Kid fun | Cherokee, NC

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Kid fun

Plenty of fun for the wee warriors in your tribe.

If your family is seeking a low-cost overnight stay with lots to do for your youngest, try this series of adventures. From a lazy float down the river, to an ice cream in Saunooke Village, to an afternoon spent gem mining, Cherokee has everything you need for a fun, relaxing stay. 

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Downtown Fountains

Head over to Saunooke Village right in the heart of Downtown Cherokee for a little shopping, some ice cream, and a whole bunch of water fun. With a variety of fountains to run and play in, you can splash and enjoy goofing off. Just remember to bring a towel. 

Elk Viewing

The Cherokees worked very carefully to preserve and protect their native elk herd. If you’ve never seen these magnificent creatures, a trip to Cherokee can solve that!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Okay, so every national park is also a national treasure. But this one not only offers the Great Smokies, but some of the prettiest drives, most gorgeous hiking, and jawdropping views you’ll find anywhere.

Mingo Falls

Named for the Cherokee term for “Big Bear,” Mingo never disappoints. Just six miles from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Mingo roars like a bear, but is gentle on the eye.

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Explore the techniques and beauty behind the way Cherokee arts and crafts were created in the 18th century,with a visit to the Oconaluftee Indian Village. You can see live demonstrations, ask questions, and more!

Oconaluftee Islands Park

Long a favorite destination for Cherokee families, Oconaluftee Islands Park is the perfect spot for your family is invited, too. The generally shallow depth of the Oconaluftee River invites stone -skipping contests, building an ancient Cherokee fishing weir, or just wading up to your ankles to beat the heat. 

Cherokee Action Sports Park

Set on a 3.5-acre tract, the street-to-bowl transition elements are ideal for those just getting started, or riders who take their sport seriously. Located on Acquoni Road in the heart of Cherokee, NC, the Sports Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk, and is free to the public.

Rope Swing

Nothing beats an old rope swing followed by a plunge in the beautiful Oconaluftee River. Grab a bunch of your friends or bring along your family, and see who can swing out the farthest, who makes the biggest splash, and who winds up with the biggest water wedgie. 

Soco Falls

Hike to Soco Falls for a breathtaking view of one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area. 


Nothing beats floating peacefully down a cool mountain stream on a hot summer day. Get your tube or raft at Smoky Mountain Tube and Raft, hop aboard, recline and forget your troubles. 

Cherokee Bonfire

Happening throughout the summer (except in September), the Cherokee Bonfire Series is an ideal way to take in the astounding drama and mystery within Cherokee’s stories and legends. You can discover more detail on dates

“Unto These Hills” Outdoor Drama

Visit the Mountainside Theatre to watch “Unto These Hills” under the stars.