Located at River Plantation RV Resort, this two-acre, double-decker course is packed with more than 55 elements
to explore during a two-hour adventure. After safety training, choose your own route to climb, zip and swing
through trees. Challenges include dangling bridges, swinging vines, hanging nets, zip-lines, tight ropes, and more.
Two levels let you mix-up the amount of derring-do required: Easier challenges are 14- to 22-feet above the
ground while second-tier excitement is 28- to 50-feet high. You can opt to complete favorite challenges
multiple times or explore the course to try them all. Along the way, friendly, helpful guides are ready to
lend a hand and encouragement as needed. All ages welcome; a little zipper course is specifically aimed at youngsters
age four to seven. Easy to access from the Parkway, the course is open daily; reservations are strongly recommended.
Scenic Helicopter Tours
Climb into a helicopter and soar up to 1,200-feet up into the air for an eagle’s eye view of the Great
Smoky Mountains and surrounding farms, fields, waters, and other natural and manmade sights.
Bring your camera! Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, looking to take your relationship to a higher
level, or simply longing to do something different, on this unforgettable aerial tour you’re bound to see some
breathtaking vistas plus learn something new—all while hovering up in the clouds like a VIP. Scenic Helicopter
Tours has flown FAA- and National Park Service-approved flights over The Smokies since 1972. Daily tour options
range from eight to 100 miles, depending on your interests and time constraints, and are suitable for all ages.
Sky High Air Tours
Soar over The Smokies in an authentic piece of American history: A 1927 Waco Model 10 Straightwing biplane.
There are just 36 such vintage biplanes registered in the U.S., and only a dozen still fly. This vintage
biplane has been lovingly restored to “like new” condition. While soaring through the skies in the open-air
cockpit, the wind whips through your hair as if you were riding a motorcycle or convertible. Before take-off
pose for a commemorative photo wearing vintage leather helmets, goggles and silk scarves, then climb into the
aircraft for a thrilling tour of the spectacular mountains. Tours of eight-, 15- and 30-minutes are available
seasonally; operations shut down in cold months. All ages welcome and reservations are recommended but
not required. After a biplane tour you’ll still have time to head to the Tennessee Museum of Aviation.
Tennessee Museum of AviationTennessee Museum of Aviation
The history of human flight comes to life at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation. You can climb into an A-4 Skyhawk
Cockpit for a pilot’s-eye view of flying and pose behind the controls for a souvenir image. While hundreds of historic
artifacts and exhibits can be found throughout the museum, airworthy warbirds are the focus of the aircraft
collection. Several vintage aircraft, radial and jet engines, plus military vehicles are on display in the hangar.
The museum is the only one in the U.S. that houses two airworthy P-47 Thunderbolts; less than a dozen
of these World War II aircraft still fly in the world. Outside is a runway of the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge
Airport, so you can also watch planes arrive and take off. The museum is open daily and exhibits change
frequently since most of the aircraft in the hangar are still airworthy and may be up in the air somewhere.
Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo
Featuring over 600 live animals representing more than 130 species, the Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo is
packed with creatures from cute to creepy that are sure to give you and your travel companions something to talk
about (plus plaques and brochures help answer questions sure to arise). Among the exotic birds, bugs, reptiles,
mammals and amphibians on display are a northern blue-tongued skink, African crested porcupine, and golden headed
lion tamarins—some of the smallest and rarest monkeys on earth. Odds are that you’ll spot at least one creature
that you never before knew existed, unless you happened to see it on Animal Planet. The majority of animals at the
Zoo were born or hatched in captivity; some are on loan from zoos across the U.S. for educational purposes. The
Zoo is open daily (except Christmas Day) and is suitable for all ages (admission is free for children under age 3).
Dolly Parton + Donuts
For the quintessential Sevierville experience, visit Dolly Parton…or, at least, the statue of her that was unveiled 30 years
ago and in that time has attracted millions of visitors from all over the world. Head first to the Sevierville
Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center to learn more about the renowned singer/songwriter/actress/entrepreneur/
philanthropist and the sculpture of her while touring a special exhibit, “30: Celebrating Dolly in Bronze,” on display
through 2017. Then head to the bronze statue of Dolly Parton—the most honored female country performer of all
time!—on the Sevier County Courthouse lawn. This tribute to the superstar by her hometown community is the
perfect place to snap a picture since it’s the only place on earth you’re guaranteed to get close to the living legend. Before
you leave town, head across the street to Courthouse Donuts. At this design-your-own donut shop choose an
icing like chocolate or vanilla, a topping like peanuts, coconut or sprinkles, and a sauce such as caramel or marshmallow
cream then watch a fluffy vanilla cake ring prepared to your specifications. If Dolly and donuts isn’t enough to
make you smile, you really need to spend more time in Sevierville having fun!