How to Plan a Kid-Friendly Gatlinburg Cabin Vacation in 5 Steps

Apr 15, 2015

Mom and daughter enjoying a kid-friendly Gatlinburg cabin vacation.If you have kids, it’s important to plan your vacations carefully. When you choose your destination, you want to be sure that the area has plenty of things to do that the whole family will enjoy. The Great Smoky Mountains are an excellent choice for families with kids, as there are plenty of world class activities and attractions for all ages. At Acorn Cabin Rentals, we also ensure that there’s always something to do right in your cabin! The following five steps will help you plan the perfect kid-friendly Gatlinburg cabin vacation.

1. Choose One of Our Comfortable Cabins

Acorn Cabin Rentals offers vacation rentals of all sizes to make sure your family is comfortable and has plenty of room. Many families find that our two bedroom Gatlinburg cabins are just right. If you have a large family, however, we also have cabins with three or more bedrooms. Many of our cabins have lofts and sleeper sofas, which provide extra space for anyone traveling with additional friends or relatives. When you book one of our pet friendly cabins in Gatlinburg, you can even bring your dog on your vacation!

2. Pack Like a Pro

When packing for your vacation, you will want to consider what kind of clothing, accessories, and entertainment you’ll need for the trip. Keep in mind that the Smoky Mountains can get chilly at night, so be sure to bring some warm clothes. Make sure you bring some items that will keep the kids entertained, such as books, games, and electronic devices. Most cabins are equipped with DVD players, so you can also bring some of your favorite movies to watch. Other essentials that you should not forget when you’re packing include sunscreen, a good digital camera, and a first aid kit for scrapes, bug bites, and pain relief.

3. Make Your Drive as Painless as Possible
Family driving to the Smokies on a kid-friendly Gatlinburg cabin vacation.

If you have a long drive, be sure to plan it out so that you arrive in Gatlinburg at a convenient time. It’s often more comfortable to spend a night on the road rather than forcing yourself to drive without a break. You don’t want to start your vacation feeling too tired or road weary. Remember to bring plenty of snacks and items to keep the kids busy during the drive. Don’t pack everything away in the trunk, as you want to make sure that some of your kids’ favorite toys, books, or games are easily accessible during the drive.

4. Take Advantage of Your Cabin’s Many Features

It’s easy to enjoy a kid-friendly Gatlinburg cabin vacation when you have lots of fun amenities on hand. Both children and adults will enjoy endless entertainment without having to leave their vacation rental. The following are just a handful of the features that you’ll find in many of our cabins:

  • Jacuzzis

  • Hot Tubs

  • Access to Resort Pool

  • Cable TV

  • Fireplaces

  • Charcoal Grills

  • WiFi

  • Pool Tables

  • Foosball

  • Air Hockey

  • Video games

  • Theater Rooms

Dad and son playing in the pool on a kid-friendly Gatlinburg cabin vacation.5. Have Fun Exploring the Gatlinburg Area

In addition to all of the fun activities that are available right in your cabin, the Gatlinburg area has lots to offer families with kids. For some fresh air and exercise, you can go hiking or wildlife viewing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are also a variety of amusement and theme parks nearby, such as Dollywood and Ober Gatlinburg. Other fun destinations in the area include the Gatlinburg Space Needle, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the Mysterious Mansion haunted house, and many more. You can do some research before your trip and choose the attractions that your family will enjoy the most.

Before you book your kid-friendly Gatlinburg cabin vacation, check out our Smoky Mountain Cabin Specials page to learn how you can save money on your family getaway!



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Jason Fishman
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Jason Fishman is a writer and editor specializing in history, dining, travel and tourism. In his spare time, he enjoys science fiction, breakfast food and bad puns.