Is your family thinking about visiting the Smoky Mountains? In this post, our editor names his favorite family-friendly hotel experiences in the Smoky Mountains.
Whether you plan on shopping in Pigeon Forge, visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or walking the strip in Gatlinburg, our hotel picks have you covered!
Dollywood’s Dreammore Resort & Spa is is a 20-acre, 300 room resort nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The $300 million hotel, which opened recently, is sure to please everyone in your family!
Parents are sure to love the high-quality restaurants, spacious rooms, luxury spa, and the high-end feel of the whole resort. The kids are guaranteed to have non-stop fun in the kids area of the hotel room, large splash park, arcade with dozens of games, huge playground, and at the lushly landscaped 4,000 square foot pool complete with waterfalls and a lazy river. During the summer months, there is a great view of Dollywood’s nightly fireworks from the porch and pool area. The kids will love watching the fireworks, but Mom and Dad will equally love not having to fight the crowds to get out of a theme park late at night.
The Family Suite at Dreammore Resort, which comfortably sleeps a family of four, features a king-sized bed and a separate room with twin bunk-beds. Need more room for a larger family? Dreammore has the perfect option that sleeps up to six comfortably in the Junior Suite.
The perfect combination of luxury, kid-friendly amenities, location, spacious suites, combined with the priority access to Dollywood makes this hotel the perfect home-base for any family vacation.
The Riverstone Resort & Spa, which is perfectly located five minutes from Dollywood and near the main Pigeon Forge Parkway, combines the experience of a luxury resort with the amenities of home.
There are several room types to choose from ranging from a 600 square foot one-bedroom suite to a spacious 1400+ square foot three bedroom condo that comfortably sleeps six. Each of the rooms features an upscale kitchen, dining room, stone fireplace, private balcony, and great sleeping arrangements.
With beautiful weather much of the year, the outdoor lazy river, playground, BBQ areas, picnic tables, and riverside walk are sure to be appreciated! However, if Mother Nature decides to rain on your party, your family is sure to enjoy the indoor pool, workout facility, game room, and other indoor amenities.
For families that are used to resorts, but considering a vacation rental – Riverstone Resort & Spa is the perfect choice!
The Resort At Governor’s Crossing is a kid’s dream come true! This hotel is located near Dollywood, Tanger Outlets, tons of restaurants, and everything else the area has to offer.
The indoor water park features a toddler splash zone, two high-speed slides, humongous hot tub, water volleyball, water basketball, and a zero entry pool. The outdoor water park features an 80 foot water slide, super-sized swimming pool, children’s pool, hot tubs, 250 foot lazy river, and a dry pirate ship playground.
Depending on the size of your family, the resort offers everything from a studio suite to a 1,700+ square foot, three-bedroom suite.
Park Vista features a spacious, 600 square foot Family Suite that has an upscale hotel room for Mom and Dad combined with a bunk room for the rest of the family. The suite will comfortably sleep six people in the king-size bed and two bunk beds.
At the Park Vista property, there is an on-site restaurant, bar, fitness room, arcade, playground, outdoor area with fire pits, and indoor pool. The indoor, multi-tiered swimming pool that can almost be categorized as a water park and will put a smile on your kids’ faces. With several water slides, cascading waterfalls, and a hot tub, this indoor area makes the perfect rainy day activity!
This iconic property sits on the top of a ridge near downtown Gatlinburg and is located on the trolley line making it a breeze to transport the family into downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding area. If you want to be near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and all that Gatlinburg has to offer, this is the perfect lodging choice for you!
The Country Cascades Waterpark & Resort is an incredibly affordable and fun hotel choice near all of the action! With Dollywood nearby, The Island less than one mile away, and dozens of restaurants within one mile, this is the perfect spot to call home during your family vacation to the Smokies.
The resort has multiple room types capable of sleeping a family of six.
With an indoor pool, free outdoor water park (seasonal), free breakfast buffet, and plenty of other amenities, this budget-friendly, family hotel maximizes the bang for your buck. Don’t expect a five-star luxury hotel, but do expect endless fun without breaking the bank!
10 Great Ideas For Your Smoky Mountain Family Vacation
Now that you found the perfect hotel for your upcoming family vacation, it’s time to start planning your trip! Here are ten ideas to get you started:
- Enjoy A Smoky Mountain Picnic
- Laugh A Ton At Comedy Barn
- Visit Cades Cove For A Day
- Have An Unforgettable Breakfast At Crockett’s Breakfast Camp
- Go To The Highest Point In The Smokies
- Spend A Day At Dollywood
- Don’t Let A Rainy Day Ruin Your Plans
- Hike Laurel Falls Trail
- Feed A Zebra At The Exotic Petting Zoo
- Visit Mad Dog’s Creamery For Ice Cream