5 Things to Do in Sevierville, Tennessee
During a Family Vacation
Sevierville, Tennessee, is lucky for a few reasons. First, it sits right at the edge of one of the country’s most remarkable sites: the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Second, it’s an easy destination to access, located right off I-40 near its Tennessee neighbors of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. This fortunate location has made Sevierville a favorite for family vacations for a long time, but the city also has doubled down with a number of attractions suited to parents and their children looking for a fun Tennessee family trip. This list is long, but here are five of the top things to do in Sevierville during a family vacation.
- 1. Test your skills at NASCAR SpeedPark. Located next door to the Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Center, the NASCAR SpeedPark is an adventure park with more than 25 different attractions within one complex, including eight go-kart tracks (for all experience levels), a three-story indoor rock-climbing wall, two mini-golf courses, and an arcade with more than 100 games. The park is a combination of indoor and outdoor attractions.
- 2. Escape to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The county’s most-visited national park is only 12 miles from Sevierville. A day at the park can look different for every family, but taking a hike on one of the parks various trails (rated for level of difficulty) will provide you and your children plenty of opportunities for keepsake photos. Many trails are known for certain features: The Porters Creek Trail, for example, has amazing wildflowers when in season. Another tip: Pack a picnic and head to the Chimneys or Greenbrier picnic areas. Both have tables and restrooms. The Chimneys picnic area has a stream running near it, which has a good flow, especially during rainy seasons. Greenbrier also has a creek near it, and there are lots of trails for hiking within a mile or two of the Greenbrier area. At the Sugarlands Visitor Center at the park entrance, you can stop and ask rangers for suggestions based on what activities you’re interested in.
- 3. Take in a Tennessee Smokies baseball game. From April to September, the Tennessee Smokies, the AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, have a number of games at Smokies Stadium in nearby Kodak, Tennessee. Home games feature a variety of promotions for kids, including Friday night fireworks, pet-friendly games, family fun days, super hero promotional nights, concerts, Smokies gear giveaways and more. Game ticket prices vary, but are always affordable. The Kids Zone playground area located inside the park is open for kids 12 and under and features a home run challenge, speed pitch game, inflatable slide and a bounce house. Parking starts as low as $3.
- 4. Head to Forbidden Caverns. During season, you can go deep underground and take a guided tour inside Forbidden Caverns, a cave with a variety of rock formations and an interesting history behind it. A tour guide will take you through the cave and tell its story about how it was once a shelter for Eastern Woodland Indians and a hideout for moonshiners. The caves can be a nice, cool break during a warm summertime vacation in Sevierville.
- 5. Visit Dollywood, Tennessee’s most popular attraction. Dolly Parton’s hometown is Sevierville, Tennessee, and her Dollywood amusement park is just down the road in neighboring Pigeon Forge. The family theme park has many of the features you’d expect: roller coasters, kiddie rides and gift shops. But it also features a lot of food options you don’t usually find at theme parks (homemade cinnamon bread, for example) and a variety of live shows throughout the day. Dollywood also has an on-site Splash Country Water Adventure Park with 23 slides and rides, in addition to two playground areas.