No one plans on having to deal with a rainy day in the Smoky Mountains when they’re getting ready for their vacation. When the weather changes, and you don’t want to go hiking in the national park or wandering up and down the Parkways in the rain, there’s still plenty of fun things to do in the area. Check out this list of great things to do on rainy days in the Smoky Mountains:
WIth thousands of beautiful underwater creatures, as well as exciting exhibits and interactive, hands-on experiences, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s faces. One of the great things about visiting the aquarium is that there’s no rush to make your way through the attraction. You can take your time and explore as much of the aquarium as you want, for as long as you like. So, if you only need to spend a couple of hours there, you can, or you can spend the entire afternoon exploring and learning about the fish.
The aquarium has a schedule of events, featuring diver shows and special presentations throughout the day. Stop by the specific aquarium tanks to see real people feeding sharks and swimming with sea turtles!
You can’t miss the big, upside down house that sits on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge! Instead of driving by it, go ahead and stop on in. You’ll enter an upside down world, but don’t worry, they will send you through the inversion tunnel to turn you right side up before you begin the fun.
Wonderworks is a completely interactive, hands-on experience for guests. Children love visiting this attraction during every vacation because there is always something new and exciting to explore.
Here’s a few of the interactive exhibits at Wonderworks:
- Bed of Nails
- Bubble Lab
- Rock Climbing
- Extreme 360 Bikes
- Virtual Sports
- Space Discovery
- Light and Sound Exhibits
- Astronaut Training Challenge
- Natural Disaster Exhibits
- …and so much more!
For the full list of Wonderworks exhibits, you can visit their website here: http://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge/experience/exhibits/
Get out of the rain and step inside the Titanic Museum attraction in Pigeon Forge! Families really can experience what it was like to be aboard the Titanic ship so many years ago. From interactive exhibits to facts and trivia, there is so much to do, see and learn at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge.
New tours board every day, right on the hour. When you enter, you will be given a card with the name and information of one of the Titanic’s actual guests aboard the ship. Throughout the tour, you can explore the life of that person, as well as the life and memories of all of the other Titanic passengers.
This interactive journey will leave you wanting to learn more and more about the voyage of the Titanic, so step out of the rain and visit the Titanic.
4. Dinner Theaters
If you want to get out of your cabin on a rainy day in the Smoky Mountains, take a look at all of the dinner theaters in the area. The most popular is Dixie Stampede. It’s known as ‘the most fun place to eat in the Smokies,’ and families visit time and time again for the delicious meal and thrilling show.
There are other dinner shows in the area like Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater, Lumberjack Feud, Murder Mystery Theater, Biblical Times Dinner Theater and the Grand Majestic Dinner Theater. All of these are located in Pigeon Forge and are easily accessible from the main Parkway.
To plan for any unexpected rainy day in the Smoky Mountains, pack a few special items (especially if you have kids with you!). Go ahead and bring a couple of board games, DVDs and other things to do while it’s raining.
It’s enjoyable to spend an afternoon relaxing and watching the rain hit the mountaintops from your rental cabin in the Smoky Mountains. You can break out the board games, pop some popcorn and enjoy a DVD in the theater room or just relax and have a snack while you watch some TV.
At Amazing Views Cabin Rentals, we also have cabins with indoor and outdoor hot tubs, perfect for rainy days! You can sit on the deck, soaking in the mountain air while you watch the raindrops fall all around you.
If you aren’t sure about booking a cabin, take a look at our “5 Important Questions to Ask Before Renting a Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg Cabin Rental.” This will help you start choosing the best cabin for your stay.
You can also take a look at all of Amazing Views’ cabin rentals in the Smoky Mountains and give us a call at (855) 849-8977 to talk to our friendly vacation specialists if you want a little extra help planning your trip!
Look below for a map of all of the attractions in the Smoky Mountains to visit on a rainy day.