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Family Friendly Activities

Need something to do with the little ones?

Look no further than the list of family friendly activities we have put together – also be sure to check the Recreation Page.

Claymates Pottery
Paint-your-own-pottery, and glass fusing studio. Fun for all ages! No experience needed!
Dillsboro, NC

Smokey Mountain River Adventures
Family-friendly whitewater rafting in the mountains of North Carolina
Dillsboro, NC

Nantahala River Gem Mine
Gemstone mining attraction in which participants find precious gemstones including rubies, emeralds & sapphires.
Bryson City, NC

Mason’s Ruby and Sapphire Mine
One of the original native mines with a long and colorful history.
Franklin, NC 28734

Rose Creek Gem Mine
You can find Ruby, Sapphire, Garnet, Amethyst, Citrine, Moonstone, Topaz, Smoky Quartz, Rose Quartz, Quartz Crystals and more!
Franklin, NC 28734

Phoenix Theatres
Movie theater
Cherokee, NC

Quinn Theaters
No-frills, neighborhood movie theater showing first-run features in simple surrounds.
Sylva, NC 28779

Ruby Cinemas
Movie theater
Franklin NC 28734

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Scenic rail excursions take you from the historic depot in Bryson City, through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina.
Bryson City, NC 28713

Monteith Farmstead
Recreation Area
Several hundred yards from downtown Dillsboro
Dillsboro, NC

Oconaluftee Islands Park
An outdoor oasis for kids and adults alike.
Cherokee, NC

Public Park and Fishing Pier
Adjacent to the Dillsboro Inn
Dillsboro, NC

Santa’s Land
Year-round Santa Claus-themed park with rides, a gift shop, a zoo & paddle boating in a lake.
Cherokee, NC

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