I was given a few days at the Wilderness at the Smokies to help facilitate the writing of this review. It did not affect my honest opinion of this resort.
My family does not go on vacations a lot. We can’t afford it. When we do go on vacation we tend to go to my mom’s house that is near a beach in Florida. We love the beach. But we love the mountains too. We drove up to Sevierville on a Thursday night. It’s only about a 3 hour drive from Nashville where we reside. The place is really nice. They checked us in after 11pm and were still helpful even at that late hour. We went to our room and the family went to sleep. We were so excited to wake up and see the Smokies the next morning. It was a beautiful site. Not to be missed and just as beautiful as the beach.
The next morning we had a lovely breakfast in our room. That’s one way we save money when we travel breakfast is always in the room. Then after sitting on our balcony watching the world come to life we headed down to their outdoor water park. It was a beautiful September day and reached 89* that day. My girl and I floated in the lazy river while my boys rode all the tubes and had an absolute blast. It was one of those days you remember and know that there is a memory that will be thought of fondly for a long while. We did this for a few hours and then moved it inside. They have two water parks one inside and one outside. With the one inside there is also a small bowling area, arcade, rock wall to be climbed and a snack bar. There’s a lovely large hot tub too. The hot tub is the size of a small pool. We had the whole family in that hot tub as we planned our next activity of the day.
Here’s a quick video I made the first thing in the morning. It was bliss listening to the water and seeing this view.
Our next activity involved eating at their Thirsty Miner restaurant. They had a lovely buffet and the kids eat free (one child per paying adult and the child is less than 11 years old). I really can’t think of a thing that we didn’t like about this resort. Oh yeah, there was one thing. I didn’t like it when we had to leave! We were there from Thursday night late until Sunday. They let you check out on the day you want to check out and stay and play as long as the water parks are open. We decided to stay until around 1pm. Check out is at 10 and we loaded our car up and went straight back to the pool. We had so much fun as a family staying here. It made you not want to leave the resort.
There is just so much to do while here. My hubby and I played some kind of small scale bowling that was a lot of fun. We then played skeeball for almost 30 minutes. The kids played at the arcade and won lots of tickets that they traded in on candy and crazy hats. There’s rock climbing you can take advantage of as well as you can paint your own pottery. What a great vacation. Thank you Wilderness at the Smokies for letting my little family come and play at your resort. It was time well spent.
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