There’s no denying that there is a ton to do in the Smoky Mountains region. From breathtaking mountainous hikes, to thrilling wooden rollercoasters at Dollywood to more rich, finger-licking good Southern cooking than you could ever possibly eat, you’re bound to stay busy during your stay in the land of blue smoke. However, maybe you’re tired of the usual attractions you find at the top of your internet searches and, instead, are looking for adventures that will leave you with truly unique memories and experiences to take home with you. If this is the case, check out these three one-of-a-kind adventures of the Smokies!
Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud and Adventure Park
Located in Pigeon Forge, this wildly fun show and adventure park offers an unforgettable experience full of laughter, racing hearts and lumberjack-themed fun perfect for all ages! When you and the family visit this attraction not only will you get to see an incredible and exciting lumberjack showdown, but you’ll also be able to test your very own lumberjack skills at the exhilarating adventure park. Watch professional athletes (the same ones you see in the annual Lumberjack World Championship on ESPN) go head-to-head to test their woodworking skills and overall strength and agility in several high-intensity challenges. After 90 minutes of enjoying rapid sawing, log rolling, and massive speed climbs from your seat in the climate-controlled grandstand, it’s time to try your hand at being an extreme lumberjack or lumberjane!
Ripley’s Aquarium Of The Smokies In Gatlinburg
This Gatlinburg destination has been voted the best aquarium in North America by USA Today and TripAdvisor and offers a full day of fun and learning for all ages. Take a moment to breathe and slow down for a bit as you explore the wonders this massive 28,000 square foot structure has to offer. From touching string rays to gliding down a 340-foot underwater tunnel, to live shows and penguin paintings, there’s something to entertain and educate even the finickiest of visitors. If you’d like, you can take advantage of the various other Ripley’s attractions scattered across town by purchasing combo tickets to save a bit a money. However, with everything Ripley’s Aquarium has to offer, it’s unlikely you’ll find the time to partake in other adventures (at least in the same day).
Coming Soon – Dig‘n Zone
Coming to the Sevierville area Spring of 2023, is a truly exceptional adventure like no other in the area. Dig‘n Zone is going to be Tennessee’s very first construction theme park perfect for all ages! Enjoy riding, driving and operating real construction equipment (modified for your safety of course) while participating in various challenges to put your operating skills to the test! From children to grandparents, getting your hands dirty (so to speak) has never been so much fun. This 27-acre amusement park will feature over 25 attractions from an excavator modified so guests can swing from the bucket of the machine to an adapted mining truck where you’ll experience being “dumped” (don’t worry, no humans will be tumbling out the back). There will be speedways to ride skid steers, pavement rollers, tractors and more along with excavator games and other exciting rides and activities. In-between the digging, dumping, and excavating, you’ll be able to grab a tasty snack and browse the gift shop full of construction themed goodies. Though the park is still in the making, when finished, this destination will offer families a day full of affordable fun, you can’t find anywhere else in the state, so plan your visit this coming spring!
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