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Family Activities in Cherokee and Bryson City

There are an infinite number of attractions, annual events, fun activities and exciting things to see and do for the whole family in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Almond Boat and RV Park

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Almond Boat and RV Park rents 22-ft. and 24-ft. pontoon boats on Lake Fontana for 4 or 7 hours.

1165 Almond Boat Park Road
Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

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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.

226 Everett Street
Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

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Santa's Land Fun Park and Zoo

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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.

571 Wolftown Road
Cherokee, North Carolina 28719

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PaddleFish Basecamp

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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.

59 Depot Street
Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

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Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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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.

589 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, North Carolina 28719

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Oconaluftee Indian Village

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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.

564 Tsali Blvd. (HWY 441)
Cherokee, North Carolina 28719

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Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Inc.

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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.

645 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, North Carolina 28719

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