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 Cherokee Indian

 Cherokee, North Carolina is one of five gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cherokee is unique to the other gateways in that it is the home of the Cherokee Indian.

The Museum Of The Cherokee IndianSequoya Statue

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). [ More Details ]

"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 Details ]

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 Details ]

Qualla Arts & Crafts MutualQualla Pottery

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.

Cherokee Heritage

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.

Family Fun

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

River Fun

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.

Trout Fishing

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. [ More Details ]

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.

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