Intro to Attractions and Things to Do In Cherokee
Hi everyone. It’s Tyler here from TheTravelingToddler.com. As you know we recently took a road trip through the Southeastern United States. The highlight of our trip was the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
But today we’re going to talk about Attractions and Things to Do in Cherokee, North Carolina (visitcherokeenc.com) with Kids.
Cherokee, North Carolina is located at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains and is the southern point of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
It is also the historical home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (https://ebci.com). Thus the city features a number of Cherokee Indian cultural attractions
Without further ado, my list of Attractions and Things to Do in Cherokee North Carolina with a Toddler.
Oconaluftee Indian Village
This is a replica Cherokee indian village. Except to spend about an hour walking through the village and watching the authentic crafts and demonstrations.
There is an admission charge for adults but toddlers are free. The village is outdoors so it may not be a good choice in inclement weather. It is also only open seasonally.
Qualla Arts and Crafts
This shop sponsored by the Cherokee Indian Nation and has more hand-made crafts than you can count. Entry is free.
Unfortunately, this is not something that would be very interesting (or safe) for toddlers due to the number of easily broken crafts within a youngster’s reach.
Unto These Hills
This seasonal production is one of the most watched outdoor dramas in the world, having been in continuous production for decades. It tells the history of the Cherokee Indians.
Unfortunately when we were there, the production season had not started so I don’t really have any advice about this attraction.
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
This is a nice museum which features the history of the Cherokee Indian, from the earliest recorded history to the present.
I enjoyed this attraction and spent about an hour touring with my family. The size was just right for my attention span. There is an admission charge for adults but toddlers are free.
Oconaluftee Island Park
This small park around downtown Cherokee has walking trails, bridges, ducks, and a stream that you can wade and fish in. When we came, I spent about 2 hours running around, throwing rocks, and chasing ducks.
I had a blast here, and actually had a meltdown when we had to leave. There is no playground here though.
We didn’t visit this attraction so unfortunately I can’t tell you much about it. They do have a hotel and a number of restaurants including Pizzeria Uno and Earl of Sandwich. Be sure to call ahead before making plans with toddlers at the casino.
I hope you enjoyed the list of Attractions and Things to Do in Cherokee, North Carolina with Kids.
I also have posts about the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway if you’re interested.
Thanks for reading.
Have you ever visited Cherokee? What attractions do you recommend? Leave your comments below.