Although most of our vacation was spent doing fun things like white water rafting, going to amusement parks and of course hitting as many souvenir shops as possible, I also wanted to incorporate some activities that might provide a “learning experience” for the kids.
We had investigated some local caverns in the area, and found that Tuckaleechee Caverns were the highest rated. The caverns are located in Townsend, TN, which is about an hour drive from Gatlinburg. We chose the scenic route through the Smokey Mountain National Park and It was breathtaking!
The caverns did not disappoint. The temperature inside is a cool 58 degrees, which was a nice change from the 80 degree temps outside. It was about an hour and a half tour, and our tour guide was awesome. He was extremely knowledgeable, included the kids in his discussion and allowed ample time to snap pictures. There are quite a few stairs to maneuver, so if you have any elderly travelers, or if you have to carry small children, this might not be the best tour for you.
And my favorite photo taken:
Pricing was $15 for adults and $7 for kids 5-11 (under 5 is free). There was a small gift shop attached, with well-priced items, but the selection was not great. Unfortunately I have not mastered my “real” camera (Faith if you have please offer some advice), so all my pictures were taken with my iPhone.That iPhone is a lifesaver.
Since this cavern is “off the beaten path”, they survive on word-of-mouth. If you get a chance to visit, I sure hope you consider it.
On the way home, we were asking the kids about what they had learned, and I was SUPER shocked to realize they were actually paying attention – maybe even more than I was!!!
Overall, I’m so glad we found this little treasure and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to be amazed!