Affordable & Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg

Affordable & Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg

One of the perks about a vacation to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains is that there are plenty of things to do that are affordable or free. Rather than worrying about the cost of attractions, you can instead keep the unexciting budgeting to which hotels in Gatlinburg fit your needs. We’ve compiled a list of things you can do in the Tennessee town for little to no money.

The Old Mill

The Old Mill is a beautiful attraction that you’ll want to visit while in the area. However, there’s something you can do to make that even more memorable. At the Little Pigeon River right by the Old Mill, you can often see geese, ducks, and other waterfowl hanging out. For only a couple of dollars you can pick up bird feed form the Old Mill General Store and enjoy spending time with the animals.

Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

Have you ever wondered what a museum composed of only salt and pepper shakers would look like? In Gatlinburg, you can find out. This museum is less than five bucks to enter and you’ll find tens of thousands of shakers from across the United States and the world. If you choose to pick up shakers at the gift shop, the entrance fee is considered part of the payment, so you can’t go wrong.

Friendly Falls

If you want to enjoy a superb moment out in nature, you should give yourself a treat by visiting Friendly Falls. You can admire it from a distance for no cost or pay a dollar or two to get up close. You’ll also find a snack shop, craft store, and night light shows there to keep you busy.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

This outdoor center is the perfect place to visit to blow off a little steam. There’s a rock wall you can climb for only a few dollars. There are also fun physical activities for the little ones in your group. While you can shop until you drop, as well, there’s a lot of entertainment and fun to be had even if you just browse and try out some of the equipment available.

Vacationing on a Budget

Now that you know some great places to visit while in the area, you can start looking at the hotels in Gatlinburg. Smoky View Inn & Suites is a popular option that is pet-friendly and close to everything. You can find out more or book your stay at

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