America’s favorite vacation destination? Americans love a little Tennessee, particularly the sweet spot north of the Smokies. Ranking on our trivago’s most searched for destination lists year after year, both towns make for the perfect family getaway.
The cherry on the cake for hotels in this region? Plenty of pool time no matter what the season. Here are our picks for family-friendly hotels with indoor pools from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
The Park Vista Gatlinburg
- A jungle-like oasis of natural features and magical waterslides. Photo from trivago.
The next best thing to a pool in a hotel? A room with a view. At the Park Vista hotel, each guestroom has its own balcony with many overlooking the summits of the Great Smoky Mountains. Instead of dropping the bags, riffling through for swimsuits and jumping in the indoor pool, steer the kids outside for a glance over their temporary kingdom. Other features families will appreciate include the games arcade, the playground and the kids only menu at the two onsite restaurants.
Edgewater Hotel & Conference Center
- A fish-eye perspective on the Edgwater indoor pool. Photo from trivago
With generous family-sized accommodation available, private balconies with views across Gatlinburg and many rooms boasting their own fireplaces and jacuzzis, the Edgewater Hotel provides the perfect weekend respite for the entire brood. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire hotel, free parking and a complimentary continental breakfast adds great value to this property. Add a heated indoor pool to the mix, and you would be pinning this family vacation recipe to your Pinterest board!
Love the idea of having your own private in room jacuzzi? See our list of the best hotels with jacuzzi in room and make it a reality!
RiverStone Resort & Spa
- Glass windows flood in natural light. Photo from trivago.
Why leave any family member behind when coming to Pigeon Forge? Pet-friendly RiverStone Resort can be booked to sleep many, including your faithful, foot-warming pet. A riverside location next to the Little Pigeon River nature trail brings the smells and sounds of nature straight to your hotel. Still struggling to relax? The full-service spa can assist you there while the kids roam the indoor pool and game room. Or, simply bubble away nearby in the poolside jacuzzi.
Music Road Inn
- All roads lead to the hotel pool. Photo from trivago.
Try a taste of Southern hospitality at the charming Music Road Inn. Complimentary deluxe breakfast includes biscuits and gravy and rooms have unparalleled views of the Little Pigeon River and Smokies. You’ll also be treated to passes for the guest-only outdoor water park (weather permitting) but no matter what sort of weather rages outside, you can swim year-round in the indoor pool and hot tub, open 24 hours a day.
MainStay Suites Conference Center
- Who will have the biggest cannonball splash? Photo from trivago.
Located on a quiet and expansive 25 acres of farmland nestled against a trickling stream, the MainStay Suites is a fantastic family-friendly Pigeon Forge accommodation option. Rooms have sleeper sofas, WiFi and full-sized kitchens in case you decide to stay in and cook your own comfort food. You’ll wake up to a delicious hot breakfast that provides plenty of energy for taking on the day whether it includes indoor pool activities or heading to Pigeon Forge’s bevy of entertainment possibilities.
Ramada Pigeon Forge North
- A swimming pool for all seasons. Photo from trivago.
There’s plenty of Southern Charm at the Ramada Pigeon Forge North courtesy of the front porch rocking chairs, the complimentary breakfast and the trolley that whisks you away to all the Pigeon Forge attractions right from the doormat of the hotel. Family Suites are available for those needing a bit of extra space. The indoor pool is flooded with natural light through generous windows and makes summer swimming fun a year-round activity.
The Inn at Christmas Place
- Splash inside with plenty of room to learn how to swim. Photo from trivago.
The only other thing that could make Christmas year-round even better? A pool of course! The hot tub is big enough to cozy in the whole family too. If you factor in the decadent Inn at Christmas Place breakfast, which consists of made-to-order eggs, waffles, biscuits & gravy, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and everything else, you’ll be livin’ larger than Santa himself. Speaking of the fella, join him and his guitar on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday evenings at 8 for a sing-along to your favorite carols in the lobby.
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort
- Light, bright at the Garden House Indoor Pool. Photo courtesy of Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
Looking for a winter retreat in Pigeon Forge? Care of Dolly herself comes the Dollywood DreamMore Resort and its beautiful Garden House heated indoor pool. Lofty rafters give space to breathe and poolside lounge chairs let you soak in the views of the nearby mountains through the massive windows. Further fam-friendly bonuses include free shuttles to the Dollywood parks, early Saturday entry to said parks with special guest-only entrances without the lineups. Plus, hear a bedtime story nightly in the lobby around the fireplace and for those looking for practicality, enjoy free parking and WiFi.
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