Few things create memories that your children will hold on to forever like vacationing together. The Smokies have long been considered one of the East Coast’s most family-friendly vacation spots for a number of reasons including the diversity of entertainment venues available, access to kid-friendly amusement parks, as well as the many outdoor activities accessible within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – with so much to do, we can promise that your family will love vacationing here! Our Smoky Mountain cabins for rent are the perfect place for your family to stay and with the fall vacation season just around the corner, we thought we’d share 4 tips for taking a vacation in the Smokies with kids this year:
1. Bring Essentials from Home
One important thing to remember when you’re traveling with kids – no matter where you stay – is to bring all of your kids’ ‘must haves’ from home. Many children have special items that they require on a daily basis and your trip will definitely be more enjoyable if you have those things with you. While our Smoky Mountain cabins for rent are well stocked with a majority of the daily necessities for adults, if you have small children who typically sleep in a crib, you should definitely plan to bring a place for them to sleep. Additionally, you should consider bringing items such as a Pack ‘n’ Play, toys, highchairs, movies/TV shows on DVD, etc., to ensure that your vacation in the Smokies will be smooth sailing – even with little ones running around.
2. Plan Activities Ahead
Traveling with children can be challenging at times and definitely requires extra preparation. In order to be sure that you can make the most of every minute during your time here, it’s a good idea to plan at least a portion of your itinerary before your trip so you won’t have to spend valuable time doing it during your stay in our Smoky Mountain cabins for rent. The Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas are jam-packed with family-friendly activities, but you’ll want to check out websites or call ahead of time to be sure that they offer a little something for everyone traveling with you. Some of the places to be sure to check out during the trip include Dollywood and The Island in Pigeon Forge!
3. Build in Downtime
With so many things to see and do in the Smokies, vacationing can easily become overwhelming and more of a task to get here and there, than providing the relaxation you intended. When you add children to the equation, it’s important to remember to build in downtime – you’ll thank yourself for it later. Our Smoky Mountain cabins for rent have great built-in amenities like large TVs, DVD players, game rooms, and more, and are the perfect place to hang out together and will ensure that everyone gets the R&R they’ve been needing.
4. Eat Meals at Your Cabin
Another awesome way to make the most of every minute together during your stay in our Smoky Mountain cabins for rent is by cooking and eating meals as a family at your cabin. Daily life can be hectic, and often times families don’t have the luxury of preparing and eating meals together and simply stepping back from the busyness of life to catch up with one another, but our Smoky Mountain cabins for rent are fully equipped with everything you need to prepare your family’s favorite meals and catch up on valuable time together (and save a little money, too).
If you’re still on the fence about a vacation in the Smokies this fall, check out our cabin rental specials and find out all of the ways you can save during your family’s stay in our Smoky Mountain cabins for rent!