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Cherokee Fun Park

Contact: Anne Herzog
Address:
1897 Tsali Blvd (Hwy 441N)
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-5877
Family entertainment center on Hwy 441 N in Cherokee. Complete with arcade, go karts and miniture golf. Located near the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Fun for the whole family.

Cherokee Helicopters

Contact: Bobby Riggs
Address:
264 Casino Trail
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-5797
Want to try something out of this world? Fly with Cherokee Helicopters and see the beauty of this wonderful area from above. Every flight takes off over Thomas Peak where you will enjoy views of mountains in all directions. Flights start as low as $15.00 per person with eight different flights including a trip to the top of Clingmans Dome the second highest peak in the eastern US. Call 828-497-5797 for reservations or just stop by.

Fun Factory In The Smokies

Contact: George Stock
Address:
1024 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Toll Free 866-482-2386
Phone 828-349-8888
Located in scenic Franklin, North Carolina, the Fun Factory in the Smokies is Western North Carolina's award-winning destination for family friendly entertainment - with games, mini-golf, bowling, go-karts, laser tag, big screen TVs, party rooms, great restaurants and more. Plus, there's even an area just for the little kids. The Fun Factory is open Monday - Thursday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and Friday - Saturday 10:00 am to midnight. Attractions open at 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday.

NOC Mountaintop Zip Line Tour

Address:
13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 888-905-7238
Soar to new heights on NOC’s newest adventure – NOC Mountaintop Zip Line Tour. This premier three-hour tour includes over two miles of zip lines above the treetops and 360 degree views of the Nantahala Gorge and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Featuring a half-mile megazip 350’ above the ground, this tour is unique to any other in the area. NOC’s adventure resort also hosts the Zip Line Adventure Park, Nantahala whitewater rafting, mountain biking and more.

Wildwater Ltd. Rafting

Contact: Lee Allison
Address:
10345 Hwy 19
Bryson City, NC 28713
Toll Free 800-451-9972
Phone 828-488-2384
The original professional outfitter in the southeast since 1971. Family owned and operated by three generations. Trips on the Nantahala, Big Pigeon, Ocoee, Chattooga and Cheoah Rivers, suitable for ages 4- 94. Adventure locations within 20 minutes to 2 hours from Cherokee. Fully guided river trips. Rental Rafts and Inflatable Kayaks. Price includes all required gear (no hidden equipment fees), hot showers, changing rooms, complementary beverages. Combo adventures with Jeep, Zipline, or Scenic Train Excursions. Choose quality, choose Wildwater.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Address:
Drama Road at Tsali Blvd (US 441N)
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-3481
Open since 1948, the museum tells the story of the Cherokee people using high-tech wizardry along with an extensive artifact collection. The museum is fun for the entire family and an exciting, educational event. Open daily at 9 am except closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission prices for adults $10 and children $6 (ages 6-13), with children under 6 free. Group rates are available, as well as discounts for AARP or AAA members

Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine

Contact: Linda Torres
Address:
971 Tsali Blvd. (US 441N)
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-6574
Pan for gold and precious gems including rubies, amethysts, emeralds, sapphires, garnets and topaz. All equipment is furnished, and we have free gemstone identification. Expert gem cutting and mountain are available. Have your precious stone set in a ring or pendant. Fun for the entire family. We even have special buckets for the kids. Mine with us, you could strike it rich.

Unto These Hills Drama

Address:
564 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719
Toll Free 866-554-4557
"Unto These Hills" outdoor drama. June through mid-August. General Admission: Adults $18.00 - $22.00; Children (6 years old - 12 years old) $8.00 - $12.00; Children (5 and under) free. Family Pack: 2 free tickets for children ages 6-12 with the purchase of 1 adult ticket. Family pack is only available Monday through Wednesday. Reserved: Adults $22.00; Children (ages 12 and under) $10.00.

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Contact: John Arch
Address:
Drama Rd
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-2111
The Indian Village is a replica of a Cherokee Village from the 1750's. Guided and self-guided tours daily. Life demonstrations and reenactments. Open May through late October.

Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours

Address:
1034 Hwy 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
Toll Free 877-398-6222
Phone 828-488-2384
Fly through the trees above the forest floor and across 20 acres on 11 zip line sections that zigzag from slope sides, trees and elevated platforms. In your 3-hour glide and slide experience, you'll also use three sky bridges and five transfer bridges. State-of-the-art equpment is provided including a helmet, full body harness, trolley, gloves and a tether safety line. Professional Canopy Rangers are on hand all along the way. Open all year as weather permits.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

Address:
777 Casino Dr
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-7777
An enterprise of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort is located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. The Casino has 150,000 square feet of gaming space featuring over 130 traditional table games such as black jack, roulette and craps, as well as 3,700 slot games. The property also features over 1,100 hotel rooms, the Le Fu Men gaming area, 10 restaurants, the ESSENCE Lounge, the luxurious 18,000 square feet Mandara Spa and seven retail shops. In addition to the 56-acre property, guests have privileged access to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation-owned Sequoyah National Golf Club, named one of Golf Magazine's best new golf courses.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Contact: Reservations
Address:
225 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Toll Free 800-872-4681
Phone 828-586-8811
Travel along cool rushing rivers, cross over a man-made lake on a high trestle and through lush green valleys and rolling farmland. Offering a variety of rail excursions including the Nantahala Gorge & Tuckasegee River. Smoky Mountain Trains Museum admission included with most train tickets. All trains depart Bryson City. Special Events include: Peanuts Valentine Express, Easter Beagle, Dinosaur Train, Peanuts Pumpkin Patch & Polar Express. Call 800-872-4681 to reserve tickets or visit at www.gsmr.com.

Cherokee Rapids Tube & Kayak Rentals

Contact: Cody Bartmess
Address:
1681 Acquoni Rd
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-736-3535
Cherokee Rapids is Cherokee's number one choice for tube and kayak rentals. Park at either of our two locations (Little Princess parking lot on Acquoni Rd or Saunooke Village across from the mechanical bull), we'll provide the rest (transportation, tube, life preserver and a whole lot of fun). Cherokee Rapids...more rapids, more swimming holes, longer trips, rope swing, no waiting on bus, all nature and most importantly..you are done when you get back. Visit us on our website www.cherokeerapids.com or on facebook. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

Contact: Beth Fields
Address:
121 Schoolhouse Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771
Phone 828-479-3364
Stecoah Valley Center offers a variety of special events, festivals, programs, shopping and classes. The Center brings music to the mountains through the summer concert and dinner series "An Appalachian Evening" as well as the Ramp Dinner, Folkmoot USA, Harvest Festival and other events. Stecoah Valley Artisans Gallery offers a unique opportunity to buy original North Carolina artwork including paintings, pottery, weaving, glass works, photography, jewelry, soaps, books and much more.

Biltmore

Contact: Donna Nickerson
Address:
1 Approach Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
Toll Free 866-851-4661
Local 828-225-1435
Save up to $20.00 off gate price at www.biltmore.com/cherokee. Make priceless memories at Biltmore for just the right price. George Vanderbilt created Biltmore as an escape from everyday life. Now, you are invited to enjoy that escape for yourself. A visit to the 8,000 acre estate in the mountains of Asheville, NC provides limitless fun. Your admission includes self-guided tours of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the Antler Hill Village, featuring the winery and the Biltmore Farm Village.

Nantahala Outdoor Center Whitewater Rafting

Address:
13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
Toll Free 888-905-7238
Named one of the "Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure, NOC has been recognized as a leader in the whitewater rafting industry for more than 40 years. Our Nantahala Adventure Resort is just a short drive from Cherokee and is home to our famous Paddling School, popular Mountaintop Zip Line Tour, renowned Outfitter's Store, restaurants, lodging and more.

Santa's Land

Contact: Linda Torres
Address:
571 Wolfetown Rd. (US 19)
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-9191
One admission price covers all rides, zoo and entertainment. Over 60 things to see and do. Ride the Rudicoaster, Santa's favorite ride. Paddle the lake and feed Santa's fish, ducks and monkeys. Enjoy the Magic Show in the Jingle Bell Theatre. Watch the baby bears being fed. Bring your picnic. Visit with Santa and his elves. There's something for everyone.

Cherokee Bear Zoo

Contact: Barry Coggins
Address:
1204 Tsalagi Rd. (US 19N)
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-4525
In addition to the Smoky Mountains Black Bear, you will observe many different exotic animals like tigers and monkeys. We also have grizzlies, and during certain times of the year, baby wild animals. At the Petting Zoo children actually hand feed some of our animals like the baby goats. Mini Golf, Gift Shop and Ice Cream Shop. Open year round weather permitting. $5 per person. Tour packages available.

Things To Do In The
North Carolina Smokies

Vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and you'll never run short of great things to do. In addition to the National Parks and our many outdoor activities, you'll love our family attractions, including amusement parks, a scenic railroad, gem mines, museums and entertainment.

Cherokee is the perfect great home base for your Smoky Mountain vacation. It's only one hour through the National Park to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, or one hour East to Asheville and the Biltmore House and Garden.