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Experience the perfect family vacation in Sevierville, Tennessee.


Fun for all ages (and all moods) is ready and waiting for you and your loved ones in the Smoky Mountains.

Sevierville, Tennessee is the perfect family vacation destination. That’s a hefty promise and while the kind folks of the Smoky Mountains can’t guarantee that your toddler will never melt into a tantrum or your teen won’t emit a few sighs and eye rolls while you’re visiting the area, odds are that such moods will quickly shift into smiles. Giggles and laughs, even.

There is much to smile about in Dolly Parton’s hometown of Sevierville, from spectacular vistas to adrenaline-pumping challenges, from creative outlets to museums that disguise learning as genuine fun, from healthy hikes to tasty treats. Sevierville is a family travel playground so packed with attractions and rich with natural resources that there truly is something for everyone, at any age, every personality and the full spectrum of moods.

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Looking for sincere hugs? Head to Foxfire Mountain. Facing down fear-inducing challenges tends to make folks grab onto loved ones with enthusiasm. Such obstacles are abundant throughout this 150-acre park. Complete the seven-line Waterfall Canopy tour, the five-line Goliath zip-line course which boasts the highest, longest and fastest zip-line in the Smoky Mountains, and the 330-foot long Bridge to Prosperity Mountain, which is the longest swinging bridge in the U.S. You’ll also find climbing walls, ropes courses and off-road ATV adventures.

Keep hearts pumping at Sevier Air Trampoline & Ninja Warrior Park. This new facility features 38,000-square feet of jumping, bouncing and flipping fun. Find 60 trampolines, an obstacle course inspired by the popular Ninja Warrior TV show, plus a three-story net system specifically designed for youngsters age two to ten. There are also two competition dodge ball courts, a two-sided rock wall, three basketball goals, two tumble tracks for gymnastics, a rope swing, and a jousting area above a foam pit.

For ready access to thrills book a stay at Wilderness at the Smokies. Tennessee’s largest indoor waterpark — a comfortable 84 degrees year-round! — as well as two seasonal outdoor waterparks are exclusive to overnight guests (admission is included in room rates). With a total of 17 water slides, nine pools, a lazy river, and multiple water rides and attractions, guests of all ages and heights will find multiple ways to splash, slide and surf. Among the options is a 55-foot drop into a swirling funnel, the region’s only body-surfing simulator, and a vortex with a near-vertical trap-door release. An indoor adventure forest offers additional challenges with the option of staying dry.

Prefer to keep feet firmly on the ground? No problem! Sevierville is located in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the No. 1 most visited national park in the U.S. Explore this natural treasure by walking a trail, bicycling the Cades Cove Loop Road, horseback riding back country trails, or even driving Newfound Gap Road (US 441). Stop for a picnic, to take a family photo against a breathtaking backdrop at an overlook, or to learn more about the park’s biodiversity and history in a program offered by the National Park Service. You can even set foot on the famed Appalachian Trail that threads 70 miles through the park; a two-mile stretch is accessible near the Newfound Gap parking lot.

If it’s conversations you crave, don’t miss the Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo. Featuring over 600 live animals representing more than 130 species, this place is packed with creatures from cute to creepy that are sure to give you something to talk about (plus plaques and brochures help answer questions sure to arise). Among the exotic birds, bugs, reptiles, mammals and amphibians that you’ll see are a northern blue-tongued skink, African crested porcupine, and golden headed lion tamarins which are some of the smallest and rarest monkeys on earth, among many others.

Find more to talk about at the Apple Barn Cider Mill & General Store. Retail shelves are packed with nostalgic goodies that may spark tales of treats once baked in grandma’s kitchen or other memories of the good old days. Whether or not your family cooks you surely eat and temptations abound here with a Cider Room and Cider Bar, Apple Pie Kitchen, ice cream parlor, and Candy Factory where you can watch stick candy, caramel apples and chocolates being made and then bite into the deliciousness. Still hungry? The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant serves hearty traditional favorites like fried chicken, chicken pot pie and more.

Have Fun in Sevierville, Tn
Dolly Parton's Statue in Sevierville, Tn

For a scrapbook image of an icing-covered toothy grin, Courthouse Donuts in historic downtown Sevierville is where to go. At this design-your-own donut shop you get to choose an icing like chocolate or vanilla, a topping like peanuts, coconut or sprinkles, and a sauce such as caramel or marshmallow cream. Watch a fluffy vanilla cake ring prepared to your specifications. Then bite into the lip-licking dream come true.

Don’t put that camera away yet. 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. Since it was unveiled 30 years ago, the statue has attracted millions of visitors from all over the world. You can learn more about the artwork by touring a special exhibit, 30: Celebrating Dolly in Bronze, on display through the end of the year at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.

For another photo op, head to the Tennessee Museum of Aviation. There 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. Several vintage aircraft plus engines and military vehicles are on display in the hangar. Other historic artifacts and exhibits can be found throughout the museum. Outside is a runway of the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge Airport, so you can also watch planes arrive and take off.

“Can we please go again?” Spend your next family vacation in Sevierville, Tennessee and you’ll hear those magic words, perhaps even before you leave.

It just wouldn’t be a vacation to Sevierville and the Smokies without enjoying the area's amazing shopping. Discover treasures waiting to make their way home with you at many area flea markets, outlet malls and antique shops. Sevierville is home to two of the area’s largest outlet malls with more than 120 stores between them – you may want to plan an entire day for a visit! There are also wonderful local boutiques, perfect for strolling in and out and finding that one-of-a-kind gift or souvenir, whether it’s a Christmas ornament or a new pair of cowboy boots!

Do you see why so many moms love Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains as a welcoming family getaway for spring? Bring your own family for a heart-warming vacation in the midst of the mountains. You won’t be sorry and you’ll likely be planning your next visit to this lovely town – hey, Smithsonian Magazine even named Sevierville one of its 20 Small Towns to Visit in 2015! For more information about how to plan your Smoky Mountain Spring Break in Sevierville, go to VisitSevierville.com and download the free Sevierville Vacation Planner.

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