Top 10 Tips for Your Family’s Summer Vacation in Our Gatlinburg Cabins

Incredible mountain views from the deck of the Bluff Splendor cabin.

Planning a family vacation is easy when you choose to spend it in the Smoky Mountains. Our Gatlinburg cabins provide you with the perfect place to stay that has all the comforts of home, along with all the added benefits of being on vacation. To help make sure you have the best time while you’re here, we’ve come up with the top 10 tips for your family’s summer vacation in our Gatlinburg cabins:

A beautiful log cabin in Gatlinburg with the mountains in the background.1. Find the Perfect Gatlinburg Cabin

At Hearthside Cabin Rentals, we have a wide variety of Gatlinburg cabins that are great for families. Our cabins range from 1 bedroom to 18 bedrooms, so whether you are visiting with your immediate family or for a family reunion, you’ll be able to find a cabin that accommodates everyone. You’ll have everything you need for a relaxing stay in the Smoky Mountains, and you’ll be just minutes from exciting attractions!

2. Take Advantage of Our Freedom Fun Pass

To guarantee you have an amazing vacation, take advantage of our Freedom Fun Pass! With our Freedom Fun Pass, you’ll receive free admission to shows, attractions and more. You’ll get one free adult admission per unit, per paid night stay to some of the most popular attractions, like Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, WonderWorks and the Comedy Barn Theater. You’ll also get to enjoy a free round of golf at Crave Golf Club and an hour filled with jumping at TopJump Trampoline Park! But that’s not all — you’ll even get one free dinner and drink per unit, per paid night stay to Mama’s Farmhouse, where you can dine on delicious Southern cooking.

3. Enjoy Our Gatlinburg Cabin Amenities

Game room in one of our 4 bedroom cabinsWhen you stay in our Gatlinburg cabins, not only will you have all the comforts of home, like separate rooms for sleeping, cable TV, a fully equipped kitchen and a washer and dryer, but you’ll get special amenities to make your stay with us even better! Enjoy incredible amenities like a bubbling hot tub, a game room with a pool table and more fun games, grills, large decks offering mountain views and more. We even have gorgeous cabins with home theaters, so you can watch your favorite movies on the big screen!

4. Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the things you have to do while you’re visiting with your family is explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is no better way to experience the natural beauty of the mountains. There are more than 850 miles of hiking trails, with plenty of kid-friendly trails that families love. Some trails close to our Gatlinburg cabins that are family friendly are Laurel Falls and the Gatlinburg Trail. After your hike, share a picnic together or even go fishing!

5. Visit Anakeesta

Anakeesta chairlift in downtown Gatlinburg TNAnakeesta is one of the top family attractions in Gatlinburg. This theme park provides a unique outdoor family experience that people of all ages will love. Your time at Anakeesta begins with a scenic Chondola ride to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain, where you’ll get to see breathtaking views. Once you enter Anakeesta, there is a variety of things to do, from the Tree Canopy Walk, the Children’s Treehouse Village Playground, to a Dueling Zipline! The Tree Canopy Walk is the perfect opportunity to take in the gorgeous scenery, and kids will love crossing all the bridges and making their way through a maze at the playground. There are also places to shop and dine in Anakeesta!

6. Go to Dollywood’s Splash Country

Your family’s summer vacation wouldn’t be complete without paying a visit to Dollywood’s Splash Country. This popular water park has something for everyone. Spend your day riding the tallest and fastest water slides in the area, or take a leisurely float on the lazy river. There is no better way to beat the summer heat than splashing around at Splash Country. Some rides that are great for families include Big Bear Plunge, a white water rafting adventure, Raging River Rapids, a 700-foot exciting raft ride, and RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster!

7. Get Ice Cream at Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts

mad dog's creamery What’s a summer vacation without some ice cream? Stop for a sweet treat at Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts. Mad Dog’s has 24 delicious flavors of ice cream, along with funnel cakes and doughnuts! You can get sundaes, banana splits, milkshakes and more. Mad Dog’s is even dog friendly, so if you stay in one of our pet-friendly cabin rentals, bring your dog along to get a treat at this popular ice cream shop. With our Freedom Fun Pass, you’ll get one free double scoop of ice cream on a waffle cone per unit, per paid night stay!

8. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is one of the best family-friendly attractions around! Rain or shine, you’ll be able to have a great time at this indoor attraction. At Ripley’s Aquarium, you’ll have the chance to travel through an underwater tunnel and come face-to-face with a sea turtle, stingrays, sawfish, large sharks and more! You’ll even be able to interact with some of the sea animals. The aquarium has a number of unique experiences that allow you to get up close to the aquatic animals. Splash with the stingrays, have a sleepover with the sharks, touch a jellyfish or come face-to-beak with a penguin!

9. Explore the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community

Sign at the entrance to the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is a historic 8-mile loop where you can find beautiful arts and crafts from the largest group of independent artisans in North America. There is handmade pottery, oak and willow baskets, watercolors, sculptures and more! When you travel along the trail, you can discover the people and events that made Tennessee what it is today. It’s also the perfect place to find a unique souvenir to take back home.

10. Check Out Our Cabin Specials

Family vacations can get expensive, but they don’t have to be when you stay in our Gatlinburg cabins! Our last tip for your family’s summer vacation is to check out our cabin specials before you book your stay. We offer specials and discounts that help you save and make your vacation more affordable. When you save money on a place to stay, you’ll have more to spend on all the exciting things to do in the area! Our cabin specials include things like free nights and discounts, and we update our specials often. Make sure to check out our latest Gatlinburg cabin specials before you book your stay to guarantee you’re getting the best deal!

When you follow these top 10 tips, your family vacation in the Smoky Mountains will be the best one yet! Browse our Gatlinburg cabins and get started planning your trip.