Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Wilderness at the Smokies: A Splashing Good Time in the Heart of the Smoky Mountains

Note: Since our last visit to Wilderness at The Smokies, the whole property has undergone a huge remodel and expansion! We have not been able to head down to check it out just yet, but we are excited to do so in the future, and will update you guys when we do! 

Our Smoky Mountain adventure reached new heights with an unforgettable two-night stay at Wilderness at the Smokies Resort in Sevierville, TN. Join us as we dive into the waterpark wonders, family-friendly accommodations, and endless entertainment this resort has to offer. Spoiler alert: It's a wild ride of fun!

Accommodation Surprise: A Bunk Suite Delight
Tater's dream finally came true as our family reveled in a delightful bunk suite at River Lodge. The surprise reveal of extending our vacation left the boys ecstatic. The room, adorned with a rustic cabin charm yet modern touches, featured a queen bed, twin/queen bunk bed, and a pull-out twin sleeper sofa. With a microwave, fridge, and a small table, it was the perfect home away from home. The private balcony treated us to stunning views of Lake Wilderness Outdoor Waterpark and the majestic mountains. Two flat-screen TVs were a thoughtful touch, ensuring everyone had their own watchlist. Despite a minor TV hiccup (swiftly resolved by maintenance), we fell in love with the cozy space!

Waterpark Wonderland: Wild Waterdome Adventures
Our adventure kicked off at the Wild Waterdome Indoor Waterpark—an awe-inspiring spectacle. The vast expanse of activities was overwhelming in the best possible way. The wave pool, a favorite of the big boys, kept them captivated, while the kiddie area provided safe splashing for our little one. The Storm Chaser and Runaway Canyon tested our thrill limits, with Tater leading the charge. The Smokies Surf Rider stole the show, becoming a highlight of our entire trip. Our dinner at the Thirsty Miner restaurant in River Lodge was a treat, and the Kids Eat Free deal made it even more delightful. With multiple dining options on-site, convenience was the name of the game.

Adventure Forest Extravaganza: A Haven for Arcade Lovers
Our time oscillated between the Wild Waterdome and the all-new Adventure Forest dry play area, showcasing an arcade paradise. The boys' enthusiasm for the arcade was infectious, making even non-arcade lovers like me enjoy the experience. The Adventure Forest offered a variety of attractions, from bowling and mini-golf to a ropes course and laser tag. Cubs Climbing Den stole Bean's heart, despite a minor tumble. An "all-day" pass for unlimited play was a fantastic deal, ensuring hours of non-stop fun!

Future Plans and Resort Gems: An All-Encompassing Experience
As we soaked in the picturesque view from our room, plans for a return trip began taking shape. The promise of exploring the outdoor waterparks and embarking on new adventures with extended family fueled our excitement. The trustworthiness of the resort's representation on its website was evident, making it a reliable guide for future planning.

Tips for an Unforgettable Stay: Insider Insights
Here are some handy tips for maximizing your Wilderness at the Smokies experience:

  • Dining Delight: Take advantage of the "Kids Eat Free" deal at the Thirsty Miner restaurant.
  • Adventure Forest Pass: Consider the "All Stay" pass for Adventure Forest to make the most of your visit.
  • Towel Tactics: Use towel cards provided for waterpark towels, ensuring a hassle-free exchange.
  • Pack Smart: Opt for comfy attire—yoga pants, tees, and tennis shoes—for an easygoing stay.
  • Extended Play: Arrive early or stay after check-out to enjoy the waterpark for additional hours.
  • Explore Beyond Waterparks: Uncover extra amenities like the gift shop, candy store, pottery studio, fitness center, and more.
A heartfelt thank you to the incredible team at Wilderness at the Smokies for hosting us and helping create enduring memories. We're already counting down the days until our next visit!


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