Maggie Valley Kids Activities

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Maggie Valley, NC vacations have the perfect combination of relaxation and fun. Whether your children are young or teenage, there are Maggie Valley kids activities for all ages – and that the grown-ups will enjoy, too.

Amusement Parks

Fantasy Golf - Kids will love an afternoon of miniature golf at the recently renovated Fantasy Golf. The course includes a lighthouse, waterfalls and a 18th-hole tower you can climb for a fantastic view of the surrounding area. There is also an onsite game room for those that don't want to golf. Fantasy Golf is open seven days a week, and at just $5 per person it's great on your budget, too.

Appalachian Amusement Center - Just a short drive from Maggie Valley is the Appalachian Amusement Center, where you can feel what it's like to fly. The center is a vertical wind tunnel that simulates skydiving freefall. It's a great choice for thrill-seeking kids, and children as young as four are allowed.

Outdoor Activities

Whether you visit in winter or summer, there are plenty of Maggie Valley kids activities in the great outdoors.

Cataloochee Ski Area - The Cataloochee Ski Area is widely-known as a great resort for families, kids and anyone learning to ski and snowboard. Their Cat Trackers ski school has kids-only classes for all skill levels in skiing for ages 4-12 and snowboarding for ages 8-12. The staff is extraordinarily caring and patient, and is specially trained to teach young children. Maggie Valley chalets and cabins are the perfect place to warm up and tell stories about the ski day over cups of hot chocolate.

From January onward, Wednesdays are Family Days, where you get a free children's lift ticket with each paid adult. For beginners of any age, Cataloochee offers a beginner lesson free with your equipment rental Monday thru Thursday (excluding holidays).

Be sure to download the Cataloochee coloring book from the Cataloochee Ski Area’s website before you go. Kids under 12 can turn in the completed book for a free CAT sticker and the chance to have their art shown on the website.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Maggie Valley is directly south of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, home to a variety of outdoor family activities. In warmer months Cades Cove - near Gatlinburg, TN - is a lovely meadow filled with flowers and a great place for a family day trip and bike ride. The loop road is especially good for family rides on Wednesday and Saturday mornings when it is closed to motorized vehicles until 10 am. You can rent bikes and helmets at the Cades Cove Campground Store.

Kids 5-12 can become a Junior Ranger. Once you complete the activities in the Junior Ranger booklet (found at the Cades Cove campground or any park visitor center), bring it to a visitor center and a ranger will reward you with your own Junior Ranger badge.

The park offers a number of Ranger-led programs for children The Night Hike is especially fun for kids who love to explore the dark with a flashlight. The Oconaluftee Visitor Center, two miles north of Cherokee to the east of Maggie Valley, is the best place to get information and sign up for programs.

Historic Sites and Museums

Oconaluftee Indian Village - The Oconaluftee Indian Village is an entertaining way to teach kids about the Native American history of the area. This replica of a 1760 Cherokee village comes to life with reenactments and activities from the past. Kids can create something neat to take home in the “Hands-On Cherokee” pottery classes Monday through Saturday. There are also displays of traditional dance and medicine, and guided tours of the village every fifteen minutes.

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Wheels through Time Museum - If your kids love all things on wheels, then the Wheels through Time Museum in Maggie Valley is a must. The museum has one of the country's top vintage motorcycle collections, as well as displays of vintage cars and dirt bikes. Please note that the museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday.



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