Top 5 Family-Friendly Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

Our private cabin is perfect for small families! It’s tucked away, offering you just the right amount of seclusion while still being just a short drive from the best attractions. To help you plan your family’s vacation, we’ve put together a guide of the top 5 family-friendly things to do in the Smoky Mountains.

1. The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Island in Pigeon Forge is your one stop for affordable family fun. With more than 60 retail and specialty shops, restaurants and eateries, rides and games, and so much more, your family will have a blast! One of the best things to do with your family at this attraction is ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, which offers incredible views of Pigeon Forge. The all-glass gondolas seat up to 8 people, so the whole family can ride together!

2. Dollywood

Dollywood is one of the can’t-miss things to do in the Smoky Mountains for families. From world-class rides to award-winning dining, you can have a whole day of fun at this theme park! Throughout the year, Dollywood holds a number of festivals to help you celebrate the seasons, like the Harvest Festival and Smoky Mountain Christmas. If you visit during the summer, make some time to visit Dollywood’s Splash Country for some fun in the water!

3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect place to take in the natural beauty of the mountains. With more than 850 miles of trails for you to explore, your family can spend the afternoon having a picnic and going for a hike! Some of the most popular family-friendly hikes are the Gatlinburg Trail, Grotto Falls, and Laurel Falls.

4. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

At Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, not only can you see all your favorite aquatic animals, you can interact with them too! What makes this Gatlinburg aquarium so great is that there are numerous unique experiences that put you face-to-face with the animals. You can touch a jellyfish, swim with stingrays, and even waddle with penguins! For the ultimate adventure, ride in a glass bottom boat to the heart of Shark Lagoon. On the Glass Bottom Boat Adventure, just 3 inches of glass separate you from the 12-foot sharks that call the lagoon home!

5. Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg is known for its skiing, snowboarding, and tubing fun, but this attraction is popular in all the other seasons too! Ride the Aerial Tramway to Ober, with gorgeous sights of downtown Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains below you. Then you can ride the Ski Mountain Coaster, visit the Wildlife Encounter, go ice skating, and so much more! There is even a special Kiddie Land just for the little ones. The whole family will have a blast at this family-friendly Smoky Mountain attraction.

Other Family Friendly Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

These are just some of the many family friendly things to do in the Smoky Mountains. The best part is that they are all only a short drive from our Smoky Mountain cabin! Browse more things to do in the Smoky Mountains and start planning your family vacation today.







Learn everything you need to know to have the perfect trip to Dollywood when you stay at the Lazy Bear Cabin in the Smoky Mountains.


Your Guide to the Perfect Trip to Dollywood


For a day filled with rides, delicious food, and show-stopping entertainment, visit Dollywood in the Smoky Mountains! With so many things to do, you might find it hard to experience all that the world-class theme park has to offer in just one visit. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to the perfect trip to Dollywood, from the best things to do to tips for buying tickets!


What to Do at Dollywood

With more than 40 incredible rides and plenty of high-energy entertainment, there are days’ worth of family-friendly fun to be had at Dollywood! Whether you’re looking for a thrill or more relaxing fun, there is something for everyone. Climb aboard the Dollywood Express for a breathtaking 5-mile journey through the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, or experience a 20-story fall on the exciting Drop Line ride! There are even rides just for the little ones, like Busy Bees and Piggy Parade. After all your fun testing your fears on all the rides, go see a show! Dollywood sets the stage for a variety of award-winning performances throughout the year that you don’t want to miss.


Shopping & Dining

When you visit Dollywood, be sure to take some time to browse the shops and find the perfect souvenir to bring back home with you! You can find everything from apparel to mountain-inspired gifts at the different shops in Dollywood. One of the best shops to visit is The Dollywood Emporium, which offers the ultimate Dollywood shopping experience with a large selection of apparel, gifts, tasty treats, and more.


After a fun-filled day at the park, we bet you’ve worked up quite the appetite. Luckily there are so many delicious dining options in the park! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet at Aunt Granny’s Restaurant, or try one of Frannie’s Famous Fried Chicken Sandwiches. Before your visit is over, you have to try some of the world famous cinnamon bread from The Grist Mill, or a slice from the Spotlight Bakery’s 25-pound apple pie!


Dollywood Festivals

Throughout the year, Dollywood puts on incredible festivals for visitors to enjoy. There’s the award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit, the Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival where you can eat the tastiest barbeque you’ve ever had while listening to incredible bluegrass music, and the Harvest Festival where you can watch the leaves change in the fall while listening to the uplifting sounds of Southern Gospel. Other popular festivals include Festival of Nations, Rock the Smokies, and Dollywood’s Summer Celebration! Check out the Dollywood operating calendar to help you decide when you should plan your visit.


Dollywood Ticket Options

Dollywood has a number of ticket options for visitors to choose from. If you want more time to experience everything the park has to offer, get a 2-day or 3-day ticket! The park also offers season passes if you plan on visiting multiple times throughout the year.


Where to Stay

Our Lazy Bear Cabin is only about a 15 minute drive from Dollywood! It’s the best place to stay when you visit the theme park. It’s located right between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and offers just the right amount of seclusion. Admire the stunning mountain views as you relax in the bubbling hot tub, or shoot a game of pool inside! This 1 bedroom cabin in the Smoky Mountains has everything you need to feel right at home.

Now that you know how to have the perfect trip to Dollywood, it’s time to start planning your visit! Check out more attractions in Pigeon Forge and see what other fun you can have while you’re here.

Winterfest 2018 in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Coming November 6th!

Winterfest 2018 in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Coming November 6th!

It might be before Thanksgiving, but the Smokies can’t wait to show off her true colors. The annual winterfest in the Smoky Mountains begin November 6th and end on February 28th. To start the festival Gatlinburg is holding its yearly Chili Cookoff presented by the neighboring Bush’s Beans. This event is being held at 715 Parkway in Gatlinburg across the street from Fannie Farkle’s.  They will have a stage set up for several bands. Tons of food vendors will be showing off their best chili! 5-8pm. $10 entry. 

Pigeon Forge Rod Run!

Pigeon Forge Rod Run!

April 19th – 21st Pigeon Forge will host the Rod Run 2018. This show draws crowds and enthusiasts from all over the region. Traffic is always a problem during these types of events so traveling early and leaving late will generally get you around town fairly quick. If your stuck in the traffic at least there are tons of awesome cars to gawk at!


Click Here for more information and entry registration. 

Ober Gatlinburg Skiing and Tubing Perfect in 2018!

Ober Gatlinburg Skiing and Tubing Perfect in 2018!

All trails are open and the base is at 35-40″ at Ober Gatlinburg this year. Far cry from last year. Snow tubing has been very popular this year and has been sold out until January 8th 2018. If you are coming to the Smokies and plan on tubing make sure you get your tickets online here:

Tubing passes

Get the daily slope updates here:

Slope conditions

Check out the live camera of the slopes from the lodge:

Live Webcam

You can always use the Gatlinburg Space Needle webcam to get an idea on how the roads are looking going up Ski Mountain here:

Space Needle Webcam

Let us know if you have plans on coming to the Smokies this winter, we have rates from $99 a night with no fees!

Winterfest has begun!

Winterfest has begun!

Lazy Bear Cabin near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge will be decorating at the end of November to coincide with Winterfest! Winterfest in Gatlinburg kicked off tonight, November 8th with a Chili Cookoff.  The beautiful lights will run 24 hours a day until February 28th 2018.

Lazy Bear Cabin has a week open starting November 12th. Mention this ad and receive a discount on your stay. No Fees!

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