Summer in the Smokies


No more waiting, postponing or being too busy – this year the vacation is on and the Smoky Mountains are ready to welcome you. Read on to learn why.


Sevierville’s Smoky Mountain attractions offer something for every member of the family! Visit one of America’s finest small zoos, Rainforest Adventures, race around at NASCAR SpeedPark's go kart tracks and watch history take flight at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation. Then let the kids play trampoline dodgeball, bounce their way into a video game and even run a ninja warrior course inspired by the popular television show at Sevier Air Trampoline and Ninja Warrior Park.

Make some time to splash around at Soaky Mountain Waterpark, a 50-acre waterpark attraction with showstopping new rides – including a first-of-its-kind water coaster called “The Edge,” plus slides and play areas for younger kids, thrill slides, a FlowRider surfing simulator, 35,000 square foot wave pool, winding wave river and more.

Hop aboard The Horizon Skyride Chairlift at SkyLand Ranch for a peaceful ride to the mountaintop farm. Permanent residents include a host of miniature animals including cows, donkeys, goats and sheep. Meet and greet them (and snap a few photos) as they roam the ranch with trained handlers ready to answer your questions. Then pick up a delicious meal from their gourmet food trucks and settle in for a live show – entertainment ranges from rocking country bands to banjo pickers and even trick ropers. SkyLand Ranch is also home to The Wild Stallion mountain coaster – which is currently the longest in the southeast at 1.25 miles – and The Safari Hayride, a fun animal encounter for all ages!

Come down from the mountain and head under the water at Xperia: Ocean Journey . This immersive cinematic experience is recently opened early summer 2023 at Tanger Outlets Sevierville and will provide an interactive and educational undersea experience unlike any other. Watch giant Humboldt squid battle one another, dance with playful sea otters, and be mesmerized by the sheer size and beauty of a humpback whale.

Kids of all ages will have a blast operating real construction equipment at Sevierville’s newest theme park. Attractions at Dig N’ Zone include themed rides and retro-fitted equipment such as skid-steers, excavators, pavement rollers, articulating loaders, forklifts, a dump truck ride, dueling diggers, an excavator spinner and more. Fun photos opportunities will be found throughout as well – from giant tires to huge bucket scoops!

The world’s largest Buc-ee’s convenience center is now open in Sevierville With 120 gas pumps, a 250-foot-long car wash, and 74,000 square feet filled with that famous Buc-ee’s BBQ, plus irresistible snacks and gifts, this is a must-stop on any Smoky Mountain vacation.

But Buc-ee’s isn’t the only place to try out some new flavors. Several new restaurants have also opened their doors throughout town. Pay a visit to historic downtown Sevierville for fresh libations and games (snookball, anyone?) at The Pines. This new entertainment venue makes its home in the historic Pines Theater where Dolly Parton played her first paying gig in 1956. Also in downtown, enjoy the smoky flavors of Trotter’s Whole Hog BBQ or indulge in a lobster roll at Pinchy’s Lobster & Beer Co. Just down the road, Iron Forge Brewing Co. serves up 30 house-brewed beers to enjoy while overlooking the Little Pigeon River.

Sports fans will love going to a baseball game at Tennessee Smokies Stadium, where The Tennessee Smokies are the AA affiliates of the Chicago Cubs. Golfers will enjoy playing a round or two at the challenging and beautiful Sevierville Golf Club, which features two 18-hole courses.


America’s most visited national park Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is less than 12 miles from Sevierville. Encompassing an 800-square mile stretch of deciduous forest, visitors to the park can view early settlements and homesteads and enjoy hiking, fishing, picnics, and more. Over 800 miles of maintained Smoky Mountain hiking trails crisscross the park and offer spectacular views.


There are more than 100 high end name brand outlets like Coach, Michael Kors and Under Armour at Tanger Outlets Sevierville. Add to that a huge selection of specialty boutiques, flea markets and antique malls throughout town and you realize – Sevierville is one awesome city for Smoky Mountain shopping! Explore the massive Smoky Mountain Knife Works, featuring cutlery, kitchen gadgets and relics – you can even buy ancient fossils there. Then shop your way through more unusual outlets – everything from Russell Stover’s chocolate outlets to Beef Jerky outlets are found in Sevierville!


While in Sevierville, be sure and see all things Dolly. Sevierville is Dolly Parton’s hometown and many visitors stop for a photo with the singer’s bronze statue in downtown Sevierville before checking out the boutiques and restaurants and taking the free self-guided historic walking tour. While in town, be sure to also visit her nearby theme park, Dollywood.


Across Sevierville, you’ll have opportunities to embrace the natural surroundings while enjoying outdoor adventures like hiking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and more. Rent a kayak for a relaxing day on Douglas Lake, which is also the perfect location for boating, fishing, canoeing, jet skiing and more.

Whitewater rafting is another fun way to beat the heat and get your blood pumping. Enjoying class IV rapids on the Pigeon River or choose a more serene float trip, which is ideal for families with younger children. Several outfitters offer both types of trips.


More and more people are discovering that Sevierville is the place to stay in the Smoky Mountains area. With a convenient location, exciting attractions and plenty of new lodging options, staying in Sevierville is more convenient than ever. Indoor waterpark resorts are popular for families, as are luxurious Smoky Mountain cabins complete with game rooms, gas fireplaces and hot tubs. Sevierville also has a host of RV resorts and campgrounds with amenities like firepits, s’mores carts and great views. Some of the newest lodging options include a treehouse resort, where the accommodations boast rope ladders, slides, escape hatches, drink chutes, and more. You can also try out glamorous camping (also known as “glamping”) in Sevierville!

With natural beauty all around, plenty of outlet shopping and more family fun than you can pack into a week – there’s no reason to wait. This year, the vacation is on.

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