National Parks / Natural World in GATLINBURG with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Gatlinburg has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Gatlinburg itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

Showing results 1 - 35 of 88

Filter by: National Parks / Natural World
Show all
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (2 miles) Gatlinburg

    Explore that beautiful feat of nature that lies between the border of Tennessee and North Carolina - the Great Smoky Mountains! True family adventure out in the most visited national park in the ...

  • Ijams Nature Center

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (26 miles) Knoxville

    Ijams Nature Center is a 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center, providing community-wide connections and experiences through education, conservation, recreation and ...

  • North Carolina Arboretum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (53 miles) Asheville

    One of the most beautiful natural settings in the United States - also offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages. Stop by the Information Desk at the Baker Exhibit Center to pick up ...

  • Table Rock State Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (67 miles) Pickens

    Great Country Park with the stunning Table Rock Mountain providing an unforgetable backdrop. The park has a visitors center near the main gate along S.C. 11, the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic ...

  • Obed Wild And Scenic River

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (67 miles) Wartburg

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River looks much the same today as it did when the first white settlers strolled its banks in the late 1700s. While meagerly populated due to poor farming soil, the river was ...

  • Chimney Rock Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (73 miles) Chimney Rock

    This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. The Park, located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, offers the best of the mountains in one ...

  • GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (79 miles) Greenville

    A 21 mile multi use accessible trail suitable for hiking, biking and other non motorised travel with great views!

  • Big South Fork

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (82 miles) Oneida

    Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area ...

  • Paris Mountain State Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (84 miles) Greenville

    Fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and adventure all waiting for day visits and campers in this South Carolina state park!

  • Falls Park on the Reedy

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (87 miles) Greenville

    A stunning public greenspace in South Carolina with the famous Liberty Bridge, and that stunning waterfall! An oasis in Greenville!

  • Fort Mountain State Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (94 miles) Chatsworth

    An amazing nature filled family day out in the Chattahoochee National Forest, this picturesque state park has a range of outdoor activities, from horseback riding, mountain biking an hiking is a ...

  • Sadlers Creek State Recreation Area

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (98 miles) Anderson

    Great outdoor and wildlife recreation area in peaceful and tranquil surroundings

  • Check out other fun things to do below...

  • The Guinness World of Records

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Gatlinburg

    There is an incredible line-up of feats, facts and records in an amazing display of unparalleled fun. Dramatic recreations come to life at the all new and expanded edition of Guinness World of ...

  • Hollywood Star Cars Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (1 miles) Gatlinburg

    A tour through Star Cars Museum is a trip through some of the most famous movies and TV shows of the last 50 years. Featuring the best Hollywood movie & TV cars in recreated settings displayed with ...

  • Dinosaur Walk Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (8 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Come face-to-face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Count the spikes on a Stegosaurus tail. Stand next to one of the most common predators, the Allosaurus. Learn to spell “Parasaurolophus,” the largest ...

  • Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (8 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Come face to face with your favorite A-ist celebrities at this fun Hollywood Wax Museum...it's Hollywood in the heart of Tennessee!

  • Titanic Museum Attraction

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (8 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Kids can learn, explore, and experience history all aboard this amazing ship-shaped classroom called Titanic. That's only the tip of the iceberg!

  • Wheels Through Time Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (28 miles) Maggie Valley

    A consummate collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.

  • McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (29 miles) Knoxville

    A fascinating museum for kids and families, with educational programs, exhibits, events for families and lots of fun things for kids to learn - all about natural history and culture!

  • The Muse Knoxville

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (29 miles) Knoxville

    A fun kids museum that features interactive exhibits all about science and art! Hands-on learning and fun with the ONLY public access Planetarium in Knoxville!

  • Knoxville Museum of Art

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (29 miles) Knoxville

    Kids can immerse themselves in art and culture at the Knoxville Museum of Art - a creative, educational and FUN way to spend your family day out!

  • Children's Museum Of Oak Ridge

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (48 miles) Oak Ridge

    A children's museum dedicated to learning through play with interactive exhibits, for those children of East Tennessee!

  • Abraham Lincoln Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (60 miles) Harrogate

    Located on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum houses one of the most diverse Lincoln and Civil War collections in the ...

  • Hands On Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (65 miles) Hendersonville

    Features include mountain landscape indoor play, equipped roleplay settings, theatre, music room, arts and crafts, art studio and baby doll area.

  • Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (73 miles) Gray

    Prehistoric museum fun in Tennessee with interactive exhibits, discovery carts, and a dig pit offering something for all ages!

  • Hands On Regional Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (77 miles) Johnson City

    Offers over 20 permanent, interactive exhibits which provide fun and learning for all ages. Facilities include equipped roleplay settings, creative and constructive zones, physical play areas and ...

  • Rocky Mount Living HIstory Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (81 miles) Piney Flats

    Tour and explore recreated buildings with costumed characters and authentic contents, plus museum, heirloom garden, crafts demonstrations and regular events.

  • The Childrens Museum of the Upstate

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (86 miles) Greenville

    80,000 square feet, and three floors of interactive fun in South Carolina, all focused on arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment.

  • GRHOF Thunder Road Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (96 miles) Dawsonville

    The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame (GRHOF) officially re-opened August 2007. The museum, recognized by the state legislature as the official home of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, recognizes ...

  • Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Gatlinburg

    Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teaming with life – our 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species.

  • Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (9 miles) Sevierville

    Over 600 animals from over 130 species are waiting for you to visit them at this unique Rainforest Zoo - with plenty of family fun to be had in Tennessee!

  • Knoxville Zoo

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (29 miles) Knoxville

    Experience wildlife up close at Knoxville’s largest attraction as you come face to face with more than 800 of the Earth’s most fascinating animals.

  • Western North Carolina Nature Center

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (58 miles) Asheville

    The WNC Nature Center is Asheville's Zoo and Wildlife Park! Providing a one-of-a-kind adventure where guests can experience animals & plants native to the Southern Appalachian region. Featuring over ...

  • North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (79 miles) Cleveland

    Over 400 animals at this premier Georgia petting farm and zoo! Pony and wagon rides, as well as guided walks too. Great animal fun for the kids

  • Greenville Zoo

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (87 miles) Greenville

    Where a world of wildlife can be experienced in one day!