Now that spring is here officially, a lot of folks are already planning their next trip to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Whether you’re thinking about heading this way next week or during the summer or even next fall, we hope you’ll consider reserving one of our Wears Valley cabin rentals for your vacation accommodations. We have luxury cabins to fit every size party and every budget, and our peaceful, scenic locations are likely to make you fall in love with the mountains all over again.
And if your next trip back happens to be your first visit of 2017, you may be interested to know that there are several new attractions and points of interest that may not have been around last time you here. This week, we thought we’d share a few highlights of places to consider working into your vacation itinerary.
- Ripley’s Glass Bottom Boat Adventure
This new feature of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg puts just three inches of glass between visitors and the inhabitants of the attraction’s Shark Lagoon. Each 16-foot boat features a large pane of glass in the center of the floor, allowing passengers to gaze into the waters below to observe the sharks and other ocean creatures as they swim along the reef underneath.
- Alcatraz East Crime Museum
Explore American history from a criminal perspective at this new Pigeon Forge attraction. Five unique galleries burrow deep into the worlds of criminal intent, criminal profiles, the penal system, victims, crime prevention, forensic science, law enforcement and the judiciary branch of government. The 25,000-square-foot attraction covers two levels and includes more than 100 interactive exhibits.
- New Dollywood Ride
Dollywood theme park and Dollywood Splash Country water park in Pigeon Forge are offering several new rides and attractions for guests this season.
First, Drop Line is a new 200-foot-tall free-fall experience that towers over Dollywood’s Timber Canyon section, providing an incredible view of the park as riders ascend to the top of the tower. Then the ride drops guests nearly 20 stories in an exhilarating free fall down toward the Canyon’s water feature below.
Next, Whistle Punk Chaser is a new junior coaster that throws thrilling twists and turns at Dollywood’s younger thrill-ride fans, preparing them for the day when they can join their parents aboard award-winning adult grown-up coasters like Thunderhead and Wild Eagle.
Finally, water park guests can enjoy the new TailSpin Racer, a wet-and-wild group of slides featuring unique, spiraling, high-speed AquaTubes. Passengers experience plenty of thrills as they twist and turn their way to the slides’ splashdown finale in the pool below.