Attractions, Entertainment

Ober Gatlinburg

ober-gatlinburg-2012From downtown Gatlinburg, hop onto the largest aerial tramway in the U.S. for a ride to this ski resort with a 600-foot vertical drop, eight beautiful trails and an amusement park complete with indoor ice skating, miniature golf and water rides.  Ober Gatlinburg is a popular attraction for skiing and snowboarding.  It also has a 400 foot long Tubing Park.  The area is a beautiful area with different areas of entertainment.

At the top you will also find a  few shops and a small amusement area (arcade, carousel, outdoor rides).  If you want to ride the rides, see the animals, or go further up the mountain on the ski lift you have to pay extra.  The reviews all complain that everything is an additional cost.  There is a wrist band you can purchase instead of buying individual tickets for things.  Maybe this will be a better bargain.  The tram ride seems to be worth it.  It has a nice view.  The little amusement park is good for kids about 5-10 years old.

The Ice Bumper Cars are round colorful tubes with wheels and their own motor, which lets you glide around the ice with ease. The controls are similar to a video game, and you can choose to race around the ice or smash into other cars like a true game of bumper cars!

Website – http://www.obergatlinburg.com/

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Entertainment

Smoky Mountain Opry

smoky mountain opry

Exciting performances you won’t see anywhere else in the Great Smoky Mountains! The Smoky Mountain Opry is a family theater/show/attraction in Pigeon Forge. There are Singers, dancers, magic, juggling, comedy, lions and tigers. The show crosses many types of music… country, pop, broadway, gospel, etc.

Address – 2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Website – http://www.smokymtnopry.com/

Shopping

The Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum & Smoky Mountain Spices

Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum
The only Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in the world with over 20,000 shakers and growing. Take home spices and whimsical shakers. Do you remember which ones your grandmother had? See the smallest shaker to the largest Pepper Mill. Good Reviews

Website – http://thesaltandpeppershakermuseum.com/
Located in winery square 1/2 mile on 321 from traffic light #3

Attractions

The First 5D Attraction in the World – Castle of Chaos

castle of chaosWhere can you find the first 5D attraction in the world? At the Castle of Chaos, part of the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center! This brand new haunted attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN, combines the experiences of a 3D film, a ride, and a video game in one scary fun adventure. The mission: explore a mysterious Pigeon Forge castle to discover the potential outbreak of paranormal activity. Buckle into your armchair and pick up your pistol as you prepare to see, hear, feel and smell the chaos while shooting for the highest score. Winners are shown on-screen at the end of every haunted ride. The Castle of Chaos in Pigeon Forge was called one the best new attractions in the world by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions.

This attraction has mixed reviews.  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55270-d4553109-Reviews-Castle_of_Chaos-Pigeon_Forge_Tennessee.html

Address – 106 Showplace Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Website – http://hollywoodwaxentertainment.com/attractions/castle-of-chaos-pigeon-forge-tn/

History

The Old Mill Square History

Old-Mill-Pigeon-Forge-TNHistory of The Old Mill, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

In the early 1800’s, a water-powered gristmill on the banks of the Little Pigeon River became one of the main hubs of activity in the small mountain community of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In those days, the mill faithfully produced the meals and flours that were crucial for the day-to-day existence of the Smokies’ early settlers. In fact, The Old Mill even furnished electricity for the town until 1935.

Isaac Love Builds an Iron Forge

In 1817, a businessman named Isaac Love built an iron forge on the West Fork of the Little Pigeon River. Love had inherited this pristine riverside property from his father-in-law and decided to take advantage of Tennessee’s tax incentives for the creation of iron works on unfarmable land. Isaac Love’s forge produced bars of iron, building equipment, and farming implements that were sold across the United States.

The Old Mill on the Little Pigeon River.The Old Mill Makes Its Debut

In 1830, Isaac Love and his sons constructed a grist mill beside his iron forge. This mill became an important resource for local farmers, who used it to grind their grain into flour. When the community’s first post office was established at the grist mill in 1841, the burgeoning town received the name “Pigeon Forge,” taking inspiration from the iron forge on the Little Pigeon River. While the iron forge is no longer standing, The Old Mill is still in operation today and attracts over one million annual visitors.

One of The Old Mill’s most distinctive features is the giant water wheel that harnesses the flow of the Little Pigeon River. Inside the structure, an antiquated yet reliable system of shafts, belts, and pulleys still gets the job done, working to turn the 4600-pound stones and grain elevators.

Weighing one ton each, the massive flint granite stones, called French Buhrs, are only the second set ever used in The Old Mill’s 178-year history. When they’re in action, the stones convert grain into about 1000 pounds of product each day, six days a week. Resident millers then hand-fill, weigh and tie each bag of stone ground grain.

Products ground at The Old Mill are used in many of the dishes at The Old Mill Restaurant including biscuits, corn bread, pancakes, hush puppies, muffins and grits. We also use our own grains for the homemade artisan style breads that are prepared each day at The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille .

The area’s heritage is also being preserved through a variety of crafts that are practiced at the nearby shops of The Old Mill Square. Our Pigeon River Pottery has been home to pottery making for over 50 years, and the best of time-tested recipes are prepared by our confectioners (with decades of experience among them) in The Old Mill Candy Kitchen. The entire Square is a working tribute to the Smokies’ pioneer days.

Today, The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and just as in the 19th century, it’s still one of the most popular places in the Smokies and one of the most photographed mills in the country.

http://www.oldmillsquare.com/history.htm