Wilderness at the Smokies: Fun For the Whole Family

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My husband and I were talking about a short getaway, and couldn’t decide on the perfect destination. We now have a 15-year-old son, so vacations aren’t as easy to plan. Things that worked in the past just don’t cut it when you have a teenager.

I need something that will suit everyone, and that is hard to find without a huge expense and a lot of hassle. Fortunately, we live near the Great Smoky Mountains, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, so getaways are convenient.

With so much to do in the area, it’s not always easy deciding what to do, though.

When I heard that Wilderness at the Smokies was celebrating 10 family-fabulous years, we knew that’s where we had to go for our short family vacation.

Celebrating 10 Family Fun Years

Wilderness at the Smokies was established in 2008. I remember driving by the construction when they were building it on our way to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and how excited we were to see what Wilderness at the Smokies was going to look like. We knew it was going to be amazing, but until you see it with your own eyes, you really can’t fathom how huge it is.

We would point out to our son (who was four-years-old in 2008) the huge slides and water fun as we would go by, and I always made plans to check it out. It grew even more tempting because it just kept getting bigger. They literally add new features every year, and we agreed that we needed to visit.

But one thing led to another, and now I am officially kicking myself for not already experiencing the fun that Wilderness at the Smokies has to offer.

Our son has had the pleasure of visiting Wilderness at the Smokies with friends, but this will be our first time as a family.

Activites for Every Age

Between its indoor and outdoor waterparks, Wilderness at the Smokies has something for everyone. I know my son and husband will love the water features.

There are three water parks to choose from…

  • Salamander Springs
  • Wild Waterdome
  • Lake Wilderness

I, myself, am looking forward to the more… tamer water features; because that’s just the way I roll.

After we’ve had enough of Tennessee’s largest waterpark resort, if that’s even possible with my son, we’ll check out the Family Entertainment Center at Adventure Forest.

Of course, we’ll have to eat, and they have multiple food & beverage venues, restaurants, and snack shops to keep us fed and happy. I think my husband will especially love that aspect of the Wilderness at the Smokies, he’s a real connoisseur of anything edible. Or so I like to say, much to his chagrin.


The thing that makes Wilderness of the Smokies so convenient is that itis a vacation destination all to itself. They have a wide range of accommodations to fit any size party, from single rooms to multi-room suites that sleep up to 16.

There is no need to go anywhere else once you check in at Wilderness at the Smokies. But if for some reason you find the need to do some exploring, you will love the location.

If you’re a Dolly Parton fan, her hometown is only 4 miles away in Sevierville. Pigeon Forge and Dollywood are a short drive (10 miles), and Gatlinburg, with the fantastic Ripley’s Aquarium, is only 15 miles away.

Of course, you may decide to check out that national park in their backyard, too.

The Great Smoky Mountain National park is only 18 miles from the Wilderness at the Smokies, which makes it easy to visit on your trip. I plan on taking one day of our trip to hike in the morning and spend the rest of the day playing in the water.


Check out the Wilderness at The Smokies SPECIALS page for promotions and deals.

10th Anniversary Wilderness at the Smokies Sweepstakes

There is more than one way to get to the Wilderness at the Smokies. One way is to win a trip thanks to the 10th Annual Wilderness at the Smokies Sweepstakes. You can enter the sweepstakes online for a chance to win. Over $10,000 in prizes. Ends 9/2/18.

You can win one of 14 weekly prizes, which include:

  • 4-pack of Waterpark Passes
  • $100 Resort Gift Card
  • $50 Resort Gift Card

Then there are the Grand Prize Winners. In one drawing, there will be seven (7) winners:

Grand Prize #1 (1 Winner)

  • 4 night stay up to 12 guests in a 2 Bedroom Premier, plus 6 Adventure Forest All Stay Passes & $500 Resort Credit.

Grand Prize #2 (2 Winners)

  • 2 night stay up to 6 guests in Double Queen with Sofa, plus 6 Adventure Forest All Stay passes & $250 Resort Credit.

Grand Prize #3 (4 Winners)

  • 1 night stay up to 6 guests in Double Queen with Sofa, plus 6 Adventure Forest All Stay passes & $100 Resort Credit.

Not only does the Wilderness at the Smokies have something for everyone, but their 10th Anniversary Sweepstakes has a lot to offer as well, so be sure to enter for your chance to win!

I can’t wait for our family trip to Wilderness at the Smokies. We are going to have fun and make memories. I know everyone will enjoy this family outing.

And I’m already thinking about booking a stay during fall break. With Wild WaterDome, Tennessee’s Largest Indoor Waterpark, located at the resort and featuring a see-through roof, I can enjoy the water and get a tan all year round.

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  1. This looks like the perfect place for a summer family vacation! Loving that wave pool and the curvy slides. I’ll be taking a look at participating in the sweepstakes – it would be amazing to win the grand prize and take the whole family on a short vacation away from routine.

  2. WOW! I love everything I see in your pictures. I think that this is an awesome place where my whole family will have a lot of fun. This is a place we need to visit!

  3. I am dreaming to check this place out one days! I am heading to the smokies for Christmas but booked a private cabin for a nice quiet holiday with just my husband and kid. SO MUCH to do there! My kid would love it for sure!

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