Budget-Friendly Smokies, Pt. 1: Vacation With Kids

Making a memorable and fun vacation with kids on budget is simple - especially in Pigeon Forge! You just have to know your destination and discuss activities with your little ones in advance.

Plan It Together

Sit down with the kids and research online together. Keep an eye out for deals and coupons on family activities. Make sure to have a conversation with your children before about being on budget and working together as a family. A great resource to help you get started is our kid friendly planning guide.

Kid Friendly Planning Guide

Start The Day Right

Pick a place to stay that has a kitchen. Many of these places even have free breakfast, so check into that as well! Almost all of our cabin rentals come with kitchens so you can teach your little ones to cook and make memories in the kitchen! If you're staying in a hotel, check out our list of Pigeon Forge hotels with continental breakfast.

Hotels With Breakfast

Go On A Picnic

Since most kids don't like sitting in restaurants, take a picnic lunch! There are so many great picnic spots in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you all will have a blast! If you're looking to stay closer to the action packed part of Pigeon Forge, check out our list of kid friendly dining options.

Picnic Spots

Know Before You Go

If the kids want a piece of memorabilia from their trip, have souvenirs and attractions picked out beforehand. Pigeon Forge has an ample amount of attractions, theaters and dinner shows, and other outdoor activities that range in prices and can fit any budget. But if you're looking for especially cheap things to do, check out our blog on 5 free family activities in Pigeon Forge.

Free Family Activities

Go For A Ride

Find a good car service with deals or stay somewhere within walking distance to your desired activities. Also, many of the area hotels and resorts have shuttles that will take you anywhere you need to go! If you stay at a hotel on the parkway, the Pigeon Forge trolley is always a great option.

Trolley Route

No matter what you choose, plan ahead and come with an agenda in mind and you are guaranteed a memorable family vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains! Less is better - especially for making memories to last a lifetime. To keep up with the rest of the Budget-Friendly Smokies series, read Part 2: Planning a Vacation on Budget with a Large Group and Part 3: Where to Eat on a Budget in Pigeon Forge.