How to get free and discounted admission to Soaky Mountain Waterpark

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Soaky Mountain Waterpark is offering a season pass for the 2021 season for only $89 for a limited time (photo courtesy of Soaky Mountain)

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Soaky Mountain Waterpark is the newest attraction in the Smoky Mountains, and they want to make sure everyone is able to visit before the end of summer. That’s why — for a limited time — Soaky Mountain is offering steeply discounted admission for locals, military members, essential workers, guests of the Wilderness at the Smokies resort and more.

Here’s how YOU can get discounted admission to Soaky Mountain: 

Essential worker discounts (Aug. 3-Aug. 8, 2020) 

During these unprecedented times, Soaky Mountain Waterpark wants to do its part in honoring those who are on the frontlines of the pandemic. 

Starting Monday, Aug. 3 until Saturday, Aug. 8, any essential worker — as defined by Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order 22 — will be able to get into the waterpark for just $29.99. That’s discounted from the regularly marked price of $44.99. Please bring a valid ID or paystub.

“We are grateful for those who are helping our country though this challenging time and want to recognize them for their hard work, dedication and effort,” said Dave Andrews, general manager of Soaky Mountain Waterpark.

Essential workers will be able to purchase up to four additional discounted tickets for family and friends. See below for examples of essential workers, according to the executive order.

First responder discounts (Aug. 10-Aug. 13, 2020)

Then, starting Monday, Aug. 10 until Thursday, Aug. 13, Soaky Mountain will be featuring a Hometown Heroes discount. Active or retired military members, first responders and hospital workers will also get admission for $29.99.

Please bring a valid ID or paystub. These honored guests will be able to purchase up to four additional discounted tickets for family and friends.   

FREE admission for Wilderness at the Smokies guests (Aug. 10-Sept. 7, 2020)

Wilderness at the Smokies officials also recently announced a “Once in a Lifetime” special.

Guests who stay at Wilderness at the Smokies between Monday, Aug.10-Monday, Sept. 7 will receive FREE admission to Soaky Mountain, located across from the resort.

This offer also includes free parking at Soaky Mountain Waterpark.

“Our parent company, who built Soaky Mountain Waterpark, wants for our guests to see first-hand what a great tourist addition this is for the Smoky Mountain region,” says Pete Tennis, general manager of Wilderness at the Smokies.

“Guests staying with us during this time can arrive as early as noon on the day of their check-in to enjoy Soaky Mountain Waterpark and stay as long as they want on the day of their check-out. It’s an amazing offer valued at $180, based on a family of four per each day they visit Soaky Mountain Waterpark.”  

Wilderness at the Smokies is the region’s largest waterpark resort and is home to Tennessee’s largest indoor waterpark. 

The Wilderness at the Smokies outdoor waterparks will be closed during this offer. For more information or to make your reservation, visit

Soaky Mountain Waterpark
An aerial view of Soaky Mountain Waterpark (photo by Daniel Munson/

Neighboring Counties discount (Now-July 31, 2020)  

The waterpark is also hosting a “Welcome Neighboring Counties” promotion now through Friday, July 31. Residents with a valid ID from Sevier, Knox, Blount, Jefferson or Cocke counties can visit the park for only $29.99.

Read more: Soaky Mountain to offer huge discount to local residents July 27-31

Bring a Friend discount (Wednesdays, now-Aug. 26, 2020)

Additionally, each Wednesday through Aug. 26, season passholders may utilize the “Bring a Friend” special, where they may purchase an additional ticket for just $19.99 at the ticket booth (limit one per passholder).

Play Like a Kid Sundays (Sundays, now-Sept. 6, 2020) 

Play like a kid for a day, or at least pay like one! Adults taller than 42” pay the price of a child’s ticket, $39.99. This offer is valid each Sunday from now until Sept. 6.

Soaky Surge
Soaky Surge generates waves up to 6 feet high (photo courtesy of Soaky Mountain Waterpark)

For more information about current promotions at Soaky Mountain Waterpark, visit the Soaky Mountain Facebook page and click on the events tab. 

Who counts as an essential worker?

According to the Executive Order, essential workers include employees in the fields of: 

  • Healthcare and public health operations
  • Human services operations 
  • Essential infrastructure operations 
  • Essential government functions
  • Food and medicine stores
  • Food and beverage production and agriculture 
  • Organizations that provide charitable and social services
  • Religious and ceremonial functions
  • Media
  • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation 
  • Financial institutions and insurance entities 
  • Hardware and supply stores 
  • Critical trades
  • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pickup services
  • Educational institutions
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurants for off-premises consumption 
  • Supplies to work from home 
  • Supplies for essential businesses and operations 
  • Transportation
  • Home-based care and services
  • Residential facilities and shelters
  • Professional services
  • Manufacturing, distribution and supply chain for critical products 
  • Hotels and motels
  • Any business related to an essential activity  

Please see the official Executive Order for full details and examples. 

Soaky Mountain Waterpark attractions

Soaky Mountain Waterpark is the newest big attraction in the Smoky Mountains. Coming in at a whopping 50 acres, this huge waterpark boasts an impressive list of new rides, slides and kiddie play areas. 

One of the main highlights of the new waterpark includes the Avalaunch, a first-of-its kind watercoaster with four flying saucer features and a TornadoWAVE finish. 

Each slide in the park packs its own punch, whether you’re looking for a thrilling capsule-drop or a dual-person float ride.

“What sets Soaky Mountain apart is the wonderful attractions,” says Andrews. “We have translucent pieces that are some of the newest things in the industry that actually set effects on you as you slide down the rides.”

“What’s cool about that is it’s sunlight driven, so the Tennessee sunshine is shining right through these rides, making cool effects,” he said. “Effects that will make you feel like you’re going faster — effects that will make you feel like you’re spinning down a vortex.”

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

Food at Soaky Mountain

Soaky Mountain also steps up the traditional “theme park food game” with specially-remodeled food trucks.

They searched high and low for noteworthy vehicles to build these stationary food trucks. The now-taco truck at Soaky was once used in the London Transit System. 

The other food truck is Rolly Macaroni, which serves up all kinds of mac and cheese favorites. This serves as a subtle nod to the company’s roots in Wisconsin.

Read more: Food at Soaky Mountain; tasty treats that will blow you out of the water  

About Soaky Mountain Waterpark

Full price daily admission tickets are $44.99 for anyone taller than 42 inches and $39.99 for anyone 42 inches or below. Children ages three and up require a ticket. The waterpark will be open through Labor Day. 

Soaky Mountain Waterpark is located at 175 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville, Tenn. For more information about the park, visit

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