Museum of the Cherokee Indian is open 7 days a week year round. The museum is a unique cultural and historical tour fused with interactive video, intriguing displays, and a full sensory experience. Discover the Cherokee people’s spirit of inventiveness, resilience, and will to survive, while being guided through a moving journey that illustrates who the people of Cherokee are, where they came from, and why they’re still here.
Almond Boat and RV Park
1165 Almond Boat Park Road, Bryson City, NC 28713 | Phone: 828-488-6423
Almond Boat and RV Park rents 22-ft. and 24-ft. pontoon boats on Lake Fontana for 4 or 7 hours.
300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam, NC 28733 | Phone: 828-498-2129
Fontana Marina offers watercraft rentals, free boat launch, a ship store, fishing tackle and license, lake tours and more. Shuttle services by pontoon boat are available for backcountry enthusiasts wishing to explore the southern rim of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Fun Factory in the Smokies
1024 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734 | Phone: 828-349-8888
Fun Factory in the Smokies is a 56,000-square-foot family entertainment center offering over 100 arcade games, miniature golf, a go cart track, bowling, laser tag, and dining.
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
226 Everett Street, Bryson City, North Carolina | Reservations: 800-872-4681
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad provides visitors a way to explore the mountains and enjoy the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and the southern Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina. This mountain vacationland is like a nature conservancy in which small towns, rushing rivers, and ancient mountains reside. And the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad tour is one of the most popular, family-fun things to do.
Nantahala Village Riding Stables
9400 Highway 19/74 West, Bryson City, NC 28713 | Phone: 828-488-8600
Nantahala Village Riding Stables offers guided trips in the Nantahala National Forest overlooking Fontana Lake & the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Oconaluftee Indian Village at the Cherokee Historical Association
564 Tsali Blvd. (HWY 441), Cherokee, NC 28719 | Phone: 828-497-2111
Oconaluftee Indian Village is a recreated Cherokee Village of the 1750s. Tours by Cherokee guides present history, crafts, early homes and mountain forest demonstrations of beadwork, pottery, and blowguns in a beautiful forest setting.
59 Depot Street, Bryson City, NC 28713 | Phone 828-488-8797
PaddleFish Basecamp provides sea kayaking tours, hiking excursions, and multi-day expeditions in the Great Smoky Mountains. Two hour, half-day, full-day and multi-day trips are available. No experience is necessary. All ages welcome.
Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Inc. (Map)
645 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee, NC 28719 | Phone: 828-497-3103
Qualla Arts & Craft Mutual offers authentic, handmade Cherokee arts and crafts, including weaponry, dramatic masks, wedding jugs, decorative beadwork, finger weaving, and wood and stone carving. Founded in 1946 to preserve and advance Cherokee arts and crafts, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. is the oldest and leading Native American Arts cooperative in the United States.
Santa’s Land Fun Park and Zoo
571 Wolftown Road, Cherokee, NC 28719 | Phone: 828-497-9191
Visit with Santa and his elves, browse the gift shops and exhibits, and see the domestic and exotic animals in the zoo. Santa’s Land also has rides, picnic facilities, and dining.
Smoky Mountain Sk8way
19025 Great Smoky Mountain Expressway, Waynesville, NC 28786 | Phone: 828-246-9124
Smoky Mountain Sk8way is a family fun center offering roller skating, laser tag, a climbing wall, arcade, ticket redemptions, and snack bar.
Unto These Hills at the Cherokee Historical Association (Map)
564 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee, NC 28719 | Phone: 828-497-2111
Unto These Hills is a spectacular re-imagining of the Cherokee story, with sensational artistry. This critically acclaimed production portrays the gripping legacy of the Cherokee people through the zenith of their power, the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, and culminating in the present day. Talented actors adorned in gorgeous regalia dance and sing amid elaborate sets complete with fog and fire, music, and thundering surround-sound effects in the newly renovated 2,100-seat Mountainside Theatre.
Wayehutta ATV Trail System
Nantahala Ranger District, 90 Sloan Road, Franklin NC 28734 | Phone: 828-524-6441
Wayehutta is a 28-mile loop using old logging roads and rail beds. The trails are in the Roy Taylor Forest near Cullowhee, about a half-hour from downtown Bryson City. Elevation ranges from 2,500 to 4,500 feet. Check website for fees, restrictions and regulations.
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