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5 New Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in 2023

Have you heard the news? There are some fantastic attractions coming to the Smoky Mountains in 2023! The year is sure to be filled with fun and excitement! Interested in learning what attractions to expect? Here are 5 new things to do in the Smoky Mountains in 2023:

1. Xperia: Ocean Journey

great white shark close to cameraOne of the top things to do in the Smoky Mountains in 2023 will be to visit Xperia: Ocean Journey. This immersive attraction will combine visual effects and transport guests to the ocean. See amazing marine life in 3D like sharks, whales, squids, sea lions, and more! Walk around the curved dome and come face to face with these spectacular creatures. Xperia: Ocean Journey plans to open in late Spring 2023 and will be located in Sevierville, TN near the Tanger Outlets at Five Oaks.

2. The Pines

Previously called The Pines Theater, The Pines is an entertainment venue that has recently gone through a massive remodeling. The original theater has huge historical ties to Sevierville. It was where Dolly Parton had her first paid performance. The Pines now has retro video games, duckpin bowling, board games, pinball, food, drinks, and more! The venue aims to be the place to go for fun entertainment. The Pines is one of the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains for the new year. 

3. Anakeesta Expansion

overlook beer garden at AnakeestaAnakeesta is in the process of its largest expansion yet! In the coming months, expect a brand new mountain coaster called Hellbender and a new area of the park called Birdventure. Hellbender will be a double-railed coaster, making it twice the fun! Birdventure will be an interactive attraction featuring large birdhouses, slides, and adventure zones. It will be great for kids of all ages! Another addition to the park is going to be a European-themed village. Expect new shops, dining, trails, and more!  

4. Dollywood’s Big Bear Mountain

Another one of the top new things to do in the Smoky Mountains will be riding Dollywood’s Big Bear Mountain coaster. This coaster will be the largest and longest coaster to date in Dollywood. During the ride, enjoy on-board audio as you twist and turn through the park! There is even a waterfall you’ll fly through along the way! This $500 million investment is sure to impress. 

5.The Sky Pirates of Mermaid Bay

new spot for mini golf in Pigeon Forge: Sky Pirates of Mermaid BayExpected to open summer of 2023, The Sky Pirates of Mermaid Bay will be another one of the top things to do in the Smoky Mountains. This themed immersive mini golf adventure was created by the same people who brought Crave and Toy Box to the Smokies. The attraction will have an 18 hole indoor course and an 18 hole rooftop course. Enjoy playing with your family and friends at this pirate and ocean themed mini golf attraction!

Now you have the inside scoop on what attractions are coming to the Smoky Mountains in 2023! Keep these attractions in mind when you plan your future vacation to the Smoky Mountains. Interested in learning about more attractions in the Smokies? Take a look at what to do in the Smoky Mountains.