No question about it, this is another rain and storm-filled Summer in the Smokies. We tend to have a 50% chance of our hottest season being enough to channel multiple days of thunder showing up on a weekly forecast and this appears to be the case for this Summer (which not as many locals might complain of since it’d been quite a long time since we had thunder and rain forecasts on the weather stations). So whether or not it does end up raining, storming or otherwise casting obstacles to your Summer outing plans from the sky, here are some recommendations for Plan B material that can make for a good day regardless of the weather.
Let’s take a look:
Ripley’s Attractions (Indoor)
- Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
“Voted Best U.S. Aquarium! Marvel at 12-foot sharks, a giant sea turtle, thousands of exotic sea creatures and playful penguins in State-of-the-Art Underwater Tunnels! Touch Horseshoe Crabs, Jellyfish & Stingrays! Hourly Dive/Feeding Shows and more!
Experience Sleeping With the Sharks, Behind the Scenes Tours, Educational Programs, Splashing With the Stingrays, Penguin Encounter and Painting programs! Marvel at 12-foot sharks, a giant sea turtle, thousands of exotic sea creatures and playful penguins as you enjoy the Most Spectacular, State-of-the-Art Underwater Tunnels! Touch Horseshoe Crabs, Jellyfish & Stingrays! Play in the New 3-Story Discovery Treehouse & Play Center! Experience a ride over Shark Lagoon in the New Glass Bottom Boat! See Mermaids swimming June & July! Family Fun, Interactive, Hourly Dive/Feeding Shows and much, much more! Open 365 days a year.” – https://www.gatlinburg.com/listing/ripleys-aquarium-of-the-smokies/
- Ripley’s Moving Theater
904 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
“Experience 5D Done Right! The thrill movies you ride now powered by Real D 3D as used Despicable Me 3, Cars 3, Transformers: The Last Knight, Spiderman: Homecoming & Many More!
Cutting Edge, State-of-the-Art Motion Simulator! Feel every bump, dip, turn, rush of wind and full weather effects! Ride the Movie, Feel the Rush! On the Parkway, traffic light # 8.” – https://www.gatlinburg.com/listing/ripleys-moving-theater/
- Guinness World Records Adventure
631 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
“All New 2018 Interactives for More Fun and New Records to Break! Experience Guinness World Records in a New Way!
Take the Challenge and attempt to Break a World Record in the Largest Interactive Challenge Gallery! See the Amazing Book come to Life through New incredible displays, cool interactive games, trivia, themed galleries and videos! Compare your height to the Tallest Man! Hundreds of Unbelievable Exhibits and Authentic Memorabilia from celebrity record-holders and Much More! On the Parkway, traffic light # 6.” – https://www.gatlinburg.com/listing/guinness-world-record-adventure/
- Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze & Candy Factory
623 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
“Being Lost has Never Been So Fun! Find your way out through surprising corners, dead ends, continuous circles & rotating mirrors in endless direction in the Infinity Room!
Strike your pose and See infinite reflections of yourself in every direction in the Infinity Room! Never the same experience twice!” – https://www.gatlinburg.com/listing/ripleys-marvelous-mirror-maze-candy-factory/
- Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
908 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
“You’re Never Alone in the Dark! Frights, Fun and Screams for Everyone! Enjoy this multi-million, state-of-the-art World-class Haunted Attraction & Gatlinburg’s #1 Haunted House!
New hauntings, special effects and live actors! Bring all your family and friends…there’s safety in numbers! On the Parkway, traffic light # 8.” – https://www.gatlinburg.com/listing/ripleys-haunted-adventure/
- Gatlin’s Escape Game
716 Parkway #214, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
“One of a kind, Gatlin’s themed rooms feature props, lighting and sound effects. Solve puzzles, conquer challenges, while experiencing adrenaline pumping surprises around every corner. Work together in a 60-minute race against the clock to escape Gatlin’s live action games
THE LEGEND OF ATLANTIS An epic, story-driven journey that puts you in an Indiana Jones adventure, full of Hollywood-quality set pieces with special effects.
MOONSHINE HILL HOOTENANNY Small Paw Sampson ain’t havin’ no part of Big Maw Bertha’s hootenanny tonight for her secret ‘shine recipe, so you’ll hafta be crafty to break into Maw’s shack and blow her ‘shine still to smithereens!” – https://www.gatlinburg.com/listing/gatlins-escape-games/
- Headcase Escape Adventures
205 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
“Headcase Escape Adventures brings a higher quality experience to our customers. We challenge your mind and ability to collaborate with others in an interactive, team-building environment where good times and good memories are had by all.
We want to be the most unique and entertaining escape experience in the United States. We provide our guests with an amazing adventure through creative room concepts, friendly themed staff, compelling and innovative designs, and great puzzle experiences.” – https://www.gatlinburg.com/listing/headcase-escape-adventures/
- The Captured- A Live Escape Experience
623 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
“The Captured – A Live Escape Experience. Solve clues, puzzles, trap doors to escape and survive the experience! Will you escape before time runs out?
Gatlinburg’s wide variety of attractions have visitors coming back, year after year. No matter your age or what you like to do, there’s something for every member of your family in Gatlinburg. Whether you want to hike through the mountains, pitch a tent in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, ride the Aerial Tramway or hang out downtown, Gatlinburg is your perfect travel destination.” – https://www.gatlinburg.com/listing/the-captured-a-live-escape-experience/
- Alcatraz East Crime Museum
112 Reagan Dr, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
“Welcome to the Big House! The museum, which will give visitors the behind-the-scenes story to our nation’s crime history, is located at the entrance to The Island at 2757 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The museum’s neighbors at The Island include Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and Margaritaville Hotel, and will offer historic objects and activities for the entire family.
There are 20 different exhibit areas covering five themes for guests to explore; history of American crime, the consequences of crime, crime scene investigation, crime fighting, and pop culture.
Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests of all ages will encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages – so much fun it’s a crime!” – https://www.mypigeonforge.com/business/alcatraz-east
- The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center
106 Showplace Blvd A, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
“Visit the stars that make you melt.
Come Play with the Stars at Hollywood Wax Museum! You’ll get the chance to pose with your favorite stars and use provided props to ham it up for super-fun selfies. Walk the red carpet with Hollywood’s elite, sing along with pop stars, come face-to-face with horror villains and even put on a wedding dress and marry a star! You’ll also discover little-known facts about your favorite show-biz personalities, including surprising details about their pets, pet peeves, accomplishments, charity work, and more.” – https://www.mypigeonforge.com/business/hollywood-wax-museum
- The TITANIC Museum
2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
“Everyone knows the name Titanic. Everyone knows the Titanic struck an iceberg. Everyone knows the Titanic was lost at sea. But there’s so much more to her story and the people who sailed her that few people know. Now you don’t have to navigate the icey waters of the North Atlantic to find out.
Learn about the lives of the passengers and crew aboard the Titanic, as our staff and interactive galleries bring them to life like never before. You’ll discover that the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge is more than just a museum; we’re a ship-shaped, permanent, and interactive time machine built for all ages.” – https://www.mypigeonforge.com/business/titanic
3735 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
“Want to fly high, flip into an airbag, or dunk like Jordan? Located at the foot of the Smoky Mountains, TopJump is Sevier County’s first-ever trampoline park. It offers a safe and extreme adventure for people of all ages.
TopJump features all of the traditional trampoline park attractions, plus the nation’s first sky-high climbing adventure, Clip ‘n Climb. The park also includes a large arcade, Sugar Rush Candy Store, and a place for parents to relax and still see the entire park.
We’re located between light #8 and #10 on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge near Dixie Stampede just minutes from Sevierville and Gatlinburg.” – https://www.topjump.com/
266 Collier Dr, Sevierville, TN 37862
“Join us for high flying fun in the Smoky Mountains! Our facility features 38,000 square feet of advanced & junior Ninja Warrior Courses, Trampolines & a First Ever 3 Story Net System for 2 to 10 year old! We can also host your party or special event so your whole group can experience the thrill and excitement.
We also have a concessions area that features delicious treats from pizza to ice cream for when you need to refuel after the excitement. And make sure you check out our apparel so you can rock your very own Sevier Air gear.” – https://sevierair.com/