Posted by Darryl Payne in Pigeon Forge Attractions
Are you headed to the Smokies in the near future? You're in for a treat! Exciting new attractions let you discover sinister partners in crime, view sharks through a glass-bottom boat at the aquarium, go snow tubing in summertime, and much more. Here are some of the newest Smoky Mountain attractions that await you.
What's old is completely new again with so much more! The mountainside chairlift opened in 1954, and has been completely renovated to a three-seat chair ride to reach an exciting new summit at the SkyDeck veranda, overlooking the town and surrounding mountains. SkyCenter is a 2-level gift shop, snack bar and rest area for relaxing with a view. Dare you to cross the SkyBridge: the longest North American suspension bridge with a section of glass-bottomed panels! Can you "pass the glass"? SkyTrail is a wooden scenic walkway that follows the slope of Crockett Mountain, with Phase 2 coming soon offering even more. Come and see for yourself this don't miss experience that is-literally-over the top!
Visit the Shark Lagoon at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and you'll delve into the experience in a whole new way. Board a pontoon-style boat with a three-inch-thick glass floor to view the fish and sharks that call the lagoon home. Be sure to keep a lookout for Sally the Sea Turtle, too!
If you like crime dramas, you'll love the Alcatraz East Crime Museum. This interactive venue features five innovative galleries of stories and artifacts from the Alcatraz prison, famous crime scenes, and more. You'll also get a view of American history from the perspective of forensic scientists and law enforcement. This educational attraction is family friendly and has special exhibits and programs just for kids.
Pigeon Forge Snow offers indoor snow tubing all year, in all seasons. The facility features 12 lanes for snow tubing, and a snowman-building area. Pigeon Forge Snow promises to be the perfect place to cool off in the heat of summer, or just play in the snow any day of the year!
Need to burn off some energy? TopJump Trampoline Park is the place to do it. Newest at TopJump is the Fire & Ice Ninja Course, a timed course with lots of event challenges. The facility also offers open jump, basketball, dodge ball, a gladiator pit, and an air bag pillow. The fun kid zone has trampolines designed for little ones, plus a foam pit and giant ball pit. The Clip 'n' Climb zone has 21 climbing lines for a variety of climbing levels. Arcade Alley will let you work out your gaming skills. When you need an energy boost, visit the colorful Sugar Rush candy store onsite to fuel up
Stay at Country Cascades Resort and enjoy is one of the most popular newer attractions in the Smokies. The water park has two enormous water slides, a water tube ride, a water activity center that includes a 350-gallon tipping bucket, and a leisure pool with a sun shelf for adults.
Here and still coming soon! The new Mountain Mile & Tower Shops complex features attractions, retail and restaurant choices, right in the heart of Pigeon Forge. So what's up right now? Catch a thrill at the 200-foot tall Mountain Monster: a 3-ride attraction like none other! Grab a hot drink at military-themed Coffee Armory, or a shake at Cream & Sugar Sweet Shoppe for energy. Find a bargain at REI Outfitters now open, and Appalachian Apparel is coming really soon. The center is adjacent to LeConte Center, The Island, and the Cal Ripken Experience baseball park. Construction continues, so be sure to check out the progress during your visit!
Rainy day? Need a little down time? Governor's Crossing 14 Sevierville is a premium-format Cineplex with 46,000-watt stereo surround sound and 55-foot-wide screens. The theater complex has a state-of-the-art IMAX screen and comfy stadium seating. Pick a recliner seat and enjoy the show!
Now there's more than rafting at Rafting in the Smokies. In addition to whitewater rafting trips and horseback riding, this popular outfitter has a zipline canopy tour, a high elements ropes challenge, and a new rock-climbing wall. The rock wall is a four-sided structure that is designed for climbers of different ages and abilities.
If adrenaline is your thing, Xtreme Racing Center has the fastest go-karts in Pigeon Forge. Take a spin around one of three tracks in a world-class, high-speed Sodi racing kart. Racers can zoom around winding turns, speed down narrow straightaways, and even reverse the course in a professional RT-8 kart. If that isn't enough excitement, race your kart down the 1,500-foot elevated track.
Ready for some all-season fun? Book your accommodations today and start planning your adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains.
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