Top 7 theme parks, amusement parks in the Smokies

Dollywood
Dollywood (image courtesy of Dollywood)

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There’s so much to do and see in the Smokies! If you’re searching for a list of top things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville, look no further than this list of top theme parks and amusement parks: 

Dollywood
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1. Dollywood 

Dollywood is a theme park located in the Smoky Mountains, owned by Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. From fantastic rides to music and shows, there are several things that make Dollywood special.

  • Adult ticket prices: $79 (may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
  • Phone: (800) 365-5996
  • Website: dollywood.com 
  • Insider tip: Bring good walking shoes. 

Read more: Dollywood rides ranked: 10 best coasters and rides in the park

 

Soaky Mountain
Image courtesy of Soaky Mountain Waterpark

2. Soaky Mountain Waterpark 

Soaky Mountain Waterpark is a brand new, 50-acre waterpark nestled in the Smoky Mountains. It’s a mountain-modern park with food trucks, bars, kiddie play areas, slides with light effects and a first-of-its-kind watercoaster. 

  • Adult ticket prices: $49.99 (may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 175 Gists Creek Rd, Sevierville, TN 37876
  • Phone: (833) 687-6259
  • Website: soakymountainwaterpark.com
  • Insider tip: Check their website for seasonal specials.

Read more: Soaky Mountain Waterpark slides and attractions: Your complete guide

 

Splash Country
Image courtesy of Dollywood

3. Dollywood’s Splash Country 

Dollywood’s Splash Country is the water park to the Dollywood theme park. It has 35 acres of slides, a lazy river and a wave pool.

  • Adult ticket prices: $49.95 (may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
  • Phone: (800) 365-5996
  • Website: dollywood.com/waterpark
  • Insider tip: Get the fast pass, especially on a crowded day. 

 

Anakeesta
Photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com

4. Anakeesta 

Anakeesta is an outdoor adventure spot located in the treetops of Gatlinburg with zip lining, a treetop skywalk, a mountain coaster, play areas, shopping and dining.

  • Adult ticket prices: $21.99 (may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Phone: (865) 325-2400
  • Website: anakeesta.com
  • Insider tip: It can take some time to get back down the mountain if it’s crowded. Plan accordingly!

Read more: A review of Anakeesta — A getaway from your getaway 

 

Wilderness
Photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com

5. Wilderness at the Smokies (Resort and Waterpark)

Wilderness at the Smokies is a resort and family adventure center with two outdoor waterparks as well as Tennessee’s largest indoor waterpark. The lodge also has a gaming center with a ropes course, arcade, laser tag and mini golf.

  • Adult ticket prices: Waterpark included with resort stay (varies by room and season) 
  • Address: 1424 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville, TN 37876
  • Phone: (877) 325-9453
  • Website: wildernessatthesmokies.com
  • Insider tip: The River Lodge is usually a bit more expensive, but trams take you back and forth between the lodges for free!

 

Wilderness
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6. Gatlinburg SkyLift Park 

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is home to the the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. The park also has a SkyLift chair lift and a SkyDeck viewing area.

  • Adult ticket prices: $22.95 (may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 765 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Phone: (865) 436-4307
  • Website: gatlinburgskylift.com
  • Insider tip: The experience during the day and at night are completely different. Be sure to try both!

 

Ober Gatinburg
Photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com

7. Ober Gatlinburg 

Ober Gatlinburg is an amusement park and ski area located in the mountains of Gatlinburg. While Ober is Tennessee’s only ski and snowboard destination. It also features an aerial tram, a mountain coaster, ice bumper cars, a chairlift, a wildlife encounter, shopping and more.

  • Adult wristband prices: $34-44 (may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 1001 Parkway Suite 2, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 
  • Phone: (865) 436-5423
  • Website: obergatlinburg.com
  • Insider tip: Ober is accessible by car if you want to save money on the aerial tramway.

Read more: Ober Gatinburg review: The good, the bad and the nostalgic

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.


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