Sevierville, named after the first governor of the state, John Sevier, is one of the oldest towns in Tennessee. Situated along the Smoky Mountains, this community with a hometown feel is packed full of attractions and activities for children to enjoy, whether you live in Sevierville or are just visiting.
Plan a stay at one of the area resorts with your family to enjoy a variety of children's activities. At the Great Smokies Lodge (greatsmokieslodge.com), kids can play on the playground, create cool projects during arts and crafts time or attend the Kid's Party for games, pizza and a movie. Older kids can hang out in the activities room and play video games. You can also enjoy an indoor and outdoor water park right at the resort. If you stay at Wilderness of the Smokies (wildernessatthesmokies.com), your family can play mini golf, laser tag or games in the arcade, explore the ropes course, or paint their own pottery. In the water parks, your children can zip down the water slides, float along the lazy river and have fun with the interactive spray features in the kids' area.
At Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo (rfadventures.com), your family will see animals from around the world. More than 600 animals from over 130 species make this zoo their home, including reptiles, amphibians, bugs and birds. Or, if your kids love horses, take them to the Five Oaks Riding Stables (fiveoaksridingstables.com) for a ride. You can choose from a 30-minute or 1-hour ride that will take them through a 70-acre nature park with breathtaking mountain views.
Miniature Golf or Bowling
If your family enjoys playing miniature golf, you can take your kids for a game at Old MacDonald's Farm Mini Golf (no website; 1639 Parkway, Sevierville; 865-428-1699), where you'll find 54 holes with a farm theme that includes water features and animated barnyard animals and farmers. Is bowling more your family's speed? The Bowling Center at the Sevierville Community Center (no website; 200 Gary Wade Blvd, Sevierville; 865-868-1874) features updated equipment and offers cosmic bowling, open bowling and leagues.
Plan a visit to the Tennessee Museum of Aviation (tnairmuseum.com) with your children. As you make your way through the museum, you'll find a 35,000-square foot aircraft hangar with a collection of aircraft that includes two P-47 Thunderbolts, an F-86 Saberjet and two MiG 17's, as well as an assortment of aviation memorabilia in the gallery. You could also stop by the Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum (musclecarmuseum.com) to check out 90 muscle cars, including a 1969 Camaro, 1970 Chevelle LS6 and 1967 Firebird, which are valued at more than 8 million dollars in total.