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Your Guide To Labor Day in The Smoky Mountains

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

It’s a three- day weekend and time for a family getaway! The kids are looking for adventure and you’re probably looking for shopping and family friendly excitement. Pigeon Forge has everything you need for a relaxing, exciting, and breathtaking Labor Day weekend!

The end of summer is near and you’re looking for one last family getaway before the start of fall. We’ve put together ideas for all attractions your family will love on this long weekend!

 

Courtyard Marriott

Be sure to pick a hotel with lots of amenities such as a pool, on site restaurants and guest laundry! Trip Advisor’s #1 hotel in Pigeon Forge, The Courtyard by Marriott, offers an indoor pool, outdoor lazy river, bistro, fitness center, and guest laundry! Chill out all weekend long at most relaxing hotel in Pigeon Forge.

 

Shopping at Tanger

Head on over to Tanger Outlets for amazing deals beginning August 31st through September 3rd! Visit your favorite name brand stores for exclusive deals and savings you won’t find anywhere else!

 

Cades Cove

If you’re looking to interact with nature and experience the beauty of these Smoky Mountains up close and personal, be sure to drive through Cades Cove! Enjoy 11 miles of a breathtaking Smoky Mountain backdrop for your drive! Make some stops along the way at historical homes and churches…you might even see some wildlife friends! Just be sure to keep your distance!

 

Pigeon Forge Restaurants

We can hear your stomach growling! While staying in Pigeon Forge you’ll clearly notice that we aren’t lacking in the food department! You and your family can enjoy so many options offered in town, and we even recommend a few! Looking for some southern soul food? Be sure to check out Bennett’s Bar-B-Que! The kids are craving a pizza night? Stop into Big Daddy’s Pizzeria! And for dessert, stop by Mad Dog’s Creamery for some savory ice cream to enjoy a break from the summer heat!

 

White Water Rafting

Speaking of summer heat…you must be looking for a way to cool off? Don’t worry, the river is still flowing perfectly! Drive on over to Hartford, TN for a thrilling trip down the Pigeon River with Rafting In The Smokies! I you’re looking for excitement or relaxation; they’ve got a trip for you. Raft the upper or lower Pigeon River and even take a swim to stay cool!

 

Dolly Parton Dinner Shows

Wanting dinner and show?! And we’re not talking about the kids blowing soda through their nose at the dinner table… Try heading to an award winning dinner show, Pigeon Forge is full of them! Dolly Parton’s Stampede and Celebration! Are two of Pigeon Forge’s most exciting, family- friendly dinner shows. These shows incorporate four course feasts, acrobatics, animals, stunts, music, and hilarious comedy!

 

Crave Mini Golf

Enjoy the outdoors while the weather is beautiful! Crave Golf Club is perfect for families and they even have indoor and outdoor putting courses! After hitting your hole in one be sure to head inside for a quick game of mini bowling and milkshakes 🙂

 

Ziplining at Foxfire

Exploring the outdoors is relaxing and good for the soul- at least we think so! Take the family to Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park for a day of ziplining and so much more! Foxfire offers ziplines, forest covered canopies, walking trails, waterfalls, and even America’s Longest Swinging Bridge! Take a break from the action at Zippin Pig’s BBQ which is open through Labor Day, perfect timing! Don’t head home before making your way to Wylie’s Cider for tastings and bottled products!

 

Dollywood Announces New “Wildwood Grove” Expansion

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Dolly Parton came back to her roots to make a big announcement! Dollywood will be undergoing a HUGE expansion introducing Wildwood Grove, a play on Dolly Parton’s childhood imagination of the Smoky Mountains set to open in 2019!

 

“I’ve told you before about how I’d let my imagination roam free when I’d be out exploring in the hills around our home in the Smoky Mountains,” Dolly states. “I’d pretend that the frogs and butterflies were my friends. I’d imagine about what it’d be like to fly with a dragonfly or to follow a bear family through the woods. Now all these things are coming true for our guests to experience in Wildwood Grove- it may be my new favorite part of Dollywood!”

The unveiling shows this new world featuring a giant 55 foot Wildwood Tree and enchanted landscaping as a staple landmark where shows and entertainment will take place. More than 400 trees and 1,000 shrubs will transform the area into Wildwood Grove.  Wildwood Grove will also feature 11 experiences for the whole family to enjoy and 6 new rides! You’ll feel transported to a magical world when you step under the canopy of trees full of butterflies, lanterns, and adventure! The sun will gleam through the trees providing a glow as you enjoy each new attraction in Wildwood Grove. As the sun sets the featured Wildwood Tree lights up in a fascinating showcase of color and wonder!

 

As one of the 11 attractions inside Wildwood Grove, families can explore the 4,000 sq. ft climate controlled play area full of slides, interactive games, and climbing structures. Kids will also enjoy Wildwood Creek which is a great splash pad area to stay cool!

  • The newest roller coaster, The Dragonflier, is suspended which takes guests through the trees by soaring and dodging trees.

 

  • The Mad Mockingbird– a high flying swing where riders can control their speed by moving the sails, or the wings.

 

  • Sycamore Swing boards riders onto a “leaf boat”which swings back and forth through the trees.

 

  • Black Bear Trail is a kid friendly attraction where you can ride on the back of the native black bears as they take you on a ride through their habitat of the smokies!

 

  • Treetop Tower takes you up a giant oak tree inside giant acorns as they lift 40 feet high and give you 360 degree views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

 

  • Climb on board the exciting Frogs and Fireflies ride where the two will chase each other around the lily pad and through the grasses. This kid friendly attraction will

 

Wildwood Grove is also set to have a new restaurant as well! Till & Harvest will be Wildwood Grove’s featured restaurant and great addition to the dining line up in the theme park. This southern inspired dining takes on a southwest twist! Be sure to try a burrito with pulled pork and coleslaw for a tasty meal before heading back to all the new attractions, and even pick up a churro and ice cream for a tasty treat too!

 

For more information on the newest Dollywood expansion, visit the Dollywood website here!

6 Thrilling Things To Do in Pigeon Forge

Friday, July 6th, 2018

White Water Rafting

This one of a kind adventure takes place along the Upper and Lower Pigeon River in Pigeon Forge, TN. Although there are many different rafting companies they all share the same river and rapids for you to enjoy! The Pigeon River is one of the most popular rivers for white water rafting in North America. With class rapids from I to IV, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Top 5 White Water Rafting Trips in the Smoky Mountains

 

Ziplining

There are so many companies that provide ziplining tours in Pigeon Forge, but there’s also SO MANY MOUNTAINS! There are so many different landmarks, wildlife, and scenic views surrounding the area, so no matter where you book your trip, you’ll be sure to have a blast!

Top 5 Ziplines In The Smoky Mountains

 

Rowdy Bear Mountain

Although it’s in Gatlinburg, Rowdy Bear Mountain is home to two amazing thrill rides including the First Mountain Glider in the world! Have fun year round for the whole family, right in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Mountain coasters offer the most adventure being a roller coaster on the side of a mountain that allows you to be so close to nature and wildlife!

Website: http://www.rowdybearcoaster.com

 

Pigeon Forge Snow

Pigeon Forge Snow is the first indoor snow facility in the entire United States that offers REAL snow all year long. It uses state of the art snowmaking technology to transform its 35,000 square ft. indoor facility into a winter wonderland, complete with up to 12 lanes of the fastest snow tubing regardless of the time of year. Instead of using synthetic material, the attraction’s slopes are covered in genuine fresh powder. Our snow tubing is really fun for the whole family, from 3 to 103! In addition to tubing, Pigeon Forge Snow offers other classic winter activities. There is a snowplay area where guests can build snowmen and make snow angels.

Website: https://pigeonforgesnow.com

Sky High Air Tours

Experience the romance and adventure of flying in an open cockpit Biplane with a modern day Barnstormer. Breathtaking bird’s eye view of the Great Smoky Mountains and the surrounding area provide an incredible photo opportunity. Flights start with a hop around Sevierville that lasts about 8 minutes to get a taste of what flying in a biplane is all about. The 15 minute Barnstormer flight will go out over Pigeon Forge, around the foothills and pass by Dollywood. The Ultimate Sight Seeing Tour is a 30 minute flight that will fly over scenic Douglas Lake, along the French Broad River and then follow the Parkway to Pigeon Forge. The airplane is a true vintage 1927 open cockpit Biplane, lovingly restored to “like new” condition.

Website: http://www.skyhighairtours.com

 

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving

Have you ever dreamed of flying? Stop dreaming and learn how to fly! Flyaway Indoor Skydiving can give you the experience of flying without the fear of jumping from a plane or falling out of the sky. At Flyaway, America’s first vertical wind tunnel, you can break the bonds of gravity and body fly. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving gives you the chance to test your skills of human flight during a single flight session or as a participant in a personalized coaching program.

Website: http://www.flyawayindoorskydiving.com

5 Places To Take Your Pets In The Smoky Mountains

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

When planning your family’s next getaway there can be some stress on what to pack, where to stay, and of course what to do with the pets! Dropping the dogs off at the kennel can be so stressful on them and your wallet so why not bring them along?

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is not only family friendly, but it’s also pet friendly! The smoky mountains are full of places to go with your furry friends. You wouldn’t want to be stuck inside a hotel room all day and neither do the pets! We’ve got the best places to visit with furry friends in mind!

 

  • Cades Cove

Enjoy scenic views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from your car. Cases Cove offers an 11 mile loop where you can drive through wooded areas, experience historic homes and buildings, and even see a few of natures furry friends along the way!

  • River Rat Tubing

Dogs tube for free at River Rat tubing. Tube are provided and tethers are available for rent for $2. Tubing down the river is exciting and relaxing at the same time and you’ll be relaxed knowing your pets are enjoying it with you!

  • The Island

The Island is the perfect family friendly area for you to hang out, eat, shop, and play with your furry friends. There are plenty of restaurants with outdoor seating as well as common areas with fountains and rocking chairs for your enjoyment.

  • Patriot Park

Enjoy a picnic and outdoor fun at Patriot Park! This large grassy area is perfect for pets to come and run out all their energy. Located right next to the Old Mill, there are shops and restaurants to see as well!

  • DoggyWood

Although dogs are not permitted into DollyWood Theme Park, there is a kennel/ doggy daycare center available to watch pets while you enjoy the rides. Reservations are encouraged as slots fill quickly.

CLIMB Works Newest Attraction!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

CLIMB Works in The Great Smoky Mountains has introduced an all new Zipline Tour for all the thrill seekers out there! “Soar high above the mountain top on our NEW dual- line Mountaintop Zipline Tour- you’ll experience higher vantage points and longer lines than ever before!”
Each zipline offers so much including 360˚ panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains National park, longer ziplines for more action, and race your friends on the dual- lines!

 

What’s Included In The Tour?

ATV Ride
Begin your adventure with over a half mile ATV ride to the top of the mountain. Each ride can hold up to 6 passengers.

 

6 Side- By- Side Zipline Runs
Each new line is higher and longer than any other! 6 Lines allow you and a friend to zip together side by side through the tree tops and enjoy the beautiful mountain views.

 

4 Sky Bridges
Not only can you zip through the Smokies, but CLIMB Works has also added 4 aerial sky bridges for additional views and adventure! After the 2 hour tour across the bridges, you get to rappel back down to the ground at controlled speeds.

 

Additional Information

  • CLIMB Works is located at: 155 Branam Hollow Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • CLIMB Works is open Mon- Sat 7AM- 7PM, Closed Sun
  • The NEW Mountaintop Zipline Tour is a 2.5 hour adventure with water provided for all guests!
  • For more information check out their website at: https://www.climbworks.com/smoky_mountains/

Mermaids Have Arrived In The Smokies!

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Make your summer one to remember by checking out Ripley’s Aquarium of The Smokies for their one of a kind exhibits and daily shows. Pet the stingrays at Touch- A -Ray Bay, Watch the penguins at Penguin Playhouse, and Joke with the Jellies! Explore famous shipwreck reenactments, meet President Abraham Lincoln, and  explore the replica from Chuuk Lagoon all at Ripley’s Shipwrecks exhibit!

Back for Summer 2018…

The Mermaids are back for the summer now through Labor Day! Watch the Mermaids perform every day at 12 PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM. You also will get the chance to meet the Mermaids each day at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM.

For more information and tickets visit: https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/

 

Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies Makes the Top 10 List!

Friday, June 8th, 2018

It’s no secret that aquariums are one the coolest types of museums to visit, especially here in the Smokies! Walking underneath the sharks and petting the stingrays will never get old, even if I’m not 10 years old anymore.

USA Today recently created a poll for the Best10 Aquariums in North America, and we are excited to announce that Ripley’s Aquarium of Smokies landed in 2nd! With ever-changing exhibits and visitor- aquatic life interaction, Ripley’s always has a piece of our hearts and keeps us coming back every year for new exhibits to see. Personally, I took the afternoon off, put on my *imaginary* flippers and hit up the aquarium to relive my one my favorite childhood hotspots. I can’t wait to share with y’all my favorite exhibits and even SHOW you my journey through Ripley’s!

I started out waking into the upper level which provides a grand open lookout over a massive play structure, interactive tunnels, horseshoe crabs, and the Moon Jellies. Be sure to check out the video below for my experience! My favorite exhibit, hands- down, is Shark Lagoon! Of course there’s many species that live in the tank, but the excitement of standing underneath a shark… there’s nothing like it (check out the video for my fun but slightly nervous reaction!). Visitors get to stand on a moving sidewalk that travels over 100 yards through the tank. While in the tunnel I also got to see Sally the sea turtle getting some affection from the divers! She was so cute!

After returning to, what felt like land, I ventured off to find the horseshoe crabs and the Moon Jellies. Fun fact: Horseshoe crabs are not true crabs, they are related to spiders and scorpions! I thought it was so cool to feel the hard shell of the horseshoe crabs and walk just few steps and touch the squishy jellies! I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous at first but the educators are so knowledgable and make safety a priority!

Next, I moved into the newest exhibit called Shipwrecked. This is very educational in regards to historical shipwrecks and Civil War era artifacts. I even got to meet Abraham Lincoln! 😉 Okay so maybe I didn’t actually meet him, but I loved getting to see artifacts and learn fun facts about him and the Civil War time period. A few other displays teach you interesting facts about Black Beard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, the Edmund Fitzgerald, CSS Alabama, and the Hunley!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out the Shipwrecks exhibits while it’s on display!

After exploring the Shipwrecks exhibit, I made time to catch the Penguin Feeding! In Penguin Playhouse you get to see the penguins interacting, playing, swimming, and feeding. Check out my video to watch the cutest penguins during their feeding time. During this show, educators actually talk to you and give you fun facts regarding penguins in general as well as their own penguins here at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

While sadly reaching the end of my day, I couldn’t leave without petting the stingrays! I made my way to Touch-A-Ray Bay to interact with these fun friends. They have such a slippery texture but they sure do love the attention. This is one of the largest interactive exhibits at Ripley’s but definitely a favorite of mine!

Time to recap: On your adventure through Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies be sure to check out my favorite exhibits:
  1. Shark Lagoon
  2. Shipwrecks Exhibit
  3. Penguin Playhouse
  4. Interactive Horseshoe Crabs and Moon Jellies
  5. Touch-A-Ray Bay
  6. Glass Bottom Boat Adventure

Click Here: My Day At Ripley’s Video

Ultimate Ninja Course Challenge at TopJump

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Are you ready to test your ultimate ninja skills? Parents, kiddos, and ninja enthusiasts gather around for this fun announcement!

TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena in Pigeon Forge is perfect for all kids who want to spend their day jumping on the highest quality trampolines, climb around on 20 different climbing lines, or become a ninja and complete the Fire & Ice course. For parents, this is the best place to let kids run off all the energy that the Sugar Rush Candy Store gave them all while relaxing with free WiFi, televisions, and even massage chairs while the kids are safe and happy!

Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? For you ninja warriors out there, get ready because TopJump is introducing The Fire & Ice Course Challenge! Every Saturday kids will get the chance to compete in the course and race for the fastest time of the day! The winner of each Saturday is will go home with a year long pass to TopJump AND the opportunity to compete in the Ultimate Ninja Course Challenge on May 11th 2019! Of course there are some pretty sweet prizes up for grabs:

*Each winner will get a lifetime pass to TopJump

First Place: $1000

Second Place: $500

Third Place: $300

For more information: https://www.topjump.com/

Share with us your Ninja Course experience at TopJump below in the comments section!

10 Things to Do for the Best Day in Gatlinburg

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
  1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Voted 2017 Best U.S Aquarium by USA Today and One of the Top 5 Aquariums in the USA & World by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice, this attraction is sure to be a fin flipping good time! Explore life under the sea while walking underneath 12- foot sharks and giant sea turtles, make a splash with the stingrays, interact with the jellyfish, and even paint with the penguins! Enjoy a meal with the stingrays at Feeding Frenzy Eatery located outside Stingray Bay and don’t forget to visit The Cargo Hold Gift Shop before you head out!

Website: https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/

Address: 88 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | Phone Number: 888-240-1358

 

  1. Ober Gatlinburg

Enjoy all that Ober Gatlinburg has to offer this spring with thrilling attractions and family fun activities. Discover stunning views of the Great Smoky Mountains on the Aerial Tramway that takes you over 2 miles up the mountain, head to the indoor arena for an afternoon of ice skating, or take on the thrill of the Ski Mountain Coaster on a 5- minute cruise around the mountains! Your family can also enjoy the fun- filled Alpine Slide through the park, the Scenic Chairlift, and even explore the Wildlife Encounter exhibit to see bears, river otters, bobcats, birds and so much more! Head to The Loft Lounge to savor the many flavors created for you at the Seasons of Ober restaurant. There’s no skipping dessert at Ober so be sure to check out The Fudge Shop for homemade delicacies! The adventures are waiting for you at Ober Gatlinburg located in the Great Smoky Mountains!

Website: https://obergatlinburg.com/

Address: 1001 Parkway #2, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | Phone Number: 865-436-5423

 

  1. Anakeesta

Step on board one of Anakeesta’s scenic Chondolas to embark up Anakeesta mountain arriving at Firefly Village where you can explore all the shops, restaurants, and attractions your family will love! Step out 40’- 60’ feet in the air across the 16 connected bridges of the Tree Canopy Walk where stunning views and wildlife are sure to be seen! Speed through the trees on Anakeesta’s newest addition, Rail Runner Mountain Coaster! Riders sit on a single rail track while experiencing the thrill of racing down the mountain! You can also fly high above the forest floor one of the three Anakeesta’s Dueling Zipline Adventures! Take in the breathtaking views and excitement of swinging across the span of 1,000 feet!  Enjoy all the smoky mountain views, attractions, shops, and eateries at Anakeesta!

Website: https://www.anakeesta.com/

Address: 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | Phone Number: 865-325-2400

 

  1. Bike the Smokies

See the Smokies from a new seat! Bike the Smokies has you and your family covered with either electric or 7 sped bicycles for your perfect biking adventure. Get closer to nature than your average car rides and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Bike the Smokies has plenty of trails to offer with ranges of elevations and experiences to make your ride the most memorable!

Website: http://bikethesmokies.com/

Address: 3726 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | Phone Number:  865-325-8143

 

  1. CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains

Rated the #1 Zipline in Tennessee, you will not want to miss this attraction! Experience the Smoky Mountains from 9 world- class ziplines including 3 sky bridges, ATV rides, and many surprises throughout the park. If heights aren’t your thing, head over to the trails for mountain biking! Trails provided range from beginner to experienced raider potential featuring The Curliest wooden structure for all riders to enjoy. Bike over streams and through the trees at Climb Works in Gatlinburg!

Website: https://www.climbworks.com/smoky_mountains/

Address: 155 Branam Hollow Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | Phone Number:  865-325-8116

 

  1. Rowdy Bear Mountain

Rated the #1 mountain coaster in town, Rowdy Bear Mountain has a thrilling coaster as well as the world’s first mountain glider!  Suspended to a single rail coaster, The Mountain Glider combines free falling and hang gliding into one thrilling adventure! If flying through the trees doesn’t sound exciting enough, check out the Rowdy Bear Gravity Coaster. With self controlled speeds reaching up to 35 mph, you will be curving through the trees all while taking in the beautiful mountainous views! To add to the fun, try riding Rowdy Bear Mountain at night! Experience the track lit up in colorful lights as you fly down the mountain after dark!

Website: http://www.rowdybearcoaster.com/

Address: 386 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | Phone Number: 865-409-5045

 

  1. Smoky Mountain Angler

The Great Smoky Mountains provide more than just thrilling rides, get ready yell “fish on!” and catch your smallmouth bass and trout in the rivers of the Smokies! Maybe you’re set to catch your very first fish or hook the biggest bass in the river, either way the guides here specialize in fly fishing, wade fishing, and even European nymphing. Smoky Mountain Angler is ready to take you to the water, providing casting lessons, specialty trips, wading trips, and rentals. Whether it’s half a day or a full day, the guides will make sure to give you the most memorable fishing experience!

Website: https://www.smokymountainangler.com/

Address: 469 Brookside Village Way, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | Phone Number: 865-436-8746

 

  1. White Oak Ziplines

White Oak Ziplines and Family Fun Center is the perfect adventure park for a family looking for all types of fun! Located on 12 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, 7 ziplines will carry you over 2,6oo feet in the air! This course is laid out perfectly for first timers, and children who want to experience the thrill of ziplining and seeing the mountainous views of the Smokies.  If your family is looking for more adventure, packages are available to combine ziplining with a trip through the mountains for horseback riding or you can cool off in the river while white water rafting!

Website: http://www.whiteoakziplines.com/

Address: 170 Acadia Cir, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | Phone Number: 877- 947-4686

 

  1. Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community

Home to the largest group of independent artisans in America, your family can experience the local, specialty arts and crafts provided here. For over 75 years, this community has been a staple attraction located within Gatlinburg, TN. Be sure to travel along this 8- mile loop for handcrafted gifts and trinkets for those back home. You can also watch local craftsmen create pottery, candles, woodcarvings, and jewelry making. Today, there are over 100 artists and craftsmen offering goods and services as well as quaint lodging and wedding chapels. With plenty of parking available, be sure to stop by the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community!

Wesbite: http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com/

Address: 668 Glades Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | Phone Number: 865-436-2363

 

  1. Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

Race through the mountains at your speed on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster! With advanced technology using a wide track and brake system, this attraction gives you the power to control your speed so you can fly down the mountain or take a leisure ride and enjoy the scenic views. With tubular rails designed to make sure your ride is smooth and pleasant, the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is perfect for everyone. You can also enjoy the coaster at night, just put the brakes on for a slow cruise through the mountains to enjoy the stars!

Website: https://gatlinburgmountaincoaster.com/

Address: 306 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | Phone Number: 865-430-5577

7 Things To Do in Pigeon Forge With Kids

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Most people tend to come to the Smoky Mountains in a group, whether it’s with parents, grandparents, cousins, and kids. You and the family are looking to plan the best family vacation ever and you’ve decided to come to Pigeon Forge. Looking for activities that’s fit for the whole family can sometimes be a challenge due to age, height restrictions, and the size of your family. Don’t worry I’ve been there too. Traveling with a big family was always hectic but I loved every minute of it! I’ve created a list for you and your family of the coolest activities and experiences yawl will never forget on your vacation to the Smoky Mountains.

1. Crave Mini Golf

As of the newest attractions here in Pigeon Forge, Crave Golf Club is the “sweetest” activity for the family to show off much more than their mini golf skills. With the candy- themed atmosphere and innovative courses, your family will have a great time with a little friendly competition. Crave offers 2 courses, indoor and outdoor, both complete with 19- holes and some sweet themes along the way. The “Spin Zone” offered at each hole really adds potential to increase the competition!

Don’t forget to check out the mini bowling for a fast- paced experience. The kids will love it and so will adults! After your golfing and bowling adventure, head to the Sweet Shop and Milkshake Bar for a sweet treat!

Check out Crave’s website here: https://www.cravegolf.com/about-us/

 

2. The Island Ropes Course

Let kids unleash their inner daredevil while you relax…..on the ground. This ropes course located at The Island is perfect for the kids to play on while you sit and enjoy the fountains and shops! There are two courses offered which include the Sky Tykes Course and the Sky Trail Explorer. For anyone like me, the Sky Tykes is great! Focused for smaller children and those who prefer to be closer to the ground, this course is designed for younger kids under 48″ tall. As for the second trail, Sky Trail Explorer, kids are challenged with wobbly walkways and tightrope nail biters all while exploring up 3 stories high! If you’re brave enough, there’s a Quick Jump at the end for kids to enjoy a free fall experience!

Check out The Island Ropes Course here: http://islandinpigeonforge.com/play/the-island-ropes-course/

3. Foxfire Mountain Adventure

Foxfire Mountain is an adventure park situated on 150 acres in the Great smoky Mountains. It’s about 20 minutes away from Pigeon Forge, but worth the drive! The park offers ten different adventures to its guests including the fasted, longest, and highest biplane in the area! They also offer a giant climbing wall and the longest swinging bridge in America!

Kids who are 10 years old and older can enjoy any of Foxfire’s two zipline courses. The Goliath Zipline course is the highest at 475 ft and longest in the Smoky Mountains. On the Goliath Zipline you’ll reach speeds up to 55 mph! There’s also the Waterfall Canopy Tour, which is a popular family adventure. This tour takes you across seven platforms and two sky bridges as you biplane over creeks, waterfalls, hillsides, and cliffs.

In addition to the zippiness, families can enjoy king around the property, visiting farm animals, an ATV Bear Crawler off road adventure (3 years and older), climbing walls (5 years and older) , and even the Tree Climber Aerial Course ( 7 years and older)!

Check out Foxfire Adventure Park’s website here: https://www.foxfiremountain.com

4. Gold Rush Stables

Gold Rush Stables offers a 2 1/2 mile trail that takes an hour to ride. We have 5 trails to accommodate any level of experience. All trails are safe with no extreme trails. Being open 7 days a week helps to squeeze in that extra fun during your family vacation with available times all day long! Rides begin at: 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm. The stable also has kid friendly horses (minimum age of 6 years old)

Check out Gold Rush Stable’s website here: http://goldrushstables.com/gold-rush-stables/

5. TopJump Trampoline Park

If you’re looking for ways to get the sugar rush out of your kids, look no further. Take them to TopJump Trampoline Park, let them run out all the energy, and relax while you sit in a comfortable chair. Sounds like a dream right?! I know… Let the kids experience all that TopJump has to offer with open jump, trampoline dodgeball and basketball courses, a ninja warrior course, and the clip ‘n climb course. Clip n’climb is the largest of it’s kind in the U.S. which offers anyone over the age of 4 to clip themselves on any of the unique climbing walls, and obstacles. There are 21 different climbing lanes for your child to enjoy!

Along with all the jumping fun, TopJump also offers a huge arcade and of course, the Sugar Rush Candy Store with every type of candy you could imagine!

Check out TopJump’s website here: https://www.topjump.com

6. Rafting in the Smokies

Okay I know what you’re thinking… big rapids and small children don’t go together! Luckily, our friends at Rafting in the Smokies get it and they want to make sure your family has the best experience!  Float down the lower section of the Big Pigeon River, which has calm Class I and Class II rapids. Accompanied by one of Rafting in the Smokies friendly, professional river guides, your family and friends will be escorted down 6 miles of this casual and laid back section of the river. No experience is necessary! This trip is open to anyone 3 years old or older – life jackets/personal flotation devices (PFDs) and helmets are provided and required for all participants.

The scenery surrounding the upper and lower sections of the Pigeon River is just as breathtaking as the river itself. Skirted by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest and the Appalachian Trail, the Pigeon River has carved its rocky riverbed through some of the most dramatic country in East Tennessee.

Check out Rafting the Smokies’ website here: https://raftinginthesmokies.com/rafting-in-the-smokies-float-trips/

7. Stay At A Hotel With an Awesome Pool

  • RiverStone Resort and Spa

Make sure your vacation is perfect by staying somewhere where the kids and walk to an afternoon full of fun! RiverStone Resort and Spa offers condos for your stay with an outdoor lazy river, indoor pool, kids playground, and even a riverfront picnic area!

  • Courtyard by Marriott

The kids will love staying at the Courtyard by Marriott with the 24- hour outdoor lazy river and indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, and fire pits! leave the tubes at home, they provide them for you! Hotels aren’t just for sleeping, enjoy and have where you stay in the Great Smoky Mountains!

 

Things To Do At Ober Gatlinburg: Summer Edition

Friday, June 1st, 2018

It’s summertime in the smokies and I can’t wait to share my favorite places to see and things to do with you! Need something fun and exciting for the kids, the best places to stay, where to eat, and so much more!

So you may be wondering, it’s summer not winter- what’s there to do at Ober Gatlinburg? Let me fill you in on all the exciting activities your family will love at Ober.

1. Ride the Aerial Tramway

The Tramway departs from downtown Gatlinburg and takes you up the mountain to the amusement area. The ride up is about 2.1 miles and shows you the most beautiful views of Gatlinburg. Fun Fact: it is one of America’s largest aerial tramways!

2. Ride the Ski Mountain Coaster

Get ready to experience the thrill of coasting over 3750 feet on this 5 1/2 minute coaster. As one of Ober Gatlinburg’s year round excursion. The Ski Mountain Coaster departs near the Snow Tubing Park.  The ride begins with a 1000 ft tree-covered and relaxing ride to the top. Once at the top, riders are now in control of their own speed for the next 2750 ft of turns, dips, zig-zags, corkscrews and G-force adventures.  Although the mountain coaster can be exhilarating, it is the ultimate family experience any age can enjoy.  Riders may choose to leisurely cruise the coaster track or reach speeds up to 25 MPH, while hugging turns and dips down the mountain.

3. Wildlife Encounter

Coming to mountains in hopes of seeing some furry friends? Look no further! Ober Gatlinburg is excited to share their family of black bears including Minnie and BJ, and their now grown 5 yr olds, Holly and Chief. Not only do they have bears, but otters too! Come visit the underwater viewing area to see River Otters, Bobcats, and Birds of Prey.

The Nocturnal House includes various species of native Smokies wildlife such as raccoons, skunks, flying squirrels, turtles and snakes.

 

 

 

 

Top 5 White Water Rafting Trips in the Smoky Mountains

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Summertime in Tennessee can be scorcher and everyone likes to spend their day in a pool, on the lake, or by sticking their heads in the freezer just to cool off. No really. Along with those creative ways to keep your body temp below 1000 degrees, people love spending their day with a trip down the Pigeon River. Stay cool in the water while enjoying the thrill of rafting through class  III and IV rapids to add a bit of excitement to your summer! So get your friends and head up to the Smoky Mountains, I’ll be your personal guide for some of the best places to go white water rafting.

1. Rafting in the Smokies

Location: 3595 Hartford Rd, Hartford, TN 37753

Offering two different rafting trips and continue the adventure with them on the Zipline and Ropes Challenge Course. They will make this the highlight of the memories you will make while enjoying the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Certified and trained guides will accompany you to ensure a safe and comfortable trip. All have a love of the outdoors and are eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm. Our Upper White Water Section is a 5 mile trip featuring 12 Class III and 3 Class IV rapids. No experience is necessary for ages 8 and above. The Lower Family Float Section is a 6 mile trip featuring Class I and Class II rapids. This trip is great for ages 3 and above. 

2. Smoky Mountain Outdoors

Location: 3299 Hartford Road, Hartford, TN 37753

If you’re looking for an exciting whitewater rafting adventure, Smoky Mountain Outdoors is the perfect place! Located in Hartford, Tennessee, Smoky Mountain Outdoors offers a variety of rafting trips for visitors and continues to be the leader in safety, attention to detail and fun since 1933. When you go rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors, they focus on your safety so all you have to focus on is having a good time. The experienced guides accompany guests on each rafting trip to guarantee complete safety. For a thrilling trip down the river, go on the Upper River Rafting trip for a 6.5 mile trip on class 3 and 4 rapids. If you want even more of a thrill, they offer Extreme Upper River Rafting where you’ll ride in a smaller boat that hits more rapids to make your trip more exciting! SMO also offers a Lower River Rafting trip that is great for families and those who want a relaxing ride down the river. Not only will you see beautiful scenery, but kids love it.

3. River Rat

Location: 3630 Hartford Road, Hartford , TN 37865

Smoky Mountain River Rat is your East Tennessee destination for a cool escape in the heart of the Smokies. From top-notch tubing to heart-pumping whitewater rafting, they specialize in making lasting memories. Sit back, relax, and float down either the upper or the lower portion of the Little River with their Tubing Outpost in Townsend. The lower section, of the Little River, is their family friendly float and features relaxing rapids, scenic views, and even a rock jump! Suitable for adventure seekers 2 years and older. The upper section of the Little River includes a scenic float with adrenaline-pumping rapids and refreshing swimming holes. This adventure is suitable for 6 years and older. 

4. Big Creek Expeditions

Location: 3541 Hartford Road, Hartford , TN 37753

Within minutes of the put-in, guests find themselves paddling into their first Class III rapid of the day; the aptly named Powerhouse. With the help of an experienced guide, your group will continue through a total of 10 Class III rapids and 3 Class IV rapids, before finishing the trip back at their outpost. With rapid names like Lost Guide, Double-Reactionary, and Snapdragon, guests can expect plenty of excitement on this trip. But don’t worry, there will still be time between the rapids to take in the views, soak up some sun and have a swim. This is the ideal trip for those wanting to enhance the beauty of the Smokies with the thrill of whitewater rafting.

5. Wildwater LTD

Location: 3555 Hartford Road, Hartford , TN 37753

No trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is complete without a rafting trip on the Pigeon River, also known as the Big Pigeon River. Wildwater offers trips on both the Upper and Lower Pigeon River from our location in Hartford, TN just outside of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Their Pigeon River Adventure Center offers whitewater rafting, zipline/canopy tours, scenic Jeep tours and restaurant all at one convenient location on the banks of the Pigeon River.

 

Post is updated from previous article: https://www.pigeonforgechamber.com/whitewater-rafting-in-the-great-smoky-mountains/