Amusement, Attractions, Gatlinburg, Museum, Pigeon Forge, Shopping

Things to do in Sevier County when the weather is bad

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Visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Rain or shine, snow or sun, there’s never a bad time to visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! This immersive facility is regularly recognized as one of the top aquariums in the United States.  In 2016, it was named by USA Today as the best place in the US to see penguins! There are so many exhibits to explore and animals to see, that you could spend the entire day at Ripley’s and still have more to do.  Once you’re done checking out the fish, the kids can enjoy the aquarium’s new gigantic indoor playground! If you’re looking to escape the cold and still have an adventure, Ripley’s is the place to go.

Speedway Fun

Drive at the Blake Jones Racing Center. If it’s too cold outside for go karts, head over to Blake Jones Racing Center.   One of the few covered Figure 8 Slick Tracks in the area and the only indoor Electric Go-Karts and Spin Zone Bumper Cars.

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Escape Game Rooms

The Escape Game in Pigeon Forge  Located at The Island, this real-life escape game requires guests to work together to try to escape a locked room. Find clues, solve puzzles, and get out in under 60 minutes!

Kryptology Escape Rooms is a fun, challenging way to spend time with your family during the winter. When you take on the challenge at Kryptology, it’s like stepping into a real-life video game. You’re given 60 minutes to find clues, answer riddles, and solve puzzles while trying to discover how to escape the room your placed in. Each room has a different immersive theme, like “The Orphanage” or “Vanished in Roswell”. Even though the rooms and challenges are very exciting, every room is family friendly and safe for younger children. You should plan on spending a total of about 90 minutes with Kryptology from start to finish.

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Scenic Drives

A wonderful way to experience the beauty of the Smokies is with a scenic drive. There are some great options in the area (including the Foothills Parkway), all with beautiful overlooks along the way. Pack some snacks, drinks, and a jacket and camera for when you want to hop out for a bit.

Anyone who has driven through Cades Cove knows that is one of the most beautiful parts of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Cades Cove is situated on an 11-mile one-way loop road that gives you the chance to sightsee at a leisurely pace. Along the way, there are plenty of pull-offs if you want to stop and take in the scenery. You’ll definitely want to take your time.  Some of the animals you could potentially see include black bears, white-tail deer, coyotes, turkeys, and more!

Community Centers

The Pigeon Forge Community Center offers basketball courts, pools, exercise equipment, and much more.

Shopping

What better way to pass a busy day than shopping? Head over to the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville to get great deals on clothes, accessories, electronics, home goods, specialty foods, toys, tools, and more! The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community is the largest collection of crafters and traditional artists in the United States.

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Visit an Amazing Museum Attraction

Visiting one of the many amazing museums in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg is a great way to spend a rainy day. All of the museums in the Smokies pride themselves on offering one-of-a-kind, interactive exhibits. With so many different options to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to check out our blog, 7 Best Museums in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, for a full list of the best museums in the Smokies.

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The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge – You can touch an iceberg, feel how cold the water would have been on that fateful night, try to stand on a sinking deck, walk the Grand Staircase, and explore the ship as a passenger or crew member before learning your fate.

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5 of the Best Places to Go Shopping in Gatlinburg

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From Smoky Mountain apparel to beautiful, handmade pieces, the Gatlinburg shopping scene has so many things for you to discover. Whether you’re looking for the perfect souvenir or a gift for a loved one, you’re sure to find just what you set out for here. To help you plan for your trip, here are 5 of the best places to go shopping in Gatlinburg.

 

  1. The Spice & Tea Exchange

The Spice & Tea Exchange is located in The Village Shoppes in Gatlinburg. You’ll absolutely love the Old World spice trading atmosphere when you walk through the door. This specialty store offers more than 140 spices, over 80 exclusive hand-mixed blends, 16 naturally flavored sugars, an array of salts from around the world, and more than 30 exotic teas. Their main focus is to provide high-quality products and accessories to chefs, home cooks, and tea lovers. You’ll be so excited to take these products home and try them out when you’re cooking!

 

  1. Pepper Palace

Another great stop in The Village Shops in Gatlinburg is the Pepper Palace! This store encourages a fun and fiery environment that you’ll immediately notice when you step through the front door. Inside, you can browse through all of their famous hot sauces, salsas, seasonings, and rubs. Their small batch, handcrafted, natural, and award-winning products are just what you need to add a little charisma to your everyday meals that might be starting to taste a little bland.

 

  1. Novus Candela Bath & Crafts

Who doesn’t love a beautiful candle to add a warm glow to their home? The scented soy candles at Novus Candela Bath & Crafts are absolutely wonderful and are sure to make any room you put them in seem cozier. In addition to their lovely, handmade candles, you can also find goat’s milk soaps and essential oils there. They also carry a large selection of gorgeous handmade quilts, jewelry, paintings, and scenic pictures.

 

  1. The Celtic Shop

If you’re planning on spending the afternoon on the Gatlinburg Parkway, you should definitely make a stop at The Celtic Shop! It features a wide selection of genuine Celtic pieces that were hand selected by the staff during their previous visits to Ireland and Scotland. From apparel and jewelry to posters and other fun knick-knacks, there are so many items for you to look at that will remind you of your trip to the Smokies and your heritage!

 

  1. Brandywine Pottery

The pieces from Brandywine Pottery make both thoughtful gifts and great additions to any room in your house! The influential artist that this shop is named after, Brandy Ward, creates functional pottery inspired by the forests of the Smoky Mountains. Each of his pieces is hand thrown and glazed with an airbrush. His technique truly makes the pottery sold in this store one-of-a-kind.
There’s always something new and unique to discover when you shop here! Come see all of these fantastic shops for yourself, and you’ll most likely walk away with some amazing new treasures! Be sure to also check out all the other places to go shopping in Gatlinburg for a truly unforgettable trip.

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Anakeesta

Anakeesta-Chondola-in-Gatlinburg-TN-5From the Parkway a gondola carries you up to the top of Anakeesta Mountain, where Firefly Village, zip lining a mountain coaster, shops and a playground awaits youChondola-with-Rainbow-on-Opening-Day-300x225.  The gondola does stop to let people on and off.  There could be a wait to take a gondola back down the mountain.  You can also take ski lift chairs which are quicker than the gondola.  Can be an extremely long wait during busy times.  I believe it opens at 10 AM.  There is a great view of the city and the mountains. Bring a coat for the chFirefly-Village-with-Rainbow-300x225air lift.

https://www.anakeesta.com/

 

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Tennessee Legend distillery

This distillery is a little out of the way.  It is about 8 miles on Dolly Parton Parkway from Sevierville.  Moonshine, Whiskey and after dinner drinks.  Try the cream based ones.  They have recipe cards that they give out for the different alcohol drinks.  2015/01/img_4109.jpg

The distillery has friendly staff and good moonshine.  Some say it is the best around.  Definitely worth the trip.

http://www.tennesseelegend.com/?age-verified=691ee46064

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Moonshine Ridge

Moonshine Ridge is located on Wears Valley Road.  It is a rather large building with beautiful landscaping.  The cafe is to the left as you enter the porch area.  The cafe just opened back up again on August 23, 2016.

When you enter Moonshine Ridge, you will find the country store section to the right which includes many items to browse and explore such as home decor items, jewelry, t-shirts etc.  To the left of the entrance way is the grocery market section of Moonshine Ridge.  They have free smaples set out in front of the items that are for sale including a large selection of various salsas, dips, chips, relishes, pickles, jams, jellies, butters, BBQ sauces, and pickled vegetables. Look for items with the name brand of Tennessee’s Best, which is supposed to be a line of products made locally in the Great Smoky Mountains area.  In the center section of Moonshine Ridge to the left of the check out tables, you will see Aunt Tipsy’s fudge “shop” and more free samples if you ask.

2005 Wears Valley Rd
Sevierville, TN 37862

Phone: (865) 446-4673

E-Mail: PaulB@moonshine.comcastbiz.net

http://www.moonshine-ridge.com/

 

 

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Gatlinburg Tennessee Endless Activities

There are so many Things to see and do in Gatlinburg Tennessee.  I have been going there for years and still do not have many things on my Gatlinburg bucket list crossed off.  Mainly because I love doing certain things that I have to hit every time I am in the area.  Check out this you tube video for some highlights.

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Goats on the Roof

goatsonroofGoats on the Roof is a new addition to Pigeon Forge. It is a unique and different souvenir shop. There are goats on the roof that you can feed. You can buy food for the goats in the store and feed them by either peddling a stationery bike to get the feeding cup to the roof or cranking by hand.  You can not actually get onto the roof.  This is not a petting zoo.

Very cute souvenirs and friendly staff.  There is a gem mine too.  They also sell fudge, jam and ice cream…kids will love it!

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/GoatsOnTheRoofSmokies?rf=555678371144701

Address:  1341 Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge TN  37863