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Looking for free or low-cost activities in the Great Smoky Mountains? Are you visiting the Smoky Mountains on a budget or trying to save money on your next trip? The following locations offer a ton of fun for free or very low cost.

The following locations offer a ton of fun for free or very low cost. If you know of an activity or attraction that is not listed below, please email me.

National Park

Visitor Centers

Pigeon Forge

The Island at Pigeon Forge

Gatlinburg

Sevierville

Townsend

Wears Valley

Looking to take a day trip? Here are a few attractions within a 2 hour (or less) drive from the Great Smoky Mountains.

 

Jefferson County

BUSH’S® Visitor Center – Free
bushbeans.com
The BUSH’S® Visitor Center is located at 3901 US-411 in Dandridge, TN. You can trace the values and events that made BUSH’S BEST® what it is today. And it’s all housed in the original A.J. Bush & Company general store, founded in 1897. Open year-round, Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays and major holidays*. Hours vary depending on the season, so please call 865-509-3077 to find out the current schedule.

Monroe County

The Lost Sea Adventure – Homeschool Discount
www.thelostsea.com
Located just 7 Miles off I-75 at 140 Lost Sea Road in Sweetwater, TN. Every Monday, August through May, you may bring your home school students to the Lost Sea, regardless of the number in your group,  and receive the educational rate. Just bring a homeschool ID, letter of intent or attendance record to the Lost Sea ticket desk to purchase your tickets at the special Home School Days rate. If you are bringing a group of 15 or more please call 423-337-6616 Pricing: Students (K-12th Grade) $10.00 Adult $18.95

McMinn County

Mayfield Dairy Farms 
www.mayfielddairy.com

Visit the Athens, TN dairy to see for yourself how your favorite Mayfield products are made with a fun and educational behind-the-scenes tour! While you’re there, browse the Mayfield gift shop and purchase a generous scoop of your favorite ice cream at their old-fashioned ice cream parlor. It’s fun for the family or a perfect field trip for schools, church groups, or any other organization.

Knox County

Muse at the Mall
www.themuseknoxville.org

The Muse Knoxville is a non-profit children’s S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) museum with educational exhibits and play spaces.

Ijams Nature Center 
www.ijams.org
Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 315-acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities and walks of life. Ijams’ mission is to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences.

Do you homeschool? I’ve got the perfect post just for you. Check out the list of homeschool discounts in the Great Smoky Mountains and the surrounding area.

If you know of any other free or low-cost activities that we didn’t mention, feel free to reach out at info@thesmokymtnlife.com

The owner and founder of The Smoky Mountain Life, Kim Hunt, is a lifelong resident of southeast Tennessee and lover of all things Smoky Mountains. 

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