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New Attractions And Restaurants Make Their Debut In The Smokies - Part 1

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on February 14, 2023

If you've ever vacationed in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or Sevierville, then you know that none of those cities are content to rest on their mountain laurels. In the Smoky Mountain tourism business, there's always something new around the corner to excite visitors, and 2023 appears to be no exception to that rule. From attractions to restaurants, folks traveling to the Smokies this year will see a lot of new stuff. So whether it's your first time in the mountains of East Tennessee or your hundredth, you're sure to experience something you haven't before.

Naturally, we also hope you plan to pay a visit to our zip lines in Tennessee this year. So the next time you're headed to Pigeon Forge, call us at Smoky Mountain Ziplines for an epic mountain adventure, and while you're in the area, be sure to check out one or more of these new faces in town. Some have already made their debut, while others are expected to arrive later in the year.

Sevier Air Trampoline & Ninja Warrior Park

There's a lot going on under the roof of this 38,000-square-foot attraction, located in the Governor's Crossing development in Sevierville. It started out as a trampoline park that also features both junior and advanced Ninja Warrior courses as well as a three-story NetWORX net system for climbing. The latest addition is a laser tag arena, which can accommodate as many as 26 guests engaging in action-packed battles in themed environments. Fight through ravaged streets as helicopters and interceptor jets fly overhead.

Xperia Ocean Journey

This attraction, slated to open late this spring, will also be found in Sevierville, at Tanger Outlets at Five Oaks. Combining stunning visual effects and cutting-edge technology, this attraction virtually transports guests to the depths of the ocean for an unforgettable experience with the marine creatures that live there. You'll see a life-sized humpback whale in 3D, battling Humboldt squids, a stealthy thresher shark, dancing sea lions and more. The visual effects that go into this journey were created by the Oscar-winning VFX team behind Game of Thrones, Wonder Woman and Westworld.

Mountain Wildlife Museum

You'll find this new attraction, which specializes in taxidermy exhibits from all over the world, on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The museum showcases superbly crafted taxidermy specimens in a manner that will bring attention to the glory and wonder of the creatures on display. The goal is also to educate the public about the animals' taxonomy and environmental habitats.

Wilderness At The Smokies

This Sevierville resort has been around for 15 years, but its popular on-site water park, Wild WaterDome, is getting bigger for 2023. The 40,000-square-foot expansion will include a three-story water coaster with steep drops, uphill blasts and the world's first slide with Reverse AquaLucent effects. Also look for the Forbidden Caverns Lazy River and Lookout Lagoon, a rooftop pool with a glass edge. To accommodate more guests, the resort is adding 500 seats to the waterpark area as well as six new cabanas on the mezzanine level and nine more on the main level. Look for work to be completed this fall, but since it's an indoor water park, guests and visitors can immediately enjoy the fun.

Downtown Sevierville Restaurants

Visitors to downtown Sevierville can now enjoy two new dining experiences, both in close proximity to each other. The Pines is an entertainment venue with duckpin bowling, games and a full-service restaurant. It's named after the historic Pines Theater, which was established in downtown Sevierville in the 1940s and went on to be one of the venues where a young Dolly Parton got her start. Also look for Pinchy's, a restaurant that specializes in lobster, oysters and New England-style seafood.

Check back next week for more new stuff in the Smokies!


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