Frequent readers of TravelingMamas.com will know that Sevierville, TN and the surrounding area is one of my family’s personal favorite destinations. I used to visit when I was kid and we love going back again and again (even without the kids on a girlfriend getaway). Here are some tips to help your family have a fun and affordable holiday in Tennessee. – CajunMama
Countdown the Top 8 Things to Do Under $15 in Sevierville – PLUS Add on free activities for even more fun!
Sevierville, Tennessee prides itself on being a family friendly value destination – giving our guests maximum vacation fun at a good price. Sevierville’s convenient location (within a day’s drive of over half the nation’s population), affordable accommodations and claim to fame as the area’s top name brand outlet shopping destination (Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren and Lenox are just a few of their outlet stores) give guests even more reason visit this great destination in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Check out some of the affordable and free activities available!
8) Cool off with a float down the river! Tube all day at River Romp for only $12 per person. www.riverromp.net
7) Tennessee Smokies Baseball – Sevierville’s own AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs offers exciting baseball action all summer long. www.smokiesbaseball.com (Adults $7-$9; Kids/Seniors $6-$8)
6) Forbidden Caverns – See the largest known wall of rare cave onyx while taking the hour-long walking tour of this spectacular cavern which has been a hideout for Native Americans and Moonshiners. www.forbiddencavern.com (Adults $13.99; 5-12 $7; 4 and under FREE)
5) Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum – The largest collection of Muscle Cars ever assembled! www.musclecarmuseum.com (Adults $8.95+ tax; 8-12 $3; under 8 Free)
4) Rainforest Adventures – Spectacular snakes, brainy birds and lots of Lemurs (“Madagascar” fans say they like to “Move It! Move It!). Check out the all new Aussie Walkabout as well with a walk-in aviary, kangaroos, and emus. http://www.rfadventures.com (Adults $11.99; 3-12 $6.99; Seniors $9.99; 3 & Under Free)
3) Tennessee Museum of Aviation – Flyable warbird aircraft fill this museum (and often the sky around it). Check out historically significant pieces (such as the Jimmie Doolittle Medal of Honor) and memorabilia from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War presented in a patriotic atmosphere. http://www.tnairmuseum.com (Adults $12.75; 60+ $9.75; 6-12 $6.75; Under 6 free)
2) Scenic Helicopter Tours – Take a quick flight for as little as $10 (longer flights also available – complete price list online) http://www.flyscenic.com
1) Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini Golf – Putter around at one of three courses where animatronic animals are all too happy to comment on your golf swing! (865) 428-1699 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (865) 428-1699 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Adults $9.99; 5-11 $7.99; Under 5 $2.99)
Add in a little more fun with some of Sevierville’s free activities, too!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an ecological wonderland and the only national park that is free to enter and enjoy. Highlighted activities include hiking, picnicking , fishing and just enjoying the scenery. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm
The National Knife Museum, located at Smoky Mountain Knifeworks, is a free museum showcasing the history and future of knives.
Guests can also enjoy free events like Sevierville’s Smoky Mountain Winterfest (November 8, 2010-February 28, 2011). Millions of twinkling lights and fantastic holiday displays delight guests as they drive through town.
Guests can also check out great tunes and food and Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass May 20-21, 2011. The top BBQ cook teams from around the nation compete in downtown Sevierville for $15,000 in cash and prizes and the TN State Champion title. Meanwhile, the biggest names in bluegrass entertain the crowd for free (past headliners have included Ricky Skaggs and Marty Stuart). Plus, guests can browse through artists and crafters booths, check out fun contests like the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition (honoring the songwriting of hometown girl Dolly Parton) and have a blast in the Kids’ Zone. Admission is free and so are the concerts. www.BloominBBQ.com
For more information about visiting Sevierville, check out the area’s affordable accommodations or call 1-888-SEVIERVILLE