On the must-do list is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Voted America’s #1 Aquarium by TripAdvisor, it is also a top destination for viewing penguins. Yep- right in the heart of Tennessee!
Pet stingrays and horseshoe crabs, check out 12 ft. sharks and explore the aquarium in a series of clear underwater tunnels. The beauty of Ripley’s Aquarium is that it’s super family-friendly and groups can take advantage of education programs, tours, or even music programs.
Wander over to WonderWorks for over 35,000 square feet of edu-tainment. The building itself is upside-down (the story behind it can be found inside) and within its walls are more than 100 hands-on exhibits to intrigue and explore.
A Need for Speed
Race to NASCAR SpeedPark for 22 race-themed go-kart tracks, rides, and attractions. The twists and turns are thrilling and the collection of NASCAR memorabilia is the biggest in the Smokies.
Zip over to the The Track Family Recreation Center for a fast ride on a three-story go-kart track or a crazy free-fall into oversized safety cushions. Bumper cars, bumper boats, mini-golf, and bungee round out a full day of fun!
Goats on the Roof?
That’ll get your attention! The Coaster at Goats on the Roof is an alpine coaster, topping speeds of 30 mph and careening down a mile-long track. Follow your ride with homemade ice cream, gem mining, and some quality time with the goats!
Shows, Shows, and More Shows
While the Smoky Mountains offer a bevy of intoxicating adventures, you can also kick back in a comfy seat and enjoy one of the many superb shows.
Country Tonite, Magic Beyond Belief, and the Smoky Mountain Opry top the list of energetic and engaging performances. But there are so many fantastic shows that are family and group-friendly.
Check out country classics, comedy, gospel, Broadway, pop, dancing, singing- even live animals! Dazzling special effects and world-class performers make for outstanding entertainment.
When you’re in the middle of a mountain destination, you’re probably not thinking about an island.Unless, of course, it’s The Island in Pigeon Forge!
The Island IS a destination, with eating, shopping, play and stay options in one exciting entertainment complex. Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, get lost in the Mirror Maze, or check out the Alcatraz East Crime Museum.
Use your wits in the Escape Game, jump into the Thunderdome, or take a ride that requires all senses at the 7D Dark Ride Adventure.
Foodies will love the restaurants, food carts, and eateries while shoppers will love the 35+ retail and specialty shops. There’s even a four-star Margaritaville Island Hotel where guests can waste away in complete comfort!