You might be thinking that there isn't a whole lot to do in Tennessee. More specifically, you might be wondering what on Earth you could possibly find you in a place like Sevierville. Sure, it's the town that Dolly Parton was born in, but that doesn't necessarily mean that there is a lot of stuff to do, does it? That may not have anything to do with it whatsoever, unless you're actually into going and seeing the statue erected in her likeness. Whether you're into country music legends or something completely different, there are actually a lot of things that you can do in this town. The best part is that there is something for everyone. If you're not convinced, here are 20 things that you can do in Sevierville, Tennessee.
20. Go zip lining
There are all kinds of zip lining tours that you can take in the area. One of the most popular involves the Sevierville Nature Park, where they have more than seven different zip lines that you can take advantage of. Depending on your skill level (and the amount of adrenaline you can handle at any given time), you can start with something that's relatively tame or you can kick things up a notch and go to the most challenging zip line on the property which is more than 2,000 feet in the air. They also offer zip lining at night, so if being 2,000 feet up isn't enough to get your attention during the day, maybe you'll finally get that adrenaline fix you've been looking for by going for it when it’s too dark to even see your own hand in front of your face.
19. Take a helicopter tour
There are also a number of different helicopter tours you can take of the area. Two of the most popular options include a helicopter tour of the Smoky Mountains as well as a tour of Douglas Lake, one of the most pristine bodies of water in the entire area. Helicopter tours last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and you can tailor them to fit anywhere from two to four people. Of course, the cost will also vary depending on the length of each tour and the number of people involved.
18. Go on a wine tasting tour
You can go to a single location for wine tasting or you can take a wine tasting tour that incorporates several different distilleries into a single day trip. If that's the way you decide to go with things, you'll be transported by bus from one distillery to the next while you have the opportunity to enjoy wine tasting at every one of the participating facilities in town. There are plenty of them for you to enjoy.
As a matter of fact, this tour alone lasts for six hours. Obviously, it's important to pace yourself but it will definitely give you a way to enjoy your afternoon. There are plenty of great places in town to enjoy a good glass of wine and this will help you figure out which one is your favorite.
17. Take a history-rich tour of the area
The city is proud of its history and it is something to be shared with tourists alike. You can find a number of tours in town that will help you to learn a great deal about the history of the area, all while you enjoy a walking tour from one historical location to the next. Typically, these tours last anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the specific one that you decide to book. More often than not, they also offer time for you to stop and rest your feet and even enjoy a few refreshments along the way.
16. Enjoy a moonshine tour
If you think you might enjoy the wine tasting tour, consider going on the moonshine tour. Moonshine isn't something you can get everywhere, but it is a staple of this particular area. It's also something that will definitely give you an opportunity to enjoy a unique experience, especially if you haven't ever had it before. While you're on the tour, you can learn a thing or two about the differences in moonshine versus other types of alcohol and even learn something about its history.
15. Burchfiel Grove
This beautiful location runs right alongside the Little Pigeon River and has no less than 73 different species of trees that you can enjoy along the way. It costs absolutely nothing to gain access to the park and they have paved trails that run right the way through it. As such, it's a great place for both adults and children to spend their time. It gives you an opportunity to enjoy the great beauty the area has to offer without spending any money in order to gain access to some type of attraction.
Even more importantly, it's something that everyone in the family can enjoy because the trails are paved and have been leveled out so that they're easy to walk for those who are younger, older or who have mobility issues. At the same time, the beauty is so breathtaking that even those who typically prefer a more difficult challenge will find enjoyment in the entire experience.
14. Mt. Ton of Fun
You might be wondering how much fun you can really have in a place with such a quirky name, but this is a great place for kids and adults alike to simply relax and blow off some nervous energy. Kids love it because it's like the playground of their dreams. There are all kinds of slides and other attractions that they can play on. There is even a splash pad right there next to the playground. What about activities for adults?
Right next to the playground, there are loads of workout stations that are for adults only. You can work out and still enjoy having a direct line of sight to the playground so you can keep an eye on the kids. It's a great place to let the kids have fun without sitting there and being bored. It's also a good place to maximize your time because you can get in a great workout while the kids are playing. After that, you can all go do something else together as a family.
13. Historic Town Square
It doesn't matter if you love history, architecture or country music, there is something for you to enjoy in the historic town square. It all starts with the historic courthouse, which just so happens to incorporate some outstanding architecture that's popular in the area. Right across the street, you have the statue of singer Dolly Parton that was mentioned previously. If you're not a country music lover, this may not seem like a big deal to you. Rest assured, it's something that thousands of people flock to every single year. In fact, a lot of people come to Sevierville just to see the statue. It's only then that they discover how much the town really has to offer.
12. Sevierville Commons
Like a lot of relatively small towns, this one has a nice park, known as Sevierville Commons. The thing is, they take things to the next level during the warmer months of the year when you can come out and watch a movie in the park for free. They show a different movie every week and you have the opportunity to enjoy it out in the open. It doesn't matter if you’ve seen it once or a hundred times, it's completely different when you have a chance to watch it out in the open.
11. Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Granted, this is a store that sells various types of knives. That being said, it is so much more than what you're likely to see on the surface. Once you get inside, you'll quickly notice that it serves as one of the most extensive locations for housing combat memorabilia in the entire southern half of the United States. They have modern weapons as well as those of a historic nature, including swords. There are loads of things that can be found here which you might have difficulty finding in even the best museums around the world. The best part is, it doesn't cost anything to go inside and take a look.
10. Sevier County Heritage Museum
This is a great option for people who love history, especially if you really get excited about the history of this particular area. They have all kinds of tools and clothing that were typically utilized during the 1800s in the area. Furthermore, you can find hundreds of newspaper clippings that have been saved from the time the town was incorporated all the way up to the present day. It may not be the location for everyone, but for anyone who has an appreciation of a bygone era, it's a great way to spend an afternoon.
9. Harrisburg Covered Bridge
This is another attraction that people really enjoy. Like the courthouse that dominates the downtown area, the covered bridge is a great place for anybody who loves architecture or history. It was originally built in 1875 and served as one of the most important bridges in the area as it crossed the Little Pigeon River. For years, it was deemed unsafe for use because of its significant age. Recently, it's been refurbished and now, everyone has the opportunity to enjoy it up close.
8. Pet Safe Unleashed Dog Park
Every pet owner seems to love this park. It's easy to see why, as it actually has a separate enclosed area for smaller dogs that keeps them away from larger pets. That automatically makes it safer for everyone involved. The park is completely enclosed with double fences, meaning that you can let your best friend run around without a leash for as long as she'd like. Better still, the park includes several pieces of agility equipment so you can keep your dog engaged and healthy.
7. Forbidden Caverns
If you have an adventurous spirit, you can enjoy these caverns that will take you underneath Sevierville and into a whole new world. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon. You have the chance to see something completely unique and learn a thing or two about the history of the area at the same time. The trail has been designed to be easy enough to traverse throughout the caverns, so you don’t have to worry about roughing it too much. Their hours do tend to vary, so it’s always a good idea to call ahead.
6. Foxfire Mountain
This is the perfect place for anyone who loves to get their adrenaline pumping. They have all kinds of zip lining adventures as well as a climbing wall and hiking trails. If you love staying active and you have a strong desire to spend the day doing something you really enjoy, this is the place to be.
5. Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo
Who doesn’t love a chance to go to the zoo? This one is just as good as any you’ll find anywhere in the country. They have hundreds of animals as well as educational talks that help you learn about the importance of conservation. It’s a great way to spend the day with the family. You can make it a leisurely activity or you can really tailor your visit around the various programs provided by many of the zoo keepers.
4. Flea Traders Paradise
People who love to go to flea markets usually like the idea of checking out the best ones in the area when they are on vacation. Each one of them has their own special flavor and this one is certainly no exception. Enjoy everything the flea market has to offer and get inspired to create something new out of some of the items they have available for sale.
3. Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Petting Zoo
Any person who loves animals will have a great time here. They have all kinds of animals, especially several horses. Of course, they also have camels, giraffes, goats and sheep. You can meet many of the animals and pet them. In some cases, you can even feed them.
2. NASCAR SpeedPark Smoky Mountains
This is a go-kart track that lets kids of all ages have fun. There are all kinds of arcade games and even a restaurant inside. Outside, you have the track that sits alongside a miniature golf area. There is even a small lake where you can have fun with bumper boats.
1. Tennessee Museum of Aviation
There isn’t an aviation buff alive who won’t enjoy spending a couple of hours here. They have a number of different historic aircraft, most of them military. At the moment, they have a flying T-6 that almost instantly transports you to a different time. They also have other World War II aircraft. Some of them fly and some are grounded, but you will always be amazed at the sheer number of aircraft located here.
Written by Liz Flynn
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