowee School Dr.
    Franklin
    NC
    28734

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    Mailing: 181 Allendale Hill Rd., Franklin, NC, 28734

    Jim and Sandy have been collecting toys for over years. The collection consists of a large selection of Studebaker cars, trucks, and military equipment. Sandy’s collection of construction equipment numbers about 200 or so pieces. There is a sizable collection of other toys, dolls, and doll accessories, pedal cars and ride on toys such the red horse.

  • The Great Smoky Mountains have been named by Yahoo Travel as one of the Ten Best Spots for Fall Leaf Color in the USA. And how better to see the leaves than on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, chosen by CNN as a great fall foliage train ride.

    Other media mentions about Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Bryson City - Swain County
    Chamber of Commerce

    210 Main Street
    P.O. Box 509
    Bryson City, NC 28713

    Karen Proctor Wilmot
    Executive Director

    800-867-9246 toll-free

    828-488-3681 local

    828-488-6858 fax

    Free 2018 Travel Guide to the Smokies — Includes the Official 2018 All Aboard for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

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