Discover Something New in the Smoky Mountains

Put Sevierville, Tennessee on Your Must-Visit List this Year

02/22/2020  | 
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Whether this will be your first visit to the Smokies or you’ve visited every year since you were a child, you’re sure to discover something new in Sevierville this summer – and create family memories to treasure.

Make a Splash

Indoor waterpark resorts are one sure way to weather-proof your spring break. With wave pools, waterslides and kids’ play areas, these resorts are fun for kids of all ages. The Wild WaterDome at Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort is home to mega waterslides, including The Storm Chaser and Runaway Canyon, as well as a large wave pool and kids’ play areas. Their indoor dry play area, Adventure Forest, adds even more activities for families including the three-story Tree Top Towers ropes course, multi-level laser tag arena and an arcade. When the temps heat up outside, Lake Wilderness comes to life and features thrilling slides like The Wall, Wild Vortex and Cyclone Racer.

The Resort at Governor’s Crossing recently expanded their waterpark offerings as well with the addition of Adventure Springs, featuring a dual racer slide, fully enclosed slide and more than 30 interactive play elements for kids and families to enjoy. In addition, they’ve opened 67 new condo units – some of which are large enough to accommodate up to 18 guests – and the all-new Firefly Cove, featuring fire pits, grills, a children’s playground and a hammock relaxation zone.

Discover Something New

Sevierville is experiencing a historical revival with new businesses telling old stories beautifully. The Five Oaks District is based on the Ogle Farm, which was established in the 1920s. Well-known outlet mall Tanger Outlets Sevierville has long occupied this old farmstead, but new additions, such as The Lodge at Five Oaks and Five Oaks Farm Kitchen share the stories of the Ogle Family through old journals, pictures and family recipes. The newest addition to the farm is Ogle Brothers General Store, a homespun retail experience featuring locally made items and fun special events throughout the year including Granny Blanche’s Honey Fest (April 3-5).

New places to stay can be found throughout Sevierville, including The Historic Central Hotel, a new boutique hotel with luxurious two-bedroom units in downtown Sevierville, and The Ridge Outdoor Resort, which has 50 RV campsites as well as luxury tent glamping and tiny homes.

Shop till You Drop

Sevierville is famous for shopping. Tanger Outlets Sevierville has over 100 high-end outlet stores offering name brand wares at deep discount prices. Shoppers also discover treasures at unique specialty stores like Smoky Mountain Knife Works – a massive store selling every imaginable type of cutlery and kitchen gadget. History buffs will love authentic pieces of history for sale in The Relic Room (located on the bottom level of Smoky Mountain Knife Works). Antique stores and flea markets are also fun places to shop – and with a wide variety of vendors you never know what you’ll find!

Explore the Outdoors

Sevierville is in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park – America’s most visited national park. With more than 800 miles of maintained trails, historic structures and breathtaking scenery, it’s well worth a visit. After enjoying a hike in the park, get really adventurous. Sevierville offers outdoor adventure attractions ranging from zip line excursions and ATV trail riding to stand up paddle board experiences in picturesque mountain settings.

Get Smart

Just because school is on break doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Explore Sevierville’s museums, zoos and educational attractions. The Tennessee Museum of Aviation features flyable warbird aircraft from WWII through Vietnam. Two rare P-57 Thunderbolts are museum standouts, as is the Douglas A1-H Skyraider, which saw service in Vietnam.

Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo is one of America’s finest small zoos. Focused on conservation and preservation, this zoo is home to some of the rarest animals around – including Golden Headed Lion Tamarins. Learn about these unique animals and how ecosystems around the world impact our daily lives.

Play!

Bounce around at Sevier Air Trampoline & Ninja Warrior Park for high-flying fun. This 38,000 square foot trampoline park features tumbling trampolines, trampoline dodgeball courts, a ninja warrior course reminiscent of the one made famous on television, a three-story net attraction for children and more. Mini-golf enthusiasts should visit Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Mini Golf where three interactive courses filled with fun animated characters – like flying pigs and chatty chickens – make playing these courses a must. Those who feel the need for speed will love Nascar SpeedPark Smoky Mountains. Eight family-friendly tracks let everyone put the pedal to the metal and a midway filled with carnival style rides adds even more fun to the experience.

There’s always something new in Sevierville. The newest attraction on the horizon is Soaky Mountain Waterpark, a 50-acre attraction featuring plenty of waterslides, a one-of-a-kind water coaster, a winding wave river, kid friendly activity pools and more. Soaky Mountain Waterpark is scheduled to open in summer 2020.

Eat Up

Among the newest eateries in town is Dave & Buster’s. With private meeting rooms, state-of-the-art arcade, and seating for 1,000, Dave & Buster’s is perfect for large groups or a night out with a few friends. Monster Mash Burgers, a themed restaurant inspired by classic horror movies, serves up house ground burgers, dogs, and out-of-this-world milkshakes. Enjoy a fresh take on Japanese cuisine at Nagano Japanese Grill, and try the homemade sauces including teriyaki, shrimp and ginger sauce. Aubrey’s Restaurant has opened on Dolly Parton Parkway with delicious steaks, seafood and fresh local vegetables on the menu. If you’re looking for authentic, find it at Local Eatery & Grill. Tucked out of the way on Boyd’s Creek Highway, you’ll find a great menu, full bar and live music here.

Start Planning

Start planning your visit now. Request a free Sevierville vacation guide or download a digital version now.

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