Posted by Darryl Payne in Smoky Mountains
There's nothing more fun when the weather heats up than to spend the day playing in the water. From toddlers to seniors, everyone enjoys cooling off and splashing around, and the Smoky Mountains have plenty of opportunities. There are water parks to visit as well as rivers to tube. If you're the more adventurous type, canoes, kayaks and rafts can whoosh you through rapids of many different levels. Just look at all that awaits you!
Was that indoor or outdoor? It could actually be either, because one of the unique features of Wild Bear Falls is its retractable roof! Whether it's open or closed, you're bound to enjoy a relaxing ride down the 900-foot Cades Cove Lazy River. There's also the excitement of Clingman's Dome, the 360-foot body slide as well as Laurel Falls, the 300-foot tube slide. If you have little ones you'll definitely want to check out Little Pigeon River with its toddler play area and “spray-ground.” Another must see is the 15,000-foot wrap around mezzanine, which includes a restaurant, retail shop and electronic game room. It's a wonderful way to get a break from the water but still take in the scenery. With 60,000 square feet and 300,000 gallons of water, Wild Bear Falls is the largest indoor water park resort in the south, but also offers day passes for the general public.
Anyone who's been to the Smoky Mountains has heard of Dollywood. In addition to the amusement park, the adjacent waterpark Dollywood's Splash Country has many thrilling water slides and rides spread over 35 acres. Experience the excitement of whitewater rafting as you make your way through the turns and rapids of Big Bear Plunge. Fire Tower Falls is an unforgettable 280-foot water slide that starts 70 feet in the air. Or try the serene Downbound Float Trip and spend your day floating down 1500 feet of water while you take in the beautiful scenery of the mountains. The Cascades boasts an 8000-square-foot pool with geysers, slides, bubbles and misters. Whatever your level of bravery, there are plenty of rides to be found here.
Daredevils and rookies alike can find lots of choices when it comes to water sports in the Smokies. Enjoy nature's own amusement park with whitewater rafting down one of the many classes of rapids. Go it on your own, or ride with a professional.
Inner tube and canoe rentals are also available as a tranquil way to spend the day at your own pace. Consider Douglas Lake boat rental companies for kayaks, jet skis, and power boats too.
If you love the thrill of the water, then pack up your bathing suit and sunscreen and head to the Smoky Mountains. With so many ways to have fun getting wet, your only problem will be trying to fit them all in!
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