Gatlinburg, Tennessee and its neighbor, Pigeon Forge, offer a wonderful mix of outdoor adventure, yummy Southern food, and tons of family fun (Dollywood, here we come). Just read our post about 70 Fun Things To Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN to see all of the kid-friendly activities in these eastern-Tennessee mountain towns. It's no surprise, then, that there are also a ton of family-friendly Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge hotels.
Many of the hotels in Pigeon Forge, TN and Gatlinburg are more than just places to crash. Many Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge hotels also have amenities like water slides, playgrounds, kids' activities, and on-site restaurants. Several are located just north of Pigeon Forge in Sevierville, TN, a great option for families visiting Dollywood and Pigeon Forge attractions.
Read on for our list of the best Gatlinburg hotels and hotels in Pigeon Forge, TN for families. While you're in vacation-planning mode, be sure to also check out our Family Travel Guide for more ideas for fun family getaways.
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At Margaritaville Resort, you'll feel more like you're at the beach than near the mountains.
River Terrace may not have all the bells and whistles of its sister property, Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort, but it does offer guests a trolley service over to Westgate's indoor water park. Plus, it has two heated pools, an on-site restaurant, and affordable prices.
Super close to an entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park but also near Gatlinburg dining and attractions, Bearskin offers the best of both worlds. The hotel also provides guests a grab-and-go style breakfast and a pool with a lazy river.
A family favorite, The Appy Lodge offers clean, updated rooms and a free breakfast. Guests can use the indoor pool all year long. In the warmer months, they can play in the outdoor pool with its fun, twisty slide. Perk: Hotel guests receive a free parking pass to all downtown Gatlinburg parking lots and garages.
Unlike a regular Holiday Inn (which we love, btw!), this property offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas with full kitchens. That, plus a prime downtown Gatlinburg location, an indoor mini water park, and an outdoor pool make this a great choice for families.
If you plan to spend most of your time at Dollywood (and who could blame you?), your best bet is the DreamMore. Think of it like staying on property at Disney. Here families can opt for a "stay and play" package which combines lodging with discount park tickets. Besides proximity to Dollywood, this Pigeon Forge hotel has all the things families love: a fun pool, bunk beds, and kids' activities like storytime and a game room. (Teaser: The much-anticipated new Dollywood's Heartsong Resort and Lodge is set to open in Fall 2023, adding to the selection of great Pigeon Forge hotels.)
This is one of those Pigeon Forge hotels that kids may not want to leave. It has a mega outdoor pool with big slides and a splash zone, kids' activities (like s'mores nights), and a free hot breakfast.
Oak Haven Resort has luxury cabin rentals in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The on-site facilities include an outdoor pool, a catch-and-release fishing lake, a playground, basketball courts, hiking trails, and a game room.
The Pigeon Forge cabins at Little Valley Mountain Resort come with plenty of family-friendly amenities on-site, including a swimming pool, mini golf, playgrounds, hiking trails, stocked fishing ponds, and more.
Every room at this quaint Pigeon Forge hotel has a private balcony overlooking the Little Pigeon River. Families can fish (with a license), tube, and wade in the river. Bonus: Your stay includes a free breakfast buffet.
At this property, which is super convenient to Dollywood, families can choose from one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom condos with living rooms, kitchens, and, often, nice views. The resort also has indoor and outdoor pools, a game room, and a mini golf course. Tip: Since the website just lets you book as an owner, just go through VRBO to find your preferred room.