The Museum Of The Cherokee Indian
Located at US-441 North and Drama Road. Open year-round except Thanksgiving,
Christmas, and New Year's Day. Thousands of years of Cherokee history
and culture presented through informative exhibits and audio-visual
displays. One of the top Indian museums in the United States. 9 am
- 8 pm mid-June through August; Sundays 9 am - 5 pm. September til
mid-June, 9 am - 5 pm. $4.00 adults (13 and older) $2.00 (6-12 years).
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"Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama
Mountainside Theater on Drama Road, Nightly, except Sundays, June
13 through August 23,1997. One of America's top outdoor dramas. A
cast of 130 brings to life the history of the Cherokee people from
the 1540's when Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto first entered Cherokee
territory through 1838 and the infamous "Trail of Tears."
Show dates - June through August 1998. June 13 through July 26, preshow
- 8:10 pm, showtime 8:45 pm. July 28 through August 23 , preshow 7:50
pm, showtime 8:30 pm. Admission: Reserved seats, all ages, $12. General
seating: $10.00 (13 and older), $5.00 (12 years and under). [ More
Oconaluftee Indian village
Drama Road off US-44 1 North. Authentically recreated replica of
a 1750's Cherokee Indian community. Cherokee guides explain pottery-making,
finger-weaving, beadwork, basket weaving, wood carving, and other
crafts. Lectures at the Ceremonial Grounds and Council House. Open
daily, May 15 to October 25, 9 am - 5:30 pm. $10.00 (14 & over),
$5.00 (6-13), under 6 - free. [ More
Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual
US-441 North and Drama Road. The most outstanding Indian-owned &
operated arts & crafts co-op in the United States. Crafts of some
300 Cherokee people are sold through the cooperative we. Museum area
features products of well-known Cherokee craftspeople and explanations
about basket weaving, finger weaving, wood carving, art, beadwork.
No admission charge. Hours: June-August, 8 am-8 pm; September and
October, 8 am - 6 pm; and November through May, 8 am - 4:30 pm.
Museum & Gallery
Located at Saunooke Village, the Museum highlights Cherokee's past
though displays of art and cultural items such as masks, crystals,
the uketena and more. Includes gallery with Native American crafts
and art. Open daily April through November. Admission: $2.00 (11 years
and older), $1.00 (6-10 years), under 6 free.
Cherokee Fun Park
US-441 North. Two miniature golf courses, go-cart track, game room,
water boats and kiddie rides for youngsters. Open Memorial Day through
Labor Day, 10 am to 10 pm. Pre-Memorial Day and Post-Labor Day: Weekdays,
12 noon to 7 pm and weekends 11 am-9 pm. Closes mid-November Prices
vary according to ride or activity.
Santa's Land Fun Park & Zoo
US-19 North, 3 miles from downtown. Exciting Rudi-Coaster ride, train
ride, paddle boats, zoo, ferris wheel, shops, entertainment, plus
Santa. Open 7 days a week from May 3 through Nov. 2,1997, 9 am - 5
pm. Admission: $11.95 (2 and under free).
Smoky Mountain Jamboree
Acquoni Road at Great Smokies Conference Center. 8 pm - 10 pm. Weekends
during April, May and November. Nightly from June 1 through October
31. Country music show spanning the years 1946 to today. Admission:
Adults $9.95, Children under 12 free.
Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine
US-441 North. Mine for rubies and sapphires; pan for gold. Open daily
10 am-6 pm with extended hours during the summer. Covered flumes;
jewelry, gift and rock shop. Purchase bags of gem or gold ore and
become a prospector.
Chief Saunooke's Trading Post
Located at Saunooke Village near National Park. Open May to December.
Hours: 9 am to 9 pm June through September, 10 am to 6 pm, May, October,
November and December (weekends only in December).
Chief Saunooke's Lucky Gem Mine
Located at Saunooke Village near National Park. Open 9 am - 9 pm,
May 1 -October 31. Admission: $5.00 - one bucket of gem ore. Find
rubies, sapphires etc.
Cherokee Bear Zoo
Downtown Cherokee. See, feed and film several species of bears, big
cats and monkeys. Petting zoo. Fun and educational. Open 9 am during
the summer, 10 am other times. Admission $2.00; under three free.
Chief Saunooke's Bear Park
Bear Park admission: $2 adults; children (10 and under) $1. Dec.
to March-open weekends. Open: 9 am to 9 pm daily April to November
Chief Saunooke's Tubing Center
Located at Saunooke Village near National Park. Open June 7 - August
21,10 am - 6 pm. Admission: $8.00 per person.
Thirty miles of regularly stocked streams. Rainbow, brook
and brown trout. Tribal permit required, $5.00 a day. Daily creel
limit - 10 trout. Permits are available at many Cherokee businesses.
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Tubing & Rafting
Go tubing and whitewater rafting. Open June through August: Cherokee
River Trips 704-497-2821/ 9838 and Smoky Mountain Tubing 704-497-5453.