6 Great Photo Opps In The Smokies

These days, everyone’s a photographer, right? It’s pretty standard for folks of all ages to carry cell phones, and the vast majority of those phones have cameras. As a result, we’re probably taking more pictures and documenting our lives more right now than at any point in history since the camera was invented.

When you’re visiting the Great Smoky Mountains, picture taking is a must. After all, there are so many gorgeous and photogenic locations that you’d be doing your friends, family and Facebook a disservice by not snapping away at all that beauty and sharing your pics for the world to see.

So the next time you plan to visit the Smokies (and hopefully stay in one of our Gatlinburg cabin rentals), we have some suggestions for some places you might want to capture for your own personal archives. Whether you make those photos selfies or not is your business…

  1. The Dolly Parton Statue

Outside the mountains, this may be one of the most photographed sites in the Great Smoky region. The bronze statue is on the front grounds of the Sevier County courthouse in downtown Sevierville, and it depicts hometown girl Dolly Parton sitting with a guitar in her lap. No telling how many thousands of visitors have cozied up next to Ms. Dolly just to say, “cheese!”

  1. National Park Waterfalls

It’s hard to single out any one waterfall destination in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so we’ll just say that any waterfall or cascade you hike to is worthy of a camera click or 10. Some sites to consider include Abrams Falls, Ramsey Cascade, Henwallow Falls, Grotto Falls and Rainbow Falls. Just make sure you don’t drop your phone in the water…

  1. Music Theater Shows

Here’s one case where they’ll take the pictures for you. Almost every music theater show in the Smokies gives you the option of having you and your party’s pic taken by the house photographer on your way into the theater. You don’t have to participate or purchase the final product, but these can make memorable keepsakes of your fun times in the Smokies. Similarly…

  1. Dollywood Rides

On many of the coasters and thrill rides at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, cameras take your photo during particularly hair-raising moments. These pics aren’t always terribly flattering – especially if you’re in mid scream – but again, they can be amusing keepsakes of your visit to the Smokies.

  1. National Park Observation Towers

You don’t always have to climb a mountain to get great views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Some of the area’s notable observation towers are accessible by car and then require only a short hike. Examples include the Clingman’s Dome observation tower in the national park and the Look Rock observation tower on scenic Foothills Parkway.

  1. Black Bears

Make sure you zoom in as close as possible, however. If you’re so close to a bear that you can count his teeth in your camera’s viewfinder, you might be a little too close. Always remember to keep a safe distance from bears you encounter and give them plenty of space to do what they’re doing. No photo is worth ultimate harm to the bear or yourself.

This Week In The National Park

Do you hear that silence in your house? Yeah? It may be the sound of kids not being at home. Because they’re at school. Which means you might have a little more free time on your hands now. If so, consider an outing to Great Smoky Mountains National Park this week. Or if you can’t make it during the week, take the whole family this weekend.

In either case, there’s always something going on thanks to the wide selection of ranger-led programs and activities on the schedule. They’re easily accessible, most of them are free, and they’re a terrific way to enhance your outdoor experience and your appreciation for this wonderful natural resource in our own backyard.

Below is just a sampling of some of the things going on here on the Tennessee side of the national park:

Thursday, August 20

On Top of Old Smoky

A ranger will lead you on a hike to the highest peak in the park, where you’ll take in 360-degree views of the region and learn about its unique Canadian Zone environment. You may also hear some history about some of the park’s most influential people or hear stories about the names behind many of the park’s locations. This is a moderate one-mile hike, and it starts at the Clingman’s Dome Visitor Center. It’s a free hike that runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, August 21

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

During this free program, you’ll learn about one of a wide variety of rotating topics, including re-introduced species, non-native insects, salamanders and the secret lives of bears. It takes place at Sugarlands Visitor Center from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Saturday, August 22

Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

This fun and interactive program is actually great for the whole family and covers everything from the wildlife to the history of one of the park’s most popular destinations. Note, however, that depending on visitation and traffic, it can take as long as an hour or more to travel the six miles from the start of the one-way loop to the Cades Cove Visitor Center, where the program takes place. So adjust your travel time accordingly. The program is free and runs from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Sunday, August 23

Old-Time Mountain Religion

Head to Smokemont Baptist Church (near the Smokemont Campground entrance) for this free program, during which a ranger tells how old-time mountain religion met the spiritual, social and community needs of the Smokies. Running time is 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Monday, August 24

Cataract Falls Walk

This free stroll starts at Sugarlands Visitor Center and takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A ranger will discuss how the Great Smoky Mountains are a special place to visit in summer, and the topics can range from waterfalls and wildflowers to history and trees.

Want easy access to Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Next time you plan to visit the area, book a few nights at one of our cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge, TN. Our cabins are convenient to the national park, and they have some pretty grand views of their own.

Rental Cabins Offer An Experience Unlike Other Accommodations

There’s no doubt that anyone planning an overnight stay or longer in the Great Smoky Mountains has seemingly endless options when it comes to choosing accommodations. There are hotels, motels, condos, bed and breakfast inns, campgrounds and more – all competing for your lodging dollars.

So this week, we at Timbercreek Cabins are sharing some of the many advantages of choosing to stay in a rental cabin or chalet. This applies to rentals in general, but naturally, we believe our selection of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley and Sevierville cabins is the best you’ll find in the area.

Our inventory of luxury properties ranges from one to five bedrooms, and all our homes go through a thorough approval process before being allowed onto our rental program. And we make sure that all Timbercreek rentals are attractive, high-quality homes with plenty of amenities and conveniences.

But back to the advantages of staying in a rental…

First, cabins just give you more space. When compared to the size of the typical motel room, even our smallest one-bedroom cabins have plenty of space for folks to spread out and breathe. And really, for larger parties, a rental is the only real option. It’s always more fun to have folks under one roof as opposed to lining up in multiple hotel rooms, especially if it’s a reunion or corporate gathering.

Rentals also deliver way more amenities. In a hotel or motel, you might get an ironing board, iron, coffee maker and the like. But few single-room establishments offer guests their own private outdoor hot tub. Or whirlpool tub in the bathroom. Or pool table. Or full kitchen with dining area. Or libraries of board games and DVDs.

And when you stay in an overnight cabin, you get a real sense of being at home. There’s something about being able to pull your car up to your property and park in your own dedicated parking area and have a couch you can plop down onto while watching a little television that can make you feel comfortably settled. But because our cabins are in the Great Smoky Mountains, you can leave that home away from home and in just a few minutes be enjoying all the area’s attractions, shops and restaurants, not to mention the national park.

Cabins can also be more cost-effective. The more people you have sharing a rental, the more you can split the rental cost, and even in cases where it’s just two people, you get so much more for the money you spend, compared to a hotel or motel. And with a full kitchen in all our rentals, you can save money on your trip by stocking up on groceries and doing some cooking instead of dining out every single meal.

Finally, don’t forget about the views. There are some hotels and motels with nice views around here, but so many of our cabins have great mountain and valley views. Even the ones that don’t are usually in private wooded settings where you can truly relax and unwind and enjoy the peacefulness of being in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Cabin Of The Week – Creekside

If you’re planning a honeymoon, anniversary trip, romantic getaway or even just a few peaceful days of relaxation in the Smokies in the next few months, have we got a cabin for you. Say hello to Creekside, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom retreat located just four miles from Pigeon Forge.

This gem of a rental was actually built in the 1930s and as such, conveys authentic log-cabin character. However, when it comes to amenities, Creekside is thoroughly modern. The kitchen has all the conveniences that make life on the road a breeze, including dishwasher and microwave, and for entertainment, you’ll stay connected thanks to high-speed wireless Internet and two cable TVs with VCR and DVD players.

Creekside’s most notable feature, as its name suggests, is its location, adjacent to the babbling waters of Cove Creek. The cabin is right at creek’s edge, and the front deck actually extends out over the water. This makes a great spot for curling up with a good book while the steady mantra of the waters soothes your soul or perhaps for casting a fishing line in search of a mountain trout. Creekside actually boasts multiple decks and footbridges that would make advantageous fishing spots. The surrounding growth of hemlocks and evergreens only add to this cabin’s charms.

Some of the other decks also feature the likes of an outdoor patio seating group and a hot tub, which would make a great place for a relaxing soak after a long day of hiking or visiting attractions and shops. There’s also a charcoal grill, where you could sizzle up your favorite charcoal-cooked goodies, like steak, chicken, ribs or burgers.

For a blend of indoor-outdoor lifestyle, don’t miss out on the huge screened-in porch, which boasts multiple chairs and a picnic table. This makes a great spot for an al fresco meal (of sorts) or enjoying the breezes and sounds of nature without being exposed to the insect world.

Creekside’s interior features include a modern bathroom, stone wood-burning fireplace with brick hearth, central heat and air, an overstuffed couch that also serves as a sleeper sofa, a love seat and a king bedroom with TV/DVD player and log-and-chinking wall construction.

Overall the atmosphere is a pleasing one, thanks in large part to an Adirondack fishing motif, honey-colored knotty pine floors and cozy layout. Of course, you can’t beat the sound of the creek cascading over the rocks just outside your windows.

Creekside’s proximity to Pigeon Forge makes it one of our more unique cabins in Gatlinburg, TN and Pigeon Forge, TN. It has a remote, secluded feel but is still close to all the things you can do that help make a vacation a memorable one. Gatlinburg and Sevierville are just a few miles south and north (respectively) of Pigeon Forge, so the entire Smokies area is practically at your fingertips. If you want to access Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’ll find a convenient entrance in Wears Valley, which is very close to the cabin.

7 Places To Find The Best Views In The Smokies

People enjoy coming to the Smokies for things like attractions, shows and outlet mall shopping. But if it weren’t for the Great Smoky Mountains themselves, none of those other things would exist. After all, it’s the mountains that have been attracting visitors to this area for decades.

The challenge sometimes is finding the places that will give you the best views of the mountains. So if you’re staying in one of our Pigeon Forge cabins in the near future, consider one or more of the following suggestions for places to enjoy the beauty of the Smokies at their grandest.

  1. From A Mountaintop

Sometimes, the best views of the mountains are afforded from the top of a mountain. For example, a hike to the peak of the Chimney Tops, (the trail begins just off Newfound Gap Road in the national park) gives you majestically high but up-close views of several nearby mountains. Similarly, if you make the trek all the way to the top of Mt. LeConte, there are offshoot trails near the summit that lead you to vantage points offering stunning easterly and westerly views. It’s a unique way to watch a sunrise or sunset if you’re staying at LeConte Lodge. And don’t forget about the Clingman’s Dome observation tower on Newfound Gap Road. It’s a short hike with a big payoff.

  1. Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

Even if you don’t plan to visit the Ober Gatlinburg attraction, the ride to the top of Mt. Harrison on their Aerial Tramway is quite an experience. You’ll get great views of the mountains surrounding Gatlinburg, and traveling in a suspended gondola car is pretty fun too. If you do stay for the attractions up top, you can also enjoy long-range views from Ober Gatlinburg’s chairlift attraction.

  1. Foothills Parkway

There are several partial segments of this scenic drive that stretch for miles through Sevier and Blount counties. No matter which route you choose, you’ll pass a number of automobile pull-offs where you can park your car, stare out across the vast miles and get some great photographs in the process. One particularly scenic but also handy viewing area is the Look Rock observation tower, located along the stretch of Foothills Parkway that begins on U.S. Hwy. 321 between Maryville and Townsend, TN.

  1. Cherohala Skyway

Much like Foothills Parkway, this scenic autoroute has multiple pull-offs for roadside gawking. The Skyway begins in Tellico Plains, TN, which is accessible via Madisonville, TN. The route ends in North Carolina.

  1. Gatlinburg Space Needle

Just take the elevator to the top of this 407-foot-tall observation tower in downtown Gatlinburg and enjoy 360-degree views of the town and the nearby Great Smoky Mountains.

  1. Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

This giant Ferris Wheel can be found at The Island development in Pigeon Forge. This anchor attraction at The Island takes passengers up to 200 feet above the city in climate-controlled gondola cars for year-round enjoyment. From the top, you can see the expanse of the Smokies to the south and all the way up to Sevierville and beyond to the north.

  1. Helicopter Tours

Sevierville is home to a couple of helicopter tour operators that offer a wide range of packages at multiple price points. Rides can last from just a few minutes all the way to hours-long tours that cover up to 100 miles. Along the way, you can see sites that include the mountains, the national park, Gatlinburg, Wears Valley and Douglas Lake.

Timbercreek Cabin Rentals Has Great Off-Season Deals

Most folks choose summertime to visit the Great Smoky Mountains, because that’s when schools are out. It’s easier to pack up the whole family for a full week of vacation days, and the warm summer weather just lends itself to a wide array of outdoor fun.

But because summer is our peak season at Timbercreek Cabin Rentals, we’re not able to offer the discounted rates that we can in spring, fall and winter. So if you haven’t already taken your big family trip yet this year, you might consider waiting until later in the summer, or even beyond, to stay in one of our cabin rentals in Tennessee. You can get some great discounts during those times and still get to enjoy a lot of neat things going on here in the Smoky Mountains.

With our Late Summer Special, you can book any three nights between August 17 and September 2 and get one night free. The advantage of this deal is not only the free night but still getting to visit the Smokies while it’s nice and warm. As such, you can still enjoy outdoor attractions like Dolly’s Splash Country as well as recreational sites like Douglas Lake.

We offer a similar deal for our Fall Special: Book any three nights in a row and get one of them for free. This promotional discount is good from September 7 through October 5 and could be a good option for families looking to make a long weekend of it or travel during their school’s fall break. It could also be a good deal for couples not traveling with children, who can visit the Smokies during the week, when much of the traffic has dropped off with the start of school.

There won’t be any discounts available during October, because that’s the fall color season, when we typically have high booking rates. But after that, the Extended Fall Special runs November 2 through 23 and also allows you to book two consecutive nights and get a third one free.

Visitors who come to the Smokies during that period of time can enjoy the remnants of the fall color transformation, and it’s also the kickoff of the Winterfest celebrations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. The weather is still seasonable enough to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, but we’re also getting those chilly nights, which are ideal for soaking in the hot tub or building a roaring fire at one of our rental properties.

You can also get three nights for the price of two during our Christmas Shopping Special, which runs from November 30 to December 19. Book three nights during that time period and enjoy the pre-Christmas spirit here in the Smokies with lots more Winterfest events. And as the special’s name suggests, it’s a great time to hit all the outlet malls and get your Christmas shopping done before you head back home.

And for the record, we have one special deal that we offer all year: Book seven consecutive nights and only pay for five.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair – July 17-26th

The Smoky Mountains region is known for a lot of things – mountains, bears, outlet malls and music theaters, just to mention a few. But no such list would be complete without mentioning arts and crafts. After all, tourism in the Smokies was borne of the crafts industry, which sprang up in the early 1900s. And to this day, when folks flock to cities like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, they are often in search of authentic arts and crafts pieces that reflect the history and culture of the area.

One of the most popular destinations for crafts fans is the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, which returns to that city for its annual summer fair, from July 17 to 26 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center downtown. There, guests will discover some 200 different booths featuring the works of some of the nation’s finest crafts people and artisans, many of whom are native to this area.

On display are works that span a wide range of artistic media and native craft forms, including basket weaving, broom making, candle making, jewelry, woodworking, metal work, painting, sculpture, photography and many more. One of the things that makes this fair so special is that it is a juried event, meaning that each applicant’s work is reviewed, so that only the best quality of arts and crafts are represented at the fair.

Also, in addition to being able to browse the different pieces and purchase them, guests can watch many of the crafts people at work and ask them questions about their special skills. One such crafter is potter David Howard, who discovered his interest in clay as an undergraduate at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Twenty years later, his once-hobby is now a full-time vocation, with his work focusing primarily on the traditional and functional folk pottery reminiscent of the 1800s.

Also at the fair this year is Charles Adams of Troy, Alabama, who has created a unique collection of stained glass works, including windows, doors, clocks, lamps, kaleidoscopes, sun catchers and his specialty, glass angels. He has been participating in the Craftsmen’s Fair for more than 18 years.

But that’s not the only thing that has made the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair one of the most popular special events in the Southeast. The fair also features live country, gospel and bluegrass shows taking place on the music stage daily. This year, “Fiddle Man” Tim Watson returns to the event, as does Dennis Lee & Band.

Fair hours are 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. daily, except for Sunday, which is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Music shows take place at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. daily and at 12 and 2 p.m. on Sundays; Admission is $7 for guests ages 13 and older. Kids 12 and younger get in free.

In addition to the summer event, there’s a fall edition of the fair, which runs October 8 through 25. Fall is a popular time for crafts in the Smokies, especially as so many guests converge on the area to see the annual autumnal color show.

Whether you plan to see this week’s fair or the one in the fall, contact us soon to make reservations for one of our Gatlinburg cabins, which will be convenient to the event.

Cabin Of The Week – Little Creek

If what you seek is peace and quiet in the Great Smoky Mountains, then allow us to offer Little Creek up for your consideration the next time you’re looking to book overnight accommodations. It’s just minutes from Pigeon Forge, but at the same time, it benefits from a private, two-acre setting that even features a mountain stream bordering the property. In fact, that’s how this cabin gets its name.

The cabin itself is the perfect setting for a private retreat in the mountains, whether you’re traveling solo, just to get away from it all, or visiting with that special someone on a honeymoon, anniversary trip or romantic weekend getaway.

Although it’s considered a one-bedroom cabin, Little Creek actually has a smaller second bedroom with two sets of bunk beds. As such, you might also consider this property as a possibility when planning a family vacation to the Smokies. The bunk beds would be ideal for the kids or the kids and even a couple of friends.

Little Creek’s coziness is offset by the spacious feel imbued by the cathedral ceiling in the living room, which also features a sleeper sofa, gas log fireplace, satellite TV and a VCR/DVD player (remember that the sleeper sofa gives you even more sleeping capability). The master bedroom boasts a queen-size bed as well as a dressing table with lighted vanity mirror.

The cabin also has a couple of outdoor areas where you can relax and enjoy the solitude, including the covered back patio with outdoor hot tub and a picnic table. The hot tub can be enjoyed year ‘round, while the picnic table is a great spot for some al fresco dining on a breezy summer day or evening.

Meanwhile, there’s also a covered front porch with a swing and rocking chairs, both of which are ideal for quiet reflection or laid-back conversation with family and friends. This would be a nice spot to start or end your day.

The kitchen has everything on hand that you might need to do some cooking in on the nights you’re not eating out. Just stop by a local supermarket and stock up on supplies, and Little Creek’s refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave and coffee maker will take care of the rest. Whether you’re just looking to make a quick breakfast before hitting the attractions and outlet malls or maybe grill up some steaks, the kitchen has most of the cookware, utensils, dishes (and more) you’ll need.

Other amenities in the cabin include a tabletop Pac Man game, washer and dryer, charcoal grill, wireless high-speed Internet, iron and ironing board.

Of course, Little Creek is just one of our many secluded Pigeon Forge cabins. We have a wide selection of properties, ranging from one to five bedrooms, capable of accommodating just about any size travel party. And all of our cabins are loaded with amenities, which will help make your stay in the Smokies feel an awful lot like home. Maybe even better…

Celebrate The 4th Of July In The Smokies!

Whether you choose to observe our nation’s independence on the third day of this month or the fourth, either way, you’ll be able to say “Happy birthday, U.S.A.” with a bang this year, thanks to all the special events taking place in the communities of the Great Smoky Mountains. So if you’re staying in one of our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals this week, you might want to check out this overview of some of the festivities taking place in our area.

fireworks-dollywoodOne of the biggest such celebrations around here is in Gatlinburg, which will be holding its annual Independence Day parade at midnight July 3 (or 12 a.m. July 4, depending on how you look at it). That’s why it’s known as the first July 4th parade to take place in the nation each year. Now in its 40th year, the parade will be led by Nan Kelley, host of GMC’s Top 20 Country Countdown, and army captain Steve Voglezon from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The parade will step off at 12:01 a.m. on the 4th under the watchful eyes of some 80,000 spectators. As always, the parade will honor our nation’s military veterans and will include entries from five states. Among the entries will be floats, giant balloons, live entertainers, exotic cars, antique tractors and military vehicles.

The parade route will run for more than a mile, starting at traffic light #1A on East Parkway, then turning onto the Parkway at traffic light #3 and heading south to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road. Parade goers are encouraged to arrive early on the 3rd to claim a good viewing spot.

Later on the 4th, Gatlinburg will host its annual River Raft Regatta, a race of unmanned floatables that begins at the bridge in front of Christ in the Smokies on River Road and ends at the bridge in front of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Prizes will be awarded to the race winners.

The festivities wrap up at 10 p.m. with a 20-minute fireworks display in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg. The best viewing areas will be near traffic lights #3 and #5. The 129th Army Band will play patriotic music leading up to the fireworks, beginning at 9 p.m. on the Ripley’s Aquarium plaza.

There will be fireworks on the 4th in Pigeon Forge as well, thanks to that city’s 25th Annual Patriot Festival. Taking place at Patriot Park, the fun begins with live entertainers at 1:30 p.m. Capping off the entertainment will be Departure, a Journey tribute band, which will lead up to the evening’s headliners, Diamond Rio. At 9:30 p.m., a fireworks display will wrap up the celebration.

All activities are free, and parking is free, although a trolley shuttle service will run between the municipal parking lot on Teaster Lane and Patriot Park. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating (no coolers or umbrellas allowed).

Elsewhere in Pigeon Forge, Uncle Sam will pay a visit to the Incredible Christmas Place on the 4th. This annual event also features shopping, sidewalk sales, food and candy.

6 Ways To Beat The Summer Heat

It may just barely be summer, but don’t tell that to Mother Nature. She already thinks it’s July or August, and it’s been showing lately in the form of daytime highs in the 90s and heat indexes reaching well over 100.

But that shouldn’t discourage you from making the most out of your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. This week, we’ve got some ideas for things to do and places to go that will help you stay cool while still having a lot of fun.tubing

  1. Inner Tubing – Our Pigeon Forge cabin rentals are just a short drive from Townsend, TN, home of several different tubing attractions. Each of them offers trips of varying distances down the Little River, which runs the length of town. It’s a fun, lazy and – most importantly – cool way to spend a scorcher in the Smokies.
  2. National Park Swimming Holes – You can’t tube at these places, but favorite tourist spots like The Sinks and the Townsend Y are longtime popular swimming hole destinations. Just park your car, wade in and brace yourself for a blast of cold mountain water.
  3. Whitewater Rafting – You usually have to drive just across the Tennessee-North Carolina state line to reach the area’s many whitewater-rafting outfitters, but the drive is always worth it. They’ll provide you with all the gear and instruction you’ll need to spend a half-day or a day on one of the great whitewater rivers in the area, typically the Big Pigeon River. You’re guaranteed to get doused by rapids, and during the calm spells of the river, you might even get to take a cool dunk on your own.
  4. Dollywood’s Splash Country – This Pigeon Forge water park is the area’s premier water attraction each summer, offering dozens of slides and other water-filled activities that will definitely help you stay soaked and cool all day long. They have something to make everybody happy, from thrill seekers to tiny tots. Splash Country also has plenty of spots to soak in some rays, grab a bite to eat or replenish supplies for those fun-filled days.
  5. An Underground Cavern – You don’t always have to be wet to stay cool. Attractions like Forbidden Caverns and Tuckaleechee Caverns stay the same temperature all year long – around 57 degrees. That comes in mighty handy on a hot summer day when you’ve been out in the sun and are ready for a break.
  6. Any Air Conditioned Attraction – Whether you’re in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, you don’t have look far to find an indoor attraction where you can easily spend several hours, not only protected from the sun but also bathed in air-conditioned comfort. Music theaters are one great example of a cool zone that will entertain. And there are also all sorts of unique museums, animal attractions, arcades and more at which the price of admission is well worth the relief from the summer heat.