Activities for Young People


Depending on the age of your children, many of the activities listed on the Recreation page may apply. Here are other activities aimed specifically for the young.

Fun Factory in the Smokies:  Located in scenic Franklin, North Carolina, The Factory is Western North Carolina’s premier destination for great family fun and dining.  Enjoy over 100 arcade games, the region’s largest go-cart track, laser tag, indoor mini golf, a kid’s play area for smaller children and much more.  (828) 349-8888

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad: Railroad running from Dillsboro to Bryson City. During special times, they feature The Little Engine That Could, Thomas the Tank Engine, and The Polar Express. (800) 872-4681

The Bascom: Art Classes in various mediums for youth of different ages.  (828) 526-4949

Easley An Artist: Art Classes for all ages ( 828) 526-2933

Carpe Diem Farms: Camp centered on horses.  (828) 526-4752

Cliffside Lake: Hiking trails, picnic shelters, grills. Lake for swimming and fishing.

Highlands Aerial Park:  Zip lining, Nature Trail, Giant Swing, Kid Zip Line Park.  (828)-526-8773

Highlands Nature Center & Biological Station: Ecologically centered camps based on age groups.
(828) 526-2623

Highlands Recreation Park: Tennis courts, playground and year-round swimming pool.
(828) 526-3556

Kelsey-Hutchinson Park:  Winter ice skating rink, summer concerts.

Kelsey Kids:  Week-long day camp in June sponsored by the Highlands Historical Society (828) 787-1050

Highlands Ice Skating Rink