New Attractions in the Smokies

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If it had been a little while since your last visit to the Smoky Mountains, you might be surprised to learn of some of the new attractions we have going on; or may not be aware of them.

In this article, we’ll showcase some of the new things that have opened up in the last year or so that we recommend considering for your upcoming Smoky Mountain getaway’s itinerary. Let’s take a look:

Alcatraz East
This attraction in downtown Pigeon Forge is quite a different type of affair than Pigeon Forge typically has – an interactive museum detailing the subject of crime and justice that makes it kinda fun and appropriate. This is a two-story museum that offers comprehensive history on crimes, criminals, criminal procedures, criminal punishment, criminal mindsets and even criminal items that were made famous. If you enjoyed the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Guinness World of Records Museums in Gatlinburg, this will be right up your alley.

Anakeesta Village
A big new attraction in Gatlinburg that opened near the end of 2017, Anakeesta Village is a new area that is sort of a cross between Ober Gatlinburg and Gatlinburg’s own Village section of town – you take an airborne tram to reach a mountaintop destination that has a beautiful setting on its own while providing equally gorgeous views of Mt. LeConte. Other worthwhile attractions here inlcude the Tree Top Canopy Walk, Ziplines, the Treehouse Playground, Gem Mining, a Mountain Coaster and more.

Bear Country Fun Park
Located in the south side of town, close to The Spur connecting Gatlinburg to Pigeon Forge, Bear Country Fun Park is a family fun park with a convenient location owned by the same company that has The Track family fun park further up the parkway. Bear Country features a go-kart track, bumper boats, blaster boats, country carousel, arcade and more.

The Escape Game in Pigeon Forge
Interactive escape games made their way into the Tennessee Smokies between 2015 and 2016 and they add a brand new level of adventure to the attractions palette of our area! The Escape Game lets you roleplay in a thrilling escape scenario where you have to solve puzzles in order to progress and get out under a time limit. The Escape Game has “Gold Rush”, “The Heist”, “Prison Break” and “Classified” and is located at The Island.

HeadCase Escape Adventures
Gatlinburg’s first escape game attraction is going to give you the fantasy escape experience you didn’t know you needed. Located on Historic Nature Trail road just a little ways from Stoplight #8 in Gatlinburg, this escape game lets you solve your way through scenarios where you need to use your brain to get out in under a certain time – such as an Aztec temple, a Wild West breakout, a rogue agent-finding scenario, Merlin’s secret chamber, a dark forest escape in “Goliath” and evading a biohazard terror in “Extinction”. Lots of imagination is at work and you’ll need to use a lot of yours to get through it!

Sevier Air Trampoline Park
Between Governor’s Crossing in Sevierville and Veteran’s Boulevard is one of the best ways to wear your kids (and self!) out for a good night’s sleep and have a ton of fun while doing it! The Sevier Air Trampoline Park offers pretty much everything you’d want to experience here – huge room with trampolines, ninja warrior training course, three-story net systems and much more spread all throughout the 38,000 square foot complex.

Governors Crossing 14 Cinema
Not far from Sevier Air is the newest and biggest movie theater in Sevier County – the mighty Governors Crossing 14; so named for the number of showing rooms they have on the premises. The theater is equipped with 46,000 watt Dolby stereo sound, screens that are 55 feet wide, stadium style seating with adjustable chairs, premium concession stands, 3D availability and quite a bit more. Also very convenient to other stores, attractions, restaurants and places of interest.

Tennessee Legends Distillery
Located on both Newport Highway and Winnfield-Dunn Parkway (Highway 66), there are two ways for visitors to Douglas Lake to enjoy the newest distillery in East Tennessee. They feature many different flavors of moonshine, whiskey, creams and other liquors that include Apple Pie Moonshine, Apple Pie Whiskey, Blackberry Moonshine, Cinnamon Whiskey, Coffee Moonshine, Crème Brûlée Cream, Fiery Mango Margarita, Peppermint Mocha, White Lightning Moonshine and, of course, more.