salt and pepper shaker museum in Gatlinburg

The Best Cheap Things to Do in Gatlinburg

May 10, 2018

With so much to do in Gatlinburg it’s hard to decide what’s worth your time and money. Before going on vacation, do some research and decide on a few big attractions you are willing to pay for. Then try doing a couple of our favorite cheap things to do in Gatlinburg that will save you some money, but won’t let you down on fun!

Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

You’ve never visited anything like the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg before we promise! Inside this museum is a vast collect of shakers in every single shape and form you can think of! From Pac-Man ghosts and food items to buildings! It costs $3 to enter, and that money goes towards a souvenir at the gift shop instead.

Donut FriarDonut Friar sign

The Donut Friar is located in The Village Shops in Gatlinburg. Exploring The Village is free, and there are 27 unique stores to shop at. The Donut Friar is a very popular donut shop in The Village. Their confections are made from scratch and fresh every day. You can treat yourself to a couple of donuts and a coffee for under $10 easily! This is one of the best cheap things to do in Gatlinburg, and one of the most delicious!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free to enter! However, there is a small fee to buy a parking tag for those parking in the national park for longer than 20 minutes. But that small price you pay for a parking tag is absolutely worth the memories you can make while hiking scenic trails, exploring historic structures, fishing, horseback riding, picnicking, and more in the national park! 

Amazing Mirror Maze

The Amazing Mirror Maze is connected to Blindshot Barnaby’s Mini Golf in downtown Gatlinburg. This  a fun blacklight mirror maze that has music and special lighting to enhance the atmosphere. This a reasonably affordable attraction in Gatlinburg. It costs around $9.00 for an adult and $7 for kids ages 3 to 9, anyone younger is free.

ole smoky hollerOle Smoky Moonshine

Moonshine is a part of Appalachian heritage. Now, that piece of heritage is something you can learn all about and even try at Ole Smoky Moonshine! You can watch moonshine be made, and try up to 13 flavors of it! All it costs is $5 a person for anyone who is 21 and over. After you pay $5 you get a five dollar coupon back that you can use towards any purchase in the store.

Great Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Community

Travel around the 8 mile loop of the Great Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community and you’ll come across some incredibly talented people. From wood cravers, to stone sculptors, and jewelers there’s a bunch of talented artists located along this loop. Exploring the community is free to do, and many trinkets you find are not only reasonably priced by also one-of-a-kind!

We make it easy for you to save money on vacation! Take a look at our specials and discounts page so you can save even more on our affordable cabins. Between our affordable cabins and all of the cheap things you can do in Gatlinburg you’ll save money on vacation like a champ!