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Attractions Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park ...

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park neighbors several small towns which provide many attractions to suit the tastes of everyone.

Horseback Riding
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has four horseback riding stables inside the park; Cades Cove Riding Stables, Sugarlands, Smoky Mountain Riding Stables, and Smokemont.
Horseback Riding Stables

Trolley Tours
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer trolley tours. Gatlinburg provides trolley service to specified areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg's trolley system is the fifth largest mass transit system in the state of Tennessee. The trolley system was established in 1980 with a fleet of only six trolleys. Gatlinburg now has 20 trolleys that service approximately 50 miles in and around Gatlinburg and surrounding areas.
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The Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley routes go to both ends of the Parkway, the Gatlinburg Welcome Center, Dollywood, Dolly's Splash Country, and Wears Valley.
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Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate features America's largest home, acres of gardens, and an award-winning winery. Located in Asheville NC.
biltmore estate

Bluff Mountain Adventures
Guided ATV Trail Rides in the Smoky Mountains. Ride 7,000 acres of mountain trails, cross fresh-mountain streams, ride the falls or top of the bluff for a spectacular, scenic view. Year round, weather permitting.
atv rentals pigeon forge

Cataloochee Ski Area
Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains with breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks -- riding the chairlift has never been more rewarding. Smooth, gentle slopes give you the novices the elbowroom beginners need to learn the basics and practice their skills. Intermediate skiers and snowboarders find plenty of action on Rock Island Run and Lower Omigosh, while seasoned experts can face the steepness found on Upper Omigosh. For skiers and snowboarders looking for a thrill, the Cat Cage Terrain Park delivers with ramps, rails and boxes.
cataloochee ski area

Cherokee Indian Reservation
Native American culture; shopping, outdoor drama, and lots of fun things to do.
unto these hills

Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens
At Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens you will have the remarkable experience of walking through a Biblical world of 2000 years ago, seeing life-size, life-like representations of important scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. Included in the tour is a remarkable sculpture of Christ, ancient coins and precious gems. The entire grounds are on level ground and entirely stroller and handicap accessible.
christ in the smokies

Comedy Barn Theater
Show features magicians, fire-eaters, jugglers, ventriloquists, clean family comedians, live country and gospel music as well as fun barn yard animals. The Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge offers clean comedy for an enjoyable evening of family fun.
comedy barn pigeon forge

Country Tonite Theatre
Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the best entertainment value in the Smokies! Experience this high-energy full-scale production located in a 1500 seat multi-million dollar theatre. You're sure to understand why this spectacular show has won so many awards including "2001 - 2006 Show of the Year," "Best Live Country Show in America" and "Best Show in the Smokies!"
country tonite theater

Davy Crockett Mini Golf
With the Great Smoky Mountains as the backdrop, Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini-Golf offers two beautifully landscaped 18-hole courses. You'll be amazed and delighted by all the animated and interactive displays throughout.
davy crockett mini golf

Dixie Stampede
A fun-filled, action-packed Dinner and Show extravaganza for everyone! It's the perfect place for families, friends and groups to gather for spectacular special effects and amazing stunts by the most talented performers in the area. Dixie Stampede the only place that brings together stunning performers, amazing horse feats, fantastic stunt riders, magic and audience participation with a delicious four-course dinner extravaganza for one amazing price!
dixie stampede

Dollywood
Unique as its namesake Dolly Parton, Dollywood theme park is a one-of-a-kind Smoky Mountain Family Adventure! Spanning 125 acres and nestled in the lush foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, near Gatlinburg, Dollywood is one of the most popular family vacation destinations.
dollywood pigeon forge

Dolly's Splash Country
Enjoy a day with your family in one of America's most beautiful water adventure parks. Experience 25 acres of fun including 16 thrilling water slides, 2 interactive children's areas, a 25,000 sq. ft. wave pool plus a lazy river. It's a Smoky Mountain water adventure for the entire family. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
dolly's splash country

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival
Experience great bluegrass music at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Camping hook-ups are available.
bluegrass f estival

Elvis Museum & Gift Shops
The museum has the world's largest private collection of Elvis memorabilia.
elvis memorabilia

Fannie Farkles
Over 12 flavors, soft drinks, coffee, and famous sausage subs. Your taste buds will water every time you pass by Fannie Farkle's. The amusement center is full of games for all ages. There's old favorites like Skee Ball, CraneGames, Slam A Winner and Wheel DEAL, just to name a few! There's also non-violent video and driving games for all ages.
fannie farkles

Flat Creek Village
Leisurely stroll our farm yard decorated with farm equipment and collectibles from days past. Over 30 shops, housed in uniquely decorated storage buildings, offer fine crafts made by local artisans. Relaxation, music, our local eatery, picnic tables and hospitality all await your arrival at Flat Creek Village!
flat creek village

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving
Flyaway Indoor Skydiving is a vertical wind tunnel that allows you to experience the freedom of human flight.
flyaway indoor skydiving

Forbidden Caverns
Tennessee is home to the most caves in the United States, with over 8,350 caves registered to date. Forbidden Caverns, located in Sevierville, is one of America's most spectacular caverns. Visitors are provided with an entertaining and educational tour past sparkling formations, towering natural chimneys, numerous grottos and a crystal clear stream. Special lighting effects, a stereophonic sound presentation and well-trained tour guides combine to make this a most enjoyable experience. The trails are well-lighted, with handrails at all necessary points.
forbidden caverns

Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway
Ride in the brand new tram cars to Mt. Harrison and Ober Gatlinburg. The Tramway is located in downtown Gatlinburg
gatlinburg aerial tramway

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair
Held in the Spring and Fall. One of the Southeast's most popular events; held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center! Art, crafts and music lovers will find over 200 booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on-hand to demonstrate their skill, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale.
gatlinburg craftsmen's fair

Gatlinburg Sky Lift
Experience the thrill of riding the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. From the downtown boarding station, you'll glide skyward over Gatlinburg and the Little Pigeon River on a 500-foot ascent to the top of Crockett Mountain.
gatlinburg sky lift

Gatlinburg Space Needle
The Space Needle is Gatlinburg's premier landmark attraction. The Needle climbs to 407 feet and towers over the Gatlinburg downtown areas. Day or night you can ride an elevator to the observation deck at 342 feet for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. Below the needle is a two level 20,000 square foot fun center with a variety of amusements for the whole family to enjoy.
gatlinburg space needle

Ghost Town in the Sky
Begin your journey with a ride to Ghost Town in the Sky, on either the chair lift, the incline railway, or the Ghost Town shuttle bus. Once you reach the top, the fun begins.  The atmosphere of the old west surrounds you. Stroll the streets and enjoy the nostalgic shops and displays. You can even have your name in the headlines of the Ghost Town Gazette. Will you be a bank robber or a hero? The fantasy is yours.

ghost town in the sky

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Gallery exhibits, educational programs, demonstrations and festivals guide you on an historic journey through time to visit the diverse cultures of Townsend and Tuckaleechee Cove. Features artifacts representing 5,000 years of Native American life related to hunting, pottery, foodways, ceremony, games, medicine, and trade.
great smoky mountains heritage center

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys, into tunnels and through river gorges in a spectacular region called The Great Smoky Mountains. This section of western North Carolina offers a wide array of ever changing vegetation and fantastic landscapes.
smoky mountain train ride

Guinness World of Records Museum
features hundreds of astounding exhibits from the famous Guinness Book of World Records and the new Guinness Prime-time TV Show.
guinness world of records museum

Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show
Sit back and enjoy this mountain feud. Granny whips up one of her famous feasts complete with fried chicken, pulled pork bbq, mashed taters, corn on the cob, slaw and good deal more.
hatfield and mccoy dinner show

Llama Trekking
Enjoy guided llama trekking through the Great Smoky Mountains without carrying a backpack! Let a gentle and well trained Llama Trekking Team do all the work as you enjoy a safe, authentic and rewarding wilderness hiking experience. Llama treks vary from day (picnic) hikes to two day hiking trips or longer. There are treks for the experienced hiker as well as for the entire family.

llama trekking

Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride
Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride
Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride is a unique attraction that will WOW your senses with state of the art sound and animantronics. This indoor high tech adventure boat ride tour will keep you on the edge of your seats and your clothes dry! Watch as the dinosours come to life right before your eyes.

jurassic jungle boat ride

Little River Railroad and Lumber Company
Founded in 1982 to preserve the heritage of the Little River Lumber Company and the Little River Railroad, this museum collects, preserves and exhibits the history of these companies and of the people in this region.

little river railroad and lumber company

Mountain Valley Winery
Tennessee's largest winery. Mountain Valley Winery is open to the public without charge. A tour of the facility gives you insight into the skill and dedication required to produce award-winning wines -- from the moment the grape is picked until the bottle is corked. The tasting bar allows you ample time to sample the varieties and make your choices to take home.
winery pigeon forge

Murder Mystery Dinner Show
The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show is calling all you amateur gumshoes and sleuths alike for an evening of suspense, drama, intrigue, murder, mayhem, comedy and cuisine. The Dinner and a Murder includes a 3 act mystery comedy with lots of audience participation for all you wannabe detectives and thespians.
murder mystery dinner show

Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Totally renovated in 1998, the museum tells the story of the Cherokee people using high-tech wizardry along with an extensive artifact collection. Located in Cherokee NC
museum of the cherokee indian

Mysterious Mansion
Experience the terror and horror of a classic, turn of the century, truly haunted house at Mysterious Mansion. Walk into a chilling haunted house with secret passageways, a damp, dark dungeon, spooks, creaks, creeps and plenty of things that go bump in the night. There's an army of ghosts, and grisly creatures awaiting your arrival, all designed with fright in mind. Ghastly. Grisly. Grim. They cannot describe the horror that awaits you at the ultimate scare in town.
mysterious mansion

Ober Gatlinburg
Ski slopes, ice skating, and lots of other outdoor adventure.
ober gatlinburg

Q Laser Tag
Serious fun with a laser gun. Area's largest high-tech arena.
q laser tag pigeon forge

Pigeon Forge Gem Mine
Mine for your own gems in the flume area. You can have your finds cut and polished and mounted in jewelry. Visit a free Rock and Fossil Museum and a General Store which includes a Rock Shop, Fossil corner, jewelry counter, and unusual gifts made from rocks and fossils.
pigeon forge gem mine

Rainforest Adventure Discovery Zoo
Featuring over 400 live animals, representing over 130 species, we are home to unique and beautiful creatures from the Rain Forests of the world. RainForest has been themed by one of the nations finest zoological contractors, whose work includes Animal Kingdom at Disney World.
Rainforest Adventure Discovery Zoo

Reel Theatres
Offering the latest first-run movies, Dolby surround, wall-to-wall screens, and concessions.

reel theatres

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Look Out For Shark-Infested Mountains! The 100,000-plus square foot marine attraction is home to thousands of fish and other types of aquatic life from around the world. More than 1.3 million gallons of water (mostly man-made sea water) accommodate the various exhibits and displays located throughout the facility.
ripley's aquarium of the smokies

Ripley's Believe it or Not
Robert Ripley's life was an unbelievable adventure. For thirty-five years he explored the uncanny and witnessed the amazing. He was a world traveler who visited over 200 countries, seeing places few people had even heard of, from the tombs of the Ming Emperors in China, to a town called Hell in Norway!
Ripley's Believe it or Not

Ripley's Haunted Adventure
The original Grimsby & Streaper Casket Company was constructed in 1891. It was built over a cave that the locals called The Sinks. The locals never went there, and it was said that anyone who ventured in to The Sinks either went mad, or were never seen again. The company operated 24 hours a day, but it was at night that it was most active. It was said that unnatural things went on in the place, and it was often blamed for the unusual number of people who disappeared from the town. In 1926, after the strange disappearance of both Grimsby and Streaper, the company ceased operations. The building was boarded up and fenced in. Over the years, new shops and stores were built in front of it and it was mostly forgotten. In 1991, Ripley's acquired the property and demolished the buildings that had been built in front of it. Until further notice, Ripley's will be conducting tours of the old factory, pending a decision on how to further develop this valuable location.
Ripley's Haunted Adventure

Ripley's Moving Theatre
Experience the thrill movies you ride! The 4D virtual reality simulator where you actually ride with the the movie and experience every bump, dip and turn! Cutting edge technology and incredible six channel digital surround sound make it the most exciting movie there is! Two new action-packed films with continuous showings.
Ripley's Moving Theatre

River Rage Tubing
Tubing the Little River at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The river is crystal-clear and known for its awesome scenery. We offer 4 distinct floats which vary in distance, and all floats offer free shuttle service and private river access.
River Rage

Sevier Indoor Range
Indoor shooting range, guns and ammo sales, gun rentals and handgun safety classes.
Sevier Indoor Range

Smith Family Dinner Theatre
For Smoky Mountain visitors and residents alike, their names probably ring a few bells. After all, entertainers Charlie, Jim and Charlie Bob Smith have been favorites with audiences since they first appeared on the area music scene in the 1980s. Whether they were performing at Dollywood or their former Southern Nights Theater, the boys made a name for themselves and built a loyal following thanks to their endearing brand of music and humor.
smith family theatre

Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo
Offers an unforgettable experience with some of nature's most graceful creatures. You can do more than just look at the deer at the Deer Farm. You're offered a rare opportunity to walk among, pet and feed over 100 hand-tamed deer as well as being able to interact with many other exotic animals from around the world. Also offer pony rides and riding stables.
Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo

Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Houses the world's largest knife showplace.
Smoky Mountain Knife Works

Smoky Mountain Opry
The Smoky Mountain Opry is the area's largest musical variety show featuring music from Big Band Swing through today's country. See the most talented cast of singers, dancers, comedians, and musicians the Smokies has to offer! Marvel at the special effects, laser lights, pyro, giant video screens, dazzling costumes, and high flying musicians
The Miracle Theater

Smoky Mountain Trains
Smoky Mountain Trains is more than an ordinary museum. With its collection of 7,000 Lionel
(TM) engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout, children's activity center, and gift/toy shop, Smoky Mountain Trains has something for everyone. The museum also houses the largest Lionel collection in the Carolinas.
smoky mountain trains

Star Cars Museum
A tour through Star Cars Museum is a trip through some of the most famous movies and TV shows of the last 50 years. Features over 30 of the best Hollywood movie & TV cars in recreated settings displayed with sound, lights, and action! Many of the cars are the creations of George Barris, who has created more famous Hollywood movie and TV cars than anyone.
Star Cars Museum

The Tennessee Museum of Aviation
The Tennessee Museum of Aviation occupies a new 50,000 sq. ft. facility located right beside the airport's 5,500 ft. runway. This unique location makes bringing aviation history to life possible as airworthy vintage aircraft perform impromptu flybys for visitors. The hangar floor alone is 35,000 sq. ft. and the hangar is heated in winter.
The Tennessee Museum of Aviation

Tennessee Smokies Baseball
Enjoy a game or two of baseball during your Smoky Mountain vacation.
Tennessee Smokies Baseball

The Old Mill
The Old Mill, a national historic treasure established in 1830 located in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, is one of Pigeon Forge's most popular attractions and most photographed locations. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, this authentic working mill is over 170 years old. Amateur and professional photographers from all over the world capture the Mill's rustic charm and simple beauty.
The Old Mill

The Orchard at Altapass
Historic Orchard at Altapass (founded in 1907) on Orchard Road, MP 328.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Open late May to early Nov. Fresh baked goods, homemade fudge, ice cream, sundries, crafts made locally, tours, hayrides, history, tall tales, live local music, craft demonstrations and fresh apples in season. Something for the entire family. Rt 3, Box 260, Spruce Pine NC 28777.
The Orchard at Altapass

The Track
A recreation center offering Go Karts, mini golf, bumper rides, kids country, thrill rides. Three-tiered go-kart/roller coaster hybrid, blaster boats, and bungee jumping.
the track

Treasure Quest Golf
This is a championship 18-hole indoor miniature golf course filled with unusual and spectacular scenes. It's exciting, challenging and fun for all ages.An ancient jungle temple is the backdrop to this adventure-packed game of skill. You may enjoy it all year round, rain or shine, in the center of downtown Gatlinburg.
Treasure Quest Golf

Tube Junction
Tube Junction is the oldest of the river tubing outfitters in Tube City - Townsend, TN, a second-generation outfit which started out more than twenty years ago with the classic black truck inner tubes. Also have modern multi-colored "ski" tubes.

Treasure Quest Golf

Tuckaleechee Caverns
Carved over tens of thousands of years in one of the earth's oldest mountain chains, Tuckaleechee Caverns at Townsend are known as the "Greatest Site Under the Smokies." Estimated to be between 20 and 30 million years old, the Caverns are rich in history and lore in recent years as well.
Tuckaleechee Caverns

Unto These Hills
This powerful outdoor drama, with a cast of 130, brings to life the tragic history of the Cherokee people. It begins with the arrival of deSoto in 1540 and builds to a stirring climax with the cruel removal of all but a remnant of the Cherokee on the infamous Trail of Tears.
unto these hills

Venturer Motion Ride Stimulator
Motion simulator ride offering four great movies to experience.
motion ride pigeon forge

Wonderworks
The entire family will enjoy this fun, educational and totally upside down attraction in Pigeon Forge! Located at the north end of the Parkway, WonderWorks is filled with hands on activities and experiences that will delight and entertain all ages.
Wonderworks

World of Illusions
Make your friends disappear and reappear at your command! Stop a tornado with the wave of your hand! See Merlin the Wizard levitate right before your eyes! Join Ali Baba's Genie who is trapped inside a glass bottle! You'll be amazed with the endless collection of grand illusions, mystifying magic and interactive exhibits.
World of Illusions

Zorb
The Zorb ride is just a totally bizarre and fun adventure experience where you'd be protected by a massive cushion of air whilst sphering down a hill. Throw in a bucket of water, hop inside the inflated Zorb ball, run, tumble, flip or slide inside it, doesn't sound fun enough yet? Take up to 2 of your mates with you inside the Zorb! Zorb is the sport of rolling down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball and where New Zealand, once again leads the world in stupid things to do while you're on a vacation.
Zorb

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