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Things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains

Things to do in the smoky mountains

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Great Smoky Vacations shares some of the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains that you don’t want to miss when you visit.

5 Can’t-Miss Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains are full of incredible things to do for everyone in the family! From amusement parks to museums, you can do it all. To help you decide where to go on your vacation, we’ve put together a list of 5 can’t-miss things to do in the Smoky Mountains.

1. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Gatlinburg has 3 stories filled with odd and unusual items from all around the world. You will love getting to interact with and learn about some of the strangest things on Earth! Some of the things you can expect to see when you visit are authentic shrunken heads, mind-boggling visual illusions, an albino giraffe, a car covered in crystals, and so much more. There is even a tribute galley to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which includes exhibits on the synchronous fireflies, the tallest underground waterfall, and more.

2. Hollywood Star Cars Museum
Take a tour through the Hollywood Star Cars Museum to see cars from the most famous movies and TV shows of the last 50 years! The cars are each set up in recreated settings with sound, lights, and action, so you’ll actually feel like you’re a part of the movie or show. See cars from the Fast and Furious movie franchise, the Batmobile, Paul McCartney’s Cadillac, and so much more. Not only can you look at the cars, you can purchase a souvenir photo of you actually inside one of them! Before you leave, stop by the gift shop to get your photo or to buy a die-cast Hollywood collectible.

3. Dollywood
Of course you don’t want to miss the chance to visit the world-famous Dollywood! This theme park has more than 40 rides, high-energy entertainment, and award-winning dining. If you’re looking for a thrill, ride the Drop Line or the Lightning Rod! For a more relaxing ride, climb aboard the Dollywood Express for a 5-mile journey through the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. While you’re at Dollywood, be sure to try some of the famous cinnamon bread from The Grist Mill! The park also holds festivals throughout the year to help guests celebrate the seasons, like the Harvest Festival and Smoky Mountain Christmas. There are days of fun to be had at Dollywood!

4. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Come face to face with your favorite aquatic animals at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. This aquarium was rated one of the best in the country and it’s not hard to understand why. From 12-foot sharks to jellyfish, you can see it all! Ripley’s even offers unique experiences that allow you to interact with some of the animals. You can waddle with penguins, swim with stingrays, and even touch moon jellies!

5. The Island in Pigeon Forge
The Island in Pigeon Forge is your one stop for affordable family fun. There are rides, shops, restaurants, and so much more. Whether you’re looking for the perfect souvenir to take back home or a place to share a delicious family meal, you can find it all at The Island. While you’re there, take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel to see gorgeous views of the Smoky Mountains from as high as 200 feet in the air. You can also relax and watch The Island Show Fountain, which puts on a dazzling performance of water dance and light.

These are just some of the many things to do in the Smoky Mountains during your vacation. Browse our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals and book the perfect one for your stay!

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Love to read other peoples experiences about Dollywood

When I was a child, I got a Dollywood season pass for Christmas almost every year, as did most of my cousins. Some of the best memories of my childhood come from when my grandmother would turn us kids loose in the park, and we pretty much wreaked havoc for several hours. When you’re 13 […]

via The 5 Best Things About Dollywood — Knox-Thirty

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Dollywood

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Dollywood, the Smoky Mountain family adventure, is Tennessee’s number one attraction with more than 130 acres of incredible rides, spectacular shows, heritage crafts and fun for the whole family.

Enjoy the variety of rides, from thrilling roller coasters and daring water excursions to family rides and things for the little ones. Experience the Smoky Mountain way of life through heritage crafts made on site. You’ll love the award-winning entertainment and toe-tapping music.

There’s a new festival each season, so come back to enjoy them all. Dollywood’s Festival of Nations offers five weeks of international cultural events. Come hungry for Barbecue & Bluegrass in May and June, featuring the biggest names in bluegrass music and the country’s tastiest barbecue. The whole family will enjoy fun-filled days at Dollywood’s Great American Summer. Southern gospel music and master craftsmen demonstrate their skills at the National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration. Bring the entire family to make new memories at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas.

I have heard that there is so much more to Dollywood than an amusement park. I have not made it there yet, but we plan on going to Dollywood to see the shows and entertainment. There is even a kennel for your dogs. I read somewhere that Dolly Parton wanted to give back to her home town by building this amusement park. I believe the park is closed January – March.

While the Robert F. Thomas Chapel inside the Dollywood theme park isn’t really that old, it does pre-date Dollywood.  It was dedicated in May of 1973 as part of Goldrush Junction. But, and this is really interesting, it isn’t exactly new either.  The windows were donated from Sevier County’s first second school, Nancy Academy, which was open from 1806 to 1890.  The doors are from the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and were made by a church trustee in 1891.  The pews are from the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and the old Sevier County Courthouse. They date back to the late 1800s.  And those aren’t the only antiquities in the church.  The bell is from Williamsburg School.  The stained glass behind the carved image of Jesus as the Great Shepherd (created by Dollywood craftsmen), is from the early 1900s.  The official Dollywood Parks Blog reports “the piano is a restored 118-year-old instrument … it was donated by former Dollywood host Michael Stinnett, who now owns Antique Piano Shop.”  And so, while the church itself isn’t a relic of the past, the spirit of an old mountain church is very much alive within the more modern walls.  The chapel is named after Robert F. Thomas, the mountain doctor who made a house call to deliver one Dolly Rebecca Parton on Jan. 19, 1946.

Address – 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Website – http://www.dollywood.com/

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Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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This museum is located in Dollywood, but there is no extra fee to visit. It chronicles the history of Southern Gospel music and has sections of the museum dedicated to different artists and eras. Each year, the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame inductions are held at Dollywood so it draws in a lot of different people.

Address – 2700 Dollywood Park Blvd., Pigeon Forge, TN
Website – http://www.dollywood.com/themepark/rides/Southern-Gospel-Museum-and-Hall-of-Fame.aspx