Things to Do in the Smokies: Beyond the Mountains
You’ve chosen a vacation in the Smokies for the lush mountain views, invigorating outdoor adventures, and downhome Tennessee hospitality, but what about having a little fun at sea level? When you’re ready to sit back and relax with entertainment of the slightly less rigorous kind, the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area has a lineup to keep your family busy. The choice is yours—from dinner shows to sky lifts, you may just want to stay an extra day or so to be sure and catch up on the fun.
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Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede®—Have you ever considered dining on a delicious four-course meal while bison charge toward your table? If you answered “Oh, yes!” to this sort of dinner adventure, then be sure to grab a seat at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction. You and your family will stomp and cheer this show—a reenactment of a friendly rivalry between the North and South—all while being served dinner in a monster-sized arena. Intrigued? The mouth-watering meals include a whole rotisserie chicken, smoked BBQ pork loin, soup, potatoes, biscuits, corn on the cob, unlimited soft drinks and dessert. And while you enjoy the down-home fare, horses race by, cowgirls perform stunts and a ring of fire beckons brave entertainers to jump through. You’ll be treated to spectacular special effects and amazing musical productions, too! The experience is always a satisfying feast to entertain all five senses.
Star Cars Museum—In this movie and TV museum, it’s the cars that take center stage. The gallery is home to vehicles from some of the most memorable TV shows and movies from the last fifty years. The Star Cars Museum features one-of-a-kind autos from films including Fast and the Furious and Transformers. You’ll also get up close with the General Lee and the 1966 Batmobile. A new addition to the museum is a 1985 Mercedes Benz that was owned by Michael Jackson.
The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show™—Feudin’, feastin’, and good times for all are always served up at The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge. Join in on this long-running feud as the Hatfields and McCoys try to come to terms the good old-fashioned mountain way, with a side of comedy. Take in the show while feasting on heaping helpings of country favorites such as fried chicken, corn on the cob and mashed taters, perfectly paired with country singing, dancing, and stunts.
Iris Theater—Located at the base of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, this venue showcases unique performances like Impossibilities—Magic, Mindreading & Mayhem—Gatlinburg’s hottest new show. Straying from hillbilly themes and bluegrass music, entertainment at Iris Theater aims to fill your family with the wonder and amazement of live escape experiences, magic, and eye-popping performances.
Kan Am Fun—Go off-roading in the all-terrain Maverick Max 1000 as you cruise around the mountainside with 101 horses under the hood and a comfortable cockpit. There’s room to experience an exciting ride in side-by-side stadium rear seating. And with a mind toward safety, the vehicles are equipped with individual grab bars. This is a fun-filled off-road adventure the entire family can enjoy.
The Village Shops—Shop until you drop in a quaint European village right in the middle of Gatlinburg. There are 27 unique boutiques, clothing stores, restaurants and galleries in this village just outside the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Old-world charm will draw you into stores like Alwine Pottery, The Silver Tree and Lazy One of Gatlinburg. After a long day in the shops, you can enjoy a snack break at The Donut Friar, or any of the other restaurants serving tasty fare.
Lazer Port Fun Center—Test your skills against your family and friends. Laser Tag is such a fun family time, but you’ll have to be sure to watch your back! The Go Carts are also an entertaining attraction at Lazer Port, with tracks that take you up more than 50 feet, then bring you down with twists, turns and a few surprises. To round out the attractions, the center also offers mini-golf, as well as an arcade that’ll entertain your family with hours of fun.
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