By Leif Palmer
After doing the outside must do's like hiking a trail and walking around Dollywood, sometimes you truly can't stand our peak summer heat and humidity for another day. Here are some indoor cool (literally) places that the entire family can enjoy together while here in the Smokies.
1. Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo-Visit exotic lands! For a trip straight to the tropics, go directly to Rainforest Indoor Zoo. Reptiles galore, birds large and small, monkeys, lemurs, cats, goats that can be hand-fed, and more can all be enjoyed with a short trip on the Parkway to Sevierville. The establishment's owner is a whole-hearted, renowned animal preservationist and shares both knowledge and species from this facility with larger zoos around the country. The animals are well-loved, and the zoo is an economical, fun, and educational place. Make sure to visit for some up-close and personal animal family time.
2. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies-Dive into some ocean exploration. If you prefer to observe animals around and in the water, this award-winning aquarium is a must. A rotating display gallery also adds interest to the thousands of fish, rays, sharks, and penguins that call Ripley's home. So when you touch a jellyfish, what exactly does it feel like? Find out here.
3. Wonderworks-Get your hands onto some science. If activity challenges and interactive exhibits can get your family moving, locate this upside-down venue to explore a wide variety of mind-boggling fun activities. In addition to laying on a bed of nails, you will actually learn some things you never knew before (guaranteed), and test the boundaries of your imagination, while playing in six distinct areas called Wonder Zones in this indoor amusement park. Additionally, there are physical challenges like a ropes course (included in admission), and (for a separate fee) laser tag and a professional magic show. Every family member can participate here. So should you.
4 and 5. Top Jump and Sevier Air Adventure Parks-Get a fun workout indoors! Located in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville respectively, both of these locations feature trampoline parks with multiple features. They also share common ground with gladiator pits, tramp dodgeball, tramp basketball, and the like. Top Jump has a dedicated small children's area and a clip climbing arena. Sevier Air promotes its Ninja Warrior Course as a competitive place for kids and adults to determine the time-scored victor. Compare and contrast these locations for the best fit for your active family. We as locals have been to many a birthday party at both of these fun venues!
6. Magiquest-What about a scavenger hunt? The medieval upper level of this Pigeon Forge castle is an interactive electronic scavenger hunt that sparks the imagination for those who can read and want to solve clues with a magic wand. Thankfully, there are costumed employees who will guide you if you get stuck on a specific clue. Downstairs has three other activities: the Odyssey Mirror Maze, the Vault laser room race, and the Pirate Golf blacklight indoor miniature golf course. You can purchase tickets for all events, or individually depending on your tastes and time to spend.
7. Your cabin. Planned and scheduled downtime can be the best time with your family! Our property management firms at Tennessee Rental Cabins understand how precious those vacation moments are to your relaxation and satisfaction during your stay. Why not simply enjoy all the amenities of your temporary Smoky Mountain home? A bowl of ice cream and a fantastic movie, that book you've been wanting to finish, a competition round on the pool table, or even…yes, even a cool, comfortable sofa nap that you feel guilty making time for at home.
One of the many great features of our area is the amount of unique and different playgrounds available for you to choose. Enjoy exploring these cool locations.
About Leif Palmer
Leif Palmer loves residing in east Tennessee. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.