What's New in Sevierville, Tennessee
8 Insider Tips for Families
in the Great Smoky Mountains

Heading to the Great Smoky Mountains for a Tennessee family vacation soon? There’s no shortage of fun for every type of family from adventurous water lovers to amusement park fans.

We’ve compiled a list of the newest attractions and some off-the-radar suggestions that will take your Sevierville getaway to the next level. Here are 8 insider tips you’ll want to be sure not to miss:

  1. Dolly Parton Statue - As the hometown of entertainer Dolly Parton, it’s only fitting that you snap a family pic at her bronze statue outside the Sevier County Courthouse. It’ll light up Instagram for sure! You’ll also enjoy family fun at Dixie Stampede, Dolly’s dinner show, a patriotic performance with horses, dancing and a bit of comedy thrown in.
  2. Sugarlands Visitor Center - Before you head into the vast beauty of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most visited national park, stop by the Sugarlands Visitor Center to get your bearings, including a map of trails, streams, picnic areas and more. The center features a nature museum and lets you interact with rangers to get advice about park activities. The park is free to enter and explore, making it a great deal for active families!
  3. Lightning Rod - The newest ride at Dollywood amusement park, Lightning Rod is the world’s fastest wooden coaster, launching riders from 0 to 45 mph and 20 stories up. If you’re ready for more, check out the Wild Eagle, America’s first wing coaster, and Mystery Mine, which features 95-degree drops. Dollywood is Tennessee’s No. 1 attraction.
  4. Wilderness at the Smokies Water Park Resort - The amusement doesn’t stop at the theme parks in Sevierville; the fun continues, at least at this resort, which is a park in itself. Wilderness at the Smokies is an amenity-filled resort designed for families that offers its guests exclusive access to two outdoor waterparks and an indoor water park. Check out thrilling attractions and slides including The Wild Vortex (named one of the world’s craziest water slides by Travel+Leisure).
  5. Flea Markets - Sevierville is home to a variety of flea markets, some with more than 1000 booths, where you can go on a veritable treasure hunt for a unique find. You can also hunt for bargains at Tanger Outlets Sevierville with 120 high-end outlet stores to peruse. Want to stay close to great shopping? Browse this list of award-winning hotels and motels along Sevierville’s Parkway.
  6. Foxfire Mountain Adventures - You may have ziplined, but not like this! Foxfire Mountain Adventures has the highest and longest zip lines east of the Mississippi definitely worth a glide... Can your family take on the Goliath, the highest zip line in the Smokies while sailing above gorgeous scenery?
  7. Go Underground - Did you know Sevierville is as thrilling underground as it is above ground? Forbidden Caverns takes visitors on an hour-long tour to learn about these caverns that were once a shelter for Eastern Woodland Indians and area moonshiners. The cave also boasts the largest wall of rare cave onyx in the U.S.
  8. Family Fun Itinerary - Need a little help planning a trip of a lifetime? Visit Sevierville to the rescue! Download this pre-planned four-day itinerarypre-planned four-day itinerary to follow or alter to fit your family’s needs. It includes plenty of shopping, entertainment and action to please everyone.

For more amazing places to stay, including log cabins, hotels and resorts, attractions and activities, as well as discounts and coupons for your Smoky Mountains family vacation, go to www.VisitSevierville.com. Have fun!