How Long Has It Been Since You’ve Had a Smoky Mountains Vacation?

Smoky Mountains covered in snow in the winterA Smoky Mountains Vacation is a rite of passage for many Americans. If it has been several years since you have been in Smoky Mountain TN, you should start planning a return trip. The Great Smoky Mountains feature ancient mountains, old-growth forests, striking assortments of wildflowers, black bears, elk, and other wildlife. Visitors wondering what to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge will be pleasantly surprised to learn that many new attractions have been built.

Gatlinburg is next door to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg’s prized Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum has been completely rebuilt since its 1992 fire. Ripley’s has gone on to build a moving 3-D theater, a haunted house, a mirror maze, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, and other Gatlinburg attractions. Live actors thrill guests at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. The former casket factory has been upgraded into a topnotch, lavish horror set. Visit Ripley’s Mirror Maze for a less scary, but still crazy, experience. Ripley’s promises a different experience each time. Inside the 2,000 square feet of mirrored pathways is Ripley’s Candy Factory.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies may be inland but is one of the nation’s best aquariums. The diverse exhibits include the Ocean Realm and the Tropical Rainforest. Get up-close views of ocean predators in the Shark Lagoon and marvel at the fantastic colors of the Coral Reef. Tour Stingray Bay and then touch stingrays in the interactive exhibit. Crawl through underwater tunnels at the indoor and outdoor Penguin Playhouse.

Combine your aquarium visit with a trip to the RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo in nearby Sevierville. The RainForest Zoo shows hundreds of animals highlighting species from rainforests around the world.

WonderWorks, another science themed family attraction, has a location in Pigeon Forge. Attractions include an indoor 50-foot ropes challenge course, an inversion tunnel, and a virtual roller coaster. Lie down on a bed of nails, feel the force of a 6.0 earthquake, and form a massive bubble around yourself.

Many things to do in Pigeon Forge center around the iconic Dollywood theme park. In the past 10 years, many themed areas have been added, including Chasing Rainbows, Thunderhead Gap, and Adventure Mountain. The Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame opened in Dollywood in 1999. Dollywood now closes its doors annually to host the induction ceremony, which features music performances throughout the entire day.

The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge opened in 2010 and is the world’s largest Titanic museum. The two-story museum is shaped like the RMS Titanic and anchored in water. Upon admission, visitors are given a boarding pass with a 1912 passenger’s name. When the visitors reach the Titanic Memorial Room, they can check the name and learn the passenger’s fate.

Make your next vacation a Smoky Mountain vacation. Tennessee vacations are perfect for families, retirees, newlyweds, and everyone else. The Smoky Mountain region offers a complete combination of museums, musical entertainment, theme parks, and outdoor activities and scenery.

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Smoky Mountains Winter Activities

Smoky Mountains Winter Activities

Winterfest in The Smoky Mountains is full of excitement and things to do for all ages. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Winterfest activities, an annual celebration that spanning the entire winter season. Join in on all of the fun and Smoky Mountains winter activities as the popular resort towns transform into one gigantic winter wonderland with special events in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Continue reading

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Back in Time to Learn About Ancestors in the Smokies

As we’ve said before, part of the allure of the Smoky Mountains is the chance to see history, to learn about the people who carved a living out of this formerly remote area. When there is a festival to celebrate our ancestors, everyone gets a chance to relive what made those pioneers so special. Continue reading

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Celebrities Come to Life in Pigeon Forge, Sort of

If you thought Dolly Parton was the only celebrity you could see in the Smoky Mountains, boy, are you wrong! Thanks to the Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge, you can see Brad Pitt, Elvis Presley, Natalie Portman, Marilyn Monroe and other stars. Well, in wax form. The only wax museum in the country dedicated entirely to celebrity figures, this two-story museum brings Hollywood to the Smoky Mountains. You can get so close to the stars that you may start to believe they’re alive. Continue reading

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Guest Blog from Ripley’s Entertainment of the Smokies

At Ripley’s we are ever changing and adding new additions to
our attractions to allow families to create new memories. This year we have
added new things everywhere to give yet another fresh touch. Continue reading

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Skydive Without Getting in a Plane

Have you ever wanted to skydive, but weren’t real interested in going that far up in the sky? Well, in Pigeon Forge you can experience the sensation of flying without jumping out of a plane. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving is located at stoplight #5 in Pigeon Forge. It is the country’s first vertical wind tunnel, which allows you to body fly. Here’s how it works: Continue reading

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Upside-Down in Pigeon Forge, But On Purpose

So you’re driving through Pigeon Forge TN, noticing all the attractions when suddenly you do a double-take. What is that building doing upside down? And more importantly, what is going on inside it? Continue reading

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Zorbing in Pigeon Forge

If I say, “Have you tried ZORB?”, your first reaction maybe, “Is that a new ice cream?” or “That horrible disease?” The answer to both is no; ZORB is a crazy way to get moving and it’s in Pigeon Forge. Continue reading

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4th of July in Pigeon Forge

Independence Day celebrations display what is great about summer – great food, good music, fireworks and remembering what makes this country so special. There are a lot of events around the country on July 4, but every year in Pigeon Forge, they have an excellent day devoted to all those things with the great backdrop of the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

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Fightin’ Fussin’ and Feudin’ in Pigeon Forge

Of all the feuds in this country’s history (red state/blue state, Coke/Pepsi, grapes in chicken salad/no grapes in chicken salad), perhaps none is more famous than the Hatfields and McCoys disagreement. This interstate spat began during the Civil War and while it didn’t last past the turn of the century, it made its way into the folklore of the nation. And now, if you visit Pigeon Forge, you can get involved in this fight, complete with a tasty meal, singing and dancing.

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