Blog for Zip line Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on October 18, 2016
October is such a busy month in the Smokies. Folks are coming into town to see the fall colors and visit the craft shows and do some Christmas shopping at the outlet malls. But if you're going to be in town for a few days or even a full week, you might need to come up with a few additional ways to fill out your travel schedule. This week, we'll introduce you to three attractions in each of our three main cities – Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville – and tell you why you should consider adding it to your itinerary.
• Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies – You can't go wrong with an attraction that brings the world's most amazing aquatic creatures to the mountains and displays them in a unique, interactive setting. Gallery after gallery showcases saltwater specimens from oceans across the globe, the highlight being the large lagoon of sharks, which guests can travel through via a see-through underwater tunnel with moving walkway. You can watch aquarium divers interact with stingrays or touch the rays yourself at a special interactive exhibit.
• Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort – This multi-season attraction on top of Mt. Harrison has something for visitors all year long. Right now, you can still do things like the Ski Mountain Coaster, the alpine slide, the scenic chairlift and, of course, the aerial tramway that takes guests from downtown Gatlinburg up to the resort. In winter, it's all about snow sports like skiing, snowboarding, tubing and even indoor ice skating.
• Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre – There aren't many live theater productions in Gatlinburg, but this one comes highly recommended. Open since the mid 1970s, Sweet Fanny Adams is the longest running show in the entire Smokies area, bringing two hilarious original musical comedies to the stage each season. The intimate 100-seat space is ideal for the show's turn-of-the-century style of live entertainment, which includes audience sing-alongs and lots of surprises.
• Dollywood – This probably goes without saying, but Dollywood is a huge tourist draw around here, and for good reason. With more than 150 acres of rides, attractions, music shows, shops and restaurants, there's something to captivate all ages and preferences for fun. Through the end of October, the park is hosting its annual National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration, featuring crafters from all over the country as well as dozens of live gospel music acts. The theme park actually hosts a variety of festivals throughout its operating season – mid-March through the end of the year – and in summer, visitors can enjoy water park fun at Dollywood's Splash Country.
• Smoky Mountain Ziplines – OK, we may be a little biased here, but TripAdvisor.com has us rated as the number-one outdoor attraction in Pigeon Forge, so we have a legit claim to be on this list. You'll enjoy some of the best zip lines in Tennessee thanks to our new course featuring more zipline action than ever before, not to mention some killer views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
• Wonderworks – This self-proclaimed “museum for the mind” offers multiple levels of mind-bending family fun – proving that entertainment can be educational too. The attraction is divided into multiple Wonder Zones, including natural disasters, space discovery, imagination lab and the light and sound zone. There's also a theater that's home to the Wonders of Magic show starring award-winning illusionist Terry Evanswood.
• Smokies Stadium – It may not be baseball season now, but from spring through early September, this 4,000-seat ballpark is home to the Tennessee Smokies, a AA minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The team creates a fun home-game experience complete with fan giveaways and special nightly promotions like Firework Fridays.
• Rainforest Adventure Discovery Zoo – Located at Governor's Crossing, this unique collection features creatures that mostly hail from the Amazon rainforests of South America. Animals include reptiles, mammals, birds, bugs and amphibians, and they're exhibited in ways that allow guests to get a fascinating look at a world most people have not seen up close.
• Tennessee Museum of Aviation – Located adjacent to the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge airport (which is actually in Sevierville), this attraction lets guests take a self-guided tour through the history of Tennessee's contributions to the field of aviation. The museum includes a 35,000-square-foot hangar that houses dozens of vintage aircraft spanning the history of aviation.