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5 Budget Friendly Things to Do in Gatlinburg On Your Vacation

We all know vacations can cost a lot of money, but vacationing in the Smoky Mountains doesn’t have to break the bank! There are plenty of activities that are budget friendly in Gatlinburg. Check out these 5 budget friendly things to do in Gatlinburg:

1. Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

great smoky mountains national park signThe best thing about visiting the Smoky Mountains is the free access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Touring the historical homes at Cades Cove and watching all of the wildlife is a great way to spend a sunny day. The Roaring Forks Trail and the Gatlinburg Trail are two amazing scenic tours through the mountains. You can watch colorful sunsets at Newfound Gap and the Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook! Clingmans Dome is another observation structure you’ll enjoy for free; it’s only a short hike away. You can do virtually anything in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for free!

2. Taste Wine, Whiskey, and Moonshine

At the Ole Smoky Moonshine, you can taste multiple moonshine samples for only $5 and you’ll also enjoy a free tour of the facilities. They also have live music and other events that are free and open to the public. Check out their events calendar to know when to stop by for some great entertainment. If wine is more your thing, you’ll find free wine samples at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and if you become a member of their Wine Club, you can receive discounts and specials in store and online! You can also enjoy samples and a tour for $5 at The Barrelhouse. With so many choices, you’ll have a hard time deciding which one to try first! Learn all about moonshine tasting in Gatlinburg now!

3. Window Shop at the Local Shops

Shops at the VillageTake the afternoon off from the busy streets and enter into a calm atmosphere at The Village Shops. With over 27 unique shops, you’ll find it easy to pass the time as you walk through the little European-looking square. Taste a little bit of heaven for only a few dollars by trying one of the hot donuts from The Donut Friar. If you love to cook, stop by the Tea and Spice Exchange for herbs, sugars, and spices. There are also plenty of shops where you’ll find cool souvenirs to bring home. If you need to pass some time, shopping is one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg!

4. Enjoy Our Amenities

Our amenities give you fun things to do that don’t cost extra money! Relax with a good book by the pool or soak in the hot tub. Our rooms have balconies to enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains. Another great way to save during your vacation is to eat our hot continental breakfast. You won’t have to spend extra money at a restaurant since breakfast is included with your stay. Our breakfasts are sure to satisfy with an omelette station, waffle makers, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit and more!

5. Combine Tickets with Package Deals

Ripley's Aquarium of the SmokiesA lot of the area attractions offer package deals and discounts. Places like Dollywood and Ripley’s attractions will combine tickets for different places into one money-saving bundle! This is a great option for families who want to go to a couple attractions and reserve their tickets all at once.

Don’t miss even more free and affordable things to do in Gatlinburg!

Are you surprised about how many things to do in Gatlinburg don’t cost a lot of money? Check out our specials and discounts and book your budget friendly trip to Gatlinburg today!