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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of The Smokies

Sharks and rays and penguins, oh my! Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours in downtown Gatlinburg. Our family particularly enjoys Shark Lagoon, where you will be carried along by a conveyor so you can take in all the ocean life around you. The big sharks are…

Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome – Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Want to see the majestic views of the Great Smoky Mountains from the highest elevation in the national park, and indeed the highest elevation in the state of Tennessee? Head to Clingmans Dome! Clingmans Dome has an observation tower, which offers gorgeous 360 degree mountain views. The tower requires a 1/2 mile hike on a…

Townsend Wye

Townsend Wye – Our favorite swim hole

On our first trip to the Smokies, we had big intentions to go to Cades Cove one day – but we never made it. The kids noticed families jumping off a rock and swimming in this beautiful setting. They wanted to stop. We ended up spending hours there and never made it to Cades Cove…

Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing

Smoky Mountain River Rat

One of our favorite things to do to cool off in the summer is to go tubing at Smoky Mountain River Rat in Townsend. For one price (see website for details), you can float down the river as many times as you’d like. The river is mostly calm with a few spots of small rapids…

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