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6 Attractions in the Smoky Mountains You Have to Get Outside and Try

When it comes to fun and family-friendly things to do you can hardly beat being in the Smokies. And when it warms up there are endless possibilities of fun to have! We put together a list of our favorite attractions in the Smoky Mountains that you have to get outside and try on those beautiful days in the mountains!

1. White Water Rafting

White water rafting is one of the best outdoor activities to try, and rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors makes it one of the best attractions in the Smoky Mountains! You’ll raft down the Pigeon River with the awesome and hilarious guides of SMO. They know exactly how to keep you safe, feel comfortable, they can point out beautiful sights in the Smoky Mountains, and they  know how to make sure you have the most fun while on the river!

2. CLIMB Works – Smoky Mountainszipining with climbworks smoky mountains

Ziplining with CLIMB Works is one of the coolest attractions in the Smoky Mountains. We promise even if you may be scared of heights, after one run down a line you’ll have a blast here! Ziplining with CLIMB Works is very safe, incredibly fun and offers awesome views of the Smoky Mountains! And if soaring over the forest floor really isn’t your thing, they offer a fun mountain biking course as well!

3. Outdoor Gravity Park

If you are looking for a truly unique outdoor experience give zorbing a try! The Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge offers zorbing adventures, and you can even add water which makes it a great way to cool off! Zorbing is a giant, inflatable ball that you crawl inside of and get to roll in. It’s kind of like a hamster ball for people! 

4. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most visited parks in the United States. It’s easy to see why. The park is home to gorgeous mountain views, clear streams, and beautiful wildlife. The park is free to visit. Once inside, you have tons of options of things to do! You can go hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, go for a picnic, take a scenic drive, or explore the visitors centers. You can’t go wrong spending a few hours or even an entire day in Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

dollywood's splash country waterpark sign5. Dollywood’s Splash Country

Dollywood’s Splash Country is one of the best ways to cool down on a hot summer day in the Smoky Mountains. They have water attractions for the thrill seekers in your group and for the loungers — from dizzying 70-feet-tall water slides, to relaxing lazy rivers and even a water filled multi-level playground! There is something for everyone!

6. Anakeesta

Anakeesta is an aerial adventure park located above Gatlinburg. The only way to reach Anakeesta is by gondola or chairlift to the summit. Once at the top, you can shop and dine at Firefly Village, zipline, explore the tree canopy course, or simply take in the mountain views. You can turn a day up here into as thrilling or as relaxing of an experiences as you want it to be. If the weather is not cooperating while you enjoy Anakeesta, here are a list of great indoor activities in Gatlinburg to visit while you wait out the rain. 

After a day of fun in the sun and exploring these attractions in the Smoky Mountains, what you need is a relaxing cabin to come back to. Whether you just want to relax on porch with a mountain view, eat a nice full meal in your cabin, or sit in a hot tub, Aunt Bug’s has the cabin for you! Find the right cabin for your next outdoor adventure in the Smokies with us, and start planning now!