little kid enjoying a rainy day in the Smoky Mountains
Family vacations in the Smoky Mountains

How To Stop A Rainy Day From Ruining Your Smoky Mountain Vacation Plans

There are very few things that we don’t like about the Smoky Mountains. However, rain during our guests Smoky Mountain vacation is one of them. Nothing can throw a wrench in your plans of spending the day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or riding the rides at Dollywood quite like a pop up afternoon rain shower can.

That being said, a little rain doesn’t have to mean that all of your Smoky Mountain vacation plans for the day have to be ruined. Find a little sunshine during your next rainy day in the Smokies by incorporating one of the activities listed below into your plans.

Go to a Pigeon Forge museum

At Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals, we are always a huge fan when we can combine a fun family experience with a little bit of education. That is why we always like to encourage our guests to check out one of the many interesting Pigeon Forge museums during their Smoky Mountain vacation.

What is even better is that these museums also double as the perfect place for you and your family to spend a rainy afternoon in the Smoky Mountains.

Some of the most popular Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge museums include:

  • Salt and Pepper Museum in Pigeon ForgeTitanic Museum in Pigeon Forge
  • Hollywood Wax Museum
  • Smoky Mountain Car Museum
  • Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum
  • WonderWorks
  • Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame and Museum

Experience a Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge

In addition to the many thrilling Pigeon Forge museums to keep your family entertained on a rainy day in the Smoky Mountains, there are also a ton of dinner theaters that you can go to as well.

If you are feeling extra adventurous, you and your family can always start the day at one of the Pigeon Forge museums we mentioned earlier, and then end the day at one of these dinner theaters in Pigeon Forge for a delicious meal and family-friendly entertainment.

A few of our favorite Pigeon Forge dinner theaters include:

  • Dixie Stampede
  • Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Theater
  • Biblical Times Dinner Theater
  • Grand Majestic Dinner Theater
  • Lumberjack Feud
  • Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Visit one of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Visitor Centers

Just because the weather isn’t ideal for hiking in the Smoky Mountains, that does not mean that you cannot still enjoy a bit of the natural beauty by spending a couple of hours at one of the park’s many visitor centers.

Here, guests can not only pick up a souvenir or two to remember their visit to the Smokies, but you also have a really good chance at learning something about the national park that you didn’t already know.

The locations for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Visitor Centers are:

  • Cades Cove
    • Inside the park at the mid-way point on the Cades Cove Loop Road
  • Sugarlands
    • 2 miles south of Gatlinburg on US-441
  • Clingmans Dome
    • 7 miles off of US-441 at the trailhead of the Clingmans Dome trailhead
  • Oconaluftee
    • 2 miles north of Cherokee NC on US-441

Spend the day in your Gatlinburg Cabin Rental

log fireplace inside a Gatlinburg cabin on a rainy day in the Smoky MountainsThere are tons of fun rainy day activities that families can find inside our Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabin rentals.

There is no need to worry if you accidentally forgot to bring your family’s favorite game. Inside most of our Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabin rentals, guests will find a ton of in-cabin entertainment including home theater rooms, pool tables, and even in-cabin swimming pools.

To learn more about all the great rentals offered by Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals, be sure to check out our Smoky Mountain cabins search page on our website.

If you would like other tips on what to do on a rainy day in the Smoky Mountains, or you would like to get a jump start on your Smoky Mountain vacation plans, call us at 1-866-697-4581. One of our vacation team members will be more than happy to answer any and all questions your family may have.