When most people think about visiting attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains, they’re most likely to first think of Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN. After all, these are the two most visited cities in the Smokies and they are, in fact, home to most of the attractions that the area has to offer.
However, we don’t want you to overlook what neighboring Sevierville has going for it. As the county seat, it has the largest full-time population in the county, and it already has a lot to offer visitors, like the area’s top outlet malls and great restaurants.
But Sevierville has its share of family attractions too, so if you’re planning to stay in one of our Pigeon Forge or Sevierville cabins this summer, consider adding these fun stops to your travel itinerary.
- Tennessee Smokies baseball
The Smokies are the AA minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play about 40 home games each season at their stadium just off Interstate 40. The season runs from late March into early September, and home games at Smokies Park are a blast. In addition to exciting baseball action, there are fun promotional events, giveaways, competitions between innings, food and more. It’s a nine-inning vacation!
- Helicopter rides
There are actually a couple of vendors that offer helicopter tours of the Great Smoky Mountains, and they’re both in Sevierville. Look for Smoky Mountain Helicopters and Scenic Helicopter Tours. Both companies offer a range of packages for guests, and the packages are priced depending on the amount of time and distance covered on the trip.
- Forbidden Caverns
This underground cavern has been in business for decades, offering visitors a unique subterranean tour filled with towering chimneys, grottos and a crystal-clear stream. Special lighting effects and an audio presentation accompany the leadership of the caverns’ trained guides. The trails are well lighted, and handrails are provided at necessary points along the tour. By the way, it remains a steady 58 degrees in the caverns all year long, so dress accordingly.
- Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic petting Zoo
Here’s a great place to take children of all ages, because many of the animals are touch-friendly. Look for a wide range of creatures that you can look at and interact with, including camels, kangaroos, zebras, goats, reindeer, miniature horses, donkeys and more. They also offer pony rides for younger kids and trail rides on horseback for bigger guests on this 140-acre farm in the foothills.
- Tennessee Museum of Aviation
Experience the history of aviation in Tennessee at this interactive museum adjacent to the local airport in Sevierville. The museum houses a self-guided tour that takes guests on a chronological journey through the development of aviation in the state and pays tribute to the many people who contributed to it. There’s also a 35,000-square-foot hangar that houses dozens of historic aircraft, from World War II P-47 Thunderbolts to the North American P-51D Mustang.
And this is just scratching the surface. Other notable attraction stops in Sevierville include Rainforest Adventures, the Dolly Parton statue at the courthouse, NASCAR SpeedPark and Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum.